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Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for trip to Halifax

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Sunday’s trip to the MBi Shay to take on Halifax in the Red Devils third Qualifiers fixture.
Luke Burgess returns to the squad following a lay-off with a knee injury and could be in line to play his first game since defeat against Wigan Warriors on Friday 4th May.
Tyrone McCarthy also returns after missing the victory over Widnes Vikings a fortnight ago. Daniel Murray is also named in the 19-man squad. Greg Burke retains selection after making his return to the team against his former side two weeks ago.
Kris Welham also retains his place in the side following his return from injury last time out and you can listen to what the centre had to say about this weekend’s game below.

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The full squad is as follows:  
Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Luke Burgess, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Jake Bibby, Daniel Murray, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke, Jackson Hastings, Joey Lussick.

Stat Pack | Catalans Dragons 44-10 Salford Red Devils

Following yesterday’s clash with Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, we take a look at some of the stats, facts and figures behind the game.
Player in Focus
It was a tough evening in the South of France for the Red Devils, but Daniel Murray continued to impress with another strong display as he furthers his position in the first team.
Murray was the Red Devils top tackler in tough conditions racking up an impressive 48 tackles throughout the eighty minutes. In fact, of his tackle attempts the forward missed just one and was one of the big performers for Ian Watson’s side.
It was just in defence that Murray was making an impression, but the 22-year-old amounted 81 metres from ten carries – the second highest of any of the Red Devil forwards. Murray also forced a tackle bust and earned two quick play-the-balls.
Youngsters impressing
In his post-match press conference Ian Watson eluded to some youngsters playing more minutes than they possibly would had the Red Devils not been struggling with injuries, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be doing them any harm in terms of the statistics.
In addition to Daniel Murray, Ryan Lannon and Josh Wood also had impressive showings at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Lannon was the biggest metre-eater in terms of the Salford pack piling up 103 metres from 11 carries – this was bested by only Derrell Olpherts. The back-rower also made 23 tackles, forced three tackle busts, earned three quick-play-the-balls and made two successful offloads.
Josh Wood – who has named as Man of the Match last weekend against Castleford – backed up with another terrific performance. The hooker crossed for his first try of the 2018 Betfred Super League in the second half after bouncing off two attempted tackles.
Wood – as always – worked tirelessly in defence with 30 tackles whilst scoring a try and earning one try-assist.
Overall stats
There was a big gap between the sides in terms of time with ball in hand. The Dragons had possession for over ten more minutes than the Red Devils which would eventually take its toll. This amounted to 16 more sets with the ball of which Catalans completed 34, Salford completed 16.
On the opposite end this meant Salford had to do a lot more work in defence and in fact made a total of 375 tackles, 128 more than the hosts. Both teams had a 91% tackle rate.
The penalty count was relatively low with the Red Devils conceding four in comparison to the French sides three. However, Catalans did make more offloads, more breaks and less errors which helped them take control of the game.
 
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Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 6-24 Castleford Tigers

Here are all the key stats, facts and figures from the Red Devils clash with Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League.
Player in Focus
Ed Chamberlain – who impressed last weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers – made his home debut for the Red Devils and was a standout performer at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Chamberlain’s running game was solid making a total of 99 metres with 51 of these coming from kick returns. The fullback made ten completed passes whilst also putting in two kicks, one of which gave him a try-assist as Jake Bibby latched onto the end of it late in the first half.
The fullback didn’t have much to do defensively making seven tackles and he successfully converted Bibby’s try from the touchline.
Defensive Efforts
Daniel Murray continues to impress for the Salford Red Devils and in last night’s game he racked up an immense 50 tackles. Murray made seven more than any other Red Devil on the field and missing just one in the process.
He was closely followed by fellow youngsters Ryan Lannon and Josh Wood with the back-rower completing 43 defensive efforts while Wood successfully made 42 tackles in the game.
Lee Mossop was also putting in the work in defence making an impressive 13 marker tackles which was only equalled by Murray. Junior Sa’u was the top-tackler in the backs with 22 efforts.
Bringing the ball forward
This season Derrell Olpherts has familiarised himself with the Betfred Super League and one strength has been his yardage from his own half which was on display again against Castleford with the winger making more metres than any other Red Devil.
Olpherts racked up 131 metres and often got the Red Devils on the front foot early. It was a real tough battle down the middle with both sets of forwards competing well and Mossop was the biggest metre-eater down the centre for Salford with 94.
Josh Jones averaged the biggest gain throughout the game making around 7.9 metres per carry. He was closely followed by Wood and Olpherts.
Overall Stats
It’s never a stat you like to point out but unfortunately the game was awash with errors with both sides making 16 apiece. Castleford conceded six penalties to Salford’s three.
The Tigers narrowly edged it on set completion with 70% to Salford’s 67% with both teams having 13 incomplete sets however Castleford did have four more sets overall. There was just one offload between the sides while Salford had five more quick play-the-balls than their opponents.

