Tag: Huddersfield Giants

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.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: HUDDERSFIELD V SALFORD

If a week is a long time in politics, as is so often alleged, then it can seem a lifetime in rugby league, such were the differences in Salford’s performance, in this weekend’s fixture at Huddersfield from that which had been served up the week before against Hull KR.

Yet, as far as the context of the game was concerned, there were a number of similarities between the two.  Both entailed travelling over the Pennines into Yorkshire, both were against opponents who were in a similar position in the league to the Red Devils but both doing marginally better as far as results were concerned, while the injury situation in the Salford camp was still the major obstacle to the acquisition of that long sought-after latest victory.

That injury situation only got worse, twenty minutes from the kick off, when captain, and corner-stone of the pack, Lee Mossop, was forced to pull out with a calf strain, leaving Jack Ormondroyd to be hastily drafted in, on the bench.

The similarities continued as the game progressed through its early stages, with the Red Devils being the quicker side to settle and producing some organised and well-structured rugby, yet again, to take the lead, after nine minutes of play, when dummy half, Andy Ackers showed once more what a tricky handful he is to deal with around the play-the-ball, going over between the posts.

This really put Salford in the driving seat and they consequently took control of the game until it was, once again, followed by a reduction to twelve men, this time for the duration of the encounter, and that is when the similarities between the two games finished completely.  This time the Salford players refused to be put out of their stride, no matter what, and whereas the week before they had gone into their shell and consequently lost their momentum, on Friday night they just kept a grip on their feelings, stuck with the game plan with which they had been provided, and executed it through right to the end of the match.

The outcome was they produced their best eighty minutes of sustained contested rugby, both in attack, and particularly in defence.  The combination at half back of Dec Patton and Chris Atkin appeared to be the best pairing that has been on view this season, and the two gelled together extremely well.  The effect on the rest of the side was a joy to behold, and their skilful handling in the slippery, greasy, conditions was especially commendable, particularly when their opponents struggled to retain possession and turned over the ball on a number of occasions.

Atkin has always been one of the keenest and most reliable of players this season, whether at hooker or half back, while Patton relished his return to starting in the halves, giving the whole team the leadership and direction that has been in rather short supply in recent weeks.  At one stoppage in the second half he could be seen going round instructing every individual player of what he wanted from each.

Much has been written, and said, about the dismissal of James Greenwood, after around half an hour, but what is of the greatest importance, and remains unchanged irrespective of which individual had been involved, is that Salford played for over forty-five minutes with only twelve players against the thirteen of Huddersfield, with only the cushioning of a mere six points’ start, and still won.

Following this dismissal the Giants immediately upped their tempo and their physicality, to put Salford somewhat on the back foot. However, the Reds did this time manage to keep their line intact right up to halftime, and the home side had to retire to the changing-room still without a try, and with only the penalty goal, awarded for the tackle on O’Brien, to show for their first forty minutes.

Huddersfield returned to the fray with even more zest, energy and determination, which had their visitors once again at full stretch for the opening stages, but, owing to the commitment to the cause of the Salford players in defence, it took the Giants a total of thirteen minutes from being up against only twelve men, before they managed to draw level, with a try from Joe Wardle, goaled by Aidan Sezer.

Nor did Salford allow that one solitary setback to impact on their overall performance and execution, thereafter.  Indeed, Marshall’s men were the only scorers, throughout the remainder of the game, courtesy of a drop goal – the winning drop goal – from Chris Atkin, sixteen minutes from the end.

The timing of this was quite cunning, in so far as we all have painful memories of Kevin Brown’s attempt being charged down in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup, and then Morgan Escare’s similar match-winning shot receiving the same fate the following week, against Wigan.  On Friday, Atkin had all the time in the world to measure everything up and strike the ball cleanly over the bar, unchallenged because, of course, nobody was expecting anything like that so early in the half.

They could, in fact, have scored again when awarded a penalty goal in front of the posts a few minutes later, but chose instead to take on the Giants’ defence with ball in hand.  That was an exceedingly brave decision, since it left them then exposed to an equaliser from their hosts, and so it proved, with only the intervention of the left upright preventing Sezer taking the game to Golden Point – not something you would care to have countenanced, a man short.

