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MATCH REPORT | HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 0-28 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Salford Red Devils rolled the Huddersfield Giants over at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon, with a 28-0 win that secured their spot in the Play-Offs Semi-Final.

Early pressure from Salford caused some rash defending from the Giants. Shane Wright was clipped with a high tackle and the Red Devils opted for the two. Marc Sneyd converted.

From a scrum, Salford moved the ball left and it was that Tim Lafai and Joe Burgess combination that sent our number five over in the corner.

In the 15th minute, Brodie Croft did what he does best – broke through the middle – and fed the supporting Kallum Watkins, who went over under the sticks.

As the half-way point of the first forty approached, Giants were penalised in front of the sticks for a high tackle on Tyler Dupree. Salford opted for the two again and Sneyd converted.

Ryan Brierley saw yellow in the 25th minute for obstructing Tui Lolohea, who looked set to score after sending a chip kick over the full-back.

Just before the half-time hooter, Croft was caught round the head and went off for a HIA, which he failed.

Half-time: Huddersfield Giants 0-16 Salford Red Devils

The first 10 minutes of the second forty was quite scrappy as both sides wrestled for control.

Giants looked the most threatening on the ball, but it was Salford who scored the first points of the half. On the last, Sneyd sent a neat grubber kick under the posts that Brierley was first to – grounding the ball in front of a bouncing Salford away end.

Salford pulled off a huge defensive effort to keep the Giants other out for the remainder of the second second half, and Paul Rowley’s side deserve huge credit to nil a side like Huddersfield in such a huge game.

Right at the death, Andy Ackers put the icing on the cake. Our number nine scooted past his man and broke 40 metres down the field to the jubilant Salford faithful.

Salford now travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 17th September, for the Play-Offs Semi-Final against St. Helens. The game kicks off at 1pm and tickets are available HERE.

Full-time: Huddersfield Giants 0-28 Salford Red Devils

Huddersfield: Lolohea, Cudjoe, King, Leutele, Senior, Russell, Fages, Trout, Levi, Hill, McQueen, Jones, Yates, Pryce, Greenwood, Ikahihifo, English.

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Dupree, Ackers, Wright, Taylor, Watkins, Gerrard, Luckley, Vuniyayawa, Atkin, Ormondroyd.

Salford tries: Burgess (13′), Watkins (15′), Brierley (49′), Ackers (79′)

Salford goals: Sneyd (4/4)

Salford penalty goals: Sneyd (2/2)

MATCH PREVIEW | HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

After a sensational Betfred Super League campaign, Salford Red Devils face Huddersfield Giants in the second play-off eliminator at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A remarkable run in the second half of the season pushed the Red Devils up the table and into sixth place with a game to spare, allowing Paul Rowley the opportunity to rest and rotate some key personnel ahead of the crunch clash in West Yorkshire.

There is a further boost to the squad with the return of Joe Burgess. The winger has 15 tries this season and has formed a sensational left-edge partnership with Tim Lafai, so Rowley and the supporters will be delighted to see him back in action after a short period on the sidelines.

Last time out against Huddersfield, Salford romped to a 33-16 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium. The Red Devils were quick out the blocks and imposed their intent on the game, but were put under some massive pressure early in the second half. However, they rode that particular storm and secured a vital two points.

The Reds have not beaten the Giants away from home in two attempts this season, but will be hoping to take their late-season form into the play-offs.

A game of such magnitude needs no introduction, but speaking in his pre-match press conference, Paul Rowley was discussing how his side will approach the game and the importance of recovering from an early setback.

He said: “Everybody will say they want a good start, but the trick is if you don’t, you can’t give in at that point.

“Ideally, we get a good start, but what we’ve been good at is dealing with the situations put in front of us and playing for 80 minutes being resilient and having belief through tough periods, and having a ruthless streak when we’ve been in good periods.

“So whatever comes our way we’ll try and dictate as much of that as possible, but again, we respect and recognise our opposition for the good team they are.”

Moving on to reflecting on his first season in Super League, Rowley believes Salford’s progression has been all about the journey – but they’re not done just yet.

“Well it’s all about the journey and it continues to be all about the journey. We’ve made sure we’ve enjoyed every step and we need to keep enjoying every step. And as I alluded to earlier, don’t look ahead, just look what’s next and that where our journey has taken us.

