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Fans can still purchase tickets for the Super 8s game against Castleford over the phone, by visiting the ticket office or online via the club’s website.
The Salford Red Devils face league leaders Castleford Tigers in their first home game of the Super 8s at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.
Both sides come into this weekend’s clash on the back of defeats in the opening round of Super 8’s fixtures. Ian Watson’s side fell to defeat at Hull while Castleford’s 13-month unbeaten run at home was ended by an in-form St Helens side.
It’s been a difficult few week for the Red Devils who have now won just one of their last seven fixtures. Three consecutive league defeats were followed by a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final exit before a Super 8s opening round loss at the KCOM Stadium.
Castleford headed into the Super 8s in terrific form, as they have been for much of the season. The Tigers came into the Super 8s on the back of five consecutive wins after beating Leeds, Hull, Wakefield, Salford and Catalans.
However, a tough defeat against St Helens which saw James Roby cross twice has dealt a minor blow to Castleford’s Super 8s campaign but Daryl Powell’s men are still the favourites to win both the league leaders shield and the Super League Grand Final.
The key battle
Manu Vatuvei has made an instant impact to the Red Devils since arriving last month and the former New Zealand international opened his try-scoring tally last weekend as he crashed over twice in the defeat to Hull FC.
However, Castleford’s wingers have been the envy of the league this season however with Greg Eden and Jake Webster currently injured Daryl Powell has had to make some changes in the outside backs.
Joel Monaghan has come back into the side and will go head-to-head with Vatuvei on the flank. Both players have tonnes of experience at the highest level with ‘The Beast’ representing New Zealand 29 times while Monaghan has donned the green and gold of Australia.
Monaghan will have to deal with the raw pace and power that Vatuvei provides the Red Devils out wide while Monaghan’s aerial game could cause the Kiwi problems. The game could be decided on which winger takes control in the early stages.
The meetings this season
Salford became the first team to defeat Castleford in 2017 with a narrow 13-12 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium with Ben Murdoch-Masila and Gareth O’Brien being the heroes. You can read a full flashback to the game in March here.
However, the Red Devils fell to a 38-14 defeat at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle last month with Greg Eden and Joel Monaghan grabbing braces alongside tries from Ben Roberts and Zak Hardaker. Gareth O’Brien, Kris Welham and Jake Bibby scored for the Red Devils but a comeback was never a reality.
Ian Watson said following the defeat: “We’ll play Cas again and we’ll see how we go then. We’ll be better for this experience come the Super 8s.”
Fans can still purchase ticket’s for tomorrow night’s game against Castleford over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are still valid for all Super 8s home fixtures.
The Red Devils are looking to get back to winning ways in their first game at the AJ Bell Stadium in over a month as they host league leaders Castleford Tigers in their second Super 8s fixture.
Salford’s last home game was against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 9th June and Ian Watson’s men have since travelled to Castleford, Leigh, Hull and Warrington for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
Salford have won 10 of their 14 games in all competitions at the AJ Bell Stadium this season. Ian Watson’s side also managed to string together a run of 8 successive victories on home soil between March and May.
A 24-14 victory over Warrington got the Red Devils off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium before a narrow win against this weekend’s opponents Castleford Tigers, courtesy of a Gareth O’Brien drop-goal, followed.
Hard-fought defeats of St Helens and Leigh helped the Red Devils climb the Super League table as well as securing the AJ Bell as a fortress.
The Red Devils memorable Ladbrokes Challenge Cup run also began at the AJ Bell with a 29-22 victory over the world’s first trans-Atlantic professional sports team – Toronto Wolfpack. The Canadians did scare Salford for a while however the Red Devils proved too strong and progressed to round six.
Widnes were next to fall to Salford at home before the Red Devils welcomed the visit of Championship leaders Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. In similar fashion to Toronto’s visit, KR managed to cause the hosts problems in the early stages but again Ian Watson’s side prevailed.
Salford’s most emphatic home victory of the season followed as they ran riot in a destructive 50-12 win over Catalans with nine different players crossing for tries.
However, the Red Devils impressive home form slowed down towards the end of the season with back-to-back defeats against Hull FC and Wakefield but Salford avenged the Wakefield defeat 11 days later by knocking Trinity out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage at the AJ Bell.
A 36-18 win over Huddersfield strengthened the Red Devils grasp on a top four spot but a defeat to Leeds meant they finished their home fixtures for the regular season with a loss. The Red Devils will be to turn their fortunes around on Friday night against Castleford and continue their push for a position at Old Trafford in October.
Fans are reminded tickets are still available for the upcoming Super 8s game against Castleford and can be purchased at the club’s ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
The Red Devils Super 8s home opener against league leaders Castleford Tigers will see the two most free-scoring teams in the Super League this season go head-to-head.
Daryl Powell’s side currently top the try-scoring charts with a huge 134 tries while Salford have crossed for 104 tries – level 2nd with Wigan Warriors.
Castleford wingers Greg Eden and Greg Minikin have scored 50 of the sides 134 tries in the league this season with half-back Luke Gale also being in double figures.
The Red Devils tries have been distributed a little more evenly with second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila, who grabbed two the last time Salford hosted Castleford, the club’s top try-scorer this season with 13.
Full-back Niall Evalds took his tally up to 12 for the season with his spectacular effort at Hull FC last Friday while Greg Johnson, Junior Sa’u and Kris Welham are all one try away from hitting double figures for the season.
Welham, who has also enjoyed spells with Hull KR and Bradford, is still in search of his 100th career try. The 30-year-old centre notched a try on the Red Devils visit to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this season and will be looking to cross again to climb into treble figures.
