Tag: Betfred Super League

Ian Watson | “It’s a case of bouncing back from last week”

In a contest which finds both teams with the same number of wins, and sitting adjacently to each other in the league table, Salford’s visit to East Hull, on Saturday promises to be a mouth-watering encounter. 
Head Coach Ian Watson offers his thoughts ahead of the clash…

On opponents Hull KR…

Victories at Hull KR are always hard to come by, but in recent seasons we have had won some extremely important clashes there, such as last season’s victory in the Qualifiers, and Saturday’s game there is important now because it is the next one on the fixture list.
Rover have spent well during the close season, Mitch Garbutt being one of the players they have strengthened their squad with, alongside others such as Jimmy Keinhorst and Ryan Lannon, while their Head Coach, Tim Sheens is very attack minded.

On Sunday’s defeat against Leeds…

We allowed Leeds to determine the pace of the game, and that turned the momentum in their favour.  We, then, compounded that situation with further errors such as immediately kicking off into dead, on the full, and running offside at another kick-off both of which led to further spells of goal line pressure.
What we should have done was to have turned the pressure back onto Leeds, but that didn’t happen until we had good spell at the start of the second half, which culminated in our scoring.
The sinbinning later on, though, really hurt us, not so much whilst we were down to twelve men, but in the knock-on effect, in the later part of the game.  Nevertheless, at sixty minutes, having not played at all well, and having been down to twelve men for ten minutes, we were still in the game against a talented side like Leeds.

On the impact on the week’s training…

We didn’t give a true representation of what we are all about, last week, and that has hurt us all, considerably, so we need to rectify it quickly.  This weekend will be all about us making a big improvement and making sure we get the defensive side of our game back on track because basically if you don’t defend you don’t win games.
The players were all extremely disappointed, and there was also the feeling that they had not done justice to themselves, nor lived up to the standards we had set ourselves.

On the trip to Humberside…

Clubs all like to win their home games, and KCOM Craven Park has always been a difficult place to go to.  Hull KR will undoubtedly have set out to win all of their home games and that will certainly be the case for this weekend, so we will have to be prepared for a tough match, by going and performing as we did in the first two rounds.  It’s a case of bouncing back from last week.
We are just taking it one game at a time, and getting the points on Saturday is our key objective.  We’ve got to go out and put our best foot forward to give everyone a reminder of what we are working to become.
 
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Hull Kingston Rovers are still available from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. You can also book coach travel for this fixture by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any early ticket purchase. To see ticket prices and coach pick-up times and points, click HERE.

Squad | Ian Watson makes one change to 19-man squad

Head Coach Ian Watson has made just one change to the 19-man squad as Salford Red Devils prepare for Saturday’s trip to KCOM Craven Park to face Hull Kingston Rovers.
Daniel Murray has entered the side and is in contention to make his first Betfred Super League appearance of 2019. Tyrone McCarthy will be looking to force his way into the starting side for the first time this year against one of his former clubs while Jake Bibby is also challenging for a spot in the team.
Ken Sio will make his first visit back to KCOM Craven Park since leaving Hull Kingston Rovers back in 2016.
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Hull Kingston Rovers are still available from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. You can also book coach travel for this fixture by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any early ticket purchase. To see ticket prices and coach pick-up times and points, click HERE.
The full squad is as follows:

Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 14-46 Leeds Rhinos

Salford Red Devils fell to their first defeat of the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Leeds Rhinos and we take a look at the talking points surrounding the game.

Going close

While the scoreline got away from the Red Devils in the end there were a few times Salford went close while the margin was much narrower. At 6-18, Jansin Turgut got himself over the line following a clever knockdown from Kris Welham however try was ruled out for a double-movement.
In the closing stages of the first half, Rob Lui broke from deep before finding Jackson Hastings who almost made the line. The ball would end up with Joey Lussick, but the support wasn’t there to finish off the move. George Griffin would then be held up just short of the line a few plays later.


After Josh Jones narrowed the deficit early in the second half, Salford almost pulled the scores level as Junior Sa’u powered his way over three Leeds defenders. Unfortunately, the centre couldn’t quite keep hold off the ball. Had any of these opportunities gone the other way then the game could have well panned out differently.

