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Logan 100 | A breakdown of Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances

Logan Tomkins made his 100th appearance in the 32-16 victory over Catalans Dragons on Good Friday and became just the second member of the current squad to reach the landmark behind Junior Sa’u. Following this we’ve broken down all his 100 appearances for Salford and the key stats surrounding them.
Tomkins debuted for Salford against Bradford Bulls on 11th April 2014 in a 38-24 victory. The hooker had joined the Red Devils on a temporary basis on loan from fellow Betfred Super League Wigan Warriors before the move became permanent in 2016.
Tomkins has won 45 games whilst at Salford and lost 54. Tomkins has only been involved in one draw whilst playing for Salford which came in game 6 as the Red Devils battled from behind to draw 16-16 with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Logan has scored a total of six tries for Salford with half of these coming inside his first seventeen games for the Club. Tomkins has only managed to equal this total in the 83 since. However, 50% of his tries have come against the same opposition – Leeds Rhinos; the side Logan will play his 101st Salford Red Devils game against.
Tomkins’ most recent try came against Leeds in Round Two of the 2017 Betfred Super League at the Emerald Headingley Stadium. Five of Logan’s tries have come in the Betfred Super League while try number five came against Featherstone Rovers in the 2016 Qualifiers. This is currently Tomkins’ longest run without a try for Salford – currently totalled at a run of 33 games.
Of his 100 appearances for Salford, Logan has started 80 of them at hooker while coming on from the interchange bench on 20 occasions. His longest spell without an interchange appearance was between 25th March 2016 and 21st September 2017 starting 53 games – in which he was selected – at hooker. Tomkins has never been an interchange for more than seven consecutive games.
The hookers longest win-streak with the Red Devils came last season as he was involved in five consecutive Betfred Super League victories between 19th March and 14th April. Salford would match this streak a few weeks later however this time it would be in all competitions with the third of the five wins being a 30-6 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Wakefield Trinity.
Tomkins’ longest losing-streak for Salford unfortunately outweighs his winning-streak and came at the backend of the 2017 season suffering seven consecutive losses in all competitions.
Logan Tomkins has only featured in four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup matches for Salford. His first was a 20-30 loss back in the 2014 competition – just his 4th game for the Club – against Widnes. Last year he was involved in Challenge Cup wins against Hull Kingston Rovers and Wakefield Trinity before a semi-final loss – game 86 for Logan – to former Club Wigan Warriors, giving Logan a 50%-win rate in the competition for Salford.
Tomkins has also featured in two Qualifiers campaigns for the Red Devils at the end of both the 2015 and 2016 season and is an ever-present for Salford in the competition. Logan has nine wins and six losses in the Qualifiers. The infamous Million Pound Game was game 64 in the red of Salford for Tomkins.
The largest victory Logan has been involved in was a 70-16 win over Featherstone Rovers – his 61st game – in the 2016 Qualifiers – a game in which he scored, as previously mentioned. His largest defeat came at Leeds in 2015, 70-6 in his 25th game. The highest scoring match he’s been involved in totalled 87 points in game 31 as Salford beat Sheffield Eagles in the 2015 Qualifiers 53-34. The lowest scoring match was an 8-0 loss to Leeds Rhinos at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in 2016 in game 51.
Since debuting at Salford, Tomkins has featured against 18 different clubs. His most prominent opponents are Widnes Vikings whom he has faced 11 times while he has just one appearance against Halifax, Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs.
A full list of Logan Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances are below:

