Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC we take a look at all the facts behind the fixture.
Salford and Hull FC have met on 41 occasions since the inception of the Betfred Super League with the Red Devils coming out on top on nine occasions while FC have won the 32 meetings. There is yet to be a Betfred Super League draw between the sides.
The Red Devils have only won one of their last six meetings with the Airlie Birds coming at the KC Stadium on April 7th 2017 when Ian Watson’s men hammered the hosts 54-18. Salford and FC have shared the spoils at the AJ Bell Stadium since The Red Devils’ move each winning three matches apiece.
The last time Salford overcame Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium was back in February 2015 when the Red Devils earned a 32-28 victory – a match you can read about in this week’s ‘The Red Devils’ matchday programme.
Full-back Niall Evalds’ try-scoring exploits have been well documented so far this season and he’s got a fine record of going over the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons.
The England Knights representative has scored in each of his last four appearances against FC. Evalds weaved his way around Jamie Shaul in the Super 8’s meeting last season between the sides. Evalds didn’t feature in last year’s dominant 18-54 victory at the KC Stadium.
Half-back Robert Lui has also had some joy against the men from Humberside in recent years scoring a try in three of his last four outings against Hull FC. The Australian scored in both trips to the KC Stadium last season and notched a try in a 20-28 defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
For the visitors, Carlos Tuimavave has been a frequent try-scorer against Salford scoring four tries in two seasons including a brace last time out. Albert Kelly and Jamie Shaul have both scored three tries against Salford in recent seasons however Kelly hasn’t been included in FC’s matchday squad.
High scoring affairs
It would be fair to say that Salford and Hull meetings haven’t been short of points in recent seasons with each of the last ten games involving 38 points or more. These ten games have also seen both sides score double figures in each game.
In fact, in six games between 2014 and 2016 both sides racked up 20 or more points.
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Graeme Danby, Director of Freeths LLP said: “We are proud to be the match sponsors for Friday’s game against Hull FC. We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Andrew Rosler for many years and are looking forward to more of the same with Salford and their other sponsors.
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The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust are set to trial a supporters’ travel option at the Hull FC game on Friday 16th March.
A coach will pick up fans wishing to attend the game at locations throughout Salford. The service commences at 6pm at Gala Bingo, Hankinson Way, Salford and will return from the AJ Bell Stadium.
For more information on how to book click here.
Tickets are available for our home game against Hull FC and can be purchased online, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or at the Club Ticket Office. All ticket prices can be found here.
Start St Patricks Day early and book your place in our Irish-themed Platinum Club for our next home game against Hull FC on Friday 16th March.
There’s an Irish-based menu with the main course being a daube of beef slow braised with root vegetables and Guinness served with traditional champ potatoes and soda bread.
For dessert there is warm apple crumble tart with custard while there will also be a selection of cheeses served with seasonal chutney post-match.
In addition to this delicious menu you will get access to pre and post-match entertainment, interviews with non-playing players prior to the game, the Man of the Match award following full-time, a complimentary match day programme and get to watch Salford take on back-to-back Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Hull FC from the comfort of a padded seat.
Prices start from as little £35 – don’t miss out and kick off St Paddy’s Day in style with the Salford Red Devils.
To book please call 0161 786 1590 or E-Mail Hospitality@SalfordRedDevils.net
Salford Red Devils can confirm that following supporter feedback the kick-off time for our Betfred Super League games against Hull FC on Friday 16th March and Wakefield on 20th April at the AJ Bell Stadium have been moved back to 8pm.
The decision comes following supporter feedback from Friday evening’s Betfred Super League opener against Wigan Warriors.
The Club have contacted all other Super League clubs who we are set to face at home on a Friday evening with the aim to move to all kick-off times back to 8pm.
The Club will confirm changes as and when they happen on the website, social media channels and in our weekly newsletters.
Old Trafford is set to continue to host the Super League Grand Final up until 2020 after agreeing a new three-year deal with the RFL.
Manchester United’s stadium has held every Grand Final since its inception in 1998 with Grand Final record attendance being set two years ago as 73,512 people watched Leeds edge out Wigan.
The 2017 Super League Grand Final will be played on Saturday 7th October and will be contested between Castleford or St Helens and Leeds or Hull FC.
Super League chief executive Nigel Wood said: “Grand Final night at Old Trafford under the lights is an iconic event that the sport should be proud of.
“We’re approaching the 20th final at Old Trafford and each one has delivered great sporting drama and first-class entertainment.”
