Ahead of Saturday’s massive Qualifiers clash between Salford Red Devils and Toronto Wolfpack we delve into some interesting facts behind the fixture. Super League vs Championship
While the teams are now competing in The Qualifiers, Salford have been in Super League throughout the 2018 season while Toronto are fighting to earn promotion from the Championship.
Salford have lost to a Championship team this season, however. The Red Devils suffered defeat at the hands of Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village in Round Five of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. However, last week’s victory over Halifax got them back to winning ways against Championship opposition.
Full-time: Halifax RLFC 4-62 Salford Red Devils.
Ian Watson's men make it three from three in The Qualifiers with a rampant twelve-try performance at the MBi Shay Stadium.
The Wolfpack have faced Super League opposition on three previous occasions but are yet to earn a victory. They fell to the Red Devils in last year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before Warrington Wolves dumped them out of this season’s competition. Most recently, they suffered a narrow Qualifiers defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers at Lamport Stadium. Home vs Away
Salford Red Devils’ home form has been fantastic since the start of June winning three of their last four games at the AJ Bell Stadium with a big victory over Leeds in between a double over Widnes Vikings.
This weekend, Ian Watson’s side will be looking to win three consecutive home games for the first time since May 2017 when the Red Devils beat Widnes Vikings, Hull Kingston Rovers and Catalans Dragons. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnOtjptlR1o/?taken-by=salfordreddevilsrlfc
Toronto Wolfpack will be travelling to England for the second time in this Qualifiers campaign following a Round One victory over Halifax RLFC. While a lot is made of the travel aspect of Toronto’s schedule they have actually won each of their last eight away games plus two games at a venue away from Lamport Stadium.
In fact, the Wolfpack have actually dropped more points at home than away throughout the 2018 season. Toronto drew against Barrow and lost to London on the road but are now unbeaten away from home since the beginning of March. Try-scoring
Junior Sa’u has been in fine try-scoring form in recent weeks powering his way over for back-to-back doubles. Sa’u scored three tries in similar fashion against Widnes and Halifax before pulling off a fantastic catch to round off Salford’s scoring last week at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Both Rob Lui and Niall Evalds fantastic try-scoring runs stalled last weekend despite the Red Devils crossing for twelve scores at Halifax. Evalds has still crossed for four tries in his last four outings for Salford while Lui has scored three tries in last four outings. Jackson Hastings has also notched three tries in his opening four games in a Red Devils shirt.
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The Wolfpack’s most frequent try-scorer in The Qualifiers may come as a surprise as Andrew Dixon has scored three tries in Toronto’s opening three games. They have had seven other try-scorers in The Qualifiers so far with Andy Ackers, Nick Rawsthorne, Blake Wallace, Gareth O’Brien, Josh McCrone and Mason Caton-Brown also going over.
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Ahead of this weekend’s huge Qualifiers clash against Halifax – for which Salford will be taking a large away following – we take a look at some interesting facts behind the fixture. Previous Meetings
While Salford Red Devils did win the last meeting between the sides back in 2015 thanks to a 50-28 victory in the Qualifiers – which you can read more about here– they haven’t enjoyed much luck against Halifax over the years. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJjT63F-ri/?taken-by=salfordreddevilsrlfc
Prior to this, the Red Devils hadn’t met Halifax since 2002 in a season where they lost twice against the West Yorkshire side but did earn a 15-12 win at the MBi Shay in April of that season.
The 2001 season also favoured Halifax. Two high-scoring affairs at The Willows saw Halifax win 34-50 and 30-41 in addition to a 30-18 win earlier in the season. In fact, you have to go back to 2000 to find the last time Salford won consecutive games against Fax with the first of those coming thanks to a Martin Offiah drop-goal on 23rd July.
Salford won the first two meetings following the move to the Summer era but would then lose six consecutive matches against Halifax between 1998 and 2000. Home vs Away
In the build-up to this weekend’s game, Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to Halifax’s terrific home form throughout the 2018 season as an indicator of how tough Sunday’s match will be.