  1. Bradford Bulls 24-38 Salford – Odsal – Super League – April 11th 2014
  2. Salford 22-42 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 18th 2014
  3. Leeds Rhinos 32-4 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – April 21st 2014
  4. Salford 20-30 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – April 27th 2014
  5. Catalans Dragons 37-24 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – May 3rd 2014
  6. Salford 16-16 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 10th 2014
  7. Widnes Vikings 24-30 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – May 17th 2014
  8. Salford 4-25 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 22nd 2014
  9. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 30th 2014
  10. Salford 46-18 Bradford Bulls – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 15th 2014
  11. Warrington Wolves 36-20 Salford – Halliwell Jones – Super League – June 22nd 2014
  12. Castleford Tigers 14-10 Salford – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – June 28th 2014
  13. Salford 18-22 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 25th 2014
  14. Wigan Warriors 45-4 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – July 31st 2014
  15. Salford 34-22 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – August 15th 2014
  16. Wakefield Trinity 42-6 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – August 31st 2014
  17. Salford 58-26 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 7th 2014
  18. Salford 36-6 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 12th 2014
  19. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – June 5th 2015
  20. Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – June 14th 2015
  21. Wigan Warriors 19-12 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – June 19th 2015
  22. Hull Kingston Rovers 34-28 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – June 30th 2015
  23. Salford 18-14 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 5th 2015
  24. Salford 31-18 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 12th 2015
  25. Leeds Rhinos 6-70 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – July 17th 2015
  26. Widnes Vikings 21-20 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 26th 2015
  27. Salford 34-26 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 9th 2015
  28. Salford 46-18 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 16th 2015
  29. Bradford Bulls 41-10 Salford – Odsal – The Qualifiers – August 23rd 2015
  30. Halifax RLFC 50-28 Salford – The Mbi Shay – The Qualifiers – September 5th 2015
  31. Salford 53-34 Sheffield Eagles – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 13th 2015
  32. Widnes Vikings 10-24 Salford – Select Security Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 20th 2015
  33. Hull Kingston Rovers 46-22 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – The Qualifiers – September 27th 2015
  34. Hull FC 42-20 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – February 5th 2016
  35. Salford 44-10 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 11th 2016
  36. Salford 28-20 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 21st 2016
  37. Wigan Warriors 20-16 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – February 25th 2016
  38. Salford 30-31 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 3rd 2016
  39. Castleford Tigers 16-32 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – March 13th 2016
  40. Hull Kingston Rovers 44-30 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – March 20th 2016
  41. Salford 12-26 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 25th 2016
  42. Huddersfield Giants 24-26 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – March 28th 2016
  43. Wakefield Trinity 32-18 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League -April 2nd 2016
  44. Salford 14-10 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 9th 2016
  45. Catalans Dragons 42-32 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – April 23rd 2016
  46. Salford 44-26 Hull KR – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 30th 2016
  47. St Helens 34-20 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 13th 2016
  48. Salford 18-12 Widnes Vikings – St James’ Park – Super League – May 21st 2016
  49. Salford 38-8 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 27th 2016
  50. Salford 20-23 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 3rd 2016
  51. Leeds Rhinos 8-0 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – June 10th 2016
  52. Salford 30-31 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 17th 2016
  53. Salford 22-18 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 1st 2016
  54. Warrington Wolves 40-14 Salford – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Super League – July 7th 2016
  55. Widnes Vikings 24-32 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 15th 2016
  56. Salford 28-20 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 22nd 2016
  57. Salford 34-12 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 7th 2016
  58. Leigh Centurions 32-26 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – The Qualifiers – August 13th 2016
  59. Salford 12-29 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 19th 2016
  60. Leeds Rhinos 30-8 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 2nd 2016
  61. Salford 70-12 Featherstone Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 11th 2016
  62. Salford 16-19 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 17th 2016
  63. Batley Bulldogs 14-42 Salford – Fox’s Biscuit Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 25th 2016
  64. Hull Kingston Rovers 18-19 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Million Pound Game – October 1st 2016
  65. Huddersfield Giants 20-30 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – 16th February 2017
  66. Leeds Rhinos 20-14 Salford – Headingley Stadium – Super League – 24th February 2017
  67. Salford 24-14 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2017
  68. Wakefield Trinity 24-22 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 12th March 2017
  69. Salford 13-12 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 19th March 2017
  70. Widnes Vikings 10-46 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – 24th March 2017
  71. Salford 22-14 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2017
  72. Hull FC 18-54 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – 7th April 2017
  73. Salford 12-6 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 14th April 2017
  74. Catalans Dragons 38-6 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – 17th April 2017
  75. Salford 30-10 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th April 2017
  76. Wigan Warriors 16-31 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – 5th May 2017
  77. Salford 24-14 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 12th May 2017
  78. Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford – St James’ Park – Super League – 21st May 2017
  79. Salford 50-12 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 26th May 2017
  80. Salford 24-32 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th June 2017
  81. Salford 30-6 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 15th June 2017
  82. St Helens 25-24 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 23rd June 2017
  83. Salford 36-20 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 2nd July 2017
  84. Castleford Tigers 38-14 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 14th July 2017
  85. Leigh Centurions 25-0 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – Super League – 21st July 2017
  86. Salford 14-27 Wigan Warriors – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Challenge Cup – 30th July 2017
  87. Hull FC 32-18 Salford – KC Stadium – Super 8s – 4th August 2017
  88. Salford 4-23 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 11th August 2017
  89. Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford – DW Stadium – Super 8s – 18th August 2017
  90. Salford 18-43 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 1st September 2017
  91. Salford 52-14 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 9th September 2017
  92. Leeds Rhinos 44-2 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super 8s – 15th September 2017
  93. Salford 4-30 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 21st September 2017
  94. Wakefield Trinity 14-12 Salford Red Devils – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 9th February 2018
  95. Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 23rd February 2018
  96. St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2018
  97. Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 11th March 2018
  98. Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 16th March 2018
  99. Widnes Vikings 24-16 Salford Red Devils – Select Security Stadium – Super League –  23rd March 2018
  100. Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2018.

