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RED DEVILS COMPLETE THEIR SECOND DOUBLE OVER SIDES FROM HULL

Salford Red Devils 36  Hull FC 4                   Match Report

Salford Red Devils kept up their pressure for the number one place at the top of the Championship League table, with their completing their second ‘double’ of the season over Humberside opposition, with this rather harder fought return encounter with the side from West Hull.

A recruiting drive of some significance was responsible for the considerable strengthening of the Hull team for Thursday’s Double Header opener, compared with the one which had turned out against the Reds, back in mid-June.  Among those who had been acquired were two French players, who paired up on the left wing to form a strong attacking force, whenever the ball found its way into their hands.

Nevertheless, it was less than five minutes into the game when the home side opened their account as a result of a break from centre, Sade Rihari, supported by fullback, Alex Simpson, who went over between the posts with Demi Jones slotting over the goal.

Those who might have thought that this would herald an ever-increasing number of such scores were to be somewhat surprised to find that it took almost twenty minutes of hard graft in the ensuing arm-wrestle, before the Reds were able to improve on this.  Twenty-two minutes in, however, an extremely strong run by substitute forward, Casy Naylor, set them up for the ball to be swung from left towards the right until Simpson cut through the defensive line, leaving Jones again to complete the doubling of their score.

Four minutes later the Red Devils backed this up with what was undoubtedly the try of the match.  Support play of the highest order saw the ball go through several pairs of hands before being sent out to left winger, Kate Garry, who had already caught the eye with some creditable attacking touches, taking her first scoring opportunity well, to go got over in the corner, thereby celebrating what coincidentally happened to be her birthday.

The resultant score line of 16-0, was then defended by the Reds right through to the half time interval, the resumption from which saw Abi Collins show a remarkable turn of speed for a prop, from Jones’s pass, to extend their lead, on 45 mins, to 22-0, with the addition of Jones’s conversion.

The tightness of the contest was underlined, once more, with a further ten-minute period with the two sides battling for supremacy, but this time it was the visitors who broke the deadlock.  A set-restart was awarded to them, and they used the extra tackles to notch their try, too far out for it to be converted.

It was to be all Salford from this point on, however, with Taz Corcoran crossing twice in the left corner, in almost identical spots, on 65th and 80th minutes, and although neither was converted, the fact that Jones’s first attempt hit the crossbar from so far out, served to underline the considerable progress she has made with her kicking during the season.

Sandwiched in between those two scores came the remaining Jones-converted try, on 69 mins.  The ball was again moved along the line towards the right, and when it came to Rihari she cleverly stepped inside her opposite number to ground the ball close to the right upright.

So the Salford players gained a further couple of points to sustain their battle of attrition with Oulton for prime league position.  The two sides will face each other at the A J Bell, next weekend for what would probably be regarded as a ‘four-pointer’, even though, of course, the winner will only come away with two.  Certainly, this latest, tougher than expected, encounter should stand them in good stead for that, and with only one further league game thereafter (for Salford away at Stanningley) the league placings might even have been decided before then.

SALFORD

Alex Simpson, Lauren Ellison, Sade Riahari, Brogan Evans, Kate Garry, Louise Fellingham, Demi Jones, Megan Condliffe, Tamzin Corcoran, Abi Collins Helena Walker, Victoria Kini, Sarina Tamou

Substitutes:

Darcey Price, Kayleigh Bradshaw, Hannah Wicks, Yasmin Parton-Sotomayor, Casey Naylor, Laura Bent, Gabrielle Chaplin

ACKNOWLDGEMENT

Steve McCormick, for above photograph showing Demi Jones’s fine kicking style

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH:  SALFORD V HULL

It was not quite the game we had been expecting.  Looking over the fixture list a few weeks ago, games against St Helens, Catalans, and Huddersfield loomed large on the horizon, but with Hull FC seemingly in free fall, at the time, this appeared to be one game we could possibly look forward to winning with rather more ease, particularly with it being a home fixture, and the rampant form that the Red Devils had shown in their most recent outings

In the event, however, this all proved to be a far cry from the game which ensued, with the visitors arriving with a rather more representative side than had been on view over recent outing and the benefit of this to their performance became increasingly evident.

Salford, themselves, might have been a shade off their lethal best, on the night, which to a certain extent is most understandable when taking into account the energy sapping travels to and from the south of France last weekend, coupled with the extremely short recovery period in the run-up to last night’s encounter.

Consequently, the scintillating attacks, to which have now become accustomed, were in somewhat short supply, and as the game wore on, the players had to adapt to a rather less flamboyant style in order to get the job done and bring home the two vital league points.