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Halifax have won 11 home games in the Betfred Championship this season including victories over full-time opposition like Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions. A 22-22 draw with Dewsbury Rams and two losses to Toronto Wolfpack – with the most recent coming in Round One of The Qualifiers – are the only blips on this record.
On the other hand, Salford’s away form this season has been a contrast to that of Fax’s home form. The regular Betfred Super League season saw the Red Devils notch just one away victory over Huddersfield Giants in April, but they did win their last match on the road against Hull Kingston Rovers in Round One of The Qualifiers.
The form book – in terms of home vs away – will need to be thrown out the window if the Red Devils are going to make it three from three in this season’s Qualifiers. Played for Both
Salford prop-forward Daniel Murray has actually featured for both clubs this season following a short loan spell with Halifax at the start of the year. Murray made five appearances for Halifax in 2018 powering his way over for two tries in this time.
72': HALIFAX TRY! And that, should be the game. Daniel Murray crashes over following the initial powerful run by Maher, and the Fax fans are delighted. 22-10.
Last year the two clubs worked a dual-registration agreement which saw a number of Salford players take to the field for Halifax. Murray, Ryan Lannon, Josh Wood and Jake Bibby all featured for Fax in 2017 and have now made themselves regulars in the Salford first team.
Halifax centre Steve Tyrer – who will miss this weekend’s fixture through injury – enjoyed a season with the Red Devils back in 2010. The centre made 20 appearances for Salford crossing for six tries including a hat-trick against Harlequins – now known as London Broncos – in just his third outing.
Ahead of tomorrow’s final game of the regular Betfred Super League season for 2018, we take a look at all the facts and figures behind our clash with Leeds Rhinos. Head-to-Head
Salford Red Devils haven’t had much luck against Leeds since the inception of the Betfred Super League beating the Rhinos on two occasions.
The Red Devils most recent victory against Leeds came in 2016 with Salford earning a narrow 14-10 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium. Salford’s other Betfred Super League triumph over the Rhinos came in 2009 in the form of a 30-20 Easter period win at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.
However, since Ian Watson’s sides last win over Leeds, the Rhinos have won six consecutive meetings with the most recent being a 0-20 win at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in the second game of the 2018 Easter period. Five of these six victories have come at the Emerald Headingley Stadium however with the sides meeting just once at the AJ Bell Stadium over the past two years. Milestones
Salford Red Devils back-rower Tyrone McCarthy is in line to make his 150th career appearance this weekend against Leeds.
McCarthy has made 24 appearances for the Red Devils since arriving at the AJ Bell Stadium this time last season ahead of the Club’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final. Tyrone has also made 31 appearances for Hull Kingston Rovers, 43 appearances for Warrington Wolves and played twice for NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons.
In addition, whilst at Warrington, McCarthy spent time on loan and dual-registration with Swinton Lions (11 games), Leigh Centurions (18 games) and Wakefield Trinity (7 games). The second-rower has also represented Ireland on 13 occasions. 2018 Stats
Jake Bibby’s try-scoring run came to an end last week against Catalans Dragons, but the flying winger remains the Red Devils top try-scorer with 11 tries this season. Bibby is one ahead of the Rhinos top try-scorer in the 2018 Betfred Super League which is Ash Handley. Wingers Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe are close behind on nine tries apiece.
Richie Myler has proven a brilliant signing for Leeds and currently tops their try-assist tally with 23 in the Betfred Super League; the most of any player in this year’s competition.
Red Devils acting halfback Logan Tomkins is Salford’s top tackler with 630 however he is still sidelines for this weekend’s fixture. Tyrone McCarthy, Lama Tasi and Lee Mossop could all go over the 500 tackles mark for the 2018 Berfred Super League this season.
Leeds hooker Matt Parcell currently tops the Rhinos ranks in terms of tackles with 622 so far this season. Brad Singleton, Adam Cuthbertson and Jamie Jones-Buchanan have all racked up 500+ defensive efforts.