The sheer delight, at the final result, of everyone connected with the club, players supporters and officials, was evident to everyone, but no-one could have been more thrilled than head coach, Richard Marshall.  Despite recent disappointing losses, he has refused to panic but has held fast to his beliefs, conducting himself with great dignity in the face of considerable adversity. On Friday, he reaped the rewards from his players, who showed their solidarity with him, by committing their all to getting him the victory, upon which they will all be keen to build, in the coming weeks.

MATCH REPORT | HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 8-9 SALFORD RED DEVILS | FRIDAY 18TH JUNE 2021

Salford Red Devils grounded out a hard-fought victory away to Huddersfield Giants tonight with a Chris Atkin drop-goal deciding it for Marshall’s men. 

Taking the lead early on through Andy Ackers, Salford went into the interval ahead by six points and despite the hosts getting themselves on the scoreboard in the second forty, Marshall’s men saw the victory out with determination.

Salford’s number 9 gave the travelling Reds supporters something to cheer about after 11 minutes, scurrying under the sticks from dummy half to put his side ahead.

Both teams had promising spells following Ackers’ try and Huddersfield picked up their first points of the evening in the 34th minute through an Aidan Sezer penalty goal after James Greenwood saw red for a high tackle.

However, three minutes later, Salford cancelled those two points out with a successful penalty goal of their own. Dec Patton added the extras shortly before halftime.

Halftime: Huddersfield Giants 2-8 Salford Red Devils

The second forty was a war of attrition as both sides piled on the pressure.

Huddersfield finally found the try-line in the 48th minute and it was Joe Wardle, sliding over to the left of the sticks, who was the try scorer.

Despite losing captain Lee Mossop in the warm up through an achilles injury, Salford were gritty and focused and held off a number of Huddersfield attacks with a handful of try-saving tackles on their own line.

Chris Atkin put Marshall’s men ahead with 15 minutes to go with a finely executed drop-goal in front of the Salford fans, who had not stopped singing for the entire of the game.

The last ten minutes saw Salford’s quality defence force a handful of errors from the hosts and Aiden Sezer’s missed drop-goal attempt meant Salford left West Yorkshire with a much-needed two points.

Fulltime: Huddersfield Giants 8-9 Salford Red Devils

Huddersfield Giants: Golding, McGillvary, Wardle, Leutele, Cudjoe, Gaskell, Cogger, Yates, O’Brien, Wilson, Edwards, Greenwood, Jones, Sezer, Lawrence, Wardle, Trout.

Huddersfield tries: Joe Wardle

Huddersfield goals: Sezer

Salford Red Devils: Sarginson, Sio, Burgess, Davies, Williams, Patton, Atkin, Mossop, Ackers, Wells, Livett, Greenwood, Taylor, Ikahihifo, Burke, Johnson, Roberts.

Salford tries: Ackers

Salford goals: Patton (2/2)

Salford penalty-goal: Atkin

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas

Image credit: Steve McCormick

TICKETS FOR ROUND 10 ON GENERAL SALE

We are delighted to announce that Salford Red Devils fans will be able to attend our Round 10 away clash against Huddersfield Giants on 18th June at The John Smith’s Stadium.

The last time we had our beloved Salford faithful cheering us on in an away stand was 459 days ago in Perpignan when we faced Catalans Dragons in Round 6 of the 2020 Betfred Super League season.

Round 10 of the 2021 campaign promises to be a fiery occasion against a Huddersfield outfit that is now coached by former Red Devils head coach Ian Watson.

The tickets will go on sale online at 10am Thursday 10th June 2021 and can be purchased by following the below instructions:

  • Go to eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign into your account. If you do not have an account, please make one.

  • Go to match tickets and select Huddersfield v Salford.

  • Select the number of tickets in each category you need (maximum of 6 tickets)

  • On each ticket you will need to reassign to someone. This is for track and trace purposes. On each ticket click “reassign”. If people are in your network already, then you can add them now or click “search outside of your network” to add someone who is not in your network to the ticket.

  • Head to checkout

Ticket prices are:

Adult: £25

Senior (65+): £20

Juniors: £10

Junior ST holders: £5

Disabled: £20 and PA Free

Tickets are pre-printed from Huddersfield and will need to be posted out to you so please ensure your postal address is up to date. Huddersfield do not offer digital ticketing. There will be a postage fee added to every booking and this will be the only delivery option available. If purchasing online there will also be a booking fee.