The opening exchanges had not, though, signalled anything different as they tore the Hull defence asunder with a blind-side move, which put Brodie Croft in the clear, but, with support available on either side of him, he attempted to dummy his way past Jake Connor, at fullback.  If he were to have that moment again, Brodie would probably take a different option, but with so many players alongside him, he possibly had too many from which to choose, on the spur of the moment.

Having seemingly been able to snuff out such a clear scoring opportunity did wonders for the motivation of the Humbersiders, and they seemed visibly to grow in confidence, from that point on.  It was, consequently, not until the eleventh minute that Salford notched their first points, which came on the back of sustained pressure, courtesy of a Hull goal-line drop-out.

Kallum Watkins, it was, who followed up his brace of surging runs at Catalans, the week before, when he was put through for another great run, to score close in, with Marc Sneyd converting.  Back-to-back tries have not been uncommon for Salford over recent weeks, but any thoughts of that happening in this game, soon evaporated, when it surprisingly turned out to be the visitors who were next to cross the line, after Salford had conceded a penalty to set them up to attack.

The Reds had a great deal to be thankful for goal-line drop-outs, as one having already led to one try, another such restart saw the ball moved along the line to Tim Lafai, who, in the absence of Joe Burgess, fed Rhys Williams, who made just as much of the opportunity as Burgess, himself, would have done to take the score to 10-6.

Finding that their normal routes to the try-line were being well policed by Hull defenders, the Salford players were required to draw upon every individual skill they had at their disposal, and a superb 40-20, on 26 mins, from Sneyd, laid a platform for the Reds, but sadly without anything coming of it.

Not so Sneyd’s opposite number Gale, who had been causing endless trouble for the Reds, with his end-of-set kicks.  Indeed, Hull’s opening try had come from a kick, and so too did their second, though only with the assistance of an extremely awkward bounce – directly into the hands of Fash – which gave the visitors an eyebrow-raising, 10-12, half time lead.

It was a much more determined home side which emerged for the second half, and the patience they needed to accompany this was certainly tested to the full, at vital times.  Six minutes from the resumption they got their reward, in the form of a try straight from a scrum 25m out, which concluded with Ken Sio crossing in the corner to restore their lead, at 16-12, with Sneyd’s conversion.

Deon Cross’s 57th minute try between the posts went some considerable way to settling nerves, especially when Sneyd added on the extras, and there was an air of expectation that this might be  the portender of several more.  Far from that, however, it was Hull, who next got on the score sheet.

A most unexpected Hull downtown kick into touch – usually used by teams in the lead to wind down the clock – worked magically in their favour, when Salford lost the ball inside their own half, and the Yorkshire side opened up the defence on their left wing to bring them back to within four points, and those nerves began to jangle again.

Not for the players, though.  They remained totally calm, and used their experience from previous matches to soak up the sets, and the remaining seven minutes, with a steadiness which must have disheartened their opponents, until a final Hull error from a kick gave possession back to the Red Devils who celebrated with Ryan Brierley’s try, to wrap up the game.

A tough game it most certainly was, but possibly just the right thing to prepare the players for the challenge which awaits them, on Monday, at Castleford.

RED DEVILS REPEAT HUMBERSIDE ROMP

On the back of their magnificent victory at Hull KR, a month ago, the Red Devils returned to Humberside, yesterday, to chalk up an equally impressive result, this time on the western side of the River Hull, against the black & whites of Hull FC.

As has been the case with a number of their outings, the Salford players were a little slow in getting into their stride, and it was the home side which had the better of the early exchanges, having ample possession, with which to challenge the visitors’ defence, over the first ten to fifteen minutes.

The Red Devils were, nevertheless, able to keep their opponents at bay, although not without the adversity of losing their highly-rated fullback, Luci McKeown, quite early in the proceedings, with a leg injury, from which she did not return.  As a consequence, some hasty rearrangements to the line-up needed to be made, with her replacement, Brogan Evans coming on as hooker, Taz Corcoran moving to loose forward, both of whom made considerable impact on the game, and centre, Alex Simpson, taking over at fullback, from where she scored a most spectacular try.

The team had spent the week’s training sessions undertaking work to increase the intensity of both their attack and defence, particularly, but not exclusively, among the forwards, who were also buoyed by the return of Megan Condliffe, who had missed the last two matches.  The considerable success of all this became evident as the game progressed, with the pack laying the foundations of the victory with their strong drives up the field, and the hard tackles with which they hit their opponents.

It was as a consequence of this that almost all of their eight tries came initially from those hard metres they made in the early parts of sets, which sucked the Hull players into the middle of the field, whereupon the Reds were able to send the ball out wide to the backs, who then had sufficient room to combine with one another to produce the collection of tries, which ensued.