Only six teams have competed in a Super League Grand Final with Leeds, Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Warrington and Hull FC all taking to the Old Trafford turf however league leaders Castleford could become the 7th finalists this season.
Salford Red Devils back-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila has been named in the 2017 Super League Dream Team.
The Tongan forward has crossed for 14 Super League tries this season and was the form forward in the league in a run which saw Salford win 12 out of 13 games on the run in all competitions.
Murdoch-Masila becomes the first Red Devil to appear in the Super League Dream Team since David Hodgson back in 2006.
Murdoch-Masila said: “It was a massive surprise for me to be selected but I am delighted with being named in the team.
“There’s some really good players been named in this side and to be amongst them means a lot to me.
“We’ve had a real good season this year particularly if you look back to where we were at last season. Of course, we’d have liked to have kicked on and pushed a little more in the Super 8s but we’re heading in the right direction.
“I’ve just done my bit for the side throughout the season and scored a few tries. Now, I’m looking forward to a bit off and spending some time with my family who have been supportive of me since I first arrived at Salford.”
Seven Super League clubs are represented in this year’s team with League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford Tigers (6) dominating the selection along with Hull FC (2), Huddersfield Giants (1), St Helens (1), Leeds Rhinos (1), Salford Red Devils (1) and Wigan Warriors (1).
The 2017 Dream Team features eight players making their debut, including Huddersfield Giants’ Sebastine Ikahihifo, St Helens’ centre Mark Percival and Leeds Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell, who makes his debut in his first year in Super League.
Wigan Warriors and England Captain Sean O’Loughlin makes his sixth Dream Team appearance – his last appearance was in 2014.
All three players shortlisted for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award: Albert Kelly, Zak Hardaker and Luke Gale are included.
Joining Hardaker and Gale from Castleford Tigers, who have the most representatives in the Dream Team, are centre Michael Shenton and debutants Greg Eden, Grant Millington and Mike McMeeken.
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Hull FC have two representatives in the Dream Team – Albert Kelly, who features for the first time and Mahe Fonua, who appears for the second consecutive year. The Betfred Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the Betfred Super League season.
The 2017 Betfred Super League Dream Team is as follows:
- Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
- Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
- Mark Percival (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Mahe Fonua (Hull FC) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2016, 2017)
- Albert Kelly (Hull FC) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 3 (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Grant Millington (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Sebastine Ikahihifo (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2017)
- Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 6 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
The Salford Red Devils hopes of a top four finish came to an end after a 44-2 defeat against Leeds at Headingley on Friday night.
Gareth O’Brien kicked an early penalty goal to give the Red Devils the lead but the Rhinos led at half-time thanks to tries from Liam Sutcliffe, Danny McGuire and Tom Briscoe. Adam Cuthbertson, Anthony Mullally and a Matt Parcell double extended Leeds’ lead in the second half. The Rhinos were already guaranteed a home semi-final prior to kick-off.
Hull confirmed their place in the Super League semi-finals with a narrow victory over Wakefield in a game which was again a story of inches for Trinity who fell to their second late defeat in as many weeks. Make Fonua, Marc Sneyd and a farewell try from Gareth Ellis had given FC a lead with Joe Arundal and Jacob Miller going over for Trinity.
Sneyd’s drop-goal extended Hull’s lead to seven points but a try from Mason Caton-Brown pulled Trinity back within touching distance. Liam Finn had an opportunity to snatch a draw for Trinity however he skewed his drop-goal attempt wide of the posts.
Wigan’s top four hopes took a knock as they fell to a 38-20 defeat against league leaders Castleford at the DW Stadium. Debuting youngster Jake Trueman scored a 17-minute hat-trick for the visitors while Greg Eden, Michael Shenton and a Greg Minikin double sealed victory for Daryl Powell’s side. Tom Davies, Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai scored for the Warriors.
St Helens earned a comfortable victory over Huddersfield in their search for a top four spot as Jonny Lomax crossed twice in a 40-16 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Regan Grace, Mark Percival, Ben Barba, Ryan Morgan and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook all went over in a dominant win. Oliver Roberts and Ryan Hinchcliffe both scored their second in as many games for Huddersfield however it was another defeat for Rick Stone’s side.
Super 8s – Round Seven Fixtures
- Salford Red Devils vs St Helens – Thursday 21st September
- Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC – Friday 22nd September
- Huddersfield Giants vs Leeds Rhinos – Friday 22nd September
- Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors – Saturday 23rd September
Salford Red Devils kept their hopes of a top four finish alive as they earned their first Super 8s victory with a dominant 52-14 victory over Huddersfield.
