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James Greenwood “A really good culture”

Salford Red Devils’ James Greenwood believes the Club’s culture had changed massively when he returned to the AJ Bell Stadium permanently this year, compared to his time as a loanee in 2015. 
The 29-year-old arrived at Salford five years ago on loan from Wigan Warriors, and after signing permanently from Hull Kingston Rovers this year, noticed a big difference in the Club’s setup.
“I probably couldn’t even describe how different it is,” Greenwood said.
“I think it’s the culture, the staff and Ian Watson – just what they’re trying to build now.
“They’re getting players to perform together – wanting to perform together, and the proof is in the pudding. They’ve got a really good culture going, I think that’s huge.”
Greenwood played a pivotal role in Salford’s Coral Challenge Cup run, scoring in the Quarters, Semis and the Final, which can all be watched on RDTV.
Speaking on his Wembley try, Greenwood said: “At the time I thought we’d just about managed to start breaking Leeds down. In our heads we were like ‘we’ve got these now.’
“I’ll definitely look back on it as part of my career, three consecutive cup games and three tries.”


Salford have no time to dwell on the disappointment of last weekend, with Wigan next on Friday night in the Betfred Super League.
“We’ll be back in training, focusing on that game. Wigan was the last game before lockdown at home, and we did a job on them then,” Greenwood added.
“I don’t see why we can’t do a job on them again, I think they’re there for the taking.”
All matches from Salford Red Devils’ 2020 Coral Challenge Cup campaign are available to watch on RDTV.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16 – 23 HULL FC

Salford Red Devils suffered a 16 – 23 defeat at home against Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium.
With a hat-trick from Josh Griffin and three penalty goals from Marc Sneyd, Hull FC handed Salford Red Devils a fourth straight defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Josh Jones, Niall Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford, showing a stronger attacking position in the second half, but a drop-goal from Sneyd in the last 10 minutes of the game gave Hull FC the final hand in securing a victory over the Red Devils.
It was former Salford player Josh Griffin who opened the scoring for Hull FC, followed by two penalties scored by Marc Sneyd.
Salford held a strong attack with a try from Niall Evalds being disallowed due to interference, but the Red Devils could not break the Hull defence until Josh Jones powered over from a Rob Lui kick to secure the only try for Salford in the first half of the game, bringing the score to 6-10 at half-time.
Josh Griffin furthered Hull’s lead in the second half, scoring two tries in quick succession and winning a hat-trick in the 50thminute to further the Hull advantage.
Conceded penalties proved to be Salford’s downfall after Sneyd scored a third penalty to ensure Hull’s lead.
Both Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford until Snyed finished the game with a quick drop-goal to secure a Hull FC victory.
 
SALFORD: Evalds, Inu, Chamberlain, Bibby, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Walker, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Welham, Nakubuwai, Turgut.
HULL FC: Wynne, Logan, Griffin, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Minichiello, Manu, Westerman.
INTERCHANGES: Lane, Savelio, Ellis, Washbrook.
 
Salford tries: Jones (18′), Evalds (58′), Hastings (70′)
Salford goalsChamberlain (20′, 71′)
 
Hull FC tries: Griffin (5′, 47′, 51′)
Hull FC goals: Sneyd (6′, 11′, 37′, 48′ 66′)
Hull FC dropgoals: Sneyd (73′)
 
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Attendance: 3,609
Man of the Match: Niall Evalds

MATCH PREVIEW | SALFORD RED DEVILS V HULL FC | SUNDAY 7TH APRIL

Salford Red Devils host Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium, celebrating ‘Salford Health Day’ in partnership with AJ Bell Group.

Last Time out

Salford showed a spirited attacking mentality last Sunday when they came up against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, with tries from Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Derrell Olpherts and Jackson Hastings.
However, the Red Devils’ defence failed to hold off in the first half resulting in a 24-10 advantage to the home side at half-time.
Despite two tries in the second half of the game from Olpherts and Hastings, Salford fell to a 33-22 defeat leaving them sitting sixth in the table ahead of today’s clash against Hull FC.


