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Super 8s round-up – Round Three

The Red Devils fell to defeat at the DW Stadium against Wigan on Friday night in their third Super 8s game however results elsewhere ensured Ian Watson’s side didn’t lose ground in the hunt for a spot in the top four.
A double from Joe Burgess alongside tries from Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Sam Powell gave Wigan a 26-point lead at the break. Niall Evalds got the Red Devils on the scoreboard but scores from George Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Liam Marshall sealed a dominant victory for the Warriors.
Salford now sit in 7th place, after being leapfrogged by Wigan, and are two points adrift of a top four position.
Castleford finally wrapped up their first ever League Leaders Shield with a 45-20 victory over local rivals Wakefield on Thursday night.
The game was close at half-time with tries from Zak Hardaker, Mike McKeeken and Jake Webster edging out scored from Trinity’s Ben Jones-Bishop and Mason Caton-Brown.
But, Webster managed to score three more, four in total, as well as Greg Eden and Luke Gale crossing to seal Castleford’s first ever title. Danny Kirkmond and Lee Jowitt did score for Wakefield in the second half. Despite Trinity’s loss they remain in the top four.
Huddersfield tightened the gap between all the sides in the Super League Super 8s with a dominant victory over Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC a week prior to the final.
Lee Gaskell was the star of the show grabbing a hat-trick while Darnell McIntosh scored a brace and Alex Mellor, Tyler Dickinson and Kruise Leeming all also crossed. Gareth Ellis, Jake Connor and Josh Griffin scored for FC but it was a disappointing performance from the Black and Whites.
Leeds won their final ever game in front of the South Stand against St Helens preventing the Saints climbing back into the semi-final spots. An emotional Headingley watched on as Leeds overcame St Helens 16-14. Ryan Hall and Adam Cuthbertson scored for the hosts while Jonny Lomax and Danny Richardson scored for Justin Holbrook’s side but it was one extra penalty goal from Kallum Watkins that was the difference.
All the sides except Hull and Wigan, who compete in the Challenge Cup final, will have a week off before the Super 8s resume in a fortnight’s time. While Castleford, Leeds and Hull are all four or more points clear the remaining five sides all sit within three points of each other.
Super 8s Round Four Fixtures:

  • Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC – Thursday 31st August
  • Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers – Friday 1st September
  • Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity – Friday 1st September
  • St Helens vs Wigan Warriors – Friday 1st September

Super 8s round-up – Round Two

The Red Devils fell to a 4-23 defeat against Castleford on Friday night which now means it two losses from the opening two Super 8s fixtures for Salford.
Manu Vatuvei’s try early in the second half did gave Ian Watson’s side hope but scores from Paul McShane, Jy Hitchcox and a Zak Hardaker double meant that Castleford are now just one win away from cementing their first ever league leaders shield.
While Castleford may have all but mathematically sown up the league leaders shield it was local rivals Wakefield who had the best weekend of any of the top eight sides as they climbed into a semi-final spot following defeats for Salford and Saints.
Trinity were rampant on Thursday evening blowing away Leeds at the Beaumont Legal Stadium 38-6. A returning Jacob Miller was the star of the show for Wakefield and grabbed a try on his first game since recovering from a broken leg. Joe Arundel, Ben Jones-Bishop, Scott Grix, Matty Ashurst and Bill Tupou also scored in a destructive Wakefield performance.
Adam Cuthbertson was the only Leeds man to get over the line and the defeat means the Rhinos remain in 2nd but are only one point clear of Hull FC in third. Trinity now lead Salford by two points, and Saints by one, with the Red Devils set to host Wakefield in their next home game.
Hull FC kept the pressure on Leeds for second place and a home semi-final thanks to a late Marc Sneyd penalty goal from over 40m out. Saints’ Regan Grace had opened the scoring before Sneyd crossed for a try of his own. Sneyd’s conversion levelled the scores before his penalty goal in the closing stages was the difference.
The Red Devils next opponents Wigan kept their top four hopes alive with victory over Huddersfield at the DW Stadium. Jermaine McGillvary had put the visitors ahead but tries from Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell and Joel Tomkins ensured Wigan won their first game of the Super 8s stage.
As it stands, Wigan could go ahead of the Red Devils if they were to beat Ian Watson’s men next weekend while Saints still lead Salford by one point in fifth.
Fans are reminded that tickets for all three of the Red Devils home Super 8s fixtures against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens are now on sale. Supporters can purchase tickets over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.
Super 8s fixtures – Round Three

  • Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity – Thursday 17th August
  • Hull FC vs Huddersfield Giants – Friday 18th August
  • Leeds Rhinos vs St Helens – Friday 18th August
  • Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils – Friday 18th August