Ian Watson | “We knew Josh was going to be a good player”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has been impressed with his squad over the past few weeks in particular young hooker Josh Wood who featured in the 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Watson said: “We knew Josh was going to be a good player.
“The tricky thing for Josh was he’d had a couple of injuries years with his shoulder so it was about last year more nurturing him through and if then we got through to this year we could have a real good crack at it and he’s standing up really well at the moment.
Watson went on to praise Man of the Match Junior Sa’u, his forward pack and even Mark Flanagan who missed the game but was named in the 19-man squad.
Watson said: “Junior’s great he’s really on fire at the moment with his performances but everyone stepped up to be fair.
“Like I said our middles obviously you include your back-rowers in that Weller [Hauraki] and Jonesy [Josh Jones] as well.
“He’s [Mark Flanagan] fully fit we just decided to continue as we had with the big lads. He was ill for the Wigan game but that’s probably been somebody’s opportunity where they’ve come in and played really well and at the moment he’s just got to bide his time like everyone else.
“Flash is a professional he just knows that people are playing well at the moment but it’s tough to leave Flash out because he’s a great guy and a great player.
“Last year he was probably our go-to man in asking him to lead things so it is tough leaving him out of the team at the moment but he’s had no heirs or graces about it and he’s been really good in the changing rooms and training really well he’s been a good pro to be fair.
The Red Devils boss also went on to talk about the injured Kriss Brining and trialist Gene Orsmby who has been training with the Club.
Watson said: “It’s quite slow to be fair. He’s [Kriss Brining] going to see a specialist and he’s going to have to go back and see him again and see whether he needs to have surgery – he’s got a disc bulge.
“Gene’s [Ormsby] been training with us now and he’s been first class to be fair since he came in his attitude has been really good.
“We just wanted to have a little look at Gene because we are short in the outside backs.
“Gene had been released by Huddersfield and I’d known Gene from Warrington and obviously Gareth O’Brien and Tyrone [McCarthy] know him as well and there were a couple of players who gave him really big raps to be fair at Huddersfield about how he’s really knuckled down.
“We’ll see how the trial goes at first.”

