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Match Report | Salford Red Devils 38-22 Leeds Rhinos

Salford Red Devils returned to winning ways in style after recording a comprehensive 38-22 victory over Leeds Rhinos, despite playing 60 minutes with 12 men on a rain-soaked evening at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Although Ian Watson’s side had a man disadvantage – after Lee Mossop was sent off – for an hour of the tie, Niall Evalds’ brace alongside further scores from debutant Jackson Hastings, Ryan Lannon, Ed Chamberlain, Robert Lui and Josh Jones secured the Red Devils’ biggest ever Super League win over the Rhinos.
Unfortunately for the Devils, it was the visitors who made the brightest start. With just two minutes on the clock, Brad Dwyer powered his way over from close-range before Liam Sutcliffe added the extras to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Despite falling behind, Salford responded emphatically and claimed their first score of the evening six minutes later. After some quick hands almost saw Jake Bibby score in the corner, Robert Lui immediately sent Lannon crashing over from close-range.
Ed Chamberlain missed the resulting goal, but Salford were over again soon after. New recruit Hastings – who was making