“We’ve learned, progressed, and got better and better. So we’re comfortable that we’ve given ourselves an opportunity at this stage and we’ve still got a bit of energy about us.”

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V HUDDERSFIELD

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V HUDDERSFIELD

For a full forty minutes, the Red Devils shone as brightly as the afternoon’s sun in the middle of a heatwave, as they put behind them their disappointment at Headingley, last week, after only two minutes, in this week’s crucial victory over Huddersfield.

We all know, now, after weeks of experiencing and enjoying it, just what fabulous and scintillating rugby this current Salford team can produce.  That they did so in front of the Channel 4 cameras giving nation-wide terrestrial television coverage of those skills was as good as anyone could have hoped for.

Deon Cross, it was, who made the first initial break of the game, after slick handling had sped the ball from the left wing to the right, and the timing of his pass to Ken Sio gave the winger a clear run to the line, for the first score.

Joe Burgess’s punishing of a Giants’ error, with a near eighty metre break away try, five minutes later, was followed, with some incredible football and handling skills from Kallum Watkins, to ground Brodie Croft’s initial low kick through, which, with two successful Marc Sneyd conversions, put the Reds well in charge at 16-0, after only twelve minutes.

Indeed, the only blip in the first half proceedings came in the 18th minute, when Burgess was deprived of possession by McQueen who went over for an unconverted Huddersfield try, but further Salford scores from Ryan Brierley off an inside, overhead pass from Sio, and then ten minutes later Sneyd’s kick, this time into the in-goal area, being grounded by Tim Lafai, again converted by Sneyd, more than eradicated that.

So far, so good, but a completely different type of game awaited them in the second half, which required significant adaptation of their approach, and which they delivered most convincingly – all the more so as the half wore on.

An extended interval had certainly presented the Giant with sufficient time to address certain issues, and with the absence of Brodie Croft in the sin-bin for the first nine minutes, they returned determined to make their extra man paid dividends, whilst the Reds, realising the challenge facing them in those early stages, had a new focus of protecting that mid-match lead by means of a secure defence.

The extent to which they would be successful was indicated by the fact that even against twelve men, it was into the seventh minute before the visitors succeeded in crossing the Salford line, and although they scored once more, shortly after Croft’s return, they had been building towards it for some time.

That such a well-drilled side as Huddersfield then went almost thirty minutes without managing a further single point is great testament to the Reds’ resilience and commitment to the cause, especially when the game was played in a temperature of over thirty degrees, which was far more suited to attacking play than dour defending, but, with Huddersfield dominating possession, there was no alternative option for them.

The exuberance the Giants showed at pulling back to within ten points took them through the next ten minutes, aided by a number of Salford handling errors, but gradually their energy levels began to fall away, and the Reds began to look more and more in control of the situation.

The very sensible addition of two points, to stretch their lead to two converted scores, were attained as a result of Sneyd’s 63rd minute penalty kick from forty metres out, and provided the basis for him to be able to kick an important drop-goal, eleven minutes later, which probably sank the Giants’ spirits completely – their uphill struggle then becoming a three-score mountain to climb, in limited time and in still-climbing temperatures.

A final try from Harvey Livett, from yet another of Sneyd’s kicks, this time into the left corner, merely served to underline the Red Devils’ superiority, on the day.  Superior they were in flamboyance and entertainment, which was so delightful and thrilling to watch, but also superior in the hard work of tackling and defending, without which all the fine tries of that first forty might have been for nothing.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: HUDDERSFIELD V SALFORD, MAGIC WEEKEND

After two of their most impressive wins of the season, over Wakefield and Warrington, Salford Red Devils travelled to Newcastle for this season’s Magic Weekend Supported by SKY O, to take on Huddersfield with the hope that they would not only be able to avenge their loss in the away game, earlier this season, but also extend their run of victories to three, for the first time this season.

The Red Devils have become well-practised in the art of backing up one win with a second, as has happened on three occasions, Castleford & Toulouse, Leeds & Castleford, and the aforementioned Wakefield & Warrington, but have not, so far, been able to put a run of three or more together.

Unfortunately, that proved to be the case once more, at St James’s Park, with the Giants being the ones to walk tall, at the final whistle.  It was a lack of consistency throughout the encounter, which was to be the Reds’ downfall, with at least one period in which they were totally dominant  the with opposition on the rack, but there were too many occasions where they lost concentration and fell away.