If you are struggling online please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with your phone number and the ticket office will call you back. Or ring 01617861570 choose option 1 for tickets and leave a voicemail if the line is busy.

Tickets are limited and will go off sale at midday on Wednesday 16th June in order for the tickets to be posted out in time for delivery before the game.

By Purchasing tickets, you are agreeing to the Huddersfield Giants’ Code of Conduct (below) and we stress that all rules must be adhered to whilst representing Salford Red Devils at away grounds.

Covid-19 Supporters Code of Conduct

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

COVID 19 

  Health Declaration

I confirm I will not attend if I or any member of my household has experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours

  • have a high temperature (37.8 or higher); or

  • have a new onset of a continuous cough; or

  • have loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell

Further information can be found via the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

I confirm I will not attend if I have been contacted in line with the NHS Test and Trace or any other relevant body and are required to self-isolate.

Agreement of Behaviours

I will:

  • Check the Club website and social media for any updates prior to travel

  • Travel to the game responsibly factoring transport choices and any other businesses visited such as pubs and restaurants

  • Allow enough time for necessary entry procedures

  • Familiarise myself prior to travel to the venue with and follow instructions regarding the process to enter and exit the venue including information on dedicated gates and areas that I can access, queuing protocols and controlled exit.

  • Observe any requirements or recommendations for spectators to wear appropriate face coverings when queuing or whilst inside the Stadium consistent with the latest government guidance.

  • Always observe social distancing guidelines, including outside the stadium, moving around the stadium, queuing and one-way systems.

  • Avoid face to face contact with other spectators and ‘brushing past’ when walking to/from your seat

  • Remain in seats registered to my contact details at the point of sale.

  • Observe the demarcation of areas that can and cannot be used.

  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitisation.

  • Observe instructional signage and tannoy messaging.

  • Be considerate to all when celebrating, cheering etc

  • Be patient and plan ahead when using the amenities (food kiosks, toilet facilities etc) at the ground to ensure social distancing and avoid creating congestion.

  • Be prepared to make any purchases via contactless methods.

  • Follow any guidance provided by Stewards.

  • Contact the nearest Steward and request medical support if I feel ill.

  • Be responsible for supervising any children accompanying me at all times.

  • Contact the nearest Steward where I believe there to be breaches of the outlined Spectator Code of Conduct.

I acknowledge and agree to the above requirements and have given careful consideration of the associated risks and my own vulnerability status in my decision to attend in line with government guidance, please see here:

Clinically vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july#clinically-vulnerable-people

Clinically extremely vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

I confirm that I understand I will not be permitted access to the stadium if I do not carry all required items requested by the Club to access the Stadium such as face coverings/sanitiser/additional hygiene protocols. Should I not agree with any aspect of this code I will not attend the venue.

Where purchasing on behalf of others I will make those individuals aware of their responsibility and required agreement to observe this code.

Ian Blease hails the travelling Red Devils support

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has hailed the Red Devils support with over 1200 fans travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday evening to watch Salford get the season off to a 14-34 winning start against Huddersfield Giants.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “I have to say the Salford Red Devils fans were absolutely outstanding on Friday evening.
“To see over 1000 Salford supporters, make the trip up to Huddersfield in those adverse weather conditions was extremely positive and is a real testament to how brilliant they are as a group of fans.
“They made some terrific noise throughout the game and I truly believe their support helped the lads push through to victory. At one point the game was level at 8-8 and the fans really got behind the boys and I have no doubts that this galvanised the boys.
“It is even more promising that a large majority of these fans purchased their ticket in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium meaning that Salford Red Devils retained 25% of each of their purchases.
“It was great to see so many supporters promoting this on social media in the lead-up to the game as well.
“I think this massive turnout for our first away fixture is just an extension of the fantastic support our fans have shown the Club in recent months buying their Season Tickets with many also joining our Squad Builder initiative.
“We, as a Club, can’t stress enough how crucial it is that the fans get behind us this season by purchasing their Season Tickets if they haven’t done so already ahead of this weekend’s massive home opener against newly-promoted London Broncos.
“I know that we are actively reaching out to supporters – via phone calls, texts, E-Mails and direct mail – who have lapsed from watching the Red Devils in order to try and get them to come back and watch Salford on a regular basis.
“I’m hoping to see a big crowd and good walk-up from those fans who have drifted away over the years at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“As I’ve said, the fans make a real difference and when they make that noise it definitely lifts the players on the park.
“The team we have built is strong and will play an exciting brand of rugby and if this City gets behind them from the first home game & onwards then who knows what we can achieve this season!”
WE ARE #TOGETHERSTRONGER

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Talking Points | Huddersfield Giants 14-34 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils opened their 2019 Betfred Super League season with an impressive victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium and there were plenty of talking points from the game.