Jansin Turgut’s sin-bin

A big moment in the game came on the 50-minute mark as second-rower Jansin Turgut was sent to the sin-bin following an altercation with Adam Cuthbertson at the play-the-ball. Turgut was sin-binned for running into the melee and escalating the situation.
Following the sin-bin, the Red Devils kept the scores close with Ken Sio’s penalty goal returning the arrears to six points after Tui Lolohea’s penalty goal following the incident. However, playing with twelve men may well have had an effect on the Red Devils in the latter stages but Head Coach Ian Watson made it clear this ‘wasn’t why they’d lost the game.’
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Even for the next ten minutes following the sin-bin I thought we got ourselves back into the game and we were looking really strong but after that Leeds really picked up the speed of the game and took it away from us from there. It was a big call, but it isn’t why we’ve lost.”

Josh Jones continues to impress

One of the standout performers on a disappointing afternoon for Salford Red Devils was back-rower Josh Jones who has made a terrific start to the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
Jones was impactful at the John Smith’s Stadium in Round One and has now made try-scoring appearances at the AJ Bell Stadium against both London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos. Both of his tries came in similar fashion with the robust forward forcing his way over from close-range despite the best efforts of numerous defenders.
The 25-year-old has made massive metres already this season often taking on three and four defenders per carry and his offload game continues to cause a threat on a regular basis.

Gameday entertainment

Away from the field there was plenty of gameday activity and entertainment for supporters to soak up at the AJ Bell Stadium. Many supporters took advantage of the FREE entry to the Funderpark amusement park pre-game before packing out the Marquee.
The Salford Red Devils mobile Club Shop provided by WildThang was alongside stalls from the Salford Red Devils Foundation, Mascord Brownz and the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust all accompanied by music by a ten-piece band.


At half-time local boxer Marc Leach and his trainer Jamie Moore took to the field to promote his upcoming English title fight in March in Oldham. Aaron Parmar also did a lap of the AJ Bell Stadium pitch after bucket collecting to support his incredible efforts in running 22 10km runs in memory of the 22 victims of the Manchester terror attack.
Finally, Dr Devil was joined by Manchester Storm mascot Lightning Jack!
 
Tickets are on sale for Salford Red Devils next home fixture against St Helens on Thursday 28th February. You can purchase tickets for this game at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You will save money buying in advance!

Ian Watson | “We didn’t control the speed of the game well”

Salford Red Devils suffered their first defeat of the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Leeds Rhinos and Ian Watson offered his thoughts on the loss.

On the result…

I think Leeds got what they deserved in the end. We failed to dominate any field position and they turned over in really good field positions and we’ve got to learn a lesson from that.

On Leeds scoring tries in quick succession…

That was because of the momentum of the game and it’s down to us to stop that momentum. I think they scored three in quick succession in the first half which got us as well. We’ve got to learn to be better at turning the momentum on its head and the only way you can do that is to defend well and we failed to do that on the back of our kick chase today.

On Jansin Turgut’s sin-bin…

I thought it was a big call. Even for the next ten minutes following the sin-bin I thought we got ourselves back into the game and we were looking really strong but after that Leeds really picked up the speed of the game and took it away from us from there. It was a big call, but it isn’t why we’ve lost.
I thought he was going for Kris Welham at first which is unlike Welham but he’s reacted in the tackle so I thought he was going to get him so then to sin-bin Jansin was a little bit of a surprise to me but James Child has said he’s sin-binned him for running it and that he’s not actually anything apparently but we’ll take a look at it on the video.

On the difference between the sides…

Yeah, there’s a massive difference in budget – that’s obvious. I wouldn’t say there was a massive difference in talent today. I think one team turned over the field position much better than the other. If you look at how many good-ball sets they had in comparison to us they turned over in good field position we were generally coming off our own try-line. We were turning the ball over on our 40m line. The more attacking sets you give a team like Leeds who have spent heavily they’re just going to put you under the pump and punish you. We didn’t control the speed of the game well.

On bouncing back against Hull KR…

We’ve got to learn our lessons. We didn’t represent ourselves in the best way against Leeds, we wanted to put up a good showing and build on the strong start to the season especially being at home and being in front of a good crowd we wanted them to see us at our best. We failed to do the hard stuff against Leeds in defending and we probably wanted to just concentrate on the defence and we need to rectify that for next weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers because they’ll pose the same threats.
 