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Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League clash with Catalans Dragons in Perpignan we take a look at some facts and stats behind the fixture. Head-to-Head
It’s been a mixed bag of results for the Red Devils against Catalans Dragons in recent seasons. Salford have won two of the last three meetings with the sides but did come out on the losing side in the most recent fixture as part of this year’s Dacia Magic Weekend at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
However, Salford had earned back-to-back home victories over the Dragons before this with a 32-16 win over the Easter period following a massive 50-12 hammering of the French side in last year’s clash at the AJ Bell Stadium.
But, the Red Devils haven’t had much luck in Perpignan in recent seasons. Salford’s last win in France came in the form of a 22-10 victory in 2011 with the Red Devils losing in five of their last six trips to Catalans.
Overall in the Betfred Super League, Catalans have won 13 meetings, Salford have come out on top on 11 occasions and there has been one draw between the sides which was a memorable 40-40 affair back in 2015. You can read more about that game here. Try-scoring
Junior Sa’u has scored in two of his last three visits to Perpignan. In fact, the Red Devils centre has crossed four times in his last three appearances in France crossing for a hat-trick at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in 2016.
Sa’u has scored seven tries this season for the Red Devils with the most recent coming in form of a double in Salford’s trip to Hull Kingston Rovers a fortnight ago.
Evalds – who returns to the 19-man squad this weekend – also has a terrific try-scoring record against the Dragons going over for four tries in last four games against Catalans. The fullback scored twice in Perpignan back in 2016 before crossing in each of the last two meetings at the AJ Bell Stadium. He missed the most recent game at the Dacia Magic Weekend through injury.
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Former Red Devil Jodie Broughton scored a hat-trick at this year’s Dacia Magic Weekend meeting between the teams and also crossed for a brace in a 32-42 Dragons win in 2016. The winger has scored five tries in the last four games between the two clubs.
Fellow winger Fouad Yaha has scored three tries in his last three games against Salford however all three came at the AJ Bell Stadium. Vincent Duport – who is two scores from 100 career tries – has enjoyed playing against Salford with six tries against the Red Devils since 2015.
Jake Bibby extended his try-scoring run to four consecutive games last weekend with his try against Castleford Tigers. Bibby is now level in terms of current try-scoring sequences with Huddersfield’s Darnell McIntosh, Hull KR’s Adam Quinlan and Wigan’s Tom Davies. Ready for the Rhinos! Purchase your tickets for our game with Leeds on Friday 27th July from the Club Ticket Office, on 0161 786 1570 or by simply clicking HERE.
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. Head-to-head
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. Try-scorers
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.
Ahead of Friday’s Betfred Super League clash with Warrington Wolves we’ve collated all the stats and facts as the Red Devils go in search of back-to-back victories. Previous Meetings
Salford come into Friday’s fixture against Warrington having won two of their last three meetings with the Wolves. The Red Devils earned 24-14 and 38-12 victories over Warrington in 2017 but fell to a defeat earlier this season at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Last year’s 38-12 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium was the first win away at Warrington since 2011’s narrow 18-16 win. Salford have won on four occasions since Warrington’s move to the Halliwell Jones Stadium also earning back-to-back victories away against the Wolves in 2006.
The Red Devils longest unbeaten streak against Warrington in the Betfred Super League era came in 2001-2002 and 2006 with three consecutive victories on both occasions. Before last season’s home victory Salford had lost nine consecutive fixtures against Warrington.
Salford’s highest margin of victory over Warrington in the Betfred Super League came on the road with an 8-37 win at Wilderspool in 1998. Overall, in the Betfred Super League Salford have been victorious on 17 occasions while Warrington have won 31 of the meetings. Try-scorers
Junior Sa’u is the Red Devils most frequent try-scorer against Warrington in recent memory crossing for eight tries in his last six appearances in this fixture. The centre managed to rack up two braces in last year’s meetings as well as a double in 2016, also.
Two other players who have had success crossing the whitewash against Warrington are Niall Evalds who scored a hat-trick in last season’s meeting at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and Kriss Brining who went over in both encounters in 2017. However, both players are currently sidelined for the Red Devils.
Ryan Atkins has been Warrington’s talisman in recent years against Salford enjoying a spell of five tries in four games between 2015 and 2016 however the centre hasn’t scored since 2016 and is unavailable for Friday’s meeting.