The roasting conditions, out on the pitch, were not helpful to any side, but, as always, were the same for both teams, and with a lighter, more mobile pack, one might have expected that they would have suited Salford rather more than the aptly named Giants.  That, however, did not prove to be the case, and a somewhat hesitant start handed the initiative to the opposition.

The game was barely three minutes old, when a lost ball in a tackle, close to the Giants’ line, gifted them possession, and a towering end-of-set kick caused a little hesitancy in the mind of fullback, Ryan Brierley, with his being beaten to the catch by the oncoming Toby King, who took it on the full to race over between the posts.

In fairness to the Salford players, their response to this setback was admirable as they built up pressure on the Huddersfield line, and were most unfortunate not to score from Marc Sneyd’s kick into the in-goal area, with the ball just bouncing away from Rhys Williams’s hand as it came down to ground it.

A try at that point would have been most beneficial, but, as it was, things just deteriorated further with the Yorkshire side taking advantage of a seven-tackle set to proceed down-field and double their score with a try to the right of the posts.

With Huddersfield’s confidence sky-high by this point, it took some considerable endeavour in the heat, and some lengthy spells defending their line, on the part of the Salford players  to prevent their going even further behind, but it was only a matter of time before the Giants got their third score of the afternoon, from McQueen, in the 26th minute.

At long last the Reds did get some possession in good field position and were able to apply some pressure of their own and show a response, which they did with some seemingly off-the-cuff inter-passing, and switches of direction, until Deon Cross was able to hand-off a wrong-footed defender and open the Reds’ account, on 33 minutes.

Had they been able to retain this twelve-point deficit to half time, the outcome might have been very different, but the last five minutes saw repeated assaults on the Salford line, culminating with the loss of the ball, after only one tackle, affording the opposition one extra chance, with less than a minute remaining, – a chance they did not scorn.

How different things proved to be at the start of the second half, with the Red Devils coming out of the blocks determined to put right things, which had gone awry, earlier.  Secure in the belief that, particularly in those conditions, even an eighteen-point lead could be overturned, they started to build pressure of their own, but it was the individual contribution, and incredible footwork of Brodie Croft, which were to be the undoing of the Giants, in the first fifteen minutes.

Twice, on 47 and 51 minutes, he put himself in space to employ the most bewildering of tricky runs to bring the Reds back into the game.  The first came from a speedy play-the-ball by Sam Luckley, which enabled dummy-half, Andy Ackers, to scoot towards the defensive line, before passing to Croft, who sped through a gap to round Lolohea and score by the posts.

Four minutes later, the same threesome of Ackers, Luckley and Croft combined again, with this time Croft once again breaking the defensive with a slight change of direction, drawing in Lolohea, and then passing inside to the rampaging Luckley who held off all challengers to go in under the posts.  His celebration, on doing so, was such that it drew the attention of one, Alan Shearer, whose subsequent tweeting of the try, and afters, has, to date, brought just under two thousand, eight hundred ‘likes’.

One week earlier, a similar turnaround in momentum was sufficient to bring home the spoils to Salford.  Sadly, on this occasion, there was no repetition of that, with the Giants’ regrouping, playing percentages, and managing the remaining time, well.  Consequently, it was they, and not Salford, who went on to add one final try to make the game safe.

On that previous occasion, the Red Devils had built up an early eight-point lead, which was, subsequently, the winning margin.  This week, they did not have any early points to draw upon, and in that, thereby, lies a lesson which, hopefully, the whole squad will be quick to learn, even more hopefully, in time for next Sunday’s home fixture with Catalans Dragons.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: HUDDERSFIELD v SALFORD

It is a saying as old as the game itself, that the best way to prevent a team from scoring is to starve them of the ball, and it was this ploy that the Huddersfield Giants utilised to the full in yesterday’s encounter between two teams, which normally produce an encounter that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.

Not on this occasion, however.  If you cannot secure your fair share of possession, as happened to the Red Devils, the opportunities of scoring dry up, and that fact is reflected in the final score.  What is also reflected is the abundance of opportunities the Giants had had, over the eighty minutes.

If you do not have possession, the only thing you can do is to tackle, and if there is one absolute positive to take out of this game, it was Salford’s defence, which was truly magnificent.  Thirty-four points is a lot to concede, but when they had had to undertake defending for around two thirds of the game, it could have been very much worse, because there is nothing more draining on your reserves of energy than tackling.