Hull FC also suffered a heavy 12-63 home defeat against Warrington Wolves last Friday with their only two tries coming from Albert Kelly and Jordan Lane.
After allowing Warrington’s Blake Austin to score a hat-trick before half-time, Hull conceded 11 tries at full-time with Austin (4, DK), Josh Charnley (3), Tom Lineham (2), Daryl Clark (1) and Ben Murdock Masila (1) all going over and Stefan Ratchford kicking nine conversions.
 

Form

Since their 0-46 victory over Catalan Dragons in early March, Salford have suffered three losses in a row to Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity.
However, the Red Devils have shown a spirited performance in recent games, scoring at least four tries in their past five games.
With Salford and Hull FC sitting at sixth and seventh place in the table at eight points each, both teams will be looking for a reaction in today’s meeting that offers the opportunity for either team to climb up the table.

 

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Gameday

It’ll be all action at the AJ Bell Stadium as today’s game against Hull FC is taking place on ‘Salford Health Day’ in partnership with the AJ Bell Group.
Celebrating his 70thbirthday, Salford legend Steve Nash will make an appearance on the pitch 15-minutes before kick-off, accompanied by some of Salford’s other heroes from 74 and 76.
Half-time entertainment will see an attempt at breaking the record for a mass Tai Chi demonstration, guided by the Wai Yin Tai Chi masters, along with a performance from Salford’s own Red Angels Cheerleaders.

Team News

Today will see the return of Tyrone McCarthy and Ben Nukubuwai, replacing Adam Lawton and Daniel Murray who is out for injury.
Junior Sau has also been named in Ian Watson’s 19-man squad ahead of today’s game against Hull FC.

Squad

Salford: Niall Evalds, Ed Chamberlain, Kris Welham, Junior Sau, Jake Bibby, Rob Lui, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Mark Flanagan, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nukubuwai, Derrell Olpherts, Jansin Turgot, Krisnan Inu, Jackson Hastings
Hull FC: Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman, Sika Manu, Jordan Lane, Mickey Paea, Jack Logan, Jez Litten, Danny Washbrook, Gareth Ellis, Andre Savelio, Connor Wynne

Match Report | Wakefield Trinity 33-22 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils fell to a 33-22 defeat against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Wakefield opened the scoring through David Fifita, but this was soon cancelled out by Niall Evalds. Tries for the hosts followed from Ryan Hampshire, Reece Lyne and Pauli Pauli while Kris Welham crossed for Salford.
Jacob Miller furthered Wakefield’s lead in the second half. Quickfire tries from Derrell Olpherts and Jackson Hastings gave glimpse of a fightback but Brough would add a penalty and drop-goal to give Wakefield the victory.
Fifita’s try came on the back of a number of dropped balls from both sides with three Red Devils failing to gather possession before the prop-forward scooped up the ball to score. Brough converted.
Wakefield’s lead didn’t last long however as Salford broke free down the left-hand side and Olpherts’ clever kick inside was pounced on by an onrushing Evalds. Chamberlain’s conversion levelled the scores.
On the 20-minute mark, Wakefield restored their advantage as Hampshire jinked his way through the Salford line. The hosts would score again minutes later as Miller’s cross-field kick was taken by centre Lyne. Brough converted both.
Salford would narrow the deficit as Rob Lui’s looping pass found Ed Chamberlain who streaked away and found Welham in support with the experienced centre scoring on his return. But Wakefield finished the first half scoring as Pauli powered over from close-range. Brought’s conversion ensured Trinity had a 14-point lead at the break.
It was Wakefield who opened the scoring in the second-half, also. Brough’s clever reverse kick was taken by Miller to the right of the posts. Brough again converted.
The Red Devils would muster a mini-revival as Hastings found Bibby who in turn pulled off an exceptional offload to Olpherts who scored in the corner. Chamberlain converted from the touchline.
Hastings – who was involved in the previous try – again looked to the left-hand side but cut back inside himself and barged his way over despite the efforts of three Wakefield defenders. Chamberlain converted to reduce the arrears to eight points.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Brough added a penalty goal and then followed with a drop-goal just two minutes later to move Wakefield into a 33-22 lead which they would see out despite Salford’s late pressure.
 
