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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WAKEFIELD

It is testament to the progress the Salford team has made over the season that such an evenly contested encounter as this, and in such a crucial match, table-wise, ended with a Salford victory.

There have been other games, when, at the onset of adversity, the Red Devils have fallen apart, conceding first one score and then another, which was in fact exactly what happened on Friday night.  Although this was against a rather depleted Wakefield side (but there again the Salford side was still a long way from being at full strength) twelve points can still so easily become eighteen, as we have seen previously.

The difference on Friday night was Salford’s response to that initial setback, which was met with resilience, focus and determination.  it might also be true to say that the scoring of seventy points, the week before, had been a significant boost to their confidence.

In fact, Wakefield’s early scores came completely against the run of play, with the Red Devils having dominated possession and position, in the opening encounters, with good approach work, which has been a hallmark of their game all season, but with it, on Friday, falling down with final passes going astray or dropped to ground.

That trait was to be a facet of their game which continued for much of the match, with some players having rather more involvement in the errors than others.  In defence, however, no-one was found wanting, and it is significant that after those two opening tries, the visitors’ only other points came from a penalty goal mid-way through the second half.

Not that they went without any further pressure on the Salford goal-line.  In fact, they had periods of quite protracted, intense, efforts to try and score again, but Marshall’s men held firm, and not only repelled each wave of attack, but forced the visitors into hurried passes which also failed to find their mark, often sailing, untouched, over the touchline.

The tackle of the game undoubtedly came from the returning Seb Ikahihifo on his opposite number, who was pile-driven backwards into the ground.  Ikahihifo celebrated by repeating much the same operation on the next Trinity player to handle, whose progress had just been halted, but not finished completely, by a couple of other Salford players.

Most importantly, the team retained their calmness, concentration and confidence, at their most vulnerable times of just before, and just after, half time.  Going into the dressing room level, at the interval, must have given them quite a lift, and felt quite different from those matches when they had just gifted points to the opposition minutes beforehand. This time it set them up to take control  in the second half.

Their attacking game proved to be personal successes for the right edge pairing of Krisnan Inu and Ken Sio, who, between them, crossed for three of Salford’s four tries.  Inu not only scored two of those, but he also weighed in with four successful goal kicks out of five attempts, giving him a personal tally of sixteen points.

Sio not only scored the final try of the night, he had also crossed in the opening stages of the game, but had been held up over the line by a number of Wakefield defenders.  He also contributed with several extremely telling hit ups into the heart of the Wakefield defence, which brought hard yardage of which bigger and stronger players would have been pleased.

Salford’s other try came from the flamboyant artistry of Morgan Escare, whose intricate footwork completely foxed the Trinity defence, and which started the Red Devils’ erosion into that twelve-point deficit.

Despite the individual contributions of those just identified, however, it was overall teamwork and team effort which won the day.  Patience is a virtue, and there was certainly plenty of that in evidence throughout the team, on the night, as they stuck to their task, with and without the ball, and concentrated on producing their game plan, supporting each other, and covering for one another’s errors.

With another win now in the bag, they can turn their attention to those teams in the upper echelons of the table, and continue the momentum which they are quietly building up.  A visit to the Emerald Headingley Stadium would be a good place to do exactly that.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 24-14 WAKEFIELD TRINITY | FRIDAY 16TH JULY 2021

Salford Red Devils came from behind twice to beat Wakefield Trinity 24-14 in their rescheduled Round 12 fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tonight.

Although it was Salford who started arguably the stronger of the two sides, it was Wakefield who took the lead just before the ten-minute mark through Innes Senior, who used his pace to dart over down the left.

Just over five minutes later, Trinity extended their lead down the right thanks to Reece Lyne, who powered through the Salford defence to ground the ball.

Halfway into the first forty, Morgan Escare used his quick feet once again to dance through the Wakefield defence and scurry over down the right to pick up his fourth try in three games.

In the 33rd minute, Krisnan Inu showed why his return to the side was so important, when he weaved through several blue shirts to go over to the right of the sticks and even the scoring, after converting his own try.

Marshall’s men did well to hold on as the interval approached, defending multiple sets on virtually their own try line to ensure it was all to play for in the second forty.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 12-12 Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield came out looking the most threatening in the early stages of the second forty, but Salford’s defensive line stayed strong.

However, Trinity were gifted a penalty in front of the sticks just before the hour mark, and opted to take the two. Mason Lino converted and Salford were behind again, albeit by the narrowest of margins.

It did not take long though for the Red Devils to take back control of the arm wrestle and it was our number 4 again who went over. Pauli Pauli used his strength to brush off a number of Wakefield players, before offloading to Inu who grounded the ball in the right corner.

Two minutes later, Inu added another two via a penalty goal, after Wakefield were penalised for a high tackle.

With nine minutes to go, Man of the Match Ken Sio put the game to bed with a try of his own, diving into the right corner to make it two wins in a row for Marshall’s men.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 24-14 Wakefield Trinity

Salford Red Devils: Escare. Sio, Inu, Costello, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Johnson, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Lannon, Burke, Roberts, Ikahihifo, Pauli, Luckley.

Salford tries: Escare, Inu (2), Sio

Salford goals: Inu (4/5)

Wakefield Trinity: Kay, Kershaw, Lyne, Greensmith, Senior, Miller, Lino, Arona, Walker, Tanginoa, Ashurst, Pitts, Batchelor, Bowes, Aydin, Battye, Fifita.

Wakefield tries: Senior, Lyne

Wakefield goals: Lino (3)

Referee: Gareth Hewer

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Rescheduled Wakefield game now on general sale

Salford Red Devils can now announce that our Round 12 home fixture against Wakefield Trinity, that will be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday 16th July 2021, is on general sale. 

Go to Event Tickets ListThe Red Devils RLFC (eticketing.co.uk), log into your account and go the Wakefield match, select your seats and continue through the transaction. Please book in bubbles of 4, 5 and 6 where possible.

Season ticket holders can still get their ticket at no cost but everyone else will be able to purchase at the following prices:

 

  • Adults: £20
  •  Over 60s: £15
  • U16s: £7.50

 

Season ticket holders can still purchase zero price tickets by selecting the tickets prefixed “ST”. 1873 Season ticket holders will have to email the ticket office ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk Booking fees will apply on non season ticket holder tickets.

Please note kiosks are not open at the Halliwell Jones stadium. Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink but it must be in clear bags, no cans allowed.

There is no away allocation.

All tickets will be printed and posted out ahead of the game – there is NO digital ticketing

The postage window will close on Wednesday and any tickets purchased after midday will have to be collected from Warrington’s collections office.

Salford Red Devils would like to thank all the fans for their support during these uncertain times. We understand that changes in fixtures and venues are not ideal but we would like to stress that we are doing everything we possibly can to ensure all our games go ahead as scheduled.

By purchasing a ticket you will adhere to Warrington Wolves’ code of conduct below:

Details confirmed for rescheduled Round 12 clash with Wakefield

Salford Red Devils can now announce that our Round 12 home fixture against Wakefield Trinity will now be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday 16th July 2021, kick off 7:30pm.

Season ticket holders will have priority booking on seats until 5pm on Monday 12th July. There will be no charge for these seats, providing the season ticket holder selects the price definition that relates to them, for example “ST ADULT.” If you do not select a seat with the “ST” prefix, the system will charge you. You must assign a season ticket holder to each ST seat in your basket.

This is not a ballot, you will simply log into your SALFORD ETICKETING ACCOUNT and go the Wakefield match, select your seats and continue through the transaction.

Anyone with an 1873 ticket will have to email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with the client reference or names of everyone in their bubble and lounge access seats will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

Please book in bubbles of 4, 5 and 6 where possible.

After 5pm on Monday the game will go on general sale. Season ticket holders will still get their ticket at no cost but everyone else will be able to purchase at the following prices:

  • Adults: £20
  •  Over 60s: £15
  • U16s: £7.50

Booking fees will apply for non-season ticket holders.

Please note kiosks are not open at the Halliwell Jones stadium. Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink but it must be in clear bags, no cans allowed.

All tickets will be printed and posted out ahead of the game – there is NO digital ticketing

The postage window will close on Wednesday and any tickets purchased after midday will have to be collected from Warrington’s collections office.

Salford Red Devils would like to thank all the fans for their support during these uncertain times. We understand that changes in fixtures and venues are not ideal but we would like to stress that we are doing everything we possibly can to ensure all our games go ahead as scheduled.

By purchasing a ticket you will adhere to Warrington Wolves’ code of conduct below:

Squad | Jack Littlejohn to undergo surgery

Salford Red Devils can confirm that Jack Littlejohn will undergo surgery on a ruptured bicep – an injury he picked up in last Friday’s game against Warrington – this weekend.
Littlejohn – who crossed for two tries before leaving the field – has moved to fullback for recent outings against Hull FC, Widnes Vikings and Warrington in absence of Niall Evalds who is still sidelined.
Centre Kris Welham also left the field and underwent surgery on a finger injury earlier this week.
 
 

Three Talking Points | Warrington Wolves 30-14 Salford Red Devils

Following last night’s hard-fought affair against Warrington Wolves we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Key moments
In his post-match press conference Ian Watson pointed towards a key moment in the second half which may have turned the game.
Rob Lui looked to flick on a short ball to an onrushing Kris Welham which clipped the centres shoulder and went to ground. Had Welham gone through the line the Red Devils would have likely scored and taken the lead for the first time in the game.
Warrington went on to score three tries after this moment and win the game. Throughout the game, Salford caused Wire a lot of issues down the right-hand flank and were on top in the early stages of the second half.
Resilience
There was a tonne of resilience and heart in defeat from Salford against Wire.
The Red Devils had to muscle up in defence for a large period in the second half and managed to keep Warrington at bay – for the most part – until the final ten minutes of the game.
Both Derrell Olpherts and Junior Sa’u made try-saving tackles out wide last night while Ryan Lannon and Jack Littlejohn making last ditch efforts, also. Littlejohn, in fact, prevented Warrington forward Ben Westwood from close-range with a brilliant one-on-one tackle which forced a knock-on.


Even in the closing stages Kris Welham pulled off a great tackle on Bryson Goodwin before Rob Lui prevented two scores with well-timed interceptions which will have pleased Head Coach Ian Watson.
Flowing rugby
Earlier in the season we have seen the Red Devils display some fantastic attacking Rugby League in victories over Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons and Hull FC – to name a few – and those slick hands were on display at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Jack Littlejohn – who continues to impress in his new role at fullback – was the beneficiary of these fast hands crossing twice in the first half. Both times we saw the Australian hit a great line out the back with his second try on the back of a sensational offload from George Griffin.


Jake Bibby’s second half score also came from a string of off-the-cuff offloads which saw the Red Devils break down field beginning with a well-timed pass from Ben Nakubuwai. If the Red Devils continue to display this kind of attacking presence they’ll cause a lot of sides issues in the coming weeks.
 

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

Match Report | Warrington Wolves 30-14 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils fell to defeat against Warrington despite a resilient performance which saw them cause the hosts problems and go into the final thirty minutes on par with the Wolves.
Jack Littlejohn crossed for a first half double but tries from Sitaleki Akauola, Tom Lineham and Toby King saw Warrington go into the break ahead by four points. Red Devils forward Ryan Lannon spent ten minutes in the sin bin for a professional foul before the interval.
Jake Bibby’s early second half score edged Salford in front however three unanswered tries from Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark and Mike Cooper pulled the game away from Ian Watson’s men.


Salford started strongly but fell behind after eight minutes as Tyrone Roberts stepped through the line and found Akauola who finished under the posts. However, the Red Devils soon found themselves level when Jack Littlejohn capitalised on some slick hands out wide to force his way over from close-range. Rob Lui converted to level the scores.
Warrington regained their lead in just a matter of minutes when Lineham scooped up a loose pass and managed to race to the corner despite pressure from Lui. Goodwin missed the conversion attempt. Midway through the half Wire extended their lead further as Toby King latched onto Roberts’ low kick.
As the Wolves built momentum they almost crossed again through Charnley but a wonderful tackle from Lannon prevented the winger. However, Lannon would be sent to the sin-bin for holding Charnley down for too long yards from the Salford try-line.
While this could have seen Warrington kick on it instead invigorated the Red Devils as Littlejohn went over for his second try. Lui managed to pull off a late pass to George Griffin who flicked the ball out of the backdoor in turn to Littlejohn who doubled his account for the evening.
And, it was Salford who started the second half stronger and pulled themselves level thanks to Jake Bibby. The Red Devils played some expansive rugby to break down field before Bibby picked up a low pass and raced thirty metres to score.
Again, Watson’s side weren’t level for long as Charnley pulled off a spectacular finish in the corner despite the best efforts of Derrell Olpherts. A back-and-forth twenty-minute spell ensued with the Red Devils going close on a number of occasions but failing to cross.
Warrington – with ten minutes remaining – mounted some sustained pressure on the Salford line and Daryl Clark jinked his way over. Mike Cooper finished the scoring in the closing stages to help Warrington pull away.


Salford Lineup: Littlejohn; Olpherts, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby; Lui, Shorrocks; Tasi, Wood, Mossop, Griffin, Lannon, Burke.
Interchanges: Tomkins, Nakubuwai, Murray, Flanagan.
Warrington Lineup: M.Brown; Lineham, Goodwin, T. King, Charnley; K. Brown, Roberts; Akauoloa, Clark, Cooper, Pomeroy, Hughes, Westwood.
Interchanges: Philbin, G. King, Patton, Crosby.
Salford scorers: Littlejohn (12, 35’). Bibby (46’) | Goals: Lui (13’)
Warrington scorers: Akauola (8’), Lineham (16’), T.King (24’), Charnley (52), Clark (70’), Cooper (79’) | Goals: Goodwin (9’, 53’, 71’)
Salford sin-bin: Lannon – professional foul (27’)
Man of the Match: Jack Littlejohn.
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: G. Jones & P. Brooke.
Attendance: 9171.

Factfile | Salford Red Devils vs Warrington Wolves | Friday 29th June

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.


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.

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

Squad | Red Devils welcome back duo for Wolves clash

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


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

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

 

Paul Highton | “It was quite inspiring to be honest”

Last night 857 people assembled – breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever Mental Health session – at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with Salford Red Devils Football and Player Welfare Manager Paul Highton being heavily involved in the event.
Highton said: “It really was a great event and it was quite inspiring to be honest.
“I think the previous record was around 668 and we managed to get over 800 people in there, it was a massive turnout and it was fantastic to be involved in something monumental like that.
“Guinness World Record or not it was nice to see so many people coming together in the Halliwell Jones Stadium last night all for the subject of mental health.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than spreading the word of mental awareness and the crowd really lapped it up and bought into it.
“It’s one of those taboo subjects is mental health as soon as you mention it people either want to turn and walk or try and change the subject.
“The more we can talk about it and use the people who have a profile like sportspersons or public figures the more it normalises mental health. This allows people to have a platform to talk about it and just give them that ability to feel confident that what they talk about isn’t going to get shunned.”
The event centred around six speakers – one of which being Paul Highton – each giving their own talk on a specific area regarding mental health with the Red Devils Football and Player Welfare Manager discussing ‘transition’.
Highton said: “I focused on transition, so I talked about my story from being a player for twenty years then retiring and setting up a business and how I struggled with a loss of identity and structure.
“I self-medicated and drank to try and change the way I was feeling, and I was telling the people in attendance that you don’t need to go down that route and encouraging people to get hobbies.
“We’ve all got more things going on that just our jobs and it’s important we notice that and take our identities away from solely what we do for work.”
The Red Devils and Paul Highton have a very strong and positive relationship with State of Mind with Salford donning the State of Mind logo on their 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend kit.
Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings are set to open this year’s Betfred Super League ‘State of Mind’ round on Thursday 14th June with Paul Highton setting out the Red Devils’ stall taking out Widnes mascot Kemik the Viking at last night’s event.
Highton said: “We were doing an end-to-end kicking competition and there was me and Wolfie [Warrington Wolves’ mascot] were paired up against Ian Smith – former referee – and Kemik the Viking [Widnes Vikings’ mascot].
“Unfortunately, Kemik crossed my path so I had to drop my shoulder and knock him to the floor with his head rolling off!”
Everyone at Salford would like to congratulate everyone that was involved in the event.