Probably far more significant than the home team’s final points’ tally were the times in the game at which Salford’s line was breached.  Despite the lengthy periods the Giants had spent on the attack in the first half, they had to retire to the dressing-rooms at the interval with only two scores, which had come on the tenth and thirty-first minutes, to show for all their efforts,.

Furthermore, of the six tries that they scored, half of that total came in the final quarter of the game, by which time the Red Devils had been sapped of so much energy from all the work they had been required to undertake throughout the previous hour. The one remaining score came on forty six minutes, when Salford were down to twelve men, Ryan Lannon having been sin-binned just before the interval.

Of all the heroic efforts to halt their opponents progress, perhaps the one which stands out was Ryan Brierley’s tremendous chase and cover tackle, just before half-time, on Germaine McGillvary, in full flight down his right wing, with the line at his mercy.  Brierley showed considerable pace and commitment to overhaul the winger, and then got his tackling technique spot on to halt the big man in his tracks.

There were, however, numerous acts of dedication to the cause from individuals throughout the match, which, without being as eye-catching, were of equal importance in limiting the Giants to a score in the low thirties.

The lack of possession, though, and the reasons for it, will undoubtedly be under scrutiny during this week, because, whilst Huddersfield had clearly mastered their tactics for achieving this, they were helped by some shortcomings of the Reds.

Most significant of these was the number of set-restarts they gave away and, so often, towards the end of a set. When a team gets almost two back-to-back sets, they are able to finish them well within close proximity to their opponents’ line, where they can then secure even further possession by forcing a goal-line drop-out, from a kick into the in-goal area.

It was noticeable that after the half-time talk the number of set-restarts conceded by the Red Devils diminished significantly, whilst Huddersfield’s one and only concession in this respect did not come until the seventy-seventh minute.

With the third of the Yorkshire trio ‘H’s, Hull KR, due to visit the A J Bell, on Friday evening, the players not only have a short turnaround, they have limited time in which to address issues from this game, but I am sure that every effort will be made to do so.

MAGIC WEEKEND 2022 TICKETS ON SALE

Following last Monday’s announcement that Betfred Super League’s Magic Weekend event will remain at St James’ Park in 2022, we are delighted to confirm that tickets are now on sale for our clash with Huddersfield Giants, in Newcastle, on Sunday 10th July.

Season ticket holders have been offered a 50% reduced price when purchasing via Salford Red Devils, and you can grab yours by logging into your account HERE and viewing the discounted prices.

Non-season ticket holders can get full weekend tickets for the price of a day, up until the 12th December.

Salford Red Devils kick Sunday’s fixture schedule off at 1pm against Huddersfield, who we beat both home and away in the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

This will be the first time that Magic Weekend will be held in the middle of Summer and is the sixth time the event will be hosted at St James’ Park.

Magic Weekend fixtures have been kept to the same format used in previous years, where teams are matched based on the position they finished in the league the previous season.

The formula used for deciding fixtures is 1st v 3rd, 2nd v 4th, 5th v 7th, 6th v 8th, 9th v 11th and 10th v 12th.

Tickets for Magic Weekend can be bought HERE, or over the phone by calling the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office on 0161 786 1570. You can also make in-person purchases at the Stadium, with opening times on display HERE.

See the full fixtures below:

Sat 9 July

Wakefield Trinity v Toulouse Olympique (1430)
St Helens v Wigan Warriors (1645)
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (1900)

Sun 10 July

Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils (1300)
Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves (1515)
Hull KR v Hull FC (1730)

 

 

U19S START THE SEASON IN STYLE

Salford’s U 19s College Academy side opened up their season, on Wednesday last, with a comprehensive win over the Huddersfield Giants, at the A J Bell.  Comfortable as the score might appear, however, this in in one respect hides the keenness of the tussle they encountered in the first half, with the visitors taking the lead mid-way through the half, whilst also masking the dominance the home side held with a 30-8 advantage, ten minutes from the final whistle.

It was the Red Devils who were first to strike, five minutes into the game, when prop, Charlie Glover, crashed over from short range, from scrum half, Jack Stevens’s pass.  Stevens, as with all his attempts at goal, landed this, the first, to extend their score by the additional two points.

The Reds were unable to make any further impression on the Huddersfield defence, though, as failure to complete their sets deprived them of possession, and consequently provided their opponents with both position and possession to go ahead through two unconverted tries to take command of the game at 6-8.