WAKEFIELD: Hampshire, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou; Miller, Brough; Fifita, Wood, England, Pauli, Ashurst, Arona. 
INTERCHANGES: Crowther, King, Kopczak, Horo.
SALFORD: Evalds, Olpherts, Bibby, Welham, Chamberlain; Lui, Hastings; Lawton, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Walker, Turgut, Inu.
 
Wakefield Tries: Fifita (4’), Hampshire (19’), Miller (25’), Pauli (37’), Miller (53’)
Wakefield Conversions: Brough (5’, 20’, 26’, 38’, 54’, 65’).
Wakefield Drop-Goal: Brough (67’).
 
Salford Tries: Evalds (9’), Welham (32’), Olpherts (58’), Hastings (61’).
Salford Conversions: Chamberlain (10’, 59’, Hastings (62’).
 
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas.
Attendance: 4356
Man of the Match: Jackson Hastings.

Salford Red Devils seal deal for Krisnan Inu

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the signing of vastly experienced back Krisnan Inu.
Following an emphasis on our Squad Builder scheme, the Club have committed to making one more big signing and you can now commit to helping the Club continue to grow and compete by joining our Squad Builder initiative before the deadline on Sunday 31st March.
Inu had seven successful seasons in the NRL with Parramatta Eels, New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury Bulldogs featuring in the 2015 NRL Grand Final for the latter. Scoring over 60 tries and 130 goals, Inu earned caps for New Zealand and Samoa while playing in the NRL.
A brief stint in Rugby Union with Stade Francais was followed by a move to Catalans Dragons and, more recently, Widnes Vikings for whom he averaged a try every other game before being released due to their relegation.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Krisnan is a high-quality addition to our back-line who we spoke to in pre-season and are now really pleased to have brought to the Club.
“He has a proven record in both the NRL and Super League so when Krisnan became available it was important for us at the Club to sign him in order to lift the levels of competition and quality within our squad.
“We are hoping after a couple of setbacks we can get Krisnan back to his best and back to enjoying his Rugby League.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We have been speaking and working hard with Krisnan over the past few months, so to finally be able to bring him to the Club is fantastic.
“Krisnan has played at the highest level domestically and internationally and is a really strong addition to an already competitive squad.
“He’s extremely versatile across the back-line and I’m confident we can bring the best out of him on the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
“Big credit has to go to our supporters who have backed our Squad Builder initiative as this has been huge in helping us get Krisnan over the line and I’d like to see them continue to support this scheme ahead of next week’s deadline.”
Inu will be available for selection as Salford Red Devils get ready to take on Wakefield Trinity on Sunday 31st March at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Ian Watson | “We have to know how to turn the tide”

Head Coach Ian Watson was disappointed with his sides defensive display in defeat to Wigan Warriors and feels his team need to learn how to ‘turn the tide’.
He also gave his thoughts on a range of other topics.

On the performance…

We weren’t good enough defensively. We got ran and around a few too many times on our right-hand edge particularly coming out of yardage. When we put ourselves back in a position to win the game our right edge again let us down. We were disappointed in the first half when we conceded three consecutive tries. We have to know how to turn the tide there. We were completing at 44% in the first half which isn’t good enough. Our execution was poor on the back of that and defensively we let them march us. They did the basics really well and we didn’t.

On the performance in comparison with Castleford…

We were probably better in the Castleford game than we were today. Defensively I just think we’ve let ourselves down from our standards of what we normally compete at. Once we got into the lead again, we needed to up the intensity, but the likes of Dominic Manfredi and Joe Burgess got on the front foot and those two gave Wigan a big lift in the back-field. It’s up to us to deal with that and we didn’t do that well at all.

On injuries…

Ken Sio is the more serious one at the moment, he looked like he’d popped his groin. We’ll have to see what the physios say on that, but he could be looking at over a month.