Ian Watson | “The circumstances make it an interesting game”

Any trip over the Pennines into Yorkshire invariably heralds the most challenging of encounters for virtually all Lancashire outfits, and exactly one month to the day since their last sojourn over to the rugby league outreach which is Hull, the Red Devils make a return visit this Sunday, to the eastern side of the city to take on Hull KR.
The context of this encounter, however, could not possibly be more significant to either club, as Head Coach, Ian Watson, is all too aware.
“The circumstances make it an extremely interesting game, taking into account the current league placings, with us currently sitting just one place above them at tenth and eleventh. So, for us, it is a really big game where we must try to stretch this lead over them and also pull back on the teams just above us.
“Never say, ‘Never’, because we have got our confidence back, as we have shown over the past two and a half games, when we have played more like ourselves. We have been better in both defence and attack.
“We have been focussing on the improvements we have made over this period, and on maintaining them.”
Craven Park is a particularly intimidating venue, with its being a bridge, in style, between the old type of stadia, such as The Willows, with the spectators very close to the pitch, and the modern facilities of the AJ Bell.
“They even have their own version of the Shed, where long-time fans like to go and watch. But then there are the more modern parts.
“It’s a good place to go to play in, because it’s a rugby stadium through and through, and they have a good fan base to go with it.
“We are focusing on this next game, and then moving forward from there. We have beaten Hull KR already this season, and this, together with their home advantage is going to spur them on, so we must meet their challenge on the day. We have to focus on winning each game as it comes along.
“When he was at Wakefield, Brian Smith took that other view, and that might be an option with a squad of forty, but with only twenty-one there are just not enough players to do this.
“Everyone will have their own way of addressing the challenge. Ours is to continue in the way we have been doing in the last few weeks – gaining further confidence in our execution in both attack and defence. We have conceded some soft tries so we need to ensure Hull KR, and the remaining teams we still have to face, do not get any.”
For the early period of the second half, in last week’s outing at Warrington, the Red Devils appeared to have taken complete control of the game – a development seemingly sparked by the ten minute reduction to twelve men, with the sin-binning of Ryan Lannon. This inspired them not only to prevent Warrington from scoring during this period, but also to cross, themselves, with the second of Jack Littlejohn’s tries.
“Up to that point, Warrington had been finishing their sets a little better than we had, which had helped them territorially, but sometimes a sinbinning can give you the shot you need to get back into the game.
“Earlier this year, we were allowing such things to totally deflate us, but the confidence in how we are now playing has rejuvenated the whole side.”
A noticeably growing injury list is now starting to deprive the team of an increasing number of players, which could mean that some of the younger players will have to shoulder more of the responsibilities.
“All teams get injuries, and we have had a lot of niggling, short-term injuries which has prevented us turning out a settled team week after week. We had just been getting some consistency and now we are going to be disrupted again.
“Some of the younger players who have recently returned to the team, such as Dan Murray, Jake Bibby, and Ryan Lannon have all earned their places back, and any player who performs well will continue to hold down their position.”

