Tag: 2021 Betfred Super League

FIXTURES CONFIRMED FOR ROUNDS 14-25

Rounds 14 to 25 of the 2021 Betfred Super League season have this morning been confirmed.

The initial pick has been made for which games will feature on Sky Sports, with a further 17 fixtures still to be selected.

Rivals Round will be held in Round 20 with Marshall’s men facing off against neighbours Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village, kick-off at 3pm. Magic Weekend is set to take place for Round 23 and Salford will open the event against Castleford Tigers at 2pm at St James’ Park, live on Sky Sports.

The Red Devils clash with rivals Wigan Warriors in Round 18 on Friday 6 August, kick-off at 7:45pm, and will be hoping to rectify the narrow defeat they fell to at home against the Cherry and Whites in Round 7.

See the full fixture schedule below (14-25):

ROUND 14

Friday 9 July

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons (Sky Sports)

Sunday 11 July

15:00 Hull FC v Leigh Centurions

15:00 Hull KR v Warrington Wolves

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v St Helens

15:30 Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils

18:30 Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants (Sky Sports)

ROUND 15

Thursday 22 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Warrington Wolves

Friday 23 July

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils

19:45 St Helens v Hull KR

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity

Saturday 24 July

18:00 (17:00 UK) Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers

ROUND 16

Wednesday 28 July

19:45 St Helens v Huddersfield Giants

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors (Sky Sports)

Thursday 29 July

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity

19:45 Salford Red Devils v Hull KR

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Castleford Tigers

Friday 30 July

19:45 Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos

ROUND 17

Sunday 1 August

15:00 Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions

Monday 2 August

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants

19:45 Hull FC v St Helens (Sky Sports)

19:45 Hull KR v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

ROUND 18

Friday 6 August

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils

Saturday 7 August

18:00 St Helens v Catalans Dragons

Sunday 8 August

15:00 Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity

15:00 Warrington Wolves v Hull FC

18:30 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR (Sky Sports)

ROUND 19

Friday 13 August

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Hull FC

19:45 Hull KR v Wigan Warriors

19:45 St Helens v Castleford Tigers

20:00 Leigh Centurions v Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 15 August

15:00 Salford Red Devils v Huddersfield Giants

15:00 Wakefield Trinty v Warrington Wolves

ROUND 20 – RIVALS ROUND

Thursday 19 August

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants

Friday 20 August

19:45 Hull FC v Hull KR

19:45 Wigan Warriors V St Helens

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons

Saturday 21 August

19:00 Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity

Sunday 22 August

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

ROUND 21

Wednesday 25 August

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos

Thursday 26 August

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons

19:45 St Helens v Leigh Centurions

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves

19:45 Hull FC v Castleford Tigers

19:45 Hull KR v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 22

Monday 30 August

14:00 Salford Red Devils v Hull FC

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos

19:15 (18:15 UK) Catalans Dragons v Leigh Centurions

15:30 Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors

19:30 Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR

19:45 Warrington Wolves v St Helens

ROUND 23 – DACIA MAGIC WEEKEND

Saturday 4 September

14:00 Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils (Sky Sports)

17:15 St Helens v Catalans Dragons (Sky Sports)

19:00 Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

Sunday 5 September

12:00 Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity (Sky Sports)

15:15 Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

17:30 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR (Sky Sports)

ROUND 24

Friday 10 September

19:45 Hull FC v Wigan Warriors

19:45 St Helens v Leeds Rhinos

Saturday 11 September

15:00 Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils

18:00 (17:00 UK) Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants

Sunday 12 September

15:00 Hull KR v Castleford Tigers 15:00 Leigh Centurions v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 25

Friday 17 September

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Leigh Centurions

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR

19:45 Salford Red Devils v St Helens

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Hull FC

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WARRINGTON

It is a widely accepted view, among coaches and officials within the game, that if you can score eighteen points it should put you in a good position to win.  That opinion, however, fell completely flat for Salford, in their latest Betfred Super League outing against the Warrington Wolves.  So what went wrong?

Well, the other side of the score-line tells a different story because by conceding the massive total of sixty-two points it shows the quite lamentable failings of their defence, which had earned such praise over recent weeks.

Not that we needed the score to point that out, for these failings were clearly evident to all and sundry, as the Wolves, particularly through the first and last quarters of the game, ran rampant through it for try after try.  It does, nevertheless, show that there were certain aspects of Salford’s performance which were not far short from the mark; there just were not enough of them.