One in the first half, which was slightly different from the others, however, was their second, which came as a result of slick, left to right, cross-field, handling, which eventually produced an overlap for right wing Lauren Ellison to go over.

The one drawback from their overall style of play on the day, was that not a single try was scored near the posts, making the possibility of a conversion somewhat remote, and indeed they were successful in only two of their kicks, one each from Kayleigh Bradshaw and Demi Jones, both of which were in the first half, to ring up a 20-0 half time score alongside tries from Louise Fellingham (2), Sarina Tamou, and Ellison’s above mentioned score.

With Salford’s first touch of the ball in the second half, Alex Simpson went much of the length of the field, after taking the ball from Hull’s end-of-set kick, to continue the succession.  To complement their earlier successful goalkicks, Jones and Bradshaw also crossed, followed by Steph Gray to complete the set.

With the Yorkshire side still without a point, hopes were high that the Reds could return home having secured their first nilling of an opposition.  To their credit, however, Hull regrouped for one last minute assault on the Salford line, and succeeded in going over for a try close enough to the posts for it to be turned into a six-pointer, which meant that the nilling would have to wait ‘til another day.  That, though, certainly did not detract from the most impressive, and highly entertaining, performance of the Salford side, who will now travel to Widnes, next Sunday, for what is expected to be one of the most keenly fought encounters of the season.

SALFORD:

Luci McKeown, Lauren Ellison, Steph Gray, Alex Simpson, Eponine Fletcher, Louise Fellingham, Demi Jones, Megan Condliffe, Tamzin Corcoran, Darcey Price, Sarina Tamou, Kayleigh Bradshaw, Vanessa Hadley

Substitutes:

Laura Bent, Brogan Evans, Casey Naylor, Abi Collins, Helena Walker

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Sean Lunt, Omaga Photography, for above photograph showing, from left to right, Salford’s Demi Jones, Brogan Evans, and Abi Collins

Media Consultant – Gabby Chaplin

U19S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FAIR-WEATHER CONDITIONS

Hull 14  Salford 44                            Match Report

We so often are forced to report of how poor weather and difficult playing conditions have prevented teams from delivering the best of performances, but Salford’s U19s turned that tale on its head, on Wednesday afternoon, by producing a top class performance to return form Hull with the most convincing of wins.

Visits to Humberside are seldom fruitful in terms of points scored, or victories won, but the buoyant Red Devils took advantage of the chance of showing just what they could do, with ball in hand, when the elements are on their side, to overcome the endeavours of their hosts by a clean thirty points.

Their ascendency and dominance had to be earned, however, for in the early stages there was little to choose between the teams, with both sides testing each other to the full.  Indeed, the Reds’ defence had to be at its best, during this period, to withstand the degree of pressure under which it was placed.   So much so, that Euan Hayes’s opening score was quickly countered by the Yorkshiremen, leaving only Jack Stevens’s conversion to separate the sides.

The Red Devils’ pack, however, had done so much, by then, to get on top, that it was only a matter of time before their lead was extended by Josh Wagstaffe’s converted try, and suddenly they were on a roll, with further tries taking the half time score to 4-22.

Try as they might, the home side, thereafter, were seldom in the hunt, as the Salford forwards continued to lay the platform from which the backs were able to produce some enterprising and enjoyable rugby.  When required to do so, however, their defensive effort was such that it not only repelled the attack with competence, it also forced a number of handling errors from the opposition which unsettled them even further.

And so the tries continued, into the second half, with Hull getting in on the act, with two of their own towards the end of the game, the second of which was converted, but by then the Reds had notched up forty points, and still added a final one in between the two from their hosts.

Coach Danny Barton, was, understandably, delighted with his charges, their attitude, their efforts, and the performance,

He summed it up, thus, “Hull is an extremely tough place to go, but the conditions were good, and both teams tried to take advantage of this by playing fast, open, rugby.  We just did it a little better than they did.

“I was particularly delighted with one try, in which the ball was swept beautifully along the line from right to left, with our winger, Myles Paul, crossing in the corner.  Everything in that move just came right, including the insertion of fullback, Nathan Connel, into the line, to provide the extra man.”

Next week, the U19s will be entering a team into the nine-aside competition, at Headingley, whilst April 20th will bring their final home match of the season against Furness Raiders.

Salford Scorers:

Tries: Euan Hayes, Josh Wagstaffe (2), Myles Paul, Jack Stevens, Ellis Kelly, Louis Lord, Nathan Connell

Goals: Jack Stevens (6)

MARC SNEYD RETURNS TO RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that Marc Sneyd has returned on a three-year contract, as Paul Rowley’s first signing as head coach.