Squad | Ian Watson names his squad for Dacia Magic Weekend

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for this weekend’s battle with Catalans Dragons at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle.
Halfback Rob Lui returns to the side following a month out with a calf injury. Gavin Bennion could also be in line to appear at the Dacia Magic Weekend after debuting a fortnight ago against Wigan Warriors.
Daniel Murray will be looking to return to the side after missing out on a spot in the team in last week’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat to Leigh Centurions.
Ben Nakubuwai misses out due to failing his concussion assessment in last week’s loss to Leigh Centurions. Jake Shorrocks misses out on the 19-man squad.
Tickets for the Dacia Magic Weekend can be purchased from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. 
There is also coach travel to Newcastle available to book from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £25 for all classes and pick-up points and times can be seen here.
The full squad can be seen below:

Stat Pack | Wigan Warriors 30-0 Salford Red Devils

It was a tough evening for the Red Devils at the DW Stadium but there were still some interesting stats behind the result and we take a look in this week’s ‘Stat Pack’.
Derrell Olpherts
He was one of the three players mentioned in this week’s three talking points, but fullback Derrell Olpherts is also this week’s ‘Player in Focus’.
Olpherts had to step into the fullback role in place of an unavailable Niall Evalds and put together some impressive stats at the DW Stadium.
The former Newcastle Thunder man amounted 19 carries – more than any other Red Devil on the evening. While a percentage of these were in kick returns, Olpherts also brought the ball out from his own line with the rest of the backs on numerous occasions.
Olpherts made 180 metres from his 19 carries making him the sides biggest metre-maker on the evening also averaging 9.5 metres per carry. The fullback made nine tackles including bringing down Tom Davies in the late stages of the game.
The 26-year-old was also confident fielding kicks with six kick collections from a possible six.
Defensive shifts
With Logan Tomkins the only hooker in the Salford side last night, the former Wigan Warriors man had to play for almost a full 80 minutes before leaving for a concussion assessment in the closing stages.
Tomkins racked up a mammoth 51 tackles which was 15 more than any other Red Devil on the field. As always, Tomkins also had the most passes for Salford with 92.
Tyrone McCarthy – who is consistently one of the highest tacklers – made 36 and was equal with youngster Daniel Murray who put in another fantastic Betfred Super League performance.
Weller Hauraki and Craig Kopczak also made 30 tackles apiece.
Overall stats
Head Coach Ian Watson eluded to his sides lack of possession and amount of defence being a major factor in last night’s game against Wigan and that can be seen in the post-match stats.
Wigan had 15 more sets than Salford throughout the 80 minutes completing 37 of their 47. The Red Devils completed 23 of their 29. This was also mirrored in the amount of play-the-balls with the Warriors having 154 compared to Salford’s 118. Salford spent 11 minutes less in possession than the hosts.
The penalty count was relatively even with Salford conceding seven to Wigan’s eight. The error count was also similar with Wigan totalling six errors to Salford’s eight.