Jack Littlejohn | “I love winning footy games”

Following Friday evening’s dominant victory over Hull Kingston Rovers, Australian half-back Jack Littlejohn was pleased with the result after settling in well at Salford.
Littlejohn, who is available for sponsorship, said: “I’m loving it here especially after a win, I love winning and I love winning footy games.
“I think we were scratchy in some parts of the game but I thought once we settled massive credit to our middles they worked hard and I reckon they deserve all the credit.
“That was a bit of our game plan. Our middles matched their middles and I thought we did a good job of that.
“There tries were from fluky little kicks too – I thought our defensive line was really strong.”
Littlejohn occupied the half-back position alongside Robert Lui while Gareth O’Brien was at full-back and the three linked up very well.
Littlejohn said: “We’re building a good combination – our talks definitely a lot clearer out there.
“Gareth O’Brien’s been really good for me out the back I feel like he’s talking to me a lot and us three are working in a real good combination at the moment.”

Three talking points | Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers

A 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday evening opened Salford’s account for the 2018 Betfred Super League season and we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Multiple standout performers
It’s difficult to pick one standout performer for the Red Devils from Friday’s victory over Hull KR. Junior Sa’u was awarded the Man of the Match for his tough defensive efforts combined with a crucial try but there were over a handful of Salford players who shone.
Young hooker Josh Wood was once again impressive with his speed and decision making around the ruck and looks to be settling into a regular first team role with ease.  Gareth O’Brien was a constant threat coming into the attacking line from full-back while Niall Evalds crossed for a brace.
All the Red Devils forwards put on a good showing and completely dominated the KR pack.
Defensive effort 
A fortnight ago we hailed Salford’s defence against Wakefield and this weekend the defence was just as impressive again conceding just twice.
Hull KR were extremely impressive down the middle against Catalans Dragons in their last outing however the likes of Lama Tasi, Lee Mossop and Tyrone McCarthy were just too solid in defence for the Robins to break down.
Out wide the Red Devils were equally as tough to break down with Junior Sa’u and Kris Welham standing up strong every time the ball came their way.
Resilience
While the Red Devils sealed a comfortable victory over the Robins it may have been forgotten that Ian Watson’s men fell behind through a Thomas Minns try after just two minutes however this didn’t impact the final result.
Salford hit back almost immediately through Gareth O’Brien before then taking control of the game and never looking back.
This is a real indicator of the team’s resilience and determination to come away with the result after almost fighting back two weeks ago against Wakefield.

Niall Evalds | “It’s come around so fast”

Niall Evalds earned his 100th career appearance against Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday evening and was delighted to get the result and cross for two tries.
Evalds, sponsored by The Dog and Partridge, said: “It’s come around so fast to be fair so yeah it was nice to get over the line as well.
“It was a good result for the fans we sort of owed them a performance after the first game which wasn’t too cracking.
“Second one we improved but we didn’t really get the result but we got the performance and result this time.
“They’re a good side Hull KR.
“We said about starting fast and we didn’t really do that tonight they started the better but we progressed and won the arm-wrestle and turned them.
“Our plan was to tire their big guys out and I thought we did that at the backend of that second half.”
Evalds has featured on the wing in the last two games for the Red Devils after spending the majority of last season at full-back but the 24-year-old isn’t phased.
“Everyone knows I prefer full-back but I’ll play anywhere to get into that side at the moment that’s the wing – I’m happy where I am.”

Tim Sheens | “They sensed blood in the water”

Following their defeat at the hands of 36-12 Salford, Hull Kingston Rovers – and former Red Devil – boss Tim Sheens didn’t think his side ‘did much right’.
Sheens said: “I think all the boys started well but there was a period of time in the first half where we had no ball, the penalty count was heavy against us and struggling to make ground.
“Then [we] started to shoot ourselves in the foot with some poor options but at half-time I thought we regrouped and then to give up a try through the first set was very very disappointing.
“Credit to them [Salford] once they sensed blood in the water they took it to us with a couple of bumps and bruises on us which didn’t help but at the end of the day they were too strong for us on the night.
“Our field position – we started most of our sets in the second half ten metres off our try-line and finished 11-7 penalty count.
“Possession was against us, kicked poorly, what attacking sets we did get we threw it away I don’t think we did much right but start 6-0 in front.
“We didn’t really have enough ball in decent position – no – simple as that.”