While Gale is central to everything Castleford produce going forward he trails teammate Michael Shenton in terms of try assists. The England half-back has racked up 18 try assists however Shenton has set-up 19 tries in the Super League this season.
However, both men are surpassed by Salford half-back Robert Lui who has notched up an impressive 21 Super League try assists and trails only George Williams, who has 25, overall.
The Red Devils have won three of the last five meetings between the sides in all competitions however Castleford do have the edge in Super League winning 25 of the 36 meetings since 1996.
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s game against Castleford over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club’s website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Ian Watson has confirmed his 19-man squad for the Red Devils first home game of the Super 8s against Castleford Tigers on Friday night, 8pm kick-off.
Kris Brining returns after a spell on the sidelines while Ryan Lannon is also reintroduced to the 19-man squad.
However, Michael Dobson is still recovering from a knock he picked up in the semi-final defeat against Wigan while Kris Welham and Josh Wood are also left out of this weekend’s squad.
Forwards Lama Tasi and Mark Flanagan were both ruled out for the rest of the season last week while Lee Mossop continues to recover from injury.
Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei are both set to take to field at the AJ Bell Stadium for the first time on Friday night.
Red Devils fans can still purchase tickets for Friday’s game over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Salford head coach Ian Watson, speaking to the League Express, accepts the fact that every side has bad spells throughout the season but is hoping his Red Devils can turn it around sooner rather than later.
Watson said: “Everyone has these blips in a tough, long season. Some of our guys have played more games than they’ve ever done.
“We’re really pleased with where some of them have got to, but you need to have a pride in what you do and finishing the season strongly will show what pride we have in ourselves as a group.
“This is the big lesson for our group and for me as a coach. We’ve put ourselves in a really good position now but what counts is what we do from here. It’s all about learning.
“We have players that have played at this level, but a lot that haven’t.
“On the journey we are on this is brilliant for us moving forward, but every week we need to make sure we compete. We don’t want this season to just fizzle out.
“The players that we’ve tried to develop at Salford are players who will compete, no matter when it is, in a match environment or on a training run.
“You always try to win and that’s the mentality we want moving forward.”
After Salford’s most successful season in recent memory Watson is hoping is side haven’t slacked off heading into the most pivotal stage of the season.
Watson said: “Earlier in the seson we set ourselves a target and we’ve done that now.
“We wrapped the team up on the back of that and you wonder if we’ve fallen into the trap of thinking we are good enough.
“I’d like to think it’s not that, but we need to re-focus and really make the most of the opportunity in front of us.
“It’s how you come out of these blips. We’re working hard to fix it and it’s not for a lack of effort that we’re losing these games. We just need to get back to the level we were at earlier in the season.”
Supporters can still purchase tickets for the first home game of the Super 8s on Friday against Castleford Tigers over the phone, by visiting the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Fans are reminded that their season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Come and witness the home debut of ‘The Beast’ Manu Vatuvei this Friday as the Red Devils host Castleford at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Vatuvei, who joined from New Zealand Warriors, crossed for two tries on his Super League debut last Friday against Hull FC and will be looking to add to his tally against the Tigers.
The former New Zealand international entered in Salford’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan and is hoping for a similar atmosphere this weekend as the Red Devils return to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Vatuvei, sponsored by Arlec Property Services, said: “The atmosphere and the noise two weeks ago at the semi-final was immense and to experience that in my first game was surreal.
“We’d only gone out to warm-up and the Salford fans were chanting and singing – it was fantastic.
“You only really get an atmosphere like that in a Grand Final in the NRL so it was really special to be involved with that.
“Obviously, we’ve lost both games so far that I’ve been involved with but I’m confident that we can get a victory this weekend on my home debut.
“As a winger it’s always nice to get off the mark early but we’d have preferred the victory.
“I’m hoping the Red Devils fans come out in their numbers again for my first game at the AJ Bell Stadium and get behind the boys.”
Don’t miss your chance to see ‘The Beast’ in action on Friday night. Supporters can buy tickets over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website.
Fans are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home fixtures.
Salford Red Devils Foundation are pleased to announce the ‘Master Class Rugby Camp’ which will take place in the coming weeks.
The sessions will be taught by first teamers Robert Lui, Junior Sa’u, George Griffin and Olsi Krasniqi.
Sessions will include position specific master classes, fitness training in the first team gym, wrestling, skills technique and games all of which designed to develop rugby skills.
Costing £60 per person the sessions will take place between 10am-3pm at the AJ Bell Stadium on the following days:
- Tuesday 8th August and Wednesday 9th August (Year 10 and Year 11)
- Tuesday 15th August and Wednesday 16th August (Year 8 and Year 9)
- Tuesday 22nd August and Wednesday 23rd August (Year 6 and Year 7)
*Current year group for the 2016/17 school year.
To book your place contact Salford Red Devils Foundation on 0161 786 1591 or Email email@example.com
Ahead of Friday night’s Super 8s home opener against Castleford Tigers 50% of the tickets in the South Stand have already been sold.
Tickets went on sale at the backend of last week and there is already a high demand to see the Red Devils return to the AJ Bell Stadium in the first time for over a month. Remember what happened the last time we hosted Castleford?
Supporters will have to act quickly if they want to confirm their place in the South Stand for Salford’s first home game of the Super 8s.
Following the club’s highest ever Super League finish and the first Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final in almost twenty years come and see the Red Devils push for a place in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Fans can purchase tickets over the phone, by visiting the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Don’t miss out.