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Preview | Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 8th June

Salford Red Devils travel to Hull FC in search of two crucial points in the hunt for a spot inside the Super 8s.
Here is our preview of the fixture including both teams recent form, team news, full squads and a head-to-head between two players who could be pivotal in the outcome of the game.
Last Time Out
The Red Devils suffered defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Giants in their last outing but did go into the break in the lead thanks to tries from Niall Evalds and Junior Sa’u. The centre did power over for a second late on, but Huddersfield’s comeback had already been complete with scores from Darnell McIntosh, Daniel Smith, Jordan Turner and Kruise Leeming.
Hull FC’s two-year unbeaten run in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup came to an end last weekend as they suffered a 25-22 defeat at the hands of current Betfred Super League leaders St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Albert Kelly, James Green, Scott Taylor and Hakim Miloudi all crossed for Hull FC however doubles from Mark Percival and Regan Grace alongside a terrific kicking display from Danny Richardson, which included a drop-goal, sealed victory for the Saints.
Form
Salford will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend against Hull FC after a difficult spell in May. The Red Devils came close to turning their fortunes around last weekend against Huddersfield and a victory on Friday evening could see them climb back into the top eight.
FC have had a mixed bag of results lately with the defeat against St Helens following a 30-12 loss to Warrington Wolves at the backend of May. However, prior to this the Black and Whites had won consecutive games against Featherstone Rovers in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at the Dacia Magic Weekend.
Team News
Ian Watson welcomes back Josh Jones into the squad who has been out since the Red Devils last away victory against Huddersfield Giants. Kris Welham has also recovered from an injury he sustained at the Dacia Magic Weekend.
Jack Littlejohn also returns to the squad to face the side he scored his first-ever Red Devils try against. Lama Tasi is also reintroduced into the squad while Ryan Lannon and Gavin Bennion are the two changes from last week’s squad.
Niall Evalds is sidelined with a broken leg which he picked up against Huddersfield a fortnight ago while Kriss Brining also remains out due to injury.
Lee Radford’s Hull FC have been struggling with injuries and have a number of first team regulars missing including Sika Manu, Danny Houghton and Dean Hadley.
Long-term absentees Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa and Jordan Abdull are all also unavailable.
Head-to-Head
With Josh Jones looking set to return for the Red Devils the second-rower features in this week’s head-to-head against Hull FC back-rower Mark Minichiello.
Jones has a powerful running game out wide for the Red Devils and is always a threat on the opponent’s line. The former St Helens man still sits second in terms of offloads for the team this season despite being sidelined for two months and his hands could very well create some openings for Salford on Friday evening.
Minichiello is a workhorse for the Black and Whites sitting fourth in FC’s tackle count so far this season. The Italian international – much like Jones – has terrific hands and sits second in the Hull’s offloading ranks thus far in 2018.
While both forwards defensive efforts will be massive for their respective sides the game could come down to one pivotal offload or play from the back-rowers to edge their team in front.
Squads:
Hull FC: Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Kelly, Taylor, Minichiello, Connor, Green, Washbrook, Fash, Paea, Logan, Lane, Downs, Miloudi, Matongo, Scott, Westerman, Harris.
Salford: Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Lui, Littlejohn, Kopczak, Tomkins, G. Griffin, Jones, Flanagan, Tasi, McCarthy, Nakubuwai, Wood, Olpherts, Mossop, Bibby, Murray, Shorrocks.

