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Factfile | Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC | Friday 16th March

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC we take a look at all the facts behind the fixture.
Head-to-Head 
Salford and Hull FC have met on 41 occasions since the inception of the Betfred Super League with the Red Devils coming out on top on nine occasions while FC have won the 32 meetings. There is yet to be a Betfred Super League draw between the sides.
The Red Devils have only won one of their last six meetings with the Airlie Birds coming at the KC Stadium on April 7th 2017 when Ian Watson’s men hammered the hosts 54-18. Salford and FC have shared the spoils at the AJ Bell Stadium since The Red Devils’ move each winning three matches apiece.
The last time Salford overcame Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium was back in February 2015 when the Red Devils earned a 32-28 victory – a match you can read about in this week’s ‘The Red Devils’ matchday programme.
Try-Scoring
Full-back Niall Evalds’ try-scoring exploits have been well documented so far this season and he’s got a fine record of going over the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons.
The England Knights representative has scored in each of his last four appearances against FC. Evalds weaved his way around Jamie Shaul in the Super 8’s meeting last season between the sides. Evalds didn’t feature in last year’s dominant 18-54 victory at the KC Stadium.
Half-back Robert Lui has also had some joy against the men from Humberside in recent years scoring a try in three of his last four outings against Hull FC. The Australian scored in both trips to the KC Stadium last season and notched a try in a 20-28 defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
For the visitors, Carlos Tuimavave has been a frequent try-scorer against Salford scoring four tries in two seasons including a brace last time out. Albert Kelly and Jamie Shaul have both scored three tries against Salford in recent seasons however Kelly hasn’t been included in FC’s matchday squad.
High scoring affairs
It would be fair to say that Salford and Hull meetings haven’t been short of points in recent seasons with each of the last ten games involving 38 points or more. These ten games have also seen both sides score double figures in each game.
In fact, in six games between 2014 and 2016 both sides racked up 20 or more points.

Factfile | Castleford Tigers vs Salford Red Devils | Sunday 11th March

Ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Super League clash with Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle we take a look at the facts behind the fixture. 
Head-to-head 
Salford and Castleford have had a real share of the spoils over the last two seasons with The Red Devils coming away with three wins from six and The Tigers claiming the other three victories.
Ian Watson’s side were the first team to overcome Castleford in the 2017 Betfred Super League thanks to a late Gareth O’Brien drop-goal in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. However, the Red Devils lost back-to-back games against Castleford in the latter stages of last season.
Salford’s last victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle came back in 2016 as the Red Devils ran out convincing 32-16 winners – this was the Club’s first win at Castleford since 2004. Salford’s best run of results against Castleford in the Betfred Super League era came in 2004 when they won three consecutive games against the West Yorkshire side.
Try-Scoring
Salford and Castleford over the years has had some high-scoring affairs with seven of the last eight games having a combined score of 27 or more points.
This has allowed for some fairly frequent try-scoring which has seen at least one player grab at least a brace in each of the last eight meetings, also. Zak Hardaker, Greg Eden and Joel Monaghan all scored doubles for Castleford in this fixture last season while Ben Murdoch-Masila crossed twice in a 13-12 victory.
Junior Sa’u, Josh Griffin and Kevin Locke have all notched braces for Salford in the fixture since 2015 while Jake Webster, Denny Solomona and Ashley Gibson have all scored doubles for The Tigers. Solomona scored a brace twice in the fixture in this period. Justin Carney is the only man to score a brace for both Salford and Castleford in this time.
The fixture is also one for the backs with the forwards scoring just three of the last 24 tries in this fixture. Murdoch-Masila scored two of these while Paul McShane crossed for Castleford. There was a total of 13 different try-scorers in this fixture last season.
Milestones
Salford Red Devils back-rower Josh Jones is set to make his 150th Betfred Super League appearance if selected for Sunday’s game. Jones featured in the Betfred Super League on 97 occasions for St Helens and has now made 52 Betfred Super League appearances for Salford.
Castleford winger Greg Minikin could make his 100th career appearance this weekend. Minikin has played 49 games for The Tigers alongside seven dual-registration appearances for Batley whilst at Castleford. Minikin signed from York for whom he featured 43 times.

Factfile – Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League opener against Wigan Warriors we take a look at all the facts around the fixture in this week’s ‘Factfile’.
Head-to-Head
Salford and Wigan have met 42 times in total since the Super League’s inception with the Red Devils winning six of those matches.
Salford earned a memorable victory over the Warriors last season at the DW Stadium – their first at Wigan in over twenty years. The Red Devils last earned a victory over Wigan at home back in 2006.
In fact, Salford earned back-to-back home wins over Wigan in the space of just over two months. The Reds won 28-10 at The Willows – a result you can read about here, before overcoming Wigan again 16-4 in mid-May.
Played for Both
There’s a handful of Red Devils who’ve featured for Wigan over the years with Logan Tomkins starting his career at the DW Stadium alongside brothers Sam and Joel who’ll feature for the Warriors tomorrow.
Logan has racked up 93 appearances for the Red Devils since signing permanently back in 2016 following a brief loan spell at the AJ Bell Stadium. Tomkins has found his way over for six tries in the red of Salford while also scoring three tries in his time at Wigan.
Team Captain Lee Mossop won the Challenge Cup with Wigan before joining Salford at the start of last season. Mossop appeared ten times for Salford last year while Mark Flanagan is also a former Wigan Warriors forward.
Wigan centre Oliver Gildart featured on loan for Salford in 2015 making three first team appearances and crossing for one try.
Opening weekend fixtures 
Tomorrow’s fixture is a repeat of the opening game of the 2017 Betfred Super League in which Wigan edged out Salford 26-16 in front of a bumper crowd of 6257 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford will be looking for their first victory over Wigan on the opening weekend of the season after also losing to the Warriors in 2013. The Red Devils last victory on the first week of the season came back in 2014 against Wakefield Trinity with Salford narrowly beating the West Yorkshire side 18-14.
Wigan have a mixed record in recent years on the opening weekend of the season. Shaun Wane’s side beat Catalans back in 2016 but have suffered two opening day defeats to Huddersfield in recent seasons.

Factfile – Salford Red Devils vs St Helens

Ahead of our final game of the 2017 season here are all the facts before we host St Helens tomorrow night.
Head-to-head
The Red Devils failed to win a game against St Helens between June 2010 and June 2015 – a run of 11 games however Salford have managed to overcome Saints twice in their last four meetings.
Both of the Red Devils victories since 2016 have come at the AJ Bell Stadium with Ian Watson’s men earning a convincing 44-10 victory last season before edging out Saints 22-14 in March, also.
In nine games between September 2011 and June 2015 Salford scored a combined total of just 76 points against St Helens but have since managed to rack up a combined total of 110 points in their last four meetings; scoring 20 or more in each.
Against their former club
There are three Red Devils who have enjoyed stints with St Helens – Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones and Gareth O’Brien.
Flanagan, who is still sidelined, featured for Saints between 2012 and 2015 and played in their 2014 Super League Grand Final triumph. Jones was also on the field for St Helens’ 14-6 victory over Wigan and played almost 100 games for this week’s opponents before switching codes.
O’Brien spent a short spell on loan in 2013 from Warrington and kicked 25 goals in seven appearances for the Merseyside team.
Saints have two former Red Devils and both come in the halves. French half-back Theo Fages made the move to the Totally Wicked Stadium in 2016 from Salford while Matty Smith moved to the AJ Bell Stadium from Saints, following a loan spell, in 2011 and now finds himself back with St Helens after a four-year stint with Wigan Warriors.
Try-scorers
If there’s one Red Devil who enjoys playing against St Helens its full-back Niall Evalds who has notched an impressive seven tries in his last four appearances against them.
Evalds crossed for two in the 25-24 defeat at the Totally Wicked Stadium as well as scoring a hat-trick in the visit to St Helens last season. The last time Saints visited the AJ Bell Evalds was also on the scoresheet grabbing a brace.
However, Saints have their own full-back come half-back who enjoys coming up against the Red Devils in Jonny Lomax. Lomax, who has scored three in his last two outings, has also scored in each of his last three appearances against Salford.
 
Tickets are on sale for our final home game of the season against St Helens and can be purchased over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here. Fans can also watch our end of season awards for an extra £5 in the 1873 suite post-game. Season Tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Factfile – Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils

Head-to-Head
Salford’s record against the Rhinos since the incarnation of Super League doesn’t make for pretty reading with just two wins in 40 Super League fixtures. However, the Red Devils did overcome Leeds last season with a 14-10 victory at home. But, the Red Devils haven’t been as fortunate at Headingley with just one win at Leeds in over twenty years.
The victory was a 20-30 triumph back in 2009 with youngsters such as Richie Myler, Stefan Ratchford and Jordan Turner all featuring for the Red Devils. The win was made even more impressive due to the fact Salford had just been promoted and the Rhinos would go on to win both the League Leaders’ Shield and the Super League that season.
Milestones
Last weekend Kris Welham crossed twice as the Red Devils cruised past Huddersfield with a 52-14 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium. Welham’s first marked his 100th Super League try before he then notched his 1o1st just 25 minutes later. The centre has scored 90 Super League tries for his former side Hull KR and has now grabbed 11 tries in the league for the Red Devils this season.
George Griffin, who is included in this weekend’s 19-man squad after being injured last weekend, could also be set to make his 100th Super League appearance. Griffin has appeared in Super League 18 times for Hull KR, 19 times for London Broncos, 5 times for Wakefield and has now featured 57 times since arriving at the AJ Bell Stadium back in 2015.
Try-scorers
While the Red Devils are yet to beat Leeds this season they did come close in February losing out 14-20. Logan Tomkins grabbed his only try of the season in the defeat at Headingley earlier in the season. Tomkins also crossed the last time the Red Devils beat Leeds back in 2016 while Josh Wood, who started at hooker the last time the sides met, also scored from acting half-back.
Ben Murdoch-Masila didn’t feature in the trop to Headingley at the start of the 2017 season however he managed to power his way over twice when Salford welcomed Leeds to the AJ Bell Stadium in July. Murdoch-Masila is currently level with full-back Niall Evalds as the Red Devils top Super League try-scorer.
 
Tickets are on sale for our final home game of the 2017 season against St Helens on Thursday 21st September. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games but are encouraged to look at our fantastic hospitality offer for them for our final home game.