Ian Watson’s men raced into a 30-o lead inside the opening 35 minutes. Kris Welham crossed twice while Tyrone McCarthy, Manu Vatuvei and Niall Evalds also crossed. Jermaine McGillvary did score in the closing stages of the half but it didn’t slow the Red Devils down after the break.
Vatuvei notched his second of the afternoon with the hosts first attacking set after the interval. Jake Bibby, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones helped the Red Devils reach the half century mark. Oliver Roberts and Ryan Hinchcliffe scored for the Giants but Rick Stone’s men were never in the contest.
The victory means Salford now sit three points behind Wigan in 3rd and Hull FC in 4th. Wakefield and St Helens still currently sit above the Red Devils with Watson’s side set to host St Helens on Thursday 21st September.
Wigan Warriors climbed into the top four at the expense of Wakefield and also jumped above Hull FC with their 22-30 victory over the Black and Whites. Liam Watts was dismissed for an elbow on Michael McIlorum in a first half which saw Mahe Fonua and Oliver Gildart cross for either side. Fonua scored a second with Sika Manu and Marc Sneyd also going over but tries from Tom Davies, John Bateman and a second from Anthony Gelling boosted Wigan’s top four ambitions.
It was a disappointing weekend for Wakefield who slipped out of the top four with a late Jonny Lomax try moving St Helens within two points of the top four. Bill Tupou scored twice either side of Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrooks try but Saints fought back through Theo Fages and Lomax’s dramatic late try. Mark Percival’s conversion sealed a narrow yet important win.
Meanwhile runaway leaders Castleford Tigers extended the gap at the top of the Super League Super 8s table with a 38-24 win over Leeds Rhinos. Ben Roberts grabbed a brace alongside tries from Greg Eden, Jake Webster and Alex Foster in a splendid first half display. Kallum Watkins had given Brian McDermott’s side the lead before Cas’ five unanswered tries.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s early second half try was cancelled out by Greg Minkin before Matt Parcell and Mitch Garbutt tried to ignite a Rhinos comeback but Castleford held on and now lead the chasing pack by 12 points.
Round Six Fixtures
- Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity – Thursday 14th September
- Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils – Friday 15th September
- St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants – Friday 15th September
- Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers – Sunday 17th September
The Red Devils suffered a disappointing 18-43 defeat against Wakefield on Friday night which means they now sit four points behind Trinity in 4th position.
Craig Kopczak and Greg Johnson scored but a first half double from Jacob Miller, a try from Joe Arundal and two Liam Finn penalty goals meant Wakefield led at half-time. Finn continued kicking two penalty goals in the second half before debutant Tyler Randall notched a brace alongside a try from Bill Tupou to confirm victory for the visitors. Tyrone McCarthy grabbed a late consolation for Salford.
The loss means the Red Devils currently sit 7th in the Super League Super 8s and trail Wakefield in 4th by four points, Wigan in 5th by three and Saints in 6th in by one. They do still sit one point above Huddersfield who they welcome to the AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday.
Salford’s opponents next weekend Huddersfield fell to a 16-24 defeat against League Leaders Shield winners Castleford. The Giants led at half-time thanks to tries from Oliver Roberts and Paul Clough cancelled out Jake Webster’s early try. But, Luke Gale, Ben Roberts and Greg Eden all crossed in the second half to win the game for the visitors. Darnell McIntosh scored late on for Huddersfield.
Brian McDermott’s Leeds Rhinos strengthened their grip on 2nd place and the chance of a home semi-final with a home win against 3rd place Hull FC on Thursday night. The Rhinos had seven different try-scorers with Rob Burrow, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Mitch Garbutt, Adam Cuthbertson and Matt Parcell all getting on the scoresheet. FC had four scorers of their own with Steve Michaels, Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook and Josh Bowden all going over.
Wigan continued their late push for a top four spot denting arch rivals St Helens’ hopes in the process with a 18-26 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Oliver Gildart scored two tries in the opening seven minutes before Anthony Gelling and George Williams added to the Warriors account. Ben Barba scored on his St Helens debut alongside Zeb Taia and Tommy Makinson but it wasn’t enough for Justin Holbrook’s men.
Wigan now trail Wakefield by just one point while St Helens are two points outside the top four. Hull FC are now just one point ahead Trinity and two above Wigan who they face next weekend.
Super 8s Round Five fixtures
- Wakefield Trinity vs St Helens – Thursday 7th September
- Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos – Friday 8th September
- Hull FC vs Wigan Warriors – Friday 8th September
- Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants – Saturday 9th September