If there were just one solitary reason for such an about turn in the efficacy of their defence, it would be relatively easy to put right, but that is never the case.  Head Coach, Richard Marshall, in his after-match reviews, has identified a number of significant issues, not least of which was the number of enforced absentees, many of whom were our most senior and influential players.

In addition to that, though there were two aspects of the context in which the game took place, a mere glance back over the past three weeks shows the Red Devils having been taken into Golden Point extra-time by Castleford – as if the standard eighty had not been demanding enough.

This was followed by an unenviable trip to St Helens to muscle up against the Super League Champions.  Then finally, after a very short turn around they held the Wigan Warriors at bay for seventy-seven minutes.  This clearly had taken so much out of them that they had practically nothing left in the tank.

Then, there was Warrington.  Marshall says that they were white hot, and who could argue with that.  It was the sheer speed at which they played the game, and the accuracy with which they executed their plays, that caused so much damage, as our players struggled fruitlessly for twenty minutes to come to terms with it.

How the Wolves must have prepared for this.  Five consecutive defeats over the last two seasons, culminating with that ignominious exit from the Challenge Cup, last October, just a couple of minutes away from a return to Wembley, must have rankled greatly with them for months.  They clearly had scores to settle, and there were going to be no surprises this time around.  Within a minute and a half, they had crossed for the opening try.

With Gareth Widdop running amok, they scythed through the Salford line, almost at will, and by eighteen minutes had that exact same number of points on the board.  To be fair, they were well contained in the middle of the field; it was when the ball went further out wide that the gaps appeared or an overlap was worked, and that continued to be the case in the later period of the second half.

Thankfully, the introduction of a couple of fresh players from the bench, on twenty minutes did work wonders, and suddenly the visitors were pushed into a few handling errors, which gave Salford rather more possession, and they gained a foothold in the game.  For the remainder of the half it was the Red Devils who were calling the shots as they sought to get back into the game.

For substitute, Sam Luckley, it will have been a very bitter-sweet experience for him, on his Super League debut.  In one respect, it will be a match, like everyone else, he will want to forget, but on the other hand he brought some significant go-forward to the proceedings, and if he will learn to be a little more selective with his offloads at this level, he will have a lot to offer over the coming season.

If Warrington could score eighteen points in as many minutes, the Red Devils came pretty close to doing the same themselves.  It started with back-to-back sets on the visitors’ twenty metre line, which saw Morgan Escare spring a surprise on everyone by putting in a short kick on the very first tackle of the second set, chase and collect, only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle which prevented him from grounding the ball on the right side of the try line.

Even though it had not succeeded in opening the Reds’ account, it did provide a little encouragement to the rest of the team, whilst giving Warrington something to think about, and it was only a matter of minutes before their lead was eroded into.

One of their own errors not only ended an assault on the Salford line but it provided Ken Sio with possession, and he promptly covered the ninety-five metres along the touchline to score in the corner, to which Harvey Livett added the extras from the touchline.

The irrepressible Livett was then on hand to finish off a right to left passing move with a converted try of his own, to double their score, and the Wolves’ composure started to look a little strained.  It only needed for the Red Devils to hold onto that differential, and then build upon it in the second half, and we might have been looking at a rather different outcome.

As it was, and as we all know, that singularly did not happen, and a Warrington try seconds before the interval, followed by another in the first sixty seconds of the second half, was a real setback but even then they managed to muster a further converted try from Darcy Lussick.

It was, eventually, an eighteen-minute period during which they were reduced to twelve men by two sin-binnings, and briefly to eleven when these overlapped, that the game went completely away from them.

Warrington took advantage of these reduced numbers to run in four tries and they really turned the screw from there on, to leave everyone associated with Salford disconsolate and despondent, at the final whistle from the size of the defeat.

BALLOT FOR WARRINGTON GAME NOW ON GENERAL SALE

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that the Betfred Super League Round 8 home game against Warrington Wolves is now on general sale.

Season ticket holders were given initial priority for access to the game and all season ticket holders who entered the ballot should now know if they were successful or not. Any season ticket holders who were not successful, or did not enter the ballot and would like to attend on Thursday, must email – ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

Although we love to have you back for live rugby, we ask all fans to follow and respect the Code of Conduct, stadium ground regulations and direction from signage and stewards on-site.