Ian Watson | “I thought our middles were outstanding again”

Salford Red Devils earned their first victory of the 2018 Betfred Super League season with a 36-12 win over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Head Coach Ian Watson feels the dominant victory is a culmination of his sides improved performances over the past month.
Watson said: “The last three weeks we’ve really improved.
“The Wigan game there were parts we thought we were good and then the Wakefield game our defence really stood up and we outscored them and to be fair we were unlucky not to come away from that game with a result.
“Again, today we’ve shown what we are as a group and how committed the boys are to each other to come out with a great attitude we were really enthusiastic and got the two points with a great performance.
“Just sticking to the game plan and being ridig with it was really pleasing and I thought our middles were outstanding again.
“They ran strongly and defended really well to be fair and continued to fill in from the inside because we know Hull KR try to test you in and around the ruck and I just think the boys did the task really well.
“We’ve got a better balance to us with our middles and outside backs this year and we were really good and really patient tonight played real direct and then obviously opened up on the edges and we took our opportunities once they arose there.
“We’ll go into the next few weeks full of confidence after this performance.”

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers

Salford Red Devils earned their first victory of the Super League season in style after a brilliant performance saw them triumph over Hull Kingston Rovers 36-12 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Two tries from Niall Evalds alongside further scores from Gareth O’Brien, Junior Sa’u, Jake Bibby and Robert Lui ensured The Red Devils ran out deserved winners and secured their first points of the campaign.
Ian Watson’s side headed into the game full of confidence after an encouraging display at Wakefield Trinity but made the worst start possible when Thomas Minns crossed over inside the opening two minutes to give the visitors an early lead, Ryan Shaw successfully converted the extras.
Despite the early setback, Salford regrouped and claimed their first points of the evening five minutes later when O’Brien’s grubber kick ricocheted off an opponent before the full-back latched onto to his own kick before diving over to claim his first try of the season, O’Brien successfully kicked the resulting goal.
O’Brien was heavily involved in Salford’s next move, this time finding the lively Jack Littlejohn who produced some quick hands to play in Sa’u, who touched down to open his try-scoring account for the campaign.
Salford extended their lead to eight points minute later, the hosts opted to kick at goal after some sluggish play from The Robins resulted in a penalty, O’Brien subsequently converted.
Minutes later The Reds were over again, Lui delivered a looping pass to Welham and the former KR man delivered a sublime offload to give Bibby the simplest task of touching down, although on this occasion O’Brien missed the conversion. However, Salford went into the break with a comfortable lead.
And, Lui turned scorer after the break as he slid in under the posts following a scampering run and break from young hooker Josh Wood. O’Brien converted to open up a 20-point lead for the hosts. But, Hull KR immediately hit back as full-back Adam Quinlan latched onto a low kick, Shaw added the extras.
Evalds – making his 100th career appearance – would cross twice in the final fifteen minutes to wrap up a fantastic result for Watson’s men. A slick, flowing Salford move put Evalds over in the corner on the 65-minute mark which O’Brien again converted.
But, it was Evalds’ second which really stole the show. The winger forced his way over the line following Sa’u’s pass and despite being stood up by two Hull KR defenders still managed to plant the ball down to confirm a 36-12 victory.
Salford Lineup: O’Brien, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Wood, Tasi, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy  Interchanges: Burgess, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Kopczak
Hull KR Lineup: Quinlan, Shaw, Heffernan, Minns, Carney, Atkin, Blair, Jewitt, Lee, Masoe, Kavanagh, Greenwood, Mulhern  Interchanges: Lunt, Scruton, Tickle, Salter
Salford Scorers: O’Brien (7’), Sa’u (18’), Bibby (30’), Lui (41’), Evalds (65’, 70’)
Goals- O’Brien (8’, 18, 25’, 42’, 46’, 66’)
Hull KR Scorers: Tries- Minns (2’), Shaw (54’),           
Goals- Shaw (3’, 55)
Man of the Match: Junior Sa’u
Referee: James Child
Touch Judges: A Smith & D Bowmer
Attendance: 2948
By Ryan Booth