Preview | Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 4th May

Salford Red Devils travel to Wigan Warriors looking to make it back-to-back away victories for the first time in 2018.  
The Red Devils suffered defeat last weekend to St Helens but still remain inside the top eight while the Warriors sit in 2nd place two points behind the Betfred Super League leaders Saints.
Form
Salford Red Devils come into the game looking to bounce back following a heavy defeat against current Betfred Super League leaders St Helens last weekend at the AJ Bell Stadium.
However, the Red Devils had hit a good spell prior to the last Friday’s defeat with back-to-back wins over Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity. The away win against Huddersfield was the team’s first since May of 2017 and they will be looking to earn consecutive wins on the road for the first time this season at the DW Stadium.
Wigan have been in fine form lately losing just one of their last nine games; a Good Friday defeat to local rivals St Helens. The Warriors have overcome the likes of Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons, Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings since losing to the league leaders at the end of March.
Head-to-head
In this week’s head-to-head we pit two centres against each other in experienced Salford veteran Kris Welham and young Wigan star Oliver Gildart.
Welham has been one of Salford’s ever-present players this season and has continued to impress after a great debut season in 2017. The centre scored in the meeting between the sides earlier in the season and has crossed for four tries this season.
Gildart – who has spent time on loan at Salford before – has been one of the standout performers for Wigan again this season already scoring eight tries including a brace against the Red Devils.
The meeting earlier in the season saw Wigan cause issues down the left-hand flank and it will be interesting to see which centre comes out on top this weekend as it could have a big influence on the final result.
Team News
Levy Nzoungou and Gavin Bennion are set to make their debuts for the Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium on Friday evening.
Young forward Daniel Murray also returns to the squad after sealing a new two-year deal at the AJ Bell Stadium. Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Josh Jones are absent.
Robert Lui is still recovering from a minor injury he picked up in the win over Wakefield while Manu Vatuvei and Kriss Brining are long-term injuries with the latter undergoing surgery earlier this week. Niall Evalds also misses out due to failing a concussion assessment last weekend against St Helens.
Jake Shorrocks could feature against his parent club while Ben Nakubuwai also returns to the 19-man squad.
Joe Burgess is the big absentee for Wigan after he picked up a season-ending injury earlier in the week. Liam Farrell also misses out with an ankle injury.
However, John Bateman returns after recovering from an illness while Ben Flower and Sam Tomkins – who missed out against Widnes last week – both return to the squad.
Squads 
Wigan: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escare, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams.
Salford: Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Littlejohn, Kopczak, L. Tomkins, Hauraki, Tasi, Lannon, Burgess, McCarthy, Nakubuwai, Wood, Olpherts, Bibby, Nzoungou, Murray, Bennion, Shorrocks.
Officials 
Referee: C. Kendall.
Touch Judges: A. Martin & G. Jones.

Squad | Ian Watson could name two debutants against Wigan

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Warriors.
Off-season additions Levy Nzoungou and Gavin Bennion could both be in line to make their competitive debuts for the Red Devils following successful spells on loan.
Club Captain Weller Hauraki returns to the squad alongside another one of the off-season newcomers Ben Nakubuwai who – before last weekend – had played 11 consecutive fixtures in 2018.
Daniel Murray could also be set to return to the team off the back of a new two-year deal with the Club.
Mark Flanagan, Lee Mossop, and Josh Jones are the forwards who miss out while Rob Lui is still recovering from a minor injury picked up in the recent victory over Wakefield.
Niall Evalds is ruled out due to failing a concussion assessment in last weekend’s defeat against St Helens.
Manu Vatuvei and Kriss Brining remained sidelined with the latter due to undergo surgery in the coming days.
The full 19-man squad can be seen below:

Squad | Devils Tie Up Deal For Murray

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that highly-rated forward Daniel Murray has agreed a new two-year contract to stay at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “Several clubs had shown keen interest in Daniel and I think a couple of them thought they had a got a deal over the line, but we are delighted he has chosen to continue to develop his Super League career at Salford.
“Daniel’s is a player that is very highly-rated by myself and our coaching staff and undoubtedly one of the most promising young forward talents in the English game. He has shown a great deal of patience and willingness to and has handled these negotiations in a professional manner and we thank him for that.”
Murray was equally delighted to continue his career at the Red Devils and said: “I wanted to stay because I see my career progressing the way I want it to progress. Salford have been a credit to that. The way I have developed over two years has been perfect.
“Going forward I want to achieve a regular starting position and establish myself as a forward here.  Over last two weeks this has been the Salford we want Salford. It is about kicking on now and getting what we want to achieve in 2018.
“Thanks to the fans who come week in week out supporting the team, win, draw or lose. They are a credit to themselves and they are the reason I have decided to stay and develop here.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are really happy we have got Daniel Murray over the line. He was becoming a hot property within the game, where clubs were showing a lot of interest in acquiring his services.
“He’s a great lad and with how he’s developed over the last couple of years I think it shows the progress of Daniel and Salford.
“We picked him up two years ago having been released from Warrington and his work ethic and attitude have been first class. He is willing to listen and learn and his performances over the last couple of seasons have shown everybody the potential he has, and I’m sure he will be a Super League player for a long, long time and this new contract is a reward for his work ethic.”