In order to create the best atmosphere possible, we will be allocating 400 tickets to the away club in the North Stand ONLY. If you are a Salford fan, DO NOT select a ticket in the NORTH STAND AWAY STAND. Likewise, WARRINGTON fans WILL NOT gain access to the east, south or west stands of the stadium.

We are encouraging people to book in bubbles of 6 as booking single tickets drastically reduces capacity.

HOW DO I BOOK?

  1. All our ticketing will be done online digitally
  2. Go to www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign in/create an account
  3. (if you do not know if you have an account try “forgot password” and if you have an account you will receive an email to reset your password)
  4. Click on Match Tickets at the top of the page and select the game.
  5. Choose the stand you wish to purchase in and “best available”. Select the EAST, WEST & SOUTH for home fans. For AWAY fans select NORTH.
  6. Please select the number of tickets you require for you and other people in your bubble (max of 6). If you are the lead client you will be responsible for everyone in you bubble and you must inform them of the “code of conduct”.
  7. You will get the “best available” for the area you selected. There will be no kiosks in the standing areas of the stadium due to Covid restrictions.
  8. Tickets will be sent via email and you will be able to print at home or add them to your Google or Apple Wallet
  9. Please follow all the instructions on the ticket including the arrival time.
  10. Please bring ID showing your name and date of birth as you may be asked to present it.

If you are having difficulty in doing this or if you are a season ticket holder who has missed the ballot please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

You can also call 01617861570 and choose option 1 for tickets and if this is not answered leave a message and someone from the ticket office will call you back.

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE STADIUM?

There will be details on your ticket of what time you should arrive and what entrance to use. Different blocks will be given staggered arrival times and we ask you all to enter the turnstiles at the time stated. If you arrive too early, or too late, you may not gain access. There will be a one-way system in operation within the stadium. Please pay attention to signage and direction from stewards. You may be asked to show ID.

WILL I BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AND DRINK?

Unfortunately, kiosks will not be open in the standing areas as food and drink has been prohibited. If you are in a seated area you will be able to get food and drink from the kiosks.

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND?

Although we cannot wait to have you back, we need to ensure that spectator safety is at the top of our agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that fans read and agree to the Spectator Code of Conduct and respect all rules and guidelines and keep fans safe from potential transmission of COVID -19.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A TEST?

No, you do not need to have a test before coming to the stadium. However, if you feel unwell please DO NOT attend.

CAR PARKING

If you have a season car park pass then that will be accepted. Car parking passes can be applied for in advance online or by contacting the ticket office. On-the-day parking will be available for £8. Parking at the stadium is limited and we ask that you only trave in your bubbles and follow guidance. For all information on travelling to the stadium, see here.

Once again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

 

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WIGAN

For the second time in three matches, the Salford Red Devils had the heart-breaking experience of losing by a single point from a late drop-goal.  Indeed, the only difference in this latest denouement was that there was no extra time involved, but the devastation at having the league points snatched from their grasp, minutes from the final whistle, must have been every bit as hard to take for our players as was that Golden Point Quarter-Final loss to Castleford Tigers.

It certainly was for we Salford fans, returning in numbers to the AJ Bell Stadium, after some fourteen months’ absence, but there again, we had not had to spend eighty minutes of intense concentration and physical buffeting which they had had to endure, in an encounter which had seen every single one of them give their all, in the Salford cause.

And how well they measured up to their illustrious opponents.  In similar fashion to the previous outing against St Helens, they were the quicker to settle to their task, and produced yet another magnificent display of defence, which had the visitors attacking flair completely subdued for lengthy periods of the game.

The difference, however, was that the attack, which against the Saints had been quite lacklustre, was a far more potent force, that had the Warriors on the back foot, particularly in the first half.  How confident they looked as they swung the ball along the line, ran the angles, and questioned the visitors’ goal-line defence at every opportunity, forcing them into conceding a first half 6:3 penalty count in the Reds’ favour.

Twice, on the ninth and twenty-fourth minutes they breached the Wigan try line to take the lead, only for their opponents to hit back with tries of their own on eighteen and thirty-three minutes, but thanks to a penalty goal, from the trusty boot of Harvey Livett, the Red Devils left the field at half time with a narrow four-point lead.

