Tag: Castleford Tigers

Fixtures | Kick-off time changed for remaining three Friday night home games

Salford Red Devils can confirm the kick-off times for our Betfred Super League games against Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos will all now be 8pm.
Our home game against Huddersfield is scheduled for Friday 25th May with tickets being available from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone and online.
We are set to face Castleford on Friday 13th July at the AJ Bell Stadium while we take on Leeds on Friday 27th July.
For a list of all our fixtures and kick-off times click here.
To synchronise all Salford Red Devils fixtures into your calendar, click here.

Hospitality | Book your place for our game vs Huddersfield

There are still a range of hospitality and corporate opportunities left for the remainder of our Betfred Super League home games starting with Huddersfield Giants on Friday 25th May.
From as little as £55 including VAT you can book a place in our Platinum Club which includes a sumptuous meal, access to pre and post-match interviews and entertainment. You’ll get to watch the Salford Red Devils from a padded seat and will also receive a complimentary programme. There is also a three-course meal option from £99 including VAT.
Phoenix Nights star Archie Kelly – known for his comedic portrayal of Kenny Dalglish Senior in the award-winning show – hosts the Platinum Club and offers fantastic pre and post-match entertainment for any guests in attendance.
If you’d like to watch the game in style you can book one of the AJ Bell Stadium’s corporate boxes for one of our upcoming games. The boxes seat ten people and offer a stunning view of the game from the third floor.
Again, you will receive access to pre and post-match interviews, a complimentary programme and will also have drink service to your individual box throughout the game.
Match sponsorship is also available for our game against Huddersfield Giants and is priced at £1500.
The match sponsorship package includes a table of ten for yourself or your business with a meal for each included. You will also receive a signed and framed 2018 Salford Red Devils shirt with your companies branding.
You will also have social media posts and a web article in the run-up and following the game as well as access to the pre and post-match interviews, a complimentary matchday programme for each attendee and the view of the game from a padded seat.
If you’re interested in booking hospitality, a corporate box or even match sponsorship please contact Hospitality@salfordreddevils.net or phone 0161 786 1590.
Hospitality is available for each of our remaining Betfred Super League fixtures which can be seen below:

  • Huddersfield Giants – Friday 25th May
  • Widnes Vikings – Thursday 14h June
  • Castleford Tigers – Friday 13th July
  • Leeds Rhinos – Friday 27th July


Ladbrokes Challenge Cup | Salford to face Leigh on Friday 11th May

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our Sixth Round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village will be played on Friday 11th May, 7:35pm kick-off.
The game has been selected as a television game by Sky Sports. The full list of television games is as follows:
Thursday, May 10 – Featherstone Rovers vs Hull FC  (7:35, Sky Sports)
Friday, May 11 – Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils (7:35, Sky Sports)
Saturday, May 12 – Castleford Tigers v St Helens (2.30, BBC One)
Sunday, May 13 – Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves (3.30pm, BBC Two)
Last season the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the competition with victories over Toronto Wolfpack, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Ticket and coach details will be confirmed in due course.
The full Sixth Round draw is as follows:

Tyke Talk #2 | Easter Period and Player Welfare

Well after penning my first player blog last month I was pleased to see the reception it received, and it clearly got people talking on social media which is the aim – the more discussion and sharing of ideas the better.
We’ve just come through the busiest spell of the Rugby League calendar in Britain – the Easter period – and that’s what I’m going to write about today. Unfortunately, I missed all three games over the Easter period due to injury – I’m hoping to be back and fit this weekend – and while I always love to play the Easter spell is so tough on the players.
It’s well documented from the players in the game that the Easter period isn’t really ideal in terms of preparation for a game. Players are being asked to play, recover, prepare and then perform again in just over 48 hours so it’s really difficult. I mean, as players, we love a challenge but if you look at Easter Monday games I’d say the intensity of games are generally down on that of regular weekly fixtures.
The reason for this is that the turnaround is just too short from Good Friday. These games are often derby games for most clubs, which often increases the physicalintensity and can be draining emotionally compared to non-derby fixtures. Generally, the second day of recovery is the day you’re the sorest to be asked to play again the next day is very demanding.
Over the Easter period we played 3 games in 8 days our 3rd game was against Warrington Wolves. They played their Easter Monday game in treacherous conditions at Castleford Tigers and even we had a wet day at Leeds Rhinos and it does sap quite a bit of energy out of you too.
An additional reason why the fixture pile up needs addressing is for the fans, because they are the ones paying their hard earn money to watch and they want to see the best players on the field. They deserve to watch the most intense, fast and high skilled game we can provide, and they aren’t always guaranteed that due to player fatigue and players being rested as a result of the short turnaround.
On the other hand, from the coach’s point of view they’ve got to do what’s best for their side to ensure they continue to get results in the long-term. You have to ask the question whether the same teams that run out at Easter would do if it was just a one game weekend and I’m not entirely sure because players are always competing with niggles and knocks like dead legs but with four and five days you can get over these injuries but after two days maybe not, it probably effects the integrity of the game in a way with teams having to change the sides so much.
If anything, it’s all about managing the workload because I don’t think we play too many games throughout a season, but I do believe the current Betfred Super League model used by clubs it is too long. I think having a pre season friendlies, a 30-game season and the Challenge Cup – as I mentioned in the last Tyke Talk blog – eats into the time that could be spent on internationals. We could still play around 30 games a season but spread it out better over some more interesting and dynamic competitions rather than just the Betfred Super League. At the moment we might be over using our product too? Do the local derbies mean as much if you play each other 4-5, possibly six times a year?
Again, there does need to be a balancing act in terms of players welfare, but your elite players are always going to end up playing more games – that’s a fact. However, they’re compensated for it with bonuses for international and play-off appearances and I am sure all players would be willing to play more games if there are more rewards. A great example of this is the State of Origin players, I often hear about how origin players back up on the weekend after playing on a Wednesday evening. However these players are withdrawn for the NRL games the previous weekend, so in essence are still only playing in three games over three weeks. Furthermore they are heavily compensated for their involvement in the State of Origin, which was around $30,000 in 2017.
The problem with trying to play 30 games and then an international calendar like we currently do is your then eating into pre-season for the following year and it’s a never-ending cycle from thereon and again preparation for the new season is negatively affected.
It’s not fair that players have to burn the candle at both ends when essentially, they’re always playing and fighting for contracts. Everyone needs to be able to put their best foot forward and this is much easier if players are looked after and aren’t overworked. In addition, we really need to look at eliminating things such as high tackles, spear tackles and crusher tackles to the best of our ability. I’ve had to miss three games as a result of a spear tackle – which I don’t for a second think was malicious – however the player in question was only banned for one. I think the displinary process needs to be strict and consistent on certain indiscretions regardless of a player’s previous disciplinary record, we need to make players understand that certain things are not acceptable in our sport. I may be being a little biased, but player welfare and safety needs to be at the forefront of the sport.
We are extremely lucky to be able to do what we do. We earn money for playing the sport that we love but for a lot of players the pay difference isn’t that much more than some ‘regular’ jobs sometimes players earn less than there earning potential away from the game.  The majority of players will need to seek work following retirement so it’s pivotal we try and remain injury free, and really looking at player welfare and workload, such as the Easter period will aid this.
The last thing we want is to have players retiring and just being disillusioned and detached from the sport because they feel they’ve been mistreated. Look after the players and they’ll stick around and give back to the sport following their retirement. I think a big step in doing this after is adapting the Easter period and having a serious discussion about whether it still belongs in Rugby League in the future.

Ian Watson | “We’ve got to take the positives”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson admits his side were poor for the first thirty minutes but saw a marked improvement after half-time against Castleford Tigers.
Watson said: “The first thirty minutes was probably as bad as we’ve been and we’ve got to hold each other accountable for that.
“I thought the last fifty minutes of it we were miles better.
“But the amount of defending we’d done in the first thirty minutes we shouldn’t have been in the game at half-time.
“That’s a positive for us defensively because they weren’t really troubling us too much with all the quality plays that they have.
“I thought we defended them reasonably well.
“The two tries they scored were on the back of little mistakes and they’ve only really worked to open us up on one occasion.
“In the second half we came out and held the ball, put some pressure on them and ended up winning the second half 8-2 and they couldn’t break us down.
“We started to open them up in the second half on their left edge with a few plays but we just needed a little more quality to finish them.
“We’ve got to take the positives out of the last forty minutes into the Hull FC game.”