A product of the Salford youth system, Sneyd made his Betfred Super League debut for the Red Devils in June 2010 against Warrington Wolves and went on to feature for Salford for the next four years before departing for Hull FC in 2015.

The scrum-half, who also spent a year on loan at Castleford Tigers in 2014 during which he played in a Challenge Cup Final, is 9th in the leaderboards for most conversions and penalty goals in Super League history.

A proven winner, Sneyd has lifted the Challenge Cup twice in the last five years, winning the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy on both occasions with Hull FC.

Speaking on returning to where his rugby league career started, Sneyd said: “I’m really excited to be coming back to Salford. They’ve made some great signings and the squad looks like it’s taking shape.

“I’m excited to get on the field with the lads now and get stuck in with them.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “To have Marc return to where it all started for him is a fantastic example of how a true professional never forgets where they came from.

“He’s a proven winner and will bring with him a plethora of skill and experience to a squad that is already packed with talent.”

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 4-35 HULL FC | SATURDAY 3RD APRIL

Salford Red Devils fell to a Round 2 defeat against Hull FC in the Betfred Super League this afternoon. 

After an opening exchange that saw both sides have promising spells, the Black and Whites opened the scoring after 20 minutes, Andre Savelio sliding over down the right.

A penalty goal converted by Marc Sneyd and another try down the right from Hull, this time through Josh Reynolds, gave Hull a 14-0 lead at the interval.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 0-14 Hull FC

Five minutes into the second forty, Reynolds doubled his try tally for the afternoon but this time grounded the ball behind the sticks to gift Sneyd a simple conversion. 

Josh Griffin extended Hull’s lead five minutes later, getting onto the end of a kick from Adam Swift and grounding the ball.

Salford responded with a try of our own in the 58th minute through Ken Sio, who strolled over after some neat passing down the right flank that was capped with some quick hands from Kallum Watkins to set Sio up.

Jake Connor converted a penalty goal five minutes later for the Black and Whites and also scored a drop-goal shortly afterwards before Cameron Scott went over with four minutes to go for Hull’s fifth and final try of the afternoon.

Salford now look ahead to Widnes Vikings next Saturday in the Betfred Challenge Cup Third Round, with Our League early bird passes available for only £4.95 HERE.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 4-35 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils: Sarginson, Sio, Watkins, Kear, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Livett, Lannon, Taylor, Wells, Ormondroyd, Patton, Johnson.

Hull FC: Connor, Swift, Griffin, Tuimavave, Fonua, Reynolds, Sneyd, Satae, Houghton, Sao, Savelio, Ma’u, Lane, Cator, Fash, Scott, Taylor.

Salford tries: Sio

Hull FC tries: Savelio, Reynolds (2), Griffin, Scott

Hull FC goals: Sneyd (5/5) Connor

Hull FC drop-goals: Connor

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image Credit: Steve McCormick

Marshall – “We are confident in what we can produce this week”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is confident his side can pick up the win against Hull FC on Saturday but is well aware of the dangers the Black and Whites pose. 

The Red Devils face off against Brett Hodgson’s men in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League and Marshall expects a tough test on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought they were really good against Huddersfield. It looked like the individuals had really clicked already. Obviously, it’s a new coach and quite a few new players there, so they will be coming off a good performance, a good result.

“Our individuals have looked at some of the areas that we want to improve on collectively as a team. We think if we can keep hold of the ball for longer and we don’t make them errors, we’ll be able to sustain some pressure and put Hull under pressure with our kicking game.”

The head coach is also relishing a selection headache, with a 30-man squad all competing for positions.

Marshall added: “Everybody’s on their toes within our squad.

“It makes my job at bit more enviable in picking a 17 each and every week.”

With all Round 2 fixtures across the Easter Weekend dedicated to Mose Masoe, the former Hull Kingston Rovers forward who suffered a life-changing spinal injury in 2020, Marshall is proud of how the entire rugby community has come together to support the Samoan.

“That’s the beauty of our game and our sport. As a sport, our community focus and looking after each and every individual who has played the field, officiated, coached, we always have a really good affinity for that and that’s why this round will be so important.

“I think we always come together at times when players are in need and that is the beauty of our sport. We’ll certainly be supporting that, as we do with everything else that goes on in our game.”

Salford’s clash with Hull FC kicks off at 12:15pm on Saturday 3 April at the Totally Wicked Stadium and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

You can also watch the game on Our League if you purchase a Red Devils season ticket HERE.