On Adam Walker…

He was trying to lead the boys and when he came onto the field, he made a massive difference to us as well because he played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He led the way in the middles, but they were really good for the majority of the game, but we just fell down in certain areas defensively.

On Adam Lawton…

I just felt the game was getting too quick in the middle of the ruck and Adam Lawton is a big guy. We need to be controlling the ball and getting our fair share of it as well and I just thought we made some silly errors. The game wasn’t panning out in a manner in which we felt we could introduce Adam.

On Ed Chamberlain…

Ed’s a good player and he’s a good guy as well who trains really hard. He’ll be disappointed that we’ve been beaten down that right edge but as a team we’ve got to be disappointed that we got beat down that side.
 
Tickets for Sunday’s game against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium are now available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For more details, click HERE. 

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 22-30 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils fell to a narrow eight-point defeat at the hands of Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The hosts went into the break two points behind with Josh Jones, Derrell Olpherts and Niall Evalds scoring for Salford while George Williams, Thomas Leuluai and Joe Greenwood went over for Wigan. Zak Hardaker’s third conversion being the difference between the sides.
Salford regained the lead when Adam Walker scored his first Red Devils try on his home debut, but Williams would score twice more to complete a hat-trick and consign Salford to defeat.
It took just four minutes for Salford to open the scoring when Jones latched onto a low Rob Lui kick. Chamberlain couldn’t add the extras but would make amends after the ten-minute mark by converting a penalty goal.
The Red Devils hold on the game fell away as Wigan scored three tries inside seven first half minutes. Williams was first to score after he collected Jarrod Sammut’s pass at the second attempt before Leuluai and Greenwood both forced their way over for the visitors. Hardaker converted all three.
However, Salford pulled off a late first half fightback with Olpherts scoring following an initial half-break from Ed Chamberlain. Just minutes later, Chamberlain and Olpherts linked up again to find an onrushing Evalds to score. Chamberlain converted the latter meaning Ian Watson’s men trailed by two points at half-time.
Salford took the lead just a minute after the break as Walker stripped the ball from Manfredi’s grasp to score his first Red Devils try on his home debut. Chamberlain followed with the conversion to further Salford’s lead.
The lead would last just eight minutes as Wigan broke down the left-hand side with Joe Burgess finding Williams in support to score from distance. Wigan scored an identical try on the hour-mark as the halfback completed his hat-trick. Hardaker would convert both to ensure a 22-30 victory for Adrian Lam’s team.
Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Olpherts, Chamberlain, Bibby, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Murray, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Nakubuwai, Griffin, Lawton, Walker.
Wigan Warriors: Hardaker, Manfredi, Gildart, Sarginson, Burgess; Sammut, Williams; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Greenwood, O’Loughlin.
Interchanges: Shorrocks, Hamlin, Flower, Bullock.
 
Salford Tries: Jones (4’), Olpherts (37’), Evalds (40’), Walker (42’)
Salford Conversions: Chamberlain (11’, 40’, 43’)
 
Wigan Tries: Williams (25’, 50’, 61’), Leuluai (29’), Greenwood (32’)
Wigan Conversions: Hardaker (26’, 30’, 33’, 51’, 62’)
 
Referee: Chris Kendall.
Attendance: 4770.
Man of the Match: Josh Jones.
 
Half-Time Draw Results:

  1. £382 cash prize – 04700
  2. Jar of Uncle Joes Mintballs – 04070
  3. £10 cash – 03892
  4. £10 cash – 03760

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for Wigan game

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the visit of Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March, 3pm kick-off.
Adam Lawton is named in the 19-man squad and could be in line to make his home debut. Adam Walker retains his place following an impressive debut at Castleford Tigers while Ed Chamberlain is looking for his first start of the season.
Tickets for our game against Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March are now available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Here is the squad in full:
 
 