Tickets are on sale for Salford Red Devils next home fixture against St Helens on Thursday 28th February. You can purchase tickets for this game at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You will save money buying in advance!

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 14-46 Leeds Rhinos

Salford Red Devils fell to a disappointing 14-46 defeat at the hands of Leeds Rhinos bringing to an end their 100% start to the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
Joey Lussick opened the scoring at the AJ Bell Stadium, but Adam Cuthbertson, Jack Walker and Konrad Hurrell all scored within six minutes to give the Rhinos the advantage heading into the break.
In similar fashion, the Red Devils scored first in the second half through Josh Jones, but Leeds would run away with the game with Walker completing a hat-trick, Hurrell notching a brace and tries from Matt Parcell and Ash Handley.
It was a positive start for Salford as, after just seven minutes, Lussick managed to burrow his way over the try-line from a few metres out. Ken Sio converted.
Leeds would level the scores after off-season signing Trent Merrin found Cuthbertson with a neat offload. The Rhinos immediately followed with another try as Walker broke clear of the Salford defence. Leeds would complete a purple patch of three tries in six minutes as Hurrell latched onto a low Lolohea grubber kick. The half-back successfully converted all three tries.
The Red Devils narrowed the gap just three minutes after the interval as Jones managed to carry three defenders over the line. Sio converted. Salford almost followed up with another try as Junior Sa’u went over but couldn’t ground the ball under pressure from three Leeds defenders.
On the 50-minute mark, Jansin Turgut would be sent to the sin-bin for an altercation at the play-the-ball. Lolohea successfully kicked at goal from the resulting penalty but Sio would close the deficit back to six points with a penalty goal of his own three minutes later.
However, Leeds would run away with the game in the final twenty minutes. Hurrell stepped over for his second of the game before hooker Parcell jinked his way over from acting half-back. Lolohea’s conversion opened up a 16-point lead.
Another try would come a few minutes later as Walker collected a clever low kick from Lolohea and the full-back would round off his hat-trick just two minutes after as he finished a flowing Leeds move from inside their own half. Handley crossed with ten minutes remaining to finish the scoring.
 
Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Griffin.
Leeds Rhinos: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Hurrell, Handley; Lolohea, Myler; Peteru, Dwyer, Cuthbertson, Ferres, Ward, Merrin.
Interchanges: Parcell, Donaldson, Smith, Singleton.
 
Salford Tries: Lussick (7’), Jones (43’).
Salford Goals: Sio (8’, 44’, 56’).
Leeds Tries: Cuthbertson (16’), Walker (20’ 65’, 67’), Hurrell (22’, 58’), Parcell (62’), Handley (71’).
Leeds Goals: Lolohea (17’, 21’ 23’, 51’, 63’, 66’ 68’)
 
Salford Sin-Bin: Turgut (50’)
 
Referee: James Child.
Attendance: 4385.

Squad | Ian Watson names an unchanged squad for the third consecutive game

Head Coach Ian Watson has named an unchanged squad for the third consecutive fixture as the Red Devils prepare to take on Leeds Rhinos at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 17th February, 3pm kick-off.
Salford have opened the season with back-to-back wins against Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos and currently sit atop the Betfred Super League table.
Tyrone McCarthy and Jake Bibby will be looking to make their first competitive starts of the 2019 season.
Tickets for the game are available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. Remember, you can save £2 if you purchase your tickets in advance of gameday.
Here is the squad in full:

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

Ian Watson | “We are confident as a team”

Victories over Huddersfield and London in Rounds One & Two have set up a thrilling clash with a Leeds Rhinos side which is still looking for its first league points of the season.
Two rock-solid, all round team performances have seen the Red Devils not only with a maximum four points, but when taking into account points difference, sitting proudly at the top of Super League, going into Sunday’s fixture, none of which has escaped the attention of Head Coach, Ian Watson.

On Leeds’s Need for A Win…

“Leeds have had a really tough start to the season, against teams which many a side would struggle against, so I am pretty sure that they will have targeted this week’s game as the one in which they must get their first win. It will be up to us to ensure that we don’t allow them to do that.
“We are well-focused on what we have to do, and the lads are really excited for this one, because we have done our job in both of the first two matches but this one is going to be the real test. Leeds have recruited really well in the close season, which with their resources they can do, but we are really confident and are going to put our best foot forward.”