Salford’s opening try came as some compensation for Morgan Escare’s earlier disallowed effort owing to an adjudged obstruction from Ryan Lannon’s venturing into the Wigan line.  This time there was nothing to complicate the issue, as Livett got on the end of an offload from an overly ambitious Wigan player.  His thirty-metre sprint to the line saw him ground the ball in almost the same place as Escare had done a mere minute before.

The ever-improving Jack Ormondroyd laid the foundations for the second with a tremendous, forceful run which took him through the Wigan line and into the clear.  Jack Wells was excellent in providing the necessary support to be on hand to take the pass and cross close to the posts.

Good as the Salford performance overall had been to this point, however, errors did start creeping into it.  These succeeded in providing the Warriors with opportunities to put their hosts under pressure of their own.  Their first try came as a result of a set restart after two tackles and the extra plays enabled them to progress the length of the field and use the power of Singleton to force his way over for the first of his two tries.

Probably even more irritating to the coaching staff would have been the second, in which a poor attacking kick into the Warriors’ overcrowded, righthand corner, ricocheted into the arms of winger, Harry Smith, and he took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration to round the advancing Salford left flank, each of whom appeared not to recognise the danger until he was on his way to getting into the clear.  With the whole field in which to run, Smith cleverly exploited the space to thwart two or three attempts to stop him before putting Farrell over to the left of the posts.

Coming as this did, just over five minutes before the interval, it put the visitors in a much better position to overturn their half time deficit, in the second half, and their penchant for doing so, this season, has been quite widespread as local rivals Leigh Centurions will testify.  Few would have gambled on four points being sufficient cushioning against such a robust outfit as Wigan, and so it proved.

The Reds’ second half performance did not quite match up to that of their first half, and the errors became a little more evident, starting with Ormondroyd losing control of the ball in a tackle in the very first set of the half – not an unknown occurrence this season – but with the considerable improvement, this time, of holding their line intact for the next set.

The balance of possession however started to shift in Wigan’s favour, primarily from an increase in the number of penalties and repeat sets which started to go their way, and the extra defensive work which was consequently thrust upon the Red Devils started to take its toll.  By the later part of the half they were clearly tiring, for let us not forget that there was probably also some residual after-effects from the exertions of the St Helens game, five days earlier.

To compound the situation, the end-of-set options which were taken did not seem to help matters.  Long, high kicks downfield require an energetic determined chase, and, with this becoming increasingly more difficult for them, Hardaker at fullback was put under rather less pressure.  Drilling the ball downfield into touch would, at least, have brought some few seconds respite for them to get some air into their lungs.

Consequently, it was Wigan, only, who, on 63 minutes, were able to cross and draw level, following Livett’s solitary penalty goal, and in the final moments of the half Salford were unable to raise the same degree of energy to pressure Jackson Hastings’s drop-goal that Wigan had put on Escare a few minutes earlier, and the half back promptly slotted the ball between the uprights to take the spoils.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16-17 WIGAN WARRIORS | SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

A Jackson Hastings drop-goal was the difference this afternoon as Salford Red Devils fell to a 16-17 defeat against Wigan Warriors.

After taking the lead and going into the interval four points ahead in front of a busy AJ Bell Stadium, the visitors brought it back in the second forty and clinched the victory three minutes from time.

Marshall’s men took the lead inside 10 minutes through Harvey Livett, who pulled off a clever interception and ran almost the length of the field, grounding the ball towards the left of the sticks and leaving Hastings sprawled on the field.

Livett missed the conversion but did add another two to Salford’s lead four minutes later after Salford opted to take the two after they were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Five minutes later however, Brad Singleton put Wigan on the scoreboard, stretching out to ground the ball in front of the Salford fans.

Salford took the lead again in the 25th minute through Jack Wells, who powered through the middle of the Wigan line to score his first try for the Red Devils just seconds after coming on.

Four minutes before the break, Harry Smith broke the line down the right, cut back in towards the centre and fed Farrell to ground the ball down the left. A missed conversion from the Warriors followed by another successful Salford penalty goal from Livett, gave the Red Devils a four-point cushion at the break.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 14-10 Wigan Warriors

It took until just before the hour mark before the scoreline was altered and it was Livett again who converted another penalty goal to extend Salford’s lead.

Singleton doubled his try tally for the afternoon in the 65th minute, powering over to the right of the sticks this time.