Declan Patton and Jack Hughes have both scored on two separate occasions against the Red Devils while Josh Charnley crossed earlier this season to make it one in one against Salford since signing for the Wolves.
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As mentioned, Evalds is the most recent player to score a hat-trick in this fixture. Gene Ormsby is the last player to score a treble for Warrington in this fixture doing so in a 18-34 victory back in 2015. 2018 Stats
Wingers Tom Lineham and Josh Charnley are currently level as Warrington’s top try-scorers in Betfred Super League this season with nine tries apiece. Salford’s Jake Bibby isn’t far having crossed for eight tries including one in the Red Devils last outing against Widnes Vikings.
Tyrone McCarthy – who is absent this weekend – is currently Salford’s top tackler this season with 400. New addition Greg Burke has also made exactly 400 tackles however a large proportion of these have been for parent club Widnes. Warrington currently have the Betfred Super League’s leading tackler in Daryl Clark who has notched 705.
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Ahead of another massive Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC, we take a look at all the facts and stats behind the fixture. Recent meetings
Salford Red Devils and Hull FC have been evenly matched over the last ten meetings between the sides sharing five wins apiece.
The Red Devils came out on top in the most recent meeting with a dominant 24-8 win over Hull in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. Salford also earned a convincing victory over FC in the same fixture last season running out 54-18 victors at the KCOM Stadium.
However, Hull returned the favour with a 10-34 win over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium before beginning their 2018 Super 8s campaign with a 32-18 victory against the Red Devils in Hull.
Salford won three consecutive fixtures against Hull FC between 2014 and 2015 – their longest winning streak against the Black and Whites ever. A Rangi Chase drop-goal was the difference between the sides in the 2014 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before the Red Devils won consecutive home fixtures against FC afterwards. Try-Scoring
When it comes to crossing the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons halfback Rob Lui is the man for the Red Devils. Lui has scored tries in four of his last five meetings with the Black and Whites.
The ‘Star Man’ crossed earlier this season in the 24-8 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium and has also scored in each of his last two visits to the KCOM Stadium with the first coming in a ten-try triumph last season.
March’s meeting between the sides saw two of Salford’s 2018 additions cross for their first tries in red. Ben Nakubuwai powered his way over from close-range to open his Salford account before Jack Littlejohn rounded off a quick break down the left-hand flank to get off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hull FC scored just a solitary try in the last meeting between the clubs in March thanks to Dean Hadley however there are a couple of Hull players who enjoy playing against the Red Devils.
Halfback Albert Kelly – who didn’t feature in the last meeting between the teams – has crossed for three tries in his last two games against Salford. Carlos Tuimavave has scored three tries in his last three appearances versus the Red Devils grabbing a brace in last year’s Super 8s clash. 2018 Betfred Super League Stats
Hull FC’s Fetuli Talanoa – who the Black and Whites will be without – is currently their top try-scorer this season (3rd in Betfred Super League) with 12 tries. Jake Bibby currently tops the ranks at Salford with seven tries. FC’s highest-scoring player named in the squad is fullback Jamie Shaul who – like Bibby – has scored seven times.
Logan Tomkins currently tops the ranks in terms of try-assists for the Red Devils with five. Albert Kelly is FC’s dangerman assisting nine of Hull’s tries in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
Former Red Devil Josh Griffin – who is also out with injury – is Hull’s leading metre-maker racking up 1823 metres so far this season. Salford’s highest metre-maker is also a centre with Junior Sa’u clocking 1386 metres this year.
We’ve got a special stat-packed ‘Factfile’ this week covering everything you need to know about Salford’s history at the Dacia Magic Weekend and our upcoming fixture against Catalans Dragons. Magic Weekend
Salford are one of eleven teams to have featured at the Magic Weekend on ten or more occasions. The Red Devils have competed at the Magic Weekend ten times, the same amount as Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Salford currently sit 9th in the all-time Magic Weekend table with eight points (four wins), the same as Hull FC with the Black and Whites having played one more game at the event. A win against Catalans on Sunday would see Ian Watson’s side climb to 8th in the all-time table as they currently trail the Dragons by one point however the Frenchmen have played one more fixture at the Magic Weekend. Salford at the Magic Weekend
Salford’s Magic Weekend record didn’t get off to a good start with the Red Devils failing to win any of their opening four games at the event.