Willie Poching | “Everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen”

This Thursday’s home game against St Helens sees the start of a run of a number of quite high profile fixtures for Salford fans to savour, with it being followed by a visit to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan, then our first appearance in this season’s Challenge Cup at Leigh, before making the trip up to Newcastle to take on Les Catalans Dragons, in the Magic Weekend.
Indeed, the first of these also has a notoriety of its own with the television cameras being in attendance at the A J Bell, for what will be their third consecutive year of screening our home encounter with the Saints.
They have, in the past two years, been rewarded with two great, giant killing performances by the Red Devils, and clearly are anticipating yet another keenly fought match.
Against a Saints side, clearly still smarting from that reversal at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, two weeks ago, there will be few opportunities of scoring and none can be scorned, nor thoughts allowed to drift ahead to those games coming up behind, as Assistant Coach, Willie Poching, insists.
“Every match you play in is extremely important, and no sooner has one match finished than the next one takes over your focus, so, at this point in time, the St Helens game is where our attention lies. We are doing as much preparation as we can, in the short turn around, to get the players ready to go again.”
Certainly, no-one could have asked for a better performance of our players than the one they produced in last Friday’s onslaught of Wakefield Trinity, who, high in confidence after their defeat of the Saints the previous week, must have really fancied their chances of turning that victory into back-to-back wins.
No-one within our coaching and playing staff, however, is getting carried away with that victory, despite the comprehensive nature of it.
“It wasn’t all one-way traffic, and we are still a little way off what we want to produce, because we hadn’t quite executed our plays in the first half as well as we would have liked, and at 8-0 at half time, the game was still in the balance. The boys responded well in the second half though, but there are still things for us to work on and improve upon.”
Nevertheless, the players, on the back of that victory, will be taking the field in a much more buoyant and confident mood than might otherwise have been the case.
“No matter what they are, when your systems and plays positively influence the scoreboard, it brings players the self-belief and confidence that they can achieve their objectives. They have a lot of belief in one another already, which brings with it a trust in each other, so we have just got to keep all that going in order to retain each of those intangibles which enable you to win your games.”
The trust, to which he refers, had, last Friday, also to incorporate a number of unexpected replacements with a half of the first-choice pack withdrawing through injury or illness. In the event, those replacements slotted in seamlessly.
“That’s the result of having a good squad.  We may not have the biggest, but they are all of fantastic quality, and are a tight knit group, so we can go a little deeper into it than we have had to over recent weeks, and when called upon the players brought in can really put their hand up.
“It’s been some while since George Griffin and Daniel Murray have played, but they both really gave it their best shot, and there wasn’t a player for us who didn’t have a good game. It’s important that, when we go out there each week, we get the top performance from everybody, and whenever that happens we will come close to getting the result we are after.”
Those recent performances, and two home results, against the visiting Saints in recent years are surely testament enough to inspire all the players to produce their best, on Thursday.
“Even in the away match, last season, at Saints, we deserved at least a draw, but circumstances were such that this wasn’t to be. We did some things, which, on reflection, showed that to some extent we threw the game away.
“St Helens are a quality club with a team, and players, of that same quality, and we shall have to be on our guard against them, regardless of past results.  Even looking back to our game against them, in March, we had our moments then, and we shall be wanting to take those into this coming match.”
In addition to this, I am sure that most people would appreciate that we are a much better team now than we were back then – something with which Willie undoubtedly concurs.
“That is the key. You can put in the odd really good performance, but it is being able to back it up over the weeks that is important, and we have just won back to back games, which now has the boys really keen and looking forward to this match.”
With the possibility of at least a couple of last week’s absentees in line for returning, the problem for the coaches will be deciding on team selection.
“That’s a great problem to have, and this is what we want – everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen. It’s a good time of year to be in this position.”