Factfile | Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 8th June

Ahead of another massive Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC, we take a look at all the facts and stats behind the fixture.
Recent meetings 
Salford Red Devils and Hull FC have been evenly matched over the last ten meetings between the sides sharing five wins apiece.
The Red Devils came out on top in the most recent meeting with a dominant 24-8 win over Hull in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. Salford also earned a convincing victory over FC in the same fixture last season running out 54-18 victors at the KCOM Stadium.
However, Hull returned the favour with a 10-34 win over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium before beginning their 2018 Super 8s campaign with a 32-18 victory against the Red Devils in Hull.
Salford won three consecutive fixtures against Hull FC between 2014 and 2015 – their longest winning streak against the Black and Whites ever. A Rangi Chase drop-goal was the difference between the sides in the 2014 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before the Red Devils won consecutive home fixtures against FC afterwards.
Try-Scoring
When it comes to crossing the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons halfback Rob Lui is the man for the Red Devils. Lui has scored tries in four of his last five meetings with the Black and Whites.
The ‘Star Man’ crossed earlier this season in the 24-8 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium and has also scored in each of his last two visits to the KCOM Stadium with the first coming in a ten-try triumph last season.
March’s meeting between the sides saw two of Salford’s 2018 additions cross for their first tries in red. Ben Nakubuwai powered his way over from close-range to open his Salford account before Jack Littlejohn rounded off a quick break down the left-hand flank to get off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hull FC scored just a solitary try in the last meeting between the clubs in March thanks to Dean Hadley however there are a couple of Hull players who enjoy playing against the Red Devils.
Halfback Albert Kelly – who didn’t feature in the last meeting between the teams – has crossed for three tries in his last two games against Salford. Carlos Tuimavave has scored three tries in his last three appearances versus the Red Devils grabbing a brace in last year’s Super 8s clash.
2018 Betfred Super League Stats
Hull FC’s Fetuli Talanoa – who the Black and Whites will be without – is currently their top try-scorer this season (3rd in Betfred Super League) with 12 tries. Jake Bibby currently tops the ranks at Salford with seven tries. FC’s highest-scoring player named in the squad is fullback Jamie Shaul who – like Bibby – has scored seven times.
Logan Tomkins currently tops the ranks in terms of try-assists for the Red Devils with five. Albert Kelly is FC’s dangerman assisting nine of Hull’s tries in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
Former Red Devil Josh Griffin – who is also out with injury – is Hull’s leading metre-maker racking up 1823 metres so far this season. Salford’s highest metre-maker is also a centre with Junior Sa’u clocking 1386 metres this year.

Away Day Guide | Hull FC | Friday 8th June

Salford Red Devils will travel to Hull FC on Friday evening (8th June) and we’ve compiled all the key information for fans making the trip up to the KCOM Stadium. 
The game is set to kick-off at 7:45pm at the KCOM Stadium, Hull.

Ticketing

You can purchase tickets for Salford Red Devils’ trip to Hull FC from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570 up until 3pm on Friday 8th June.
Ticket prices from the Club Ticket Office are as follows:
Adult: £23
Concession (60+, 17-19 and full-time students): £21
Juniors (5-16): £10
Under 5: FREE
Carers: FREE
Junior Season Ticket Holders: Available at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office.
Ticket prices will increase by £2 if you purchase on the evening of the game from the KCOM Stadium. Junior Swaps will also not be available to exchange at the KCOM Stadium.
Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of the fee if you purchase early direct from the AJ Bell Stadium.

Stadium

Salford Red Devils supporters will be situated in an unreserved seating area in the East Stand.
The KCOM Stadium is situated at West Park, Hull, HU3 6JU. The Stadium holds 25,400 and is also the home of Hull City AFC.

Transport

The Salford Red Devils Supporters’ Coach will be running on Friday evening and there is still time to book at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £16 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos: 3:55pm
Royal Sovereign: 4:05pm
Eccles Town Hall: 4:20pm
Dog & Partridge: 4:30pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 4:45pm
Any Salford Red Devils supporters travelling on the Supporters’ Coach are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.