Warrington beat Salford in Cardiff in 2007 18-50 in a season which saw the Red Devils relegated meaning they missed out on a place in Cardiff the year after.
Once Salford returned to the top flight they suffered defeats in Edinburgh in 2009 and 2010. Harlequins beat Salford 16-24 before Warrington once again earned a dominant victory, 16-68.
Wales-based Crusaders overcame Salford 42-12 in 2011 as the Magic Weekend returned to Cardiff. However, the Dacia Magic Weekend moved closer to home and it garnered the Red Devils first win at the event as Adam Sidlow’s late try won the game 38-34 against Huddersfield Giants.
Another year in Manchester marked another victory for Salford as they edged out Widnes Vikings 28-22. However, Salford couldn’t remain unbeaten at the Etihad Stadium as the Vikings returned the favour a year later with a 30-24 win.
Widnes and Salford shared victories in the first two events at Newcastle’s St James’ Park. The Red Devils won their most recent Dacia Magic Weekend fixture with a 22-36 win over event debutants Leigh Centurions in the Toon. Catalans at the Magic Weekend
Catalans have a similar record to Salford at the Dacia Magic Weekend winning four, losing six however they have played an extra game which they drew.
The Frenchmen’s first two Magic Weekend appearances came against Harlequins RL (Now London Broncos) with a narrow 28-32 in 2007 before an even smaller margin of victory a year later as Catalans won 18-16.
In Edinburgh, Catalans suffered defeats to Leeds and Castleford before another loss at the hands of Harlequins RL in Cardiff in 2011. The Dragons finally ended their losing-streak at the Dacia Magic Weekend in 2012 as they overcame London Broncos (Previously known as Harlequins RL).
A 42-18 win over London in 2012 was followed up by an almost identical win in 2013 as they ran-out 46-18 win at the Etihad Stadium. Catalans earned a two-point victory over London in 2014 at Newcastle before a 22-22 draw with Huddersfield Giants in 2015.
Wakefield Trinity edged out the French side thanks to a monster Jacob Miller drop-goal in 2016 before Catalans lost to Huddersfield 10-18 in last year’s event. Scoring in Salford games at Magic Weekend
Luke Dorn crossed for Salford’s first-ever Dacia Magic Weekend try in the 18-50 loss against Warrington in 2007. Martin Gleeson crossed in this game for Warrington and would score for Salford in the event six years later.
Dorn – alongside Gleeson – was a player who scored both for and against Salford at the Dacia Magic Weekend as he crossed for Harlequins RL when the sides met in 2009. Richie Myler is also amongst the list of players to score for and against Salford crossing for the Red Devils in 2009 before scoring a brace for Wire a year later in 2010.
Stefan Ratchford scored a brace for Salford in this game which he followed up with another double a year later against Warrington. Ratchford is Salford’s all-time top try-scorer at the event with four tries.
While Ratchford sits on two doubles at the event there’s a host of other Red Devils who have also scored braces at the Dacia Magic Weekend – Joel Moon (2012), Jodie Broughton (2012), Adam Sidlow (2012), Jordan James (2013), Daniel Vidot (2016), Ben Murdoch-Masila (2017) and Greg Johnson (2017). Salford are yet to have a player score a hat-trick at the Dacia Magic Weekend.
However, three players have scored hat-tricks against the Red Devils at the Dacia Magic Weekend – Michael Witt (Crusaders, 2011), Joe Mellor (Widnes, 2013) and Kevin Brown (Widnes, 2015).
Of the current squad, Greg Johnson leads the way with Dacia Magic Weekend tries sitting on three after a double last year against Leigh Centurions alongside a solitary try versus Widnes in 2015. Junior Sa’u (2014), Kris Welham (2017) and Niall Evalds (2017) are the other current Salford players to score for the Club at the event. Head-to-Head
Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons have had shared success in recent seasons with three wins apiece in the fixture since a memorable 40-40 draw in March 2015.