Morgan Escare attempted a drop-goal five minutes later which was charged down by Singleton and it was former Red Devil, Hastings, who clinched the victory for the Warriors in the 77th minute after his drop-goal was successful.

Salford welcome Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League next Thursday.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 16-17 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, L;ivett, Williams, Lolohea, Patton, Ikahihifo, Addy, Burke, Lannon, Pauli, Taylor, Atkin, Lussick, Ormondroyd, Wells.

Salford tries: Livett, Wells

Salford goals: Livett (4/5)

Wigan Warriors: French, Manfredi, Shorrocks, Bibby, Hardaker, Smith, Hastings, Singleton, Powell, Havard, Bateman, Farrell, Partington, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Pearce-Paul.

Wigan tries: Singleton (2/2), Farrell

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick

BALLOT FOR WIGAN GAME NOW ON GENERAL SALE

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that the Betfred Super League Round 7 home game against Wigan Warriors is now on general sale.

Season ticket holders were given initial priority for access to the game, which sees the return of crowds back at the AJ Bell Stadium following a successful test event – thank you to all those who attended, you’ve made Saturday’s game with crowds possible.

All season ticket holders who entered the ballot should now know if they were successful or not. Any season ticket holders who were not successful, or did not enter the ballot and would like to attend on Saturday, must email – ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

It will be an astounding 435 days since we last played in front of you here at the AJ Bell, when, coincidentally, we also faced off against Wigan in what turned out to be an 18-14 comeback win for the Red Devils.

Although we cannot wait to have you back for live rugby, we ask all fans to follow and respect the Code of Conduct, stadium ground regulations and direction from signage and stewards on-site.

In order to create the best atmosphere possible, we will be allocating 400 tickets to the away club in the North Stand. If you are a Salford fan, DO NOT select a ticket in the NORTH STAND AWAY STAND.

HOW DO I BOOK?

1. All our ticketing will be done online digitally

2. Go to www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign in/create an account

3. (if you do not know if you have an account try “forgot password” and if you have an account you will receive an email to reset your password)

4. Click on Match Tickets at the top of the page and select the game.

5. Choose the stand you wish to purchase in and £best available”. Select the EAST, WEST & SOUTH for home fans. For AWAY fans select NORTH.

6. Please select the number of tickets you require for you and other people in your bubble (max of 6). If you are the lead client you will be responsible for everyone in you bubble and you must inform them of the “code of conduct”.

7. You will get the “best available” for the area you selected. There will be no kiosks in the standing areas of the stadium due to Covid restrictions.

8. Tickets will be sent via email and you will be able to print at home or add them to your Google or Apple Wallet

9. Please follow all the instructions on the ticket including the arrival time.

10. Please bring ID showing your name and date of birth as you may be asked to present it.

If you are having difficulty in doing this or if you are a season ticket holder who has missed the ballot please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

You can also call 01617861570 and choose option 1 for tickets and if this is not answered leave a message and someone from the ticket office will call you back.

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE STADIUM?

There will be details on your ticket of what time you should arrive and what entrance to use. Different blocks will be given staggered arrival times and we ask you all to enter the turnstiles at the time stated. If you arrive too early, or too late, you may not gain access. There will be a one-way system in operation within the stadium. Please pay attention to signage and direction from stewards. You may be asked to show ID.

WILL I BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AND DRINK?

Unfortunately, kiosks will not be open in the standing areas as food and drink has been prohibited. If you are in a seated area you will be able to get food and drink from the kiosks.

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND?

Although we cannot wait to have you back, we need to ensure that spectator safety is at the top of our agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that fans read and agree to the Spectator Code of Conduct and respect all rules and guidelines and keep fans safe from potential transmission of COVID -19.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A TEST?

No, you do not need to have a test before coming to the stadium. However, if you feel unwell please DO NOT attend.

CAR PARKING

If you have a season car park pass then that will be accepted. Car parking passes can be applied for in advance online or by contacting the ticket office. On-the-day parking will be available for £8. Parking at the stadium is limited and we ask that you only trave in your bubbles and follow guidance. For all information on travelling to the stadium, see here.

Once again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you all for your continued support and we simply cannot wait to see you all coming through our gates on Saturday!