Directions

From the West

Approach Hull from the M62 leading on to the A63. Follow the dual-carriageway under the Humber Bridge onto the A63 ‘Clive Sullivan Way’.
You will approach a fly-over, directly before this, stay left onto the slip road sign posted ‘Infirmary’ and ‘KCOM Stadium’.
At the roundabout, take the second exit- ‘Rawling Way’.
At the next main set of lights (with the hospital in front of you) take a left turn on to A1105 Anlaby Road towards the stadium visible directly to your right.
Continue over the fly-over and down to the next set of lights.
For executive and non-match day parking turn left. For supporter match day parking turn right. For people using a sat-nav, the post code is HU3 6HU.

From the North

Approaching Hull from the A1079, take third exit from the Beverley Bypass and continue down Beverley Road towards the city centre.
When arriving at the junction of Beverley Road, Spring Bank, Freetown Way and Ferensway on the edge of the city centre, turn right onto Spring Bank.
At the junction with Princess Avenue, continue straight on to Spring Bank West. After crossing the railway lines, take an immediate left onto Walton Street for stadium car parking.

Parking

Parking is on site at the KCOM Stadium. Vehicles are charged £5 to park on the Walton Street car Park. Gates open three hours before kick-off and close three hours after the final hooter. Please note any vehicles left after this time will be charged with a £75 penalty.
Park & Ride faculties are available in Hull and give great access to the KCOM Stadium. The Priory Park facility is clearly signposted on the A63 when entering from the west of the city. With up to 650 parking spaces, regular buses travel straight down Analby Road, stopping at the KCOM Stadium and continuing into Hull City Centre.

Tickets | Hull FC away is now on sale

Tickets for our Betfred Super League fixture against Hull FC on Friday 8th June, 7:45pm kick-off, are now available at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Tickets for our trip to Hull FC will be available up until 3pm on Friday 8th June. Salford Red Devils fans are also encouraged to purchase in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium as prices will increase by £2 on gameday.
The Salford Red Devils supporters will be situated in unreserved seating in the East Stand. Remember, the Club retain 25% of any early purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults: £23
Concession: £21 (60+, 17-19 and full-time students)
Juniors: £10 (5-16)
Under 5: FREE
Carers: FREE
Junior Season Ticket holders: Junior swaps available at AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office.
Anyone wanting to exchange a Junior Season Ticket for a junior swap are reminded to do so from the AJ Bell Stadium as they will not be changed on the day at the KCOM Stadium.
Coach travel is also available for the trip to the KCOM Stadium and is available to book at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. A place on the coach is priced at £16 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 3:55pm
Royal Sovereign: 4:05pm
Eccles Town Hall: 4:20pm
Dog & Partridge: 4:30pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 4:45pm

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup | Salford to face Leigh on Friday 11th May

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our Sixth Round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village will be played on Friday 11th May, 7:35pm kick-off.
The game has been selected as a television game by Sky Sports. The full list of television games is as follows:
Thursday, May 10 – Featherstone Rovers vs Hull FC  (7:35, Sky Sports)
Friday, May 11 – Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils (7:35, Sky Sports)
Saturday, May 12 – Castleford Tigers v St Helens (2.30, BBC One)
Sunday, May 13 – Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves (3.30pm, BBC Two)
Last season the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the competition with victories over Toronto Wolfpack, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Ticket and coach details will be confirmed in due course.
The full Sixth Round draw is as follows:

Half-Time Draw | Hull FC | Friday 16th March

Here are the numbers and prizes from Friday night’s half-time draw against Hull FC.
1st prize: Cash prize of £303.85 – 0357.
2nd prize: PureGym Membership – 0456.
3rd prize: Nandos Meal – 0415.
4th prize: Uncle Joes Mintballs – 0949.
All prizes must be claimed within a fortnight of Friday’s game meaning the deadline to claim your prize will be Friday 30th March (Good Friday) when we play Catalans Dragons at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets for that game are available at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.

Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Following the Red Devils 24-8 victory over Hull FC in the Betfred Super League we delve into the stats from Friday night’s clash.
Greg Johnson
Each week we’ll focus on one Red Devils stats from the game and this week’s player in focus is winger Greg Johnson.
Johnson, who returned to the side last weekend against Castleford Tigers, was Salford’s top metre-maker against Hull FC on Friday night amassing an impressive total of 116 metres over 16 carries. The winger also made the most breaks for the hosts with two.
The wingers work bringing the ball out from the Red Devils own half was instrumental and this is how Johnson broke from deep in the lead-up to Jack Littlejohn’s try. It was in this sequence that Johnson made his only offload of the game, but it was a crucial one as it saw Salford extend their lead further.
Hull FC struggled to break Salford down and Johnson made seven successful tackles on his flank preventing the Airlie Birds from scoring down the left-hand side.
Club Captain leads from the front
Club Captain Weller Hauraki led from the front this weekend when it came to defensive efforts has he racked up 34 successful tackles – five more than any other Red Devil. Hauraki also averaged nine metres with each carry against the Hull defence.
Mark Flanagan, Tyrone McCarthy, Lee Mossop, Logan Tomkins and Craig Kopczak were all in the thick of it with each making 25+ tackles in Friday night’s victory.
Assists
Junior Sa’u was the front runner when it came to assists this weekend as he played a vital role in both Jack Littlejohn and Greg Johnson’s tries.
The centres support play along with a well-timed pass to the Australian half-back helped Salford extend their lead at a key stage in the match before a pass wide allowed Johnson to round off the victory in the closing stages.
Tyrone McCarthy also got a neat try-assist in the first half as he somehow pulled off a brilliant offload to find Ben Nakubuwai who crossed for his first Salford try.

Three Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Following an impressive 24-8 victory over Hull FC on Friday evening we take a look at three talking points from the game. 
Defensive effort
The Red Devils conceded just one try on Friday evening and that came from Dean Hadley on the back of a low kick in behind the defence. Salford have now only conceded on the back of kicks in their last two home outings which is a sign of how sturdy the Red Devils defence has been.
Salford’s middles stood up well against the Hull FC pack – as they have all season while the back line where a match for everything the likes of Marc Sneyd, Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa threw at them.
The hosts also conceded less penalties in comparison to the trips to St Helens and Castleford which made the defensive effort needed much more sporadic.
And, it wasn’t just in contact where the defence was on point with Niall Evalds’ consistent kick return and the England Knights full-back pulled out a brilliant bit of skill to prevent a 40-20 at a crucial stage of the match.
Half-backs
Head Coach Ian Watson was quick to praise his half-back pairing of Robert Lui and Jack Littlejohn after Friday’s victory.
Salford scored four unanswered tries to seal a fantastic victory over one of last season’s top four with both Lui and Littlejohn crossing for individual scores. Littlejohn’s was his first as a Salford player.
Littlejohn finished off a breakaway try following a powerful break from Greg Johnson and Junior Sa’u and was a constant thorn in the side of FC down that left-hand side.
Salford had as much joy down the right-hand side with Robert Lui who’s kicking game caused issues for Hull throughout the game. Lui also took over goal kicking duties and slotted four from six including a pivotal penalty which put the Red Devils ahead at half-time.
Ben Nakubuwai
Ben Nakubuwai was voted as the Man of the Match by Executive Match Sponsors Freeths Lawyers and deservedly so.
Nakubuwai has settled into life in the Betfred Super League after debuting away at Wakefield and even powered over for his first Salford try in the first half against Hull FC.
He is certainly becoming a fan favourite already with his hard-hitting defensive efforts and powerful go forward. The young Fijian is proving to be a great addition to Ian Watson’s squad.

