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Factfile | Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers | Friday 13th July

Salford Red Devils host Castleford Tigers this evening and we take a look at the stats, facts and figures behind tonight’s encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium, 8pm kick-off.
Salford managed to overcome Castleford in this fixture last season narrowly edging out the Tigers 13-12 thanks to a late drop-goal. However, Castleford have been on top in recent meetings winning three consecutive games against the Red Devils with the most recent finishing 22-8 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle back in March.
Ian Watson’s men have won two of their last three home meetings with Castleford. In addition to last year’s terrific one-point victory, the Red Devils won 22-18 in July 2016 at the AJ Bell Stadium. But, it was the West Yorkshire side who won the most recent meeting at Salford in last year’s Betfred Super League Super 8s.
Overall, in the Betfred Super League, Salford Red Devils have won 11 meetings while Castleford have 27 victories. There is yet to be a draw between the two sides in the Betfred Super League. 
Jake Bibby has scored in two of his last three appearances against Castleford however both have come in fixtures at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. Bibby crossed for a late try in this year’s meeting between the sides as well as in a 14-38 defeat in July 2017.
The 22-year-old has hit some try-scoring form in recent weeks for the Red Devils crossing in each of his last three appearances. Bibby’s current run began just after half-time in a 26-12 win over Widnes before he also went over in recent defeats against both Warrington and Hull Kingston Rovers.
As for Castleford, fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae is their man in try-scoring form having also scored in his last three outings. ‘QLT’ scored in crucial victories over Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle while also crossing in France versus Catalans Dragons.
2018 Stats
Jake Bibby is also Salford Red Devils’ top try-scorer this season with ten. He is currently three in front of centre Junior Sa’u.  Castleford’s Jy Hitchcox currently sits atop the Tigers try-scoring ranks with ten. He is closely followed by Michael Shenton on eight while Oliver Holmes and Paul McShane have both scored seven tries.
Logan Tomkins is comfortably leading the way in terms of tackles for the Red Devils with 630 however with the hooker absent Lama Tasi is the top tackler of the 19-man squad named with 442. Similarly, it’s Castleford’s hooker Paul McShane who tops the Tigers tackle chart by over 200 tackles.
Ed Chamberlain made his first start for the Red Devils last weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers and averaged a massive 11.21 metres per carry. Castleford also have a player who averages above ten metres per carry in Greg Eden with 10.47 metres.
Grant Millington is Castleford’s top metre-maker with 1679 while Junior Sa’u leads the way for Salford with 1741.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder!
Tickets are still available from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570 for this evening’s game.

Ben Nakubuwai | “We need to be resilient”

Ahead of tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with Castleford Tigers, we caught up with Ben Nakubuwai who feels the Red Devils forwards need to get on top in the early stages. 
Nakubuwai, sponsored by Sparta Lightning Services, said: “It’s going to be really important for us to stamp our mark on the game and show them that we’re here to play and that starts with us forwards.
“If you look at last weekend’s game against Hull KR we were all over them in the first twenty minutes. We just need to keep consistent and do what works well for us and that’s when our middles keep going forward.
“If we can do that and limit our errors we’re a side to be reckoned with.”
Despite defeat last weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers, Nakubuwai maintains that there is still a lot of confidence in the camp and knows the importance of building momentum heading into the 8s.
“It’s really important for us to start stringing some good performances together so when we head into the back end of the year, so we can stay away from trouble.
“I just think we need a bit more composure when calls go against us or we make mistakes. We need to be resilient, not allow our heads to drop and keep the same attitude throughout the whole eighty minutes.
“Everyone will be focused on their jobs and aiming to put in the best performance they possibly can.
“There’s still a lot of confidence in the camp, we’re staying positive and focused on the job at hand.”
Nakubuwai has become a regular feature in the first team since arriving from Gold Coast Titans and is loving life at the AJ Bell Stadium.
“It’s going to be good to play our first game at home for nearly a month. It’s always good to play in a familiar environment and the fans are always terrific at the AJ Bell Stadium.
“It’s my first year in the Betfred Super League and I’m really enjoying the experience so far. I feel like my game has improved and I feel like every week I’m learning new things that are furthering me as a rugby league player.”
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder!
Tickets are still available from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570 for this evening’s game.