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: ST HELENS v SALFORD

After the most heart-breaking of Betfred Challenge Cup exits against Castleford Tigers, probably the last thing the Salford players needed was to be travelling to face the might of the Betfred Super League Champions, St Helens, ten days later.  If that were the case, however, there was absolutely no evidence of it, whatsoever, in the opening forty minutes, for throughout the whole of the first half, the valiant Red Devils went head-to-head with their hosts, matching their unrelenting, fastidious defence, with an equally uncompromising one of their own.

Indeed, for a full twenty minutes, when both defences were causing significant problems for the other’s attack, it was the Saints who made the first three handling errors, the second of which saw the pitting of the power of Chris Atkins’s magnificent tackle on the man-mountain that is Alex Walmsley, in the greatest mismatch of the evening.

Mismatch, as far as size is concerned, it may have been, but the little halfback got everything just right and the result was the giant prop not only being toppled to the ground but coughing up possession in the first tackle of their set, in the process.  If anyone on the ground had had any doubts about the visitors’ resolve and determination, they were left with none, thereafter, and the Saints continued to struggle to find their attacking rhythm in the face of such determined tackling.

Not that Salford were able to make any in-roads into the St Helens defensive line, either, however, with the home side virtually negating any Reds’ forward advancement up the field, when in possession.  That became equally the case on the occasions when, as a result of penalties or troublesome kicks, Salford got within sight of their opponents’ try line, with a totally flawless goal-line defence keeping them pointless, for the full 80 minutes.

It was 23 minutes of complete stalemate before a try was eventually registered, and, as so often has happened this season, it came as a result of a Salford handling error, whilst on attack in the Saints half, and then, this time, further compounded by conceding a penalty.  If only the Red Devils’ attack could have been as efficient as their defence had been, they really would have caused St Helens some concern, but sadly that was not the reality.

On a positive note, it should be observed that, unlike in many previous games, that first try did not lead to another just before half-time, and it must have been a much happier dressing-room to which the team retired, at the interval, trailing by only six points and still very much in contention.

Sadly, that happy state was not to remain for very long with the home side reappearing determined to increase the pace of the game, to their own advantage, and the next score came within two minutes of the resumption Dispiritingly, it came from one of Salford’s best attacking moves of the evening, with the ball having been moved swiftly to the right wing, where Ken Sio had been freed up to race clear.

The kick he put infield for his teammates to latch onto, unfortunately, stood up beautifully into the arms of Theo Fages, who, with the involvement of two teammates, started, and then finished, a sixty-metre inter-passing run to the line, to double the Saints’ score.

That try, and in particular the circumstances in which it came, proved to be a real game changer, for although it was over a quarter of an hour before they scored again, St Helens went on to notch up a total of five tries, four of which were converted.

The most disappointing of those came on the stroke of time, when Salford, with three seconds remaining, produced some rather static resistance on the right, from a play the ball in front of their own posts.  It would have been a fair reflection of their efforts during the first half, had they snuffed out any chance of conceding again.  As it was, the scoreboard became a rather uncomfortable representation as to how the second half had unfolded.

It would also be true to say, however, that had they been playing any less commanding a side than St Helens, that first half performance could well have paved the way for a deserved victory.

MATCH REPORT | ST. HELENS 28-0 SALFORD RED DEVILS | MONDAY 17TH MAY 2021

Salford Red Devils fell to a 28-0 defeat at the hands of St. Helens in tonight’s Betfred Super League Round 6 contest at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

After a promising start, the Red Devils went into the break only six points down after an Alex Walmsley try for the hosts.

However, Kristian Woolf’s side came out with more flare in the second forty, putting a further four tries past Marshall’s men.

Salford had control of the game in the early periods, forcing errors from the Champions that allowed Marshall’s side to ramp up the pressure and were unlucky not to go over a number of times in the opening minutes.

Andy Ackers, who had just returned from an ankle injury, left the field after two minutes due to a head collision and Marshall’s first choice hooker was sidelined for the rest of the game.

Saints then took control of the arm wrestle and took the lead in the 23rd minute, Walmsley powering over the line to the right of the sticks for what was the only try of the first forty.

Half time: St. Helens 6-0 Salford Red Devils

The hosts built on their lead three minutes into the second half but this time it was Saints’ Man of the Match, Theo Fages, who went over down the left wing.