Ian Watson | “The boys knew the job”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach was ‘pleased’ to the victory over Hull FC and show ‘what his side are capable of’.
FC took the lead however four unanswered tries from Ben Nakubuwai, Jack Littlejohn, Robert Lui and Greg Johnson ensured Salford sealed a second consecutive home victory
Watson said: “I’m really pleased with the performance and attitude tonight.
“We spoke about getting an eighty-minute performance after the last two weeks and tonight we got that.
“Our middles stood up well against Hull FC’s – as they have done all season, to be fair and our defensive effort was outstanding.
“We were resilient, worked as a unit and cut out the mistakes and penalties which always makes it easier defensively.
“The boys knew the job, they knew what was expected of them and they delivered – they deserve everything they’ve got from tonight’s game.”
Robert Lui and Jack Littlejohn both crossed for tries in a second-half which saw Salford take control and Watson was impressed with his half-back pairing.
Watson said: “I thought we posed some serious threats for Hull FC down both flanks.
“Rob and Jack were outstanding with ball in hand and their kicking games really helped us pin Hull down numerous times.
“Jack took his try well after a fantastic break from Greg Johnson and Rob stepped up with the boot and put us in front at half-time.”
Niall Evalds continued at full-back after starting the earlier Betfred Super League rounds on the wing and, again, Watson was impressed with the versatile back.
Watson said: “We’re lucky we’ve got Niall who can just drop in at full-back.
“Niall’s an exceptional player and his development will only kick on.”

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils produced a stunning all-round team performance to cruise past Hull FC 24-8 in a hard-fought contest at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Maiden tries from Ben Nakubuwai and Jack Littlejohn along with further efforts from Robert Lui and Greg Johnson ensured The Red Devils ran out deserved winners and earned their first Betfred Super League victory since last month’s 36-18 triumph over Hull’s cross-city rivals Hull KR.
The Red Devils made a bright start to the contest and opened the scoring with just six minutes on the clock, Salford earned an early penalty and opted to take the two – Robert Lui successfully converted the resulting goal.
However, Hull responded well and crossed over less than ten minutes later when Dean Hadley latched onto Jake Connor’s low kick before touching down, Marc Sneyd added the extras.
The visitors were awarded a controversial penalty after Lama Tasi’s challenge was deemed late by referee Scott Mikalauskas – former Red Devil Sneyd successfully landed the goal to extend The Airlie Birds’ lead to six points.
Salford dug in and found themselves level minutes later – first Tyrone McCarthy offloaded to the onrushing Ben Nakubuwai who dived over for his first Salford try, before Lui added the extras to leave the scores tied at 8-8.
Nakubuwai’s score seemed to spur The Red Devils on as they took the lead for the first time in the tie just two minutes later – Salford earned another penalty and for the second occasion Lui opted to kick at goal, before successfully added the extras.
Salford extended their lead midway through the half when Greg Johnson broke away from the FC backline before offloading to Junior Sa’u who’s quick hands forged an opening for Jack Littlejohn to sprint 20m and dive over to claim his first try for the club, However Lui’s goal attempt was unsuccessful as the ball landed narrowly wide.
The hosts dominated throughout the second period and found themselves in again, Lui produced an eye-catching dummy which caught the entire Hull backline off guard – thus providing the half-back with enough space to touch down in the corner, Lui successfully added the extras to take Salford up to the 20 point mark.
Ian Watson’s side were thriving by this point and crossed over again two minutes later, the ever present Sa’u superbly offloaded to Johnson who produced an astonishing finish in the left-hand corner to claim his first score of the evening and cap off a fine all-round Salford performance.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Kopczak, Jones, Hauraki, Flanagan
Interchanges: Tasi, Nakubuwai, Wood, McCarthy
Hull FC Lineup: Shaul, Faramaio, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Washbrook, Green, Hadley, Minichello, Abdull
Interchanges: Matongo, Fash, Bowden, Lane
Salford Scorers: Tries- Nakubuwai (35’), Littlejohn (61’), Lui (72’), Johnson (74’)
Goals- Lui (6’, 36’, 38’, 73’)
Hull Scorers: Tries- Hadley (14’)
Goals- Sneyd (15’, 28’)
Man of the Match: Ben Nakubuwai
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas
Touch Judges: M. Craven,  J. Roberts
Attendance: 2,902