On Our Recent Performances…

“We have built our season on team effort and individual commitment to the team, all of which has come through in our opening games.  It will be no different this week because if we are to beat Leeds, we shall have to do it as a team. As individuals we all have our own jobs to do in our own individual roles, but these all come together to give us our team performance.
“The London match showed this, last week. We knew that they would come here and put in a really determined team effort, so we had had to ensure that our attitude and mentality were absolutely right. As a result, the lads countered them with a completely solid, professional performance, and so got the result.”

On Keeping London Scoreless…

“With a fairly low half-time scoreline, we spoke about not getting frustrated, being patient and sticking to our processes, because we knew they were a team which would defend as if their lives depended upon it. We were, consequently, able to nil the opposition for the first time since 2007, when we prevented Catalans from scoring.”

On Topping The League Table…

“We are only two games in, and we have done what we have had to do in those two games, but that is a different proposition for being at the top after twenty-nine games. If we were, we would be absolutely jumping around all over the place.
“Let us just take one game at a time, as we have been doing, because it was only a couple of seasons ago that Widnes were unbeaten at the start of the season until they came here, and after they had lost to us they went for some considerable time without winning again, and ended up in the Qualifiers.
“None of the players has even spoken about the league; it’s just too early in the season. There are other teams with four points from two wins anyway, so it is far more important that we just keep our focus on beating Leeds. It would be nice to make it three wins out of three, because you want to be winning every game you play. We are confident as a team and are happy with everything we have done in preparation, so on we go into the game.”
 
Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

Funderpark at the AJ Bell Stadium prior to Leeds Rhinos game

Prior to Sunday’s game against Leeds Rhinos fans of both clubs can gain entry to the Funderpark – Europe’s largest travelling theme park – for FREE on production of their match ticket.
Salford and Leeds fans will be able to enter the fairground from 12:30pm and can enjoy the rides, games and concession stalls up until 2:45pm before the huge Betfred Super League game kicks off. Funderpark is positioned behind the North Stand.
This is the perfect opportunity for the family to come down and enjoy a ‘Super Salford Sunday’ with the added bonus of a fairground pre-game to lap up the matchday atmosphere.
We’d advise Salford Red Devils supporters to purchase their tickets in advance as ticket prices will rise by £2 on gamedays and you will avoid gameday queues and be able to enjoy Funderpark quicker! Tickets can be purchased at the AJ Bell Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online HERE.
Come and enjoy the roller coaster that is Super League! 
Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Stand/Area Category Online price Price Gameday Price
South Adult £20.50 £22 £24
  Concession £15.50 £17 £19
  Under 16 £5.50 £7 £9
  Family £42.50 £44 £46
West Adult £26.50 £28 £30
  Concession £20.50 £22 £24
  Under 16 £5.50 £7 £9
Family £53.50 £55 £57

 

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

Salford Red Devils to join ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’