In the know | Hull Kingston Rovers | Friday 23rd February

Ahead of tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with Hull Kingston Rovers we spoke to Hull Daily Mail’s Gareth Westmorland (@G_Westmorland) about all things Hull Kingston Rovers.
Hull KR got promoted back to Super League last season and currently have one win and two losses. How do you think they’re adapting to life back in the Betfred Super League?
Gradually, we’ve seen a steady improvement from Rovers across the first three rounds. Though riding on the wave of positivity ahead of the season opener against Wakefield, Trinity knocked KR down a peg or two and I think the pace of the game shocked a few Robins players. That said, to come out the following week and push the defending champions close, but for a clinical period by Leeds in the final ten minutes of each half, says something about the mental toughness of the team. Finally, a win against Catalans last time out was clinched and it appears Rovers are learning their lessons.
Hull KR made quite a few new signings in the off-season. Who’s impressed you the most?
Danny McGuire is the obvious choice here. He’s yet to get off the mark in terms of try-scoring in Red and White but the all-round calmness he brings to the team cannot be underestimated. In years gone by, Rovers have been erratic in their play but McGuire – along with coach Tim Sheens – has tried to keep things simple and against the Dragons last week, it paid off. I’m also interested to see the progress of Will Dagger, the young full-back signed from Warrington Wolves, across the course of this year if not his three years in east Hull.
Danny McGuire hasn’t been named in the squad. How do you expect KR to set up on Friday especially in the halves?
Tim Sheens is likely to field Chris Atkin and Matty Marsh in the halves first up. They’re the two recognised, specialist play-makers but the trick up KR’s sleeve is that they have numerous players who can also play with ball in hand well. Maurice Blair, Tommy Lee, Adam Quinlan have all played in the halves at some stage of their career, so expect them to also get in on the action. Quinlan returns at full-back with Andrew Heffernan likely to come straight back into the team at centre. Nick Scruton should come off the bench as he returns from a shoulder injury, with the impressive Robbie Mulhern and Lee Jewitt beginning up front for KR.
Of course, there’s a lot of connections between Hull KR and Salford with the likes of Tim Sheens and players such as Justin Carney. Do you think this could have an impact on the game?
It would be silly of Sheens not to use his thorough knowledge of the Salford players. He signed a lot of the Red Devils stars that are currently at the club and of course, poached some from them to Rovers in Carney and more recently prop Jordan Walne, youngster Connor Williams and formerly of Salford, Tommy Lee. Sheens doesn’t entertain talk of politics or a real rivalry between the two sides. Obviously, a lot has gone on in the last 18 months – that Gareth O’Brien drop-goal remains in the nightmares of KR fans to date – but we’re back to square one, in a way.
Quite a rivalry has built-up between the two sides in recent years. What do you expect from the game?
I expect a similar battle to that of the Challenge Cup game last year. Rovers started like a house on fire and built up a healthy lead before Salford found their way back into the game. I think the home side have been unlucky in both of their games this season. Wigan got the bounce of the ball plenty of times, whilst Wakefield just hung on a fortnight ago. Rovers have to remain in the contest throughout and having a win under their belts last week may just be the catalyst for some momentum gained. Salford, in contrast, will be desperate for their first victory and I’ll tip them to come out all guns blazing.
Overall, what do you think the season holds for Hull KR?
Survival is the ultimate aim, no matter how it comes. Reaching the top-eight will be tough but as Salford and Wakefield have shown in previous years, it’s not impossible. It’ll take an almighty effort to escape the Qualifiers for the first time but even if KR do finish in the bottom-four, I am tipping them to secure their place in Super League 2019. Eighth would be a massive achievement and everything after that is a bonus, however many Robins fans, I’m sure, would take a comfortable finish in the middle 8s once more.
Score prediction: Salford 16 Hull KR 24

Salford Red Devils vs Hull Kingston Rovers | Friday 23rd February

Ahead of tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with Hull Kingston Rovers we’ve put together a list of all the key gameday information for you.