The irrepressible Stevens, however, eventually restored the upper hand to Salford, when he dummied his way through for Salford’s second try, which gave them a halftime 12-8, lead.

The hard work which the whole side had put in throughout that first forty minutes was to pay good dividends in the second period, in which three further tries took the game, though not completely, away from the visitors.

Fullback, and man of the match, Nathan Connell, was first to cross, after fifty minutes, when he latched onto Steven’s inside pass to score close to the posts.

Ten minutes later, the Giants allowed a high bomb, from Stevens, to bounce, and stand-off, Adam Tierney, was rewarded for his chase, with the ball finding its way into his possession, to increase the Salford score to twenty-four.

The try which coach, Danny Barton, declared to be the best of the game, came with Connell’s second, thanks to his support of Stevens’s initial break.  Safeguarding a lead, and managing the game, thereafter, are aspects which they will need to work upon now, because the closing ten minutes became somewhat disillusioning.

Complacency, loss of concentration, together with the lowering of energy levels caused by two sin-binnings of Salford players,  all combined to reduce the intensity of their performance.  The Giants promptly responded by notching up two further scores of their own, which in fairness was fully deserved for the effort they had put into the game, throughout.

The most pleasing aspect of the afternoon for Danny Barton, however, was the attitude of his players, particularly in their willingness to work for one another on defence, and to support each other on attack, both of which elements will stand them in good stead when they take on Hull FC, in their next fixture, on Wednesday.

SALFORD

Nathan Connell, Myles Paul, Louis Lord, Josh Wagstaffe, Linden Taylor, Lucas Coan, Jack Stevens, Charlie Glover, Will Fernley, Kai Parker, Jack Kenway, George Charnock, Lukas Prescott

Substitutes:

Henry Moran, Adam Tierney, Noah Farr, Ben Wilkinson, Marshall Yates, Oliver Burgess

Ikahihifo to return to Giants

Salford Red Devils can confirm that loanee Seb Ikahihifo will return to Huddersfield Giants for 2022, after two seasons with us.

The 30-year-old arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years.

Ikahihifo, who made 28 appearances in a Salford shirt, said: “I’ve had a great two years here at Salford, I’ve really enjoyed playing in front of the Salford faithful who have been behind me and the team every single time we run out.

I feel like I’ve developed my game a lot here, and I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club for the last two seasons.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall commented: “Seb has been a valued member of our squad, his impact off the bench for the team was superb.

“He always gave 100 % and certainly left everything out on the field. We understand the move to Huddersfield suits both parties and we wish him well with the giants.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I thank him for his two years of effort playing for the Red Devils. I believe we have developed him as a player and given him time to change his game and progress with us.

“I’d also like to thank Richard Thewlis and the Giants for allowing us to work with Seb these past two seasons.”

Give Ikahihifo a send-off by joining us at the annual Player Awards night on Wednesday 22nd September. Purchase a ticket HERE.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v HUDDERSFIELD

There are few teams with whom Salford have been as evenly matched, season after season in the Super League era, as Huddersfield.  True there have been periods when first Salford, and then later, Huddersfield have had their periods of ascendency, but in the more recent of years there has been virtually nothing to choose between the two of them, with their invariably winning one match each, remarkably, in their away fixtures.

Bearing that in mind, and also the fact that the Red Devils had already come out on top at the John Smith’s Stadium back in June, and with their rivals having shown some rather more impressive form of late, we might have all been of the mind-set, going into the game, that the Giants could prove too strong, on the night. A resilient performance however from Marshall’s men, ensured Salford made it three Super League wins in a row against the Giants.

Not only that, but the manner in which they pulled this off was quite commendable, in a match which turned out to be an arm wrestle from start to finish.  So much of their victory was down to their uncompromising defence, as there were two periods, of ten to fifteen minutes, when they were penned in their own half, having to withstand, and repel, onslaught after onslaught of Huddersfield attacks.

The first came early in the proceedings, when a penalty to the visitors for a high tackle put them in a great field position, where they proceeded to enjoy five, almost continuous, back-to-back sets of six, which ended with them taking a two-point lead, courtesy of a penalty for offside, at a play-the-ball.

It was of interest to note the number of penalties, from which Huddersfield took a shot at goal, rather than running the ball, giving them a total of six points – the equivalent of a converted try.  They must have assessed, from recent matches, that there would be sufficient of these to lay the foundation to their winning the game.  In the event this did not prove to be the case, with, thankfully, the Red Devils being a little more frugal in this respect, than in the previous two matches.