The Red Devils have won each of the last two meetings between the teams both coming in the form of dominant home victories at the AJ Bell Stadium – 32-16 (March 2018), 50-12 (May 2017).
The back and forth results against each other have been a regular feature since Catalans’ inclusion into Betfred Super League with Salford winning 11, the Dragons winning on 12 occasions and there being one draw between the two sides.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the sides at the Dacia Magic Weekend.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie with Leigh Centurions we take a look at the facts behind the teams in relation to the competition. Challenge Cup Head-to-Head
The sides last met in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in 2015 with Leigh coming out on top 22-18 at the Leigh Sports Village in 2015.
Salford won back-to-back Challenge Cup fixtures in the 1980’s with a 12-3 win in 1981 over the Centurions followed by a 12-5 victory two years later in the First Round.
The last time Salford overcame Leigh Centurions away in the Challenge Cup was in 1900 with a 2-9 win in the Second Round. Challenge Cup progression
Ian Watson’s men reached the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last season before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Leigh exited in the 5th round.
Salford also progressed further than the Centurions in 2016 with the Red Devils reaching the 6th round stage. In 2014 and 2015 Leigh reached the quarter-finals in consecutive seasons while Salford were knocked out in Round Five on both occasions. Recent Meetings
Salford have won two of their last three meetings with Leigh as the sides met in the Betfred Super League last season. The Red Devils won 22-36 at last year’s Dacia Magic Weekend as well as earning a Round Nine Betfred Super League 12-6 victory over Leigh.
Leigh won the most recent meeting between the clubs 25-0 at the Leigh Sports Village in July. Salford will be looking for their first victory over Leigh at the Leigh Sports Village.
Since the move to Summer rugby, Salford have won six meetings between the sides, Leigh have won four and there is yet to be a draw.
Ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Wakefield we take a look over all the key facts behind the fixture. Head-to-head
The Red Devils and Wakefield have been evenly matched in recent seasons with both sides winning five of their last ten meetings. However, it is Trinity who’ve had the share of the spoils in recent seasons winning four of the last five fixtures between the sides.
The most recent meeting between the sides was a real nail biter as Salford almost snatched a draw with the final kick of the game however the Red Devils narrowly lost out 14-12 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Salford’s last Betfred Super League victory over Wakefield came on May 27th 2016 in a 38-8 demolition of Trinity at the AJ Bell Stadium. Between 2015 and 2016, Salford won four of their five matches against Wakefield.
Overall in the Betfred Super League, Salford have won 15 games, Wakefield have won 26 while there have been two draws between the teams. Try-scorers
February’s meeting between the sides ended Craig Kopczak’s fantastic try-scoring record which had seen the prop-forward score in each of his last three appearances against Wakefield Trinity.
Winger Greg Johnson also boasts a strong scoring record versus his former club crossing for three tries in his last five games against Wakefield. Niall Evalds, Rob Lui and Kris Welham were the three men who scored when the sides met earlier in 2018.
Jacob Miller is Wakefield’s danger man against the Red Devils with the half-back scoring four tries in his last five outings against Ian Watson’s side. Miller grabbed a brace the last time Trinity visited the AJ Bell Stadium.
Reece Lyne has also scored four tries in his last five games against Salford but hasn’t crossed in any of the last three meetings between the sides. Milestones
Niall Evalds – should he feature – will make his 100th appearance for Salford Red Devils. Evalds debuted for the Club back in 2014 and was the Club’s top try-scorer at the end of the 2017 season. The full-back will become just the third player in the current squad to reach 100 Salford Red Devils games behind Junior Sa’u and Logan Tomkins.
Wakefield half-back Liam Finn needs six points to reach 500 for Wakefield Trinity. The Irishman’s total of 494 has been reached with eight tries and 231 goals during two spells with the Club.
Kris Welham is currently three tries of reaching 150 in his career. The centre – who scored in the previous meeting between Salford and Wakefield – has scored 15 for Salford with the rest coming in spells with Hull Kingston Rovers and Bradford Bulls.