Dangerous left-hand side

The Red Devils ran in seven tries in their 14-34 victory with five coming down the left-hand side. Two of Niall Evalds’ three tries were down the left-hand flank while Junior Sa’u opened the scoring and Ken Sio grabbed a brace on his debut on the same side.
Jackson Hastings and Evalds combined on numerous occasions throughout the game after quick ball from the likes of Greg Burke, Mark Flanagan and Joey Lussick. Evalds was the standout performer cutting through the Giants line on numerous occasions as well as setting up one of Sio’s two tries.


Sa’u had to leave the field midway through the first half with a rib injury with Jansin Turgut moving into the centres. The Turkish international looked just as comfortable as Sa’u as he set up the first of Sio’s double.

Mossop’s massive minutes

In his post-match press conference, Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to Captain Lee Mossop as a massive contributor to the victory as the prop-forward played sixty minutes for the Red Devils.

Mossop was a constant presence in the middle of the park. The former England international got through a lot of hard yards while keeping a powerful Giants pack quiet for the most part. 

Huddersfield – Happy hunting ground 

Last night’s victory marked the sixth consecutive victory at the John Smith’s Stadium for the Red Devils. It is also now the third consecutive season in which Salford’s first away victory of the Betfred Super League season has come at the John Smith’s Stadium.


It is also Salford’s first victory in Round One of the Betfred Super League since 2014 when the Red Devils overcame Wakefield Trinity 18-14 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The away following

The Salford Red Devils faithful turned out in strong numbers for the opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season with both Ian Watson and Niall Evalds praising the following from the supporters.


The away following was extremely similar to that of last season’s trip to Halifax and were loud and proud throughout. The Red Devils host London Broncos on Sunday 10th February and will be looking for some more terrific support.

Ian Watson | “There were large parts I was really pleased with”

Salford Red Devils got their 2019 Betfred Super League season off to the perfect start with a 14-34 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
We got the thoughts of Head Coach Ian Watson on the performance, standout performers and the Red Devils fans.

On the victory…

“We looked a lot at ourselves in the week leading up to this game rather than looking at Huddersfield. We wanted to build on what we’ve been working on in pre-season and our pre-season friendlies to make sure that we were good and there were large parts of the game which I’m really pleased with. I thought if we had executed a little better in the first half, we could have put some more points on in that first period.”

On the fluidity in attack…

“Having a spine to work with for the full pre-season has been a big plus for us. They were all very keen to get back over after The Qualifiers last year – Rob Lui, Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick – everyone wanted to be back for the first day of pre-season. We are really happy with where we are, but we know we’ve got improvement in us as a group as well.”

On Junior Sa’u’s injury…

“He’s done his ribs. We’ll have to see where he is as we go throughout the week but at the moment it looks unlikely, he will play against London Broncos next week.”

On the left edge…

“I thought Niall Evalds was really good and then obviously Ken Sio attracts defenders. On the second to last try the defenders didn’t know whether to go for Niall or Ken. The directness of Jackson and the way he’s playing into the line as well stands defenders up and frees our guys up.”

On Lee Mossop…

“I don’t like to single individuals out, but I’d like to give a big shout to Lee Mossop who did sixty minutes in the front-row and probably could have gone a bit longer, but we felt the game was won at that point. There aren’t many front-rowers who can do that in the game. Last year was a big year for Lee Mossop in getting as much game time as possible following on from his surgery.”

On the Salford Red Devils fans…

“They were outstanding – we always seem to bring them to Huddersfield. Hopefully on the back of the win this week and the tries we scored they can come back to the AJ Bell Stadium next week against London Broncos to kick us on. There’s a really good feeling around the Club at the moment with the squad, supporters and community links we’re building so hopefully it’ll all fall into place for a strong crowd next week against London.”
The full press conference can be seen below:

 

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