Manu Vatuvei – "We've got to improve every week"

Winger Manu Vatuvei knows the side are improving each week and expects the Red Devils to turn their fortunes around sooner rather than later.
Vatuvei, sponsored by Malcolm Crompton, said: “We had a few good moments in the game and there were a few bad ones, also.
“I think everyone tried their best out there and with any game there were a few lapses in concentration.
“But, it’s something we can look back at on the video and just learn from it.
“We’ve just got to improve every week – that’s the plan.
“From how we were last week against Hull FC to now we’re happier with how we went this week against Castleford it’s an improvement.
“We’ve just got to puzzle everything together and hopefully get the win we know what Wigan brings they’re a tough team and they’ll battle like they did in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
“So, we’ve just got to go out there give our best and hopefully get a win.”
Vatuvei scored the Red Devils only try in the defeat against Castleford but it’s now three tries in two Super 8s games for ‘The Beast’ and he’s loving his rugby at the moment.
Vatuvei said: “It’s always nice to score tries but we’d prefer the victory.
“I’ve just got to improve every week and just continue to do my job for the team and that’s running hard and playing the ball fast.
“If the boys and coaching staff are happy with how I performed then I’m happy too.
“I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and what they bring and the sooner we turn this losing run around the better.”

Red Devils looking to continue impressive home record

The Red Devils are looking to get back to winning ways in their first game at the AJ Bell Stadium in over a month as they host league leaders Castleford Tigers in their second Super 8s fixture.
Salford’s last home game was against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 9th June and Ian Watson’s men have since travelled to Castleford, Leigh, Hull and Warrington for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
Salford have won 10 of their 14 games in all competitions at the AJ Bell Stadium this season. Ian Watson’s side also managed to string together a run of 8 successive victories on home soil between March and May.
A 24-14 victory over Warrington got the Red Devils off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium before a narrow win against this weekend’s opponents Castleford Tigers, courtesy of a Gareth O’Brien drop-goal, followed.
Hard-fought defeats of St Helens and Leigh helped the Red Devils climb the Super League table as well as securing the AJ Bell as a fortress.
The Red Devils memorable Ladbrokes Challenge Cup run also began at the AJ Bell with a 29-22 victory over the world’s first trans-Atlantic professional sports team – Toronto Wolfpack. The Canadians did scare Salford for a while however the Red Devils proved too strong and progressed to round six.
Widnes were next to fall to Salford at home before the Red Devils welcomed the visit of Championship leaders Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. In similar fashion to Toronto’s visit, KR managed to cause the hosts problems in the early stages but again Ian Watson’s side prevailed.
Salford’s most emphatic home victory of the season followed as they ran riot in a destructive 50-12 win over Catalans with nine different players crossing for tries.
However, the Red Devils impressive home form slowed down towards the end of the season with back-to-back defeats against Hull FC and Wakefield but Salford avenged the Wakefield defeat 11 days later by knocking Trinity out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage at the AJ Bell.
A 36-18 win over Huddersfield strengthened the Red Devils grasp on a top four spot but a defeat to Leeds meant they finished their home fixtures for the regular season with a loss. The Red Devils will be to turn their fortunes around on Friday night against Castleford and continue their push for a position at Old Trafford in October.
Fans are reminded tickets are still available for the upcoming Super 8s game against Castleford and can be purchased at the club’s ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Manu Vatuvei – "Get behind the boys"

Come and witness the home debut of ‘The Beast’ Manu Vatuvei this Friday as the Red Devils host Castleford at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Vatuvei, who joined from New Zealand Warriors, crossed for two tries on his Super League debut last Friday against Hull FC and will be looking to add to his tally against the Tigers.
The former New Zealand international entered in Salford’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan and is hoping for a similar atmosphere this weekend as the Red Devils return to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Vatuvei, sponsored by Arlec Property Services, said: “The atmosphere and the noise two weeks ago at the semi-final was immense and to experience that in my first game was surreal.
“We’d only gone out to warm-up and the Salford fans were chanting and singing – it was fantastic.
“You only really get an atmosphere like that in a Grand Final in the NRL so it was really special to be involved with that.
“Obviously, we’ve lost both games so far that I’ve been involved with but I’m confident that we can get a victory this weekend on my home debut.
“As a winger it’s always nice to get off the mark early but we’d have preferred the victory.
“I’m hoping the Red Devils fans come out in their numbers again for my first game at the AJ Bell Stadium and get behind the boys.”
Don’t miss your chance to see ‘The Beast’ in action on Friday night. Supporters can buy tickets over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website.                                  
Fans are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home fixtures.