Super League (Europe) and the Rugby Football League (RFL) have partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care to form a ground-breaking inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism. 
The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ will give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events. The programme aims to promote the development of skills, confidence and positive experiences for people with learning disabilities, and make a major statement about social inclusion.  This world-first initiative is the first ever example of a professional sports league sharing its brand with a learning disability sports programme.
The inclusive competition has been supported by eleven founder clubs, who have established or will be developing Learning Disability Rugby League teams: Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Newcastle Thunder, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors and York City Knights.
Learning Disability Rugby League is a specially adapted non-competitive game, which focuses on encouraging participation and skills development. To support the success of this programme, Community Integrated Care is providing specialist training to all participating clubs, as well as direct investment into the sport.
The programme is set to launch at the Betfred Super League’s Dacia Magic Weekend event, which takes place at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, on 25-26th May 2019. This will provide one of the biggest ever crowds for a learning disability sport event.
The initiative was revealed today at Community Integrated Care’s Annual Conference, which took place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. The launch event was hosted by Sky Sports presenters Terry O’Connor and Brian Carney. It featured contributions from Warrington Wolves hooker Danny Walker, Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Wigan Warriors second-row, Willie Isa, and St Helens prop, Luke Douglas, who have all signed up as Ambassadors for the programme, having proudly supported LDRL initiatives or the charity Community Integrated Care in the past.
Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities, supporting over 3500 people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health concerns and dementia across England and Scotland. The charity has developed several pioneering sports and social care programmes, including initiatives with leading Rugby League clubs that have been recognised at the National Dementia Care Awards, 3rd Sector Care Awards and the Great British Care Awards.
This announcement is part of a wider strategic partnership between Community Integrated Care, the Super League and the RFL, which aims to develop and enhance the community programmes provided by the sport to people with care and support needs. As the Official Social Care Partner of the sport, the charity will be leading the development of a range of programmes that will use Rugby League to transform the lives of people who require care and support.
Robert Elstone, CEO of Super League, said: “I would like to thank Community Integrated Care for presenting this ground-breaking opportunity to Super League. The passion and commitment shown to date to get this project underway bodes well for a partnership that will reward all participants in so many ways. Not only will this deliver amazing opportunities for all the players, and experiences that will live in the memory for lifetimes, it will also endorse everything that Super League stands for.
Our Clubs sit at the heart of proud communities and bring people together every day of the year. The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League will widen that reach and amplify these special qualities.”
Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the RFL, said: “As a governing body we are extremely proud of our work in developing both Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League over the past 12 months. To have a partner of the calibre of Community Integrated Care come on board is really exciting and they will add real value as we look to develop this format.
The work the Club Foundations have done in giving players with a learning disability the chance to experience Rugby League has been first class and we look forward to working with Super League, Club Foundations and Community Integrated Care to continue to deliver some unprecedented playing opportunities.”
Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, says: “We believe that this collaboration will become one of the most significant inclusive sports programmes in the world. This initiative gives people with learning disabilities an unparalleled platform to stay active, make friends, develop skills and achieve their dreams. By providing people with the opportunity to represent the clubs that they love, become Super League players, and be part of the game’s biggest events, such as Magic Weekend, the sport is not only changing people’s lives but also making a powerful statement about the inclusiveness and values of Rugby League.
“As the Official Social Care partner of the sport, we are looking forward to working with the sport to changing the lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism and dementia.
“We would like to commend the Super League, RFL, all participating clubs, and the players and legends who have signed up as Ambassadors, for their vision and passion for this programme.”

Salford Red Devils and Foundation give our FREE community club Season Tickets

Ahead of last weekend’s opening home game of the Betfred Super League season against London Broncos, Salford Red Devils and Salford Red Devils Foundation were out at local community clubs giving out FREE Season Tickets.
Salford Red Devils players such as Joey Lussick, Jansin Turgut, Ben Nakubuwai and Daniel Murray visited local community clubs such as Langworthy Reds, Salford Roosters, Folly Lane ARLFC and Cadishead Rhinos giving out FREE season tickets to their youth players for the 2019 season.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “It is absolutely crucial that Salford Red Devils have strong, positive and working relationships with every one of our local community clubs.
“These youngsters are clearly interested in Rugby League and it is up to us to give them the platform to watch top-class Super League and give them something to aspire to.
“Some of these kids could be the next generation of Salford Red Devils players or fans and it is important that they have links with this fantastic Club as early as possible and giving them a free 2019 Season Ticket is the perfect way to do that.
“We are looking forward to welcoming a number of youngsters to the AJ Bell Stadium this season and we’re confident they will enjoy their experience and begin an affinity with the Red Devils!”
Salford Red Devils Foundation Manager, Neil Blackburn, said: “It was great for the Foundation to get out to the local community clubs and give out free Salford Red Devils Season Tickets.
“It is key for the Salford Red Devils Foundation to maintain strong relationships with our community clubs and engage with them on a regular basis. Last week was a perfect example of the great work the Foundation continue to do in the community.
“For us, seeing as many children at the game as possible each week is the aim and we want to promote both the Club and Foundation far and wide.”
Salford Red Devils 2019 ‘Golden Tickets’ are also now in local schools which sees juniors allowed to attend a Red Devils game for free with an accompanying adult.
If you’re community club would like to get involved in this fantastic scheme, please E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net or call 0161 786 1590.  
And, if you’re a local school and would like to get some ‘Golden Tickets’ for a Red Devils fixture, please E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net or call 0161 786 1590.
We are #TogetherStronger.