Match Report | Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils crashed to a second successive Betfred Super League defeat as Castleford Tigers ran out 22-8 winners at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Tries from Junior Sa’u and Jake Bibby were mere consolations for The Red Devils as efforts from Michael Shenton, James Clare and Luke Gale secured the points for the hosts.
The Tigers dominated from the off and their early pressure paid dividends just five minutes into the contest when Luke Gale’s quick pass allowed Michael Shenton to exploit an opening in the Salford backline and power over in the left hand corner, Gale successfully converted the extras.
Things quickly worsened for Salford, a low kick caused Jake Bibby to lose his footing and as the winger attempted to retrieve the ball it ricocheted into the in-goal area before James Clare touched down, Gale again kicked the resulting goal.
Castleford were temporarily reduced to 12 men in the 16th minute of the tie when Referee Liam Moore sin-binned Oliver Holmes for dropping Tyrone McCarthy on his head during a tackle.
However just minutes later, Daryl Powell’s side extended their lead further as Luke Gale landed a penalty in front of the sticks to leave the score at 14-0.
Salford struggled to build any momentum for the majority of the opening period, Castleford were convinced to have scored their third try of the day, however Greg Mikin was adjudged to have been held up in-goal.
The Tigers weren’t to be denied for long though, Gale’s looping kick caused mayhem amongst the Salford defence and the half-back latched onto the loose ball to cross over, Gale then kicked the extras in what was the final point-scoring action of the half.
Salford’s perseverance finally paid off 11 minutes into the second period as some quick hands from Mark Flanagan and Jack Littlejohn forged an opening for Junior S’au to sprint ten metres and score, however Robert Lui was unable to convert the resulting goal.
With less than twenty minutes, Logan Tomkins and Grant Millington were both cautioned for a clash between the pair that resulted in a penalty for Cas – Gale kicked at goal to add a further two points to his side’s lead.
Salford were unfortunate not to have reduced the deficit during the half, Lama Tasi and Weller Hauraki were both close to crossing over in separate sets, although the pair were held up on each occasion.
Gale attempted a late drop goal to rub salt into any Red Devil wounds, though his effort landed well wide of the sticks.
Salford had the final say however as quick hands from both Hauraki and Niall Evalds enabled Jake Bibby to produce an emphatic finish in the right-hand corner and claim a consolation try for The Red Devils, Jack Littlejohn saw his conversion effort land wide seconds before the final hooter.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Lui, Littlejohn, Griffin, Wood, Burgess, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy 
Interchanges:Tomkins, Tasi, Nakubuwai, Flanagan
Castleford Lineup: Roberts, Minkin, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Ellis, Gale, Massey, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Foster
Interchanges: Milner, Cook, Sene-Lefao, Green
Salford Scorers: Tries- Sa’u (51’), Bibby (79’)
Goals- N/A
Castleford Scorers: Tries- Shenton (5’), Clare (12’), Gale (30’)
Goals- Gale (6’, 13’, 19’, 31’, 63’)
Man of the Match: Junior Sa’u
Referee: Liam Moore
Touch Judges: T. Crashley, J. Roberts
Attendance: 7,480
By Ryan Booth