Super 8s round-up – Round One

The opening round of the Super 8s saw the Red Devils slip out of the top four spots after suffering a 32-18 defeat at Hull FC.
Tries from Manu Vatuvei, Niall Evalds and Rob Lui were cancelled out by scores from Albert Kelly and Carlos Tuimavave alongside a Jake Connor penalty goal.
Vatuvei notched another after half-time but tries from Fetuli Talanoa, Jake Connor and a second from Tuimavave secured a Hull victory.
St Helens climbed above the Red Devils thanks to their impressive win over league leaders and favourites to win the Super League – Castleford.
Justin Holbrook’s side are the competition’s form team at the moment and were led to victory by hooker James Roby who grabbed a double. Tries from Zeb Taia and Jonny Lomax ensured victory after Adam Milner and Joel Monaghan had given Castleford hope.
Salford welcome the visit of Castleford next weekend and will be looking to earn their first victory since 2nd July. Saints host Hull FC on Friday night and could move into 3rd with victory over the Black and Whites. The Red Devils trail Saints in 4th spot by one point.
Wembley bound Wigan were brought back down to earth as a Stevie Ward hat-trick got Leeds’ Super 8s campaign off to the perfect start. Matt Parcell’s try and an Ashton Golding brace confirmed victory for the hosts. Youngster Tom Davies went over twice to level the scores while Sam Tomkins grabbed a late consolation.
The Red Devils face both the Warriors and Leeds away from home in the Super 8s. Ian Watson’s side travel to the DW Stadium the week prior to Wigan’s Challenge Cup final appearance before making the trip to Headingley in round six of the Super 8s.
In the final Super 8s game of the weekend Huddersfield earned a comfortable victory over Wakefield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night. The Giants had six different try-scorers with Danny Brough, Darnell McIntosh, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Leroy Cudjoe, Jermaine McGillvary and Daniel Smith all crossing for the hosts.
Sam Williams scored Wakefield’s only try as Huddersfield climbed into 7th closing the gap on Trinity to three points. The Red Devils will face Huddersfield and Wakefield in back-to-back home games on the 1st and 9th August.
Get your tickets for the Red Devils opening home game of the Super 8s against Castleford on Friday 11th August via the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.
Super 8s fixtures – Round Two

  • Wakefield Trinity vs Leeds Rhinos – Thursday 10th August
  • Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers – Friday 11th August
  • St Helens vs Hull FC – Friday 11th August
  • Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants – Friday 11th August

Ian Watson reaction – "These situations are difficult"

Salford head coach admitted that it’s difficult developing a new half-back partnership as was the case in Friday’s defeat to Hull FC.
Robert Lui and Todd Carney played together in the halves after Michael Dobson was omitted from the matchday squad.
Watson said: “It’s always pretty difficult in these situations.
“We’ve been used to seeing Michael Dobson and Robert Lui who’ve got that consistency and continuity of playing together.
“Todd Carney and Robert Lui haven’t had that time to play together and get to know how each other plays properly.
“They’re very much like Michael Dobson and Robert Lui were last season. If you remember it was a bit clunky sometimes but at the end of last season they started to get more rhythm.
“But, the defeat isn’t about Todd Carney and Robert Lui’s partnership, we spilled a lot of ball particularly in the second half so we’ll need to look at that and fix up.”
“We had some good individual performances and that was pleasing.
“But, that’s also the problem we’ve been a group who’ve been about the team all year and the team turning up and playing for each other and playing really well.
“What we had against Hull was certain individuals playing well and some of the others didn’t really follow suit so that’s something that needs to change going forward.”
Next up for Ian Watson’s men are league leaders Castleford Tigers on Friday 11th August at the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans can still purchase tickets through the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.

Logan Tomkins reaction – "We got caught chasing the game"

Red Devils hooker Logan Tomkins was ‘disappointed’ with the sides performance at Hull FC and felt Salford got caught chasing the game.
Tomkins, sponsored by Dr Terry Thorne, said: “I thought we were well off in the second half.
“The first half wasn’t great either but we managed to stick with it and keep things close but the second half we lost our way and got caught chasing the game.
“This led to us putting a lot of ball down and we didn’t play to our game plan and instead started playing erratic rugby which is disappointing.
“The start to the second half wasn’t great I messed up with one tackle and that led to a try and the other try was a soft one as well.
“We pushed the odd ball that we shouldn’t have pushed and it led to some stupid knock-ons and we lost a lot of territory and ball possession.
“New personnel does affect the team but not in a detrimental way we tried to force the ball when we should have stuck in the arm wrestle and tried to improve our completion rate.”
However, Tomkins is looking forward to a ‘big challenge’ next weekend against league leaders Castleford Tigers the AJ Bell Stadium.
“We’re obviously on a bit of a bad streak at the moment,” Tomkins said.
He added: “It’s probably good that we’ve got Castleford next because you can’t help but get up for games like that and we’re going to have to start at 100%.
“We don’t want to make a habit of losing every week and we need to turn it around as soon as possible.”
Next up for Ian Watson’s men are league leaders Castleford Tigers on Friday 11th August at the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans can still purchase tickets through the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.