Preview | Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers | Friday 13th July

The Red Devils host Castleford Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium this coming Friday as Ian Watson’s men look to return to winning ways following last week’s disappointing defeat at Hull Kingston Rovers.
Last time out
Salford dominated the early stages at KCOM Craven Park and raced into a 6-0 lead as Greg Johnson bulldozed his way over the whitewash. Ed Chamberlain marked his first start for the club with three goals, but Johnson’s effort proved to be the visitors’ sole score in the first period.
After the break, Junior Sa’u managed to claim two well worked tries before Jake Bibby crossed in the dying minutes of the contest.

Unfortunately for Salford though, the hosts proved too hot to handle. Danny McGuire claimed a sublime hat-trick, Will Oakes crossed for a double, whilst Ryan Shaw, Adam Quinlan, James Greenwood and Joel Tomkins also touched down to condemn the Devils to defeat.
Castleford meanwhile, head into the showdown in fine form after pummelling Leeds Rhinos at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in their last fixture. Highly-rated youngster Jake Trueman scored twice whilst Jesse Sene-Lefao also crossed for a brace of his own.
Leeds – who were under the stewardship of new management team Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes for the very first time – did manage to conjure up 10 points thanks to Tom Briscoe’s double and a goal from Liam Sutcliffe but Cas proved too superior.
Daryl Powell’s side were in a ruthless mood and found themselves over on three further occasions as the recently injured Greg Eden, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e and Matt Cook all touched down. Leeds did lose captain Stevie Ward to injury early in the second half, but by then, the damage has already been done.
Salford have endured mixed fortunes in recent weeks, first the Red Devils returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion after triumphing 26-12 over Widnes Vikings to earn a crucial victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Two weeks later, Watson’s side travelled to nearby Warrington and competed with the Wolves for the majority of the fixture. Jack Littlejohn had arguably his best performance in a Salford shirt, after crossing for two tries, but the Australian’s night would end in disaster after rupturing his bicep.
Jake Bibby finished off a stunning team move by diving over in front of the travelling Salford faithful, but Warrington struck five times in the final 30 minutes to put the game to bed. Salford then conceded 9 tries at Hull KR just over a week later.
Castleford on the other hand, have lost just two of their last eight fixtures. The Tigers ran riot over Leeds at the Magic Weekend, secured further victories over Hull KR, Warrington, Wigan Warriors, before sentencing the Rhinos to another defeat last weekend.
The Tigers are an unpredictable side though, Powell’s men have been heavily beaten by both St Helens and the Catalans Dragons over the last two months, with each racking up 40 points or more against last year’s League Leaders Shield winners. Cas also drew 24-all with Hull KR four weeks ago and will be wary of the various threats Salford could potentially impose on Friday Evening.
In this week’s head-to-head we pit forwards Mark Flanagan and Grant Millington against each other as we take a closer look into the pair’s impact within their respective sides.
Flanagan – who joined the Red Devils in 2016 from St Helens – has heavily impressed during his time at the AJ Bell Stadium. Despite missing the majority of the Super 8s last season through a shoulder injury, ‘Flash’ is a highly influential player within the squad and his ball-playing style sees him act as a third half-back in the majority of the Red Devils’ plays.
The 30-year-old is a creative player who brings a level of class and experience to the team’s attack and defence, which has seen him emerge as a consistent performer for yet another season.