Match Preview | Castleford Tigers vs Salford Red Devils | Sunday 11th March

Salford Red Devils will face Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and will be looking to earn their first away victory of the 2018 season against last year’s League Leaders’ Shield winners.
Last time out 
The Red Devils suffered defeat last weekend at the Totally Wicked Stadium against St Helens but put in a solid showing for the majority of the game. In the end, discipline allowed Justin Holbrook’s side to take control of the game and Ben Barba punished Salford.
Castleford didn’t feature in last weekend’s round of Betfred Super League fixtures as their game at KCOM Craven Park against Hull Kingston Rovers was postponed. They beat Hull FC 28-18 in their last outing, however.
Season so far
Ian Watson’s side have won one of their opening four games of the Super League season following defeat against St Helens. However, The Red Devils ran St Helens close for large periods in similar fashion to Wigan on the opening weekend of the season.
Salford did get off the mark though in late February with a dominant victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at the AJ Bell Stadium and were extremely unlucky not to come away from Wakefield with at least a point. The Red Devils will go into this weekend’s game full of confidence and looking to earn their first points on the road in 2018.
Castleford started slowly on the opening weekend of the 2018 Betfred Super League season as they were comfortably beaten by current Super League leaders St Helens 46-6.
However, The Tigers have recovered over the past couple of weeks fighting from behind to beat Widnes Vikings before overcoming Hull FC at home. Their game against Hull KR was postponed last weekend so Castleford will be playing their first game for over two weeks.
In this week’s head-to-head we pit Salford Red Devils current top try-scorer Niall Evalds against The Tigers danger man on the flank Greg Minikin.
Evalds, who was called up to the England Knights Performance Squad earlier this week, has grabbed four tries in as many games in the 2018 Betfred Super League and will be looking to add to his tally this weekend. His pace, agility and ability to finish well has seen him become a real danger out wide.
Greg Eden stole the headlines for his try-scoring exploits last season, but it is namesake Minikin who has started the season quicker in 2018. Salford will need to be on their game if they are to keep the winger quiet on Sunday afternoon.
Team News
Weller Hauraki could be set to make his return to the match day team after missing out against St Helens last weekend with a minor injury. Mark Flanagan will be looking to retain his place after appearing in the Betfred Super League for the first time since July 2017 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Daryl Powell has named the same 19-man squad who were set to do battle with Hull Kingston Rovers last weekend before the game was postponed. Greg Eden, Jy Hitchcox and Joe Wardle are all out due to injury.
Castleford: James Clare, Matt Cook, Jamie Ellis, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, James Green, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Jake Trueman, Jake Webster.
Salford: Gareth O’Brien, Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Logan Tomkins, George Griffin, Josh Jones, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Luke Burgess, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby.

Ian Watson | “There are only small margins”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson know his side will need to put together an eighty-minute performance if they are to overcome 2017 League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford Tigers.
Watson said: “It’s something we need to rectify and make sure we’re giving eighty-minute performances.
“Against Wigan we had a poor fifteen minutes in the game then we had a poor second half performance against St Helens
“When we’re playing the best teams there are only small margins – it’s important we’ve got our focus and concentration on for the full eighty this weekend.
“They’re an attacking team and they like to play physically in defence as well so we know what to expect going up there as well and we’re looking forward to presenting our own challenge to them.
Watson also discussed the decisions he now has to make in the forwards after Mark Flanagan returned to the side last weekend against St Helens.
He said: “Weller [Hauraki] is fresh and available again after missing out last weekend.
“Flash [Mark Flanagan] was exceptional last weekend considering it was his first game since July last year so the fact that he came back in and give us a lot of energy defensively with his line speed and with his smartness in attack
“We’ll be looking for him to add those things again this week.”

Flashback | Castleford Tigers 16-32 Salford Red Devils | Sunday 13th March 2016

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League tie with Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle we take a look at the last time Salford earned victory at Castleford.
Salford managed to earn a comfortable 16-32 victory which marked their first win at Castleford since 2004.
On-loan winger Justin Carney was the difference between the sides on his return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle however he spent ten minutes in the bin in the early stages following an altercation with Nathan Massey.
Gareth O’Brien got the scoring underway converting a long-range penalty goal before Greg Johnson’s try extended the lead for Salford. However, Castleford did narrow the arrears to just two points before the interval with a score in the corner from Denny Solomona.
Josh Griffin would cross in spectacular fashion after half-time before Carney grabbed his first try of the afternoon to put Salford in command.
The Tigers hit back as Solomona notched two tries in quick succession. His first coming from a break from Paul McShane before squeezing over in the corner to round off his hat-trick.
But, any hope Castleford had off completing a comeback was soon diminished as Griffin scored his second of the afternoon. Carney also scored a double in the dying stages latched onto a long kick to add insult to injury for The Tigers.
Following the game Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We haven’t seen the game out over the last few weeks so it’s pleasing to come to Castleford and get such a massive result. They’re a good team.”
The teams that day:
Castleford Tigers: Dorn, Monaghan, Crooks, Webster, Solomona; Hampshire, Gale; Lynch, Milner, Jewitt, McMeeken, Cook, Massey. Interchanges: McShane, Boyle, Springer, Maher. 
Salford Red Devils: O’Brien, Carney, Sa’u, J. Griffin, Johnson; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Lee, G. Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, Lannon. Interchanges: Flanagan, A. Walne, Tomkins, Joseph.