Ticketing

Tickets for tonight’s game against Hull Kingston Rovers are still available to purchase prior to the game from the Club Ticket Office. You can see all the ticket prices for tonight’s game here.
Tickets for our next three Betfred Super League fixtures will also be on sale following tonight’s game from the Club Ticket Office.
You can purchase tickets for our trips to St Helens (Friday 2nd March) and Castleford Tigers (Sunday 11th March). Salford Red Devils receive 25% of your purchase if you buy early from the AJ Bell Stadium direct. Tickets against Castleford Tigers will rise by £2 on gameday at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. You can also book your place on the supporters’ coach for both games.
You can also buy tickets for our next home game at the AJ Bell Stadium against Hull FC on Friday 16th March. All the ticket details can be found here.
Salford Red Devils fans will be situated in the South and West Stand for this evening’s game. Hull Kingston Rovers will be in the North Stand while the East Stand will once again be open as the ‘Community Stand’.

Car Park and Transport

Car park spaces will be available at tonight’s game and cost £6 per car.
The new road is once again open coming into the stadium from The Trafford Centre to the AJ Bell Stadium with fans being able to park at both The Trafford Centre or The Chill Factore and walk down the road which takes around twenty minutes.
The new road also offers another entry and exit into Stadium way and should help ease the flow of traffic on entry and exit from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Of course, both the 67 and 100 buses are also available for fans to get on with both buses stopping just a five-minute walk from the stadium.

Hospitality

The Platinum Club will be open from 5:30pm with food service at approximately 6pm.
Phoenix Nights legend Archie Kelly – who played Kenny “Dalglish” Senior in the award-winning show – will host the Platinum Club tonight.
All guests in the Platinum Club must enter through the Main Reception where they will receive a platinum lanyard which will hold their 2018 Season Ticket or match day ticket inside.
All box holders will receive a white lanyard which will hold their 2018 Season Ticket or match ticket.
Everyone in the 1873 Club will receive a black lanyard which will hold their 2018 Season Ticket or match ticket.

Fans Areas

The Fans Marquee will be occupied by DJ Andy Steele – who is also Greg Johnson’s 2018 player sponsor – and he will be playing prior to kick-off and following the full-time whistle. One first team player will also come down to the Fans Marquee before the game and do an interview.
The Fans Bar will host the pop-up Steeden Store where fans can purchase all the latest Salford Red Devils merchandise.
The Fans Bar, Fans Marquee and Kiosks will be serving drinks from 5:45pm and the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will also have a table inside the Fans Marquee.

Club Shop

The pop-up Steeden Store will be at tonight’s game in the downstairs Fans Bar beside the Main Reception. Fans are free to come and browse our wide range of fantastic Steeden merchandise with the Club taking both cash and card payments.
Anyone wishing to exchange or return items can do so but we’d advise you get here early to avoid queues of people purchasing merchandise as we expect it be busy in the Fans Bar.

‘The Red Devil’

The second issue of our brand-new look match day programme ‘The Red Devil’ will be available for purchase.
We’ve got an action packed 48-page programme including a big interview with Daniel Murray, the latest from Ian Watson, The Board and The Salford Red Devils Foundation. There is also a great behind-the-scenes interview with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Greg Brown.
You can buy a programme from our programme sellers who will be donned in bibs and can be spotted around the AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford Red Devils Foundation

The Salford Red Devils Foundation will be based on the outside astroturf for any youngsters who want to get involved in some pre-game activities.
Folly Lane U7’s will be tonight’s mascots.

Pre-match and half-time activity

The Red Angels Dance Team will be in action before kick-off and at half-time so make sure you get into your seats early to see them perform.