Ian Watson reaction – "Two different halves"

Ian Watson described his sides 32-14 defeat in their Super 8s opener against Hull FC as a game of two halves and feels early stages of the second half changed the game.
Watson said: “I thought we started the game pretty but the first half and second half were two different games all together for us.
“First half we were pretty good to be fair and the second half we just turned over too much ball.
“We were defending too much and we turned into the team we saw at the start of last season and we didn’t understand what to do when you find yourself under the pump.
“We’ll need to look at that because we don’t want to fall back into the team that we were last season.”
The Red Devils went into the break level with Hull following tries from Manu Vatuvei, Niall Evalds and Robert Lui but a slow start to the second half cost Salford.
Watson said: “We’d kind of turned the game a little bit obviously they got the penalty on half-time which made it level pegging.
“We felt like the first 15 minutes of the second half was going to be key and we said Hull FC would come strong in the first 15 minutes and it was about how we controlled that period.
“I think it was Niall Evalds who almost scored in the first few minutes of the half but we didn’t take our chance.
“Hull had some relentless pressure on our goal line and we didn’t handle our goal line defence as well as we should have done.”
Next up for Ian Watson’s men are league leaders Castleford Tigers on Friday 11th August at the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans can still purchase tickets through the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.

Match Report: Hull FC 32-18 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils suffered defeat in their Super 8s opener against Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
Three unanswered tries in the opening twenty minutes of the second half put the game out of Salford’s reach after the Red Devils had gone into half-time level with Lee Radford’s men.
Ian Watson’s side outscored FC in the first half three tries to two, but in the second half the Black and Whites were just too strong for the Red Devils.
Robert Lui returned to the Salford side in place of Michael Dobson while Jake Bibby took Junior Sa’u’s place in the centres. Marc Sneyd and Mark Minichello missed out for the hosts.
The Red Devils got off to the perfect start forcing a goal-line dropout from the kick-off and it wasn’t long before they opened the scoring through one of their newest acquisitions – Manu Vatuvei.
‘The Beast’ made the original break skittling three Hull defenders before earning a penalty. Some good work from Jake Bibby gave Vatuvei an opening out wide and the former New Zealand international crossed for his first Salford try.
However, Hull hit back almost immediately as half-back Albert Kelly slid through the Salford defence. Just two minutes later the hosts added another as the ball went through hands before Carlos Tuimavave finished well. Jake Connor converted both.
Watson’s men didn’t lie down and a moment of brilliance from full-back Niall Evalds brought them back into touching distance. Evalds sliced through the Hull line before racing sixty metres jinking in and out and crossing for a sensational solo effort.
A returning Lui was settling into the game well and made his presence felt when he forced a knock-on from Mahe Fonua before burrowing his way over from close-range to regain the lead for Salford. Lui converted, after taking over the kicking duties from Carney, but a Connor penalty on the half-time hooter meant the sides went into the break level.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Hull came out of the blocks quickly in the second half scoring two tries in the opening seven minutes. Fetuli Talanoa rose highest to latch onto a Connor chip to put FC in the lead before Connor himself powered over from close-range. Connor maintained his 100% record with the boot.
Tuimavave hit the ball at pace and went through a gap in the Salford defence midway through the second half to put the game out of reach for the Red Devils. But, Vatuvei did manage to score his second of the afternoon in the final fifteen minutes. Some quick hands out wide allowed the Kiwi to bulldoze his way over. Lui’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Kelly, Connor; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Washbrook, Ellis.
Interchanges: Green, Michaels, Thompson, Fash.
Red Devils: Evalds, Vatuvei, Bibby, Welham, Johnson; Lui, Carney; Walne, Tomkins, Hauraki, McCarthy, Jones, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: O’Brien, Kopczak, Griffin, Murdoch-Masila.
Referee: Mr. J. Smith. Touch Judges: Mr. P. Brooke & Mr. A. Tolley. Attendance: 10,239.