On the hour mark, Kevin Naiqama, who almost ran the length of the field a few minutes earlier, grounded the ball in the right corner to add to the scoreboard for top-of-the-table St. Helens.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook extended his side’s lead in the opposite corner seven minutes later and his teammate, Regan Grace, also went over down the left just before the hooter to solidify a Saints victory.

Full time: St. Helens 28-0 Salford Red Devils

St. Helens: Coote, Naiqama, Welsby, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Thompson, Mata’utia, Knowles, Amor, Paasi, Smith, Batchelor.

Salford Red Devils: Sarginson, Sio, Watkins, Costello, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Ackers, Burke, Greenwood, Lannon, Taylor, Pauli, Atkin, Ikahihifo, Ormondroyd.

St. Helens tries: Walmsley, Naiqama, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Grace

St. Helens goals: Coote (3/4)

Referee: Liam Moore

Image Credit: Steve McCormick

Kevin Brown – “It’s work time”

Despite being 36 years old, Salford Red Devils’ number 7, Kevin Brown, is feeling as sharp as ever.

The halfback is one of the most senior players in the squad, but he won’t let age dictate his condition and his performances.  scoring two tries in last weekend’s win over Leigh Centurions.

Brown said: “My body’s feeling unbelievable.

“I’ve played 5 games now this year, at the age of 36 I’m feeling fantastic and hopefully I’ll build on the form I’ve been performing at.”

Brown is eager to build on his side’s first win of the 2021 Betfred Super League season last week and insists with a fully fit squad, Salford can provideown  plenty of excitement to this year.

“We’ve had quite a few injuries and we’ve not wanted to talk about it,” said Brown.

“But the quality of Danny Addy, Kallum Watkins, Joe Burgess still to come in is something that really excites me.”

Second in command at Salford, Brown has become a leader in the dressing room, on and off the field.

Brown added: “I think my role has been pretty similar for the last 10 years.

“That’s to make everyone else understand the coaches plans on the game plan, really push and understand where they need to be and attack and try and lead by example.

“That’s my role as a player and the vice-captain of the club. Number one is to play well and then closely followed by getting everyone in position and letting them know what the coach wants.”

Salford welcome Castleford Tigers to the A.J Bell stadium this evening, before the two sides face off again next week in the Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final.

“We’ve done some video on them, for me they’re the best attacking side in the competition… they have been for a number of years.”

“It’s work time this week, there’s a lot of work to do. We want to go on a run now and put some back-to-back performances in.”

Due to the social media boycott that Salford Red Devils are in support of, live coverage of tonight’s Round 5 clash with Castleford will not be provided by the club, but will be available on the Betfred Super League website.

Written by: Callum Williams

FIXTURE UPDATE: Rounds 9-13 confirmed

Rounds 9 to 13 of the 2021 Betfred Super League season have been confirmed, including the broadcast schedule for Sky Sports.

Salford Red Devils travel to Hull KR in Round 9 on Friday 11 June for a 7:45pm kick-off against the Robins and exactly a week later, will kick off against Huddersfield Giants at the The John Smith’s Stadium in Round 10.

Round 11 sees the Red Devils host Leeds Rhinos on Friday 25 June, before welcoming Wakefield Trinity to the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday 1 July.

Marshall’s men will look to rectify their round 2 defeat to Hull FC when they travel to the KCOM Stadium on Monday 5 July.

See full fixtures for Rounds 9 to 13 below:

ROUND 9 

Thursday 10 June

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

Friday 11 June

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors

19:45 Hull KR v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v St Helens (Sky Sports)

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity

Saturday 12 June

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Catalans Dragons

ROUND 10

Wednesday 16 June

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers (Sky Sports)

Thursday 17 June

19:45 St Helens v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

Friday 18 June

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Hull KR

Saturday 19 June

17:00 / 18:00 Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos (Sky Sports)

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Hull FC

ROUND 11

Thursday 24 June

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Leigh Centurions (Sky Sports)

Friday 25 June

TBC Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants

18:00 Hull KR v St Helens

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos

ROUND 12

Wednesday 30 June 

19:45 Castleford Tigers v St Helens

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

Thursday 1 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Hull KR v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 13

Sunday 6 June

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v Leigh Centurions

Sunday 4 July 

19:30 St Helens v Wigan Warriors v (Sky Sports)

Monday 5 July

19:00 / 20:00 Catalans Dragons v Hull KR

19:45 Hull FC v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos (Sky Sports)

Tuesday 6 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers