Salford have had a torrid time over the years at Headingley winning just once at Leeds in the summer era – so it wasn’t difficult to choose this weeks ‘flashback’.
It was The Red Devils first season back in the Super League following promotion via the licensing system and Shaun McRae’s side earned their third victory of the season, and their first away from home, against eventual 2009 League Leaders’ Shield winners and Super League winners Leeds Rhinos.
The visitors raced into an impressive 22-6 by the 50th minute. John Wilshere opened the scoring for Salford on the back of a clever grubber kick from Richie Myler. Mark Henry soon extended the lead as he touched down in the corner after some flowing hands down the line.
Jamie Jones Buchanan soon crossed for the Rhinos to narrow the arrears but a mistake from Ali Lauititi was pounced on by Myler who then went 70 metres to finish a magnificient solo effort.
Myler’s kicking game was causing issues for the Rhinos and Robbie Paul benefitted when one of Myler’s grubber kicks richocheted into the half-backs arms to score. Wilshere converted to give Salford a 22-6 lead.
But, Leeds wouldn’t go down without a fight as Keith Senior and Ryan Hall linked up well with the latter scoring. Wilshere attempted to slow down a Rhinos comeback with a long-range penalty goal but some good play from Kevin Sinfield and Jones-Buchanan allowed Senior to score before Jamie Peacock barrelled his way over with seven minutes remaining.
The Red Devils led by just four points heading into the closing stages but they managed to crush any hopes of a late Rhinos victory thanks to another breakaway try. A Leeds pass went to ground before being latched onto by Jordan Turner who went 60 metres to score. Wilshere added the extras to give Salford their first ever Super League victory over the Rhinos.
The teams that day – April 13th 2009
Salford: Wilshere, Henry, Littler, Turner, Ratchford; Smith, Myler; Cashmere, Alker, Stapleton, Adamson, Parker, Swain. Interchanges: Sibbit, Leuluai, Paul, Jewitt.
Leeds: Webb, Jones-Bishop, Ablett, Senior, Hall; McGuire, Burrow; Burgess, Diskin, Bailey, Jones-Buchanan, Kirke, Sinfield. Interchanges: Leuluai, Lauititi, Peacock, Buderus.
Any hopes of a top four finish were dashed for the Red Devils after another disappointing evening at Headingley as Salford fell to a 44-2 defeat.
Leeds had already confirmed their position in the Super League semi-finals however they didn’t slow down against a Salford side looking for just their 2nd ever Super League victory at Headingley.
Following an impressive victory over Huddersfield last weekend Watson had to make some changes with Ben Murdoch-Masila moving into the centres for an injured Kris Welham while George Griffin also returned to the side.
Salford did take the lead in the early stages as Gareth O’Brien kicked a penalty goal but Leeds soon took control with a try from Liam Sutcliffe who spun over the line. The Rhinos made it two in quick succession as Rob Burrow broke from deep before finding Danny McGuire who went under the posts. Watkins converted both.
The Red Devils were very much still in the game at half-time trailing 16-2 after Tom Briscoe capatalised on some quick hands from the hosts but Leeds’ dominance continued in after the break.
Interchange hooker Matt Parcell jinked his way over from close-range to extend the lead. McGuire was instrumental in the middle and his kick was latched on to by Adam Cuthbertson before Parcell grabbed his second and Leeds’ third in eight minutes to open up a 30-point lead.
Anthony Mullally barged his way over and with ten minutes remaining Brett Ferres finished off a flowing Leeds move which involved a break from deep by Ashton Golding before a neat kick from McGuire.
Rhinos: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall; Moon, McGuire; Cuthbertson, Burrow, Garbutt, Ward, Jones-Buchanan, Singleton. Interchanges: Mullally, Ferres, Parcell, Delaney.
Red Devils: Evalds, Bibby, Murdoch-Masila, Sa’u, Vatuvei; Lui, O’Brien; Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Jones, Griffin, McCarthy. Interchanges: Lannon, A. Walne, J. Walne, Brining.
Referee: Liam Moore. Touch Judges: Richard Thompson & Jonathan Roberts. Attendance: 13094
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.
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.
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.
The Red Devils travel to Headingley on Friday night to take on Leeds Rhinos in our penultimate game of the Super 8s and here is a guide for all the fans heading to the game.
Matchday ticket prices are as follows:
Concessions (Students, 65+ and 17-21): £15
Juniors (16 and under): £12
Junior Season Ticker holders must exchange their pass for a ticket before travelling. There will be no exchanging on the turnstiles.
The ticket collection point is located on St. Michaels Lane. Tickets can be collected from 5pm before this ticket collections are via the Club shop.
Turnstiles open three hours prior to kick-off and Red Devils fans can use the St. Michaels Lane and Kirkstall Lane turnstiles. Programmes are £3 and can be purchased at the Club Shop, Ticket Office or from one of the programme sellers situated around Headingley.
There is no parking available for the general public on site on matchdays however street parking around the stadium is available but some streets are permit holders only. There is also no disabled parking on site for this game but again street parking is available.
All coach parking is available of St. Michaels Lane near the allotments. There is no access via the railway bridge on St. Michaels Lane for coaches. Contact the Leeds Ticket Office on 1371 423 1315 for more details.
The coach is £14:00 for all classes and all the coach pick-up points for Friday’s game against Leeds are as follows:
Chandos Sports and Social – 16:45
Royal Sovereign – 17:00
Eccles Town Hall – 17:10
Dog and Partridge – 17:20
Barley Farm – 17:40
Supporters are reminded that if they park at the AJ Bell Stadium before their coach pick up they will be charged £7 due to the car park being under gameday regulations due to Sale Sharks facing London Irish.
However, there will be FREE parking in and around the other coach pick-up points. It is not the decision of the Red Devils to charge the fans for parking but that of the AJ Bell Stadium and the Red Devils will receive none of this money. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience and we hope you all enjoy Friday’s trip to Leeds.
Tickets are also still available 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. Season Ticket holders are reminded that their Season Tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games but are encouraged to look at our hospitality deal for Season Ticket holders against St Helens.
Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the Red Devils trip to Headingley to take on Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.
George Griffin returns to the 19-man squad after suffering from a knock sustained last week. Daniel Murray also enters the fray after not featuring since the defeat to Castleford in early August. Olsi Krasniqi is left out of the squad for Friday night’s game.
Greg Johnson was named in last week’s squad but had to pull out through with a hip injury late in the week which means he drops from this week’s 19-man squad. Jake Bibby is likely to start on the wing again after scoring a try last weekend against Huddersfield.
Gareth O’Brien moved into the halves last week and looks to be set to partner Robert Lui again with both Michael Dobson and Todd Carney absent from the 19-man squad.
Tickets are also available for our final home game of the 2017 season against St Helens on Thursday 21st September and are available over the phone, at the club ticket office and online here. Season ticket holders are reminded that their season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games but are encouraged to look at our hospitality deal for season ticket holders against Saints.
Season ticket holders have until Thursday evening to secure their tickets for the upcoming trip to Leeds Rhinos on Friday 15th September.
The Red Devils have received a limited allocation of just over 400 tickets due to renovations on Headingley’s South Stand and therefore tickets have been offered to season ticket holders exclusively for the opening week.
Season ticket holders are reminded that the ticket office is open from 9am-9:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday for them to buy their tickets for the Leeds game.
Tickets are set to go on general sale at 9am Friday 8th September.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Seniors (65+): £13
Under 21’s: £13
Juniors (16 and under): £10
Junior season ticket holders are free of charge and will require a ticket. Junior season ticket holders must exchange their voucher in advance. There will be no option to exchange on the day.
Tickets are also available for both our remaining home Super 8s fixtures against Huddersfield Giants and St Helens and can be purchased at the club ticket office, over the phone or online here. Season ticket holders are reminded that their season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Former Red Devil Paul Highton is cycling from Leeds to Wembley Stadium for Rugby League Cares. The cycle started at Headingley Stadium, 8am on Monday 21st, and the team of 15 riders are set to arrive at the Wembley Legends statue on the eve of the 2017 Challenge Cup final – Friday 25th August.
Highton, speaking to Rugby League cares, said: “Cycling to Rio was one of the best experiences of my life and though the ride to Wembley is shorter, it’s going to be a fantastic five days.
“We may not have to cross the Pyrenees to reach our destination but this ride isn’t about mountain ranges or distance, it’s about overcoming the challenge of negotiating a testing off-road route.
“I’m expecting it to be tough: the bike is heavier for a start; I’m a year older and the nettles and brambles along the way are really going to hurt!
“Firstly, I’d say that nothing is going to be as tough as that first day when you don’t know what to expect your body is going to react to spending eight hours and more in the saddle.
“That feeling is like nothing else,” he added.
“Secondly, it’s important to keep your head up and take in what’s around you: how many people get to experience the beautiful countryside we have in the UK at such close quarters for five days? Soak it up!
“Finally, make sure you have a laugh: yes, there will be dark moments, and days when it feels tough, but the sun always comes out again and riding as a team is a real breeze, especially when you know you’re doing it for such a worthy cause.”
‘Highto’ has made big contributions to the men’s health and wellbeing project ‘Offload’ and has worked in conjunction with club foundations at Salford Red Devils, Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves.
Highton said: “Some of the impact Offload has made to the people involved has been nothing short of amazing.
“No-one was quite sure at the start whether men would buy into it but it’s been a transformational experience for a lot of people.
“The bonds that have been forged between the participants are really uplifting to witness. At Warrington, one member of the team said he was worried how he’d fill the void in his life after his 12 fixtures were up and they’ve all agreed to carry on meeting to support each other.
“It’s made a profound difference to the lives of a lot of men who previously felt they had no-where else to turn.”
To sponsor Paul, please visit his Just Giving page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Highton.