The second period came with a lengthy endeavour from the Giants to get back on level terms, and then possibly steal the game with a drop goal.  Nail-biting as this spell was, it has to be said that the Salford players rose to the challenge superbly, and they never seemed to be hanging on by a thread; that is, until four minutes from the end.

During both these prolonged periods of pressure, Salford had had great reason to be thankful to left winger Joe Burgess, who had dealt with every tricky, end-of-set kick towards his edge with great aplomb, using his height to outleap any challenging Giant, and pluck the ball out of the air before any damage could be done.

Four minutes from time, however, that gratitude turned into indebtedness, when his opposite number headed with ball in hand for the corner.  Not to be outdone, however, five metres from the line, Burgess caught him from behind, and despite being dragged along the ground from the momentum which had been built up, succeeded in halting all progress completely with the ball coming loose before it could be grounded, in what must have been the tackle of the match.

With ball in hand, Salford once again showed the degree of control and understanding with one another in each passage of play, showing incredible patience in the first half when this brought field position and applied pressure, but without reward, points-wise.  That however did not last for ever;  just thirty-six minutes to be precise.  There have been other matches this season when length of the field tries down the right flank have, from the opposition’s mistakes, turned the game in their favour.

This time, it was not Ken Sio who was there to sprint the length of the field but Rhys Williams who did every bit as well.  Nor was it the first time that Krisnan Inu has been the one who intercepted the pass to set up his winger with this race downfield to score.  The beauty of interception tries is that for the opposition it is a ‘double whammy’ because, as on this occasion, they are often within touching distance of a try for themselves, whilst the dent to their confidence takes some little time to overcome.

Even worse, from their point of view, was to succumb to not just one, but a pair of tries, either side of the interval, the second of which came on 42 mins, when Tui Lolohea showed how well he is settling into the fullback role, by timing his insertion into the Red Devils’ attacking line so that he could cut through for a typical fullback’s try, to put Salford ahead for the first time.

That lead had to be recouped fifteen minutes later, after Huddersfield had knocked over two penalty goals to restore their two-point advantage, but what a well-worked try it was, with Andy Ackers drilling the ball into the in-goal area from dummy half, and Jack Ormondroyd showing an exceptional turn of pace for a prop, to ground the ball behind the posts, before it ran dead.

A further six points were available shortly after, when Danny Addy broke through before handing on to Lolohea. Unfortunately, Tui’s pass to Chris Atkin was, surprisingly, called as forward, so the chance was lost.  Had it resulted in a try it is distinctly possible that Salford would have gone on to score a couple of others, on the back of it.  As it was, they were required to return to the high level of defence they had shown earlier which, with Burgess’s final involvement, secured them the win.

It is only fitting that such a gruelling, hard fought, battle should be won in the name of the magnificent Lee Mossop, whose contribution to the development of the club in recent years cannot be overstated.  He has led the team out, at Old Trafford in the 2019 Grand Final, and then at Wembley in the 2020 Challenge Cup Final – two finals for which Salfordians had waited fifty years, to witness.

His contribution on the field has been there for all to see, but his influence off the field has been equally as great.  I, for one, am more than grateful to Lee for his consideration, kindness, and support, which I have received, throughout the time he has been with us, as indeed, I am sure, is everyone else who has had the pleasure and privilege of working with, or playing alongside, him.

We can only now thank him for all he has done for Salford Red Devils, wish him all the very best in the future, and be pleased that the players whom he has led all season, were able to give him, and the rest of us, this victory, in his honour.

Date for Huddersfield fixture amended

Salford Red Devils’ Betfred Super League Round 19 home clash against Huddersfield Giants, originally scheduled for Sunday 15th August, has now been brought forward and will be contested on Friday 13th August, kick-off 7:30pm.

The date of the fixture has been amended to allow enough time for the possibility of fulfilling another previously postponed fixture before our away trip to Leigh Centurions on Sunday 22nd August.

Tickets purchased for the original date will remain valid. Any Salford fans who have purchased match tickets for the original date but can no longer attend and require a refund, please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk for assistance.

This will be the first time Ian Watson returns to the AJ Bell Stadium since his departure at the end of 2020, so the fixture promises to be an exciting affair. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Rewatch the last time we played Giants, which saw Marshall’s men leave the John Smith’s Stadium with the two points, on RDTV now.