Written by: Charlie Mulholland

Taylor all set for Hull but expects tough test

Salford Red Devils’ new number 13 Elijah Taylor is looking forward to the clash with Hull FC on Saturday but is expecting a tough battle with the Black and Whites in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League.

The New Zealand international, who joined from NRL’s Wests Tigers in December, made his Betfred Super League debut last Friday in the 29-6 defeat to St. Helens in Round 1.

However, despite the loss, Taylor was proud to make his debut for the Red Devils, which he capped with a Man of the Match performance.

Taylor said: “I’m disappointed with the result obviously. We worked extremely hard over the last 12 weeks, but it was good to play Super League.

“I have always watched it since I started my career when I was 13 years old. I used to watch it when I was a little kid and to finally play my first game was pretty cool.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Hull FC, Taylor is expecting a tough test from Brett Hodgson’s men.

“I expect another physical game, I know a lot of players who are in that squad.

“They’ll be up for the game, they came off a good win against Huddersfield. So, we’ll be doing our work during the week to hopefully get it over them this week.”

With Salford reaching two major finals in the last two years, continuing to compete for silverware is the 31-year-old’s target now as a Red Devil as well as featuring for New Zealand in this year’s World Cup.

“Playing finals footy is definitely one of the goals and playing for the Kiwis at the end of the year, that is another of my goals.

I am just going to start off with this week, work as hard as I can, train as hard as I can and play my best football for Salford.”

You can rewatch our 28-22 victory over Hull FC in 2020, our last outing against the Black and Whites, HERE by signing up to RDTV.

Image credit: Steve McCormick
Written by: Charlie Mulholland

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 2 FIXTURE ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils will face off against Hull FC over the Easter weekend in Round 2 of the 2021 Betfred Super League. 

The behind-closed-doors game will be contested at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 3rd April and will be one of six matches that weekend to be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Easter weekend fixtures will be in support of Mose Masoe, with full details on how fans can get behind Masoe in showing their support closer to the start of the season.

Super League Executive Chairman, Robert Elstone said: “Mose Masoe’s remarkable spirit and determination provides inspiration for all us.

“As he moves into the next phase of his life and continues his rehabilitation, it is fitting that Super League clubs, players and fans thank Mose for everything he has given to the game, and help support him and his family in the future.”

The “traditional” Easter weekend fixtures will be pushed back to a later stage of the season in the hope that fans will then be able to watch them in person.

The full fixture list for the 2021 Betfred Super League season will be released on 26th February.

Looking ahead to the Round 2 fixture, Salford did the double over the Black & Whites in the league in 2020 and will be hoping to carry that record over into the new season.

Subscribe to RDTV to rewatch the last time we played Hull FC in the league, and get behind the Red Devils by purchasing your own 2021 replica away shirt.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16 – 23 HULL FC

Salford Red Devils suffered a 16 – 23 defeat at home against Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium.
With a hat-trick from Josh Griffin and three penalty goals from Marc Sneyd, Hull FC handed Salford Red Devils a fourth straight defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Josh Jones, Niall Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford, showing a stronger attacking position in the second half, but a drop-goal from Sneyd in the last 10 minutes of the game gave Hull FC the final hand in securing a victory over the Red Devils.
It was former Salford player Josh Griffin who opened the scoring for Hull FC, followed by two penalties scored by Marc Sneyd.
Salford held a strong attack with a try from Niall Evalds being disallowed due to interference, but the Red Devils could not break the Hull defence until Josh Jones powered over from a Rob Lui kick to secure the only try for Salford in the first half of the game, bringing the score to 6-10 at half-time.
Josh Griffin furthered Hull’s lead in the second half, scoring two tries in quick succession and winning a hat-trick in the 50thminute to further the Hull advantage.
Conceded penalties proved to be Salford’s downfall after Sneyd scored a third penalty to ensure Hull’s lead.
Both Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford until Snyed finished the game with a quick drop-goal to secure a Hull FC victory.
 
SALFORD: Evalds, Inu, Chamberlain, Bibby, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Walker, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Welham, Nakubuwai, Turgut.
HULL FC: Wynne, Logan, Griffin, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Minichiello, Manu, Westerman.
INTERCHANGES: Lane, Savelio, Ellis, Washbrook.
 
Salford tries: Jones (18′), Evalds (58′), Hastings (70′)
Salford goalsChamberlain (20′, 71′)
 
Hull FC tries: Griffin (5′, 47′, 51′)
Hull FC goals: Sneyd (6′, 11′, 37′, 48′ 66′)
Hull FC dropgoals: Sneyd (73′)
 
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Attendance: 3,609
Man of the Match: Niall Evalds