Salford Red Devils to host ‘Salford Health Day’ in partnership with AJ Bell

Salford Red Devils and Salford Red Devils Foundation are delighted to announce we will be hosting ‘Salford Health Day’, in partnership with AJ Bell.
This event will be part of the community’s World Health Day celebrations, and take place at our upcoming home fixture against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April.
Salford Health Day, in partnership with AJ Bell, will be brought to you by Salford Red Devils and the Salford Red Devils Foundation in conjunction with:
Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Council, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Oasis-GB, Salford Metropolitan Athletic Club, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, ABL Health, Salford University, Salford Community and Voluntary Services and AJ Bell.
As part of Salford Health Day, the aforementioned stakeholders have come together to help host health-related activities at the fixture against Hull FC.
Activities will include free health checks on the health bus, a health walk, instructor led bike ride, walking football and a 100-metre challenge where finalists will compete at half-time. Also, during the half-time break, there will a mass participation of tai chi which will be led from the field for supporters in attendance.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “This is a fantastic idea and I’d encourage people going to the match to take part in the free health checks and activities on offer. There are many activities that take place in the city each week that you can find more about. It promises to be a great family day out for all.”
 
Tickets for our game against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April are now available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.

Talking Points | Castleford Tigers 24-20 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils ran Castleford Tigers close at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and there was plenty to talk about from a thrilling Betfred Super League clash. 
We take a look at some of the key talking points.
Competing with the best
Following last month’s loss to St Helens, Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to positives and said his side would learn from playing and competing with the best on a regular basis and this is something they displayed this weekend at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The Red Devils fought till the end against Castleford with a late Jake Bibby try almost being the catalyst for a late fightback. At one stage Salford found themselves 18-4 down but some determined and clever attacking play saw them score two tries in quick succession to close the gap further.

Ian Watson’s side went toe-to-toe with the team who have the best win percentage in the Betfred Super League in recent seasons and on another day could have very well come away from Castleford with two points.
While the result wasn’t quite what the Red Devils wanted, if they can maintain the level of performance, we have seen over the last month there is no reason Salford – as Ian Watson mentioned in his post-match presser – become contenders in 2019.
Adam Walker debuts 
After almost two years away from the field, Adam Walker made his long-awaited Rugby League return coinciding with his debut for Salford Red Devils. Walker was named amongst the interchanges and entered the field midway through the first half in place of Gil Dudson.
Walker immediately looked a threat with ball in hand causing a few issues for the Tigers defence with Paul McShane getting sent to the sin-bin after tackling the Red Devils forward. The former Hull Kingston Rovers, St Helens and Wakefield Trinity man looked to make an impact as well and will only improve with more game time.
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Head Coach Ian Watson said: “I thought he looked dangerously with ball in hand and defensively I thought there were a few times where he lounged in but that’s fatigue and taking that into contact. We’ll see how it pans out when he’s got match fitness. He will get better, and he’ll be a great addition for us.”
Lussick continues to impress 
Joey Lussick played a full eighty minutes against Castleford Tigers on Sunday afternoon and was a standout performer for the Red Devils helping guide Salford around the field and crossing for his fourth try of the season.
Lussick has developed into a real threat on the opposition line whether he gets the ball out to Rob Lui and Jackson Hastings at pace or whether he throws a dummy and ‘goes himself’. The Australian has scored in four games this season with three of his tries coming on the road against Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers, respectively.


In addition, he was an absolute rock in defence making 45 tackles and often going head-to-head with Castleford’s star-man on the afternoon Paul McShane. Lussick’s ability to kick from hooker also offers another option alongside the Red Devils’ halfback pairing.
Lussick will be looking to carry his fine form into another huge Betfred Super League fixture this weekend as Salford welcome Wigan Warriors looking to return to winning ways at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Sin-bin and potential sin-bin 
Paul McShane was sent to the sin-bin in the first half for his involvement in an altercation between the two sides which also involved Adam Walker. Unfortunately, during this period the Red Devils didn’t manage to cross the line and capitalise on their man advantage. Paul McShane was central to everything Castleford produced in attack.

In the second half, Tigers centre Alex Foster was adjudged to have tackled Joey Lussick off the ball by referee Robert Hicks as Jackson Hastings looked to find the hooker on a half-break. While Salford were awarded a penalty, the decision was made not to sin-bin Foster.
However, when questioned about this decision, Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “This wasn’t the reason we lost the game.”