Millington joined the Tigers from the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012, the 31-year-old is of a similar mould to Flanagan and despite not always featuring at loose-forward, the Aussie is always involved in his side’s plays.
Both Flanagan and Millington are highly experienced veterans and whichever side comes out on top on Friday evening, it is almost a certainty that one of the duo will have been heavily involved throughout.
Team News
Greg Johnson – who opened the scoring for Salford during last week’s defeat to the Robins – misses out on this week’s squad after being leaving the field prematurely last time out. Hooker Logan Tomkins also leaves the 19-man squad after picking up an injury in the same clash.
The duo are replaced by Luke Burgess – who has been out of action since the 30-0 defeat to Wigan in early May – and Craig Kopczak.
As for the visitors, Jamie Ellis is replaced in the Tigers’ 19-man squad and is replaced by promising back-rower Kieran Gill. Gill, 22, has spent time on-loan at League One side Oldham in recent times and impressed enough to earn a recall. In other news, Joe Wardle returns to the fold at the expense of Nathan Massey.
Salford: Junior Sa’u, Robert Lui, Craig Kopczak, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Luke Burgess, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Levy Nzoungou, Daniel Murray, Jake Shorrocks, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke.
Castleford: James Clare, Mitch Clark, Matt Cook, Greg Eden, Tuoyo Egodo, Kieran Gill, Oliver Holmes, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Junior Moors, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer, Jake Trueman, Liam Watts, Joe Wardle, Jake Webster.
Table Permutations  
A Salford Red Devils victory could see them climb a place to 10th in the Betfred Super League table, providing Hull KR fail to secure any points at Widnes. 9th place Leeds entertain local rivals Wakefield Trinity at the Emerald Headingley Stadium – and alongside a Red Devils win – a Trinity victory could see Salford move to within a point of the Rhinos.
Castleford currently occupy third spot in the table, three points adrift of Wigan. However, a win for Powell’s side could see them reduce the gap between the sides to a single point, if the Warriors lose at Huddersfield.

Squad | Ian Watson names his 19-man squad for visit of Castleford

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad to take on Castleford Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday evening, 8pm kick-off. 
Ed Chamberlain retains his place in the squad after making his first start for the Red Devils at Hull Kingston Rovers last Sunday. Levy Nzoungou is also named in the 19-man squad again and could feature on Friday evening.
Ben Nakubuwai – who was the 18th man against Hull Kingston Rovers – could move back into the team after being listed in this week’s squad. Josh Jones and Tyrone McCarthy will continue in the squad after making a successful returns last weekend.
Greg Johnson misses out after picking up a foot injury this past weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers while Logan Tomkins has also picked up a foot injury and will be absent for Friday’s game.
Jack Littlejohn is out with a ruptured bicep but did undergo successful surgery last Saturday. Niall Evalds and Kriss Brining are also still recovering from injuries.
Craig Kopczak and Luke Burgess are both named but are unlikely to feature after carrying knocks in recent weeks.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.
The full squad can be seen below:

Stadium | Fans Bar to close on matchdays

Salford Red Devils can confirm that the Fans Bar area will now be closed on gamedays with the AJ Bell Stadium renting the area out as office space. 
Salford Red Devils will now be focusing all our pre and post-match entertainment in DJ Andy Steele’s matchday marquee. Get in the marquee and enjoy the entertainment!
Toilet facilities will be provided in the South Stand.
This will begin with Friday evening’s Betfred Super League clash with Castleford Tigers, 8pm kick-off.
The Tigers are in Town!
But we’ll roar louder – buy your tickets for Friday’s game against Castleford by visiting the Club Ticket Office, ringing 0161 786 1570 or simply clicking here.

Squad | Red Devils welcome back duo for Wolves clash

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to take on Warrington Wolves.
Mark Flanagan – who missed out on the victory over Widnes with concussion – returns to the squad alongside Lee Mossop who could also re-enter the team.
Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain both retain their places after successful debuts against their parent club Widnes Vikings with prop-forward Burke crossing for a crucial try.

Jack Littlejohn who has featured at fullback in the absence of Niall Evalds is also named and could retain his spot at the back.
Craig Kopczak and Tyrone McCarthy are the two players who leave the 19-man squad which was named to take on Widnes a fortnight ago.
Supporters can purchase tickets from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For more information on ticket prices, time they are on sale until at the AJ Bell Stadium and offers for the game please click here.

The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.


Club13 | July event at our next home game vs Castleford

Club13’s next event will be a special one as it will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium around Salford Red Devils’ next Betfred Super League fixture against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July. 
Join Club13 in an Executive Box at the AJ Bell Stadium and end your working week in style taking advantage of both pre and post-match networking, meet and greet with Red Devils first team players while building new connections.
A buffet will be provided, and tickets can be purchased with or without parking. If you’d be interested in attending the event, please contact Club13 click here.
For more information on all of Club13’s events, click here.