In the Know | Castleford Tigers | Sunday 11th March

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League clash with Castleford Tigers we spoke to League Express and Rugby League World journalist Alex Davis (@AlexDavis02) about all things Castleford and their start to the 2018 season.
Castleford come into the game following back-to-back wins against Widnes and Hull FC. What have you made of The Tigers start?
After the humiliation of the Tigers’ opening round defeat to St Helens, every Cas fan will be ecstatic to see the Tigers sitting on four points from their opening three games. You do, however, get the feeling that the Grand Final defeat and the manner of that defeat still hangs over the club somewhat. It might take a while for that feeling to go for both the players and the fans. We’ve not seen anywhere near the best from the Tigers yet in 2018 but things are slowly falling into place for them.
Despite bringing in quite a few new signings, for the most part, the core of the side has remained the same. How important do you think this has been for Daryl Powell and Castleford?
With several key players being signed up to new and improved deals in 2017, it was always going to be a case of quality not quantity with off-season signings. The most important signings for Castleford were the new contracts for players like Luke Gale and Grant Millington. Castleford always had the problem of losing their best talent to rival clubs but signings like those signal the change of attitude at the club.
Obviously, the glaring omission this season is Zak Hardaker. How do you think the trio of Ben Roberts, Jamie Ellis and Luke Gale are working together?
Jamie Ellis has only recently come back into the team having missed the first game away at St Helens but he was man of the match against Hull FC and looks like he will prove to be a shrewd capture for the Tigers. Playing next to the great organiser that is Luke Gale, it gives Ellis the freedom to express his ability and he is doing just that. Having a halfback at fullback can be a positive but Ben Roberts has got to improve his fitness levels so his fatigue doesn’t affect his skill level. There’s no doubt he can be a success at fullback but he will have to work harder than anyone else in a Tigers shirt in training if he’s to do so.
Greg Minikin has scored in each of the last two games for Castleford. How good has he been in the early stages of the season so far?
Greg Minikin is an outstanding young talent and his inclusion in the England Knights Squad is fully deserved. He’s a strong carrier of the ball and, when you have players inside you with the experience and skill of Jake Webster and Mike McMeeken, it’s hard not to score tries really. His try against Widnes was really well taken, beating two defenders to score when Castleford needed a moment of magic. He’ll be one to watch, especially with Greg Eden not available.
Castleford are known for the strength in their pack while The Red Devils have impressed down the middle, also. How do you see the forward battle panning out?
Like most Rugby League games, the forward battle will probably be where this game is won and lost. Castleford don’t have the biggest pack but they do have the most skilful one in Super League: Players like Junior Moors and Grant Millington can hurt any team with their footwork and ball skills. Salford will badly miss Craig Kopzcak up front but still possess some big units in the pack. Clever work from Josh Wood and Logan Tomkins from dummy half is the key to unlocking the Tigers: James Roby did it perfectly earlier in the season for St Helens, allowing Ben Barba and his pace to dictate.
How do you see the game going overall?
If Salford are to win, they need to control Paul McShane and the Tigers pack. That’s easier said than done, especially when Castleford are at home having only lost two games at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2017. The crowd always gives them a real lift allowing them to roll down their short pitch. When Luke Gale is playing behind a dominant pack, Cas are unbeatable.
Score Prediction: Castleford Tigers 34-18 Salford Red Devils