The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Hospitality | Book your place for our game against Castleford Tigers

You can still book hospitality with for each of Salford Red Devils’ remaining two Betfred Super League fixtures against Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.
Our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July will see Asian-themed cuisine served in our beautiful Platinum Club prior to our massive clash with last year’s League Leaders’ Shield winners.
For starters guests will receive poppadums with spiced onions or a garlic naan bread which will be served with mango chutney and minted yoghurt.
The main course options are a Sri Lankan chicken curry, cardamom and chilli braised rice, potato galoog or a butternut squash chick pea and lentil curry.
Rich dark chocolate mousse with almond biscotti will be the dessert while cheese and biscuits will be served post-match.
Along with a sumptuous menu, guests will be shown to their seats in Platinum Club and have access to pre and post-match interviews with Salford Red Devils first team players.
Guests will also see an exclusive post-match interview with the Red Devils Man of the Match as chosen by our match sponsor before the player of their choice will make presentations to our sponsors in attendance.
Our state-of-the-art Platinum Club will be hosted by award-winning compere Archie Kelly who is known for his comedic portrayal of Kenny Dalglish Senior in the legendary Phoenix Nights.
In addition, anyone who dines in our Platinum Club will also get to watch the Red Devils battle Castleford from a padded seat as well as receiving a complimentary matchday programme.
A quiz, guess the score and a signed shirt raffle will also take place just to add to your evening with the Red Devils.
If you’d like to book or would like more information on our hospitality packages please E-Mail hospitality@salfordreddevils.net or phone 0161 786 1590.

Tickets | Two weeks until our massive clash with Widnes Vikings

It’s now just a fortnight until the Red Devils next massive home game as we take on Widnes Vikings in a crucial Betfred Super League affair at the AJ Bell Stadium, 7:45pm kick-off.
Ian Watson’s side are still fighting for a place in the Super 8s and need YOUR support in our final three home games of the season beginning with this massive fixture against the Vikings.
The Red Devils will be looking to enact revenge for a defeat to Widnes earlier in the season after winning six consecutive fixtures against the Vikings beforehand.
In fact, Salford have also won each of their last four home fixtures against Widnes – make sure you’re at the AJ Bell Stadium as the Red Devils look to make it five from five at home against the Vikings!
Purchase your tickets now and support the lads in their push for a spot inside the Super 8s for a second consecutive season by visiting the Club Ticket Office, phoning 0161 786 1570 or simply clicking HERE.
Ticket prices are as follows:
South Stand (Adult): £20
South Stand (Concession): £15
South Stand (Junior): £10
West Stand (Adult): £25
West Stand (Concession): £20
West Stand (Junior): £10
VIP (Adult): £35
VIP (Concession): £25
VIP (Junior): £15
Family Ticket (South): £40
Family Ticket (West): £50
A Family Ticket includes two adults and two children. All U5’s go FREE but must collect a ticket from the Club Ticket Office.
Tickets are also available for following home fixture of the 2018 Betfred Super League season against Castleford Tigers (Friday 13th July, 8pm) Purchase yours at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
However, it is cheaper per game to purchase a half season ticket and support the lads for all three of our remaining home games and the following 8s campaign. You can purchase online HERE, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or by visiting the Club Ticket Office.  

Tickets | Half season tickets available on pro rata basis

We can confirm that half season tickets will still be available on a pro-rata basis ahead of our next home game against Widnes Vikings on Thursday 14th June.
You can purchase your half season ticket from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.
Your half season tickets will include each of our three remaining Betfred Super League games against Widnes, Castleford and Leeds and our 8s campaign which could lead to an extra game free of charge!
Support the lads as they look to push for a spot in the Super 8s for the second consecutive season!
The pro-rata prices are as follows:
West Stand
Adult: £124
Concession: £94
Junior: £30
South Stand
Adult: £103
Concession: £81
Junior: £30
Adult: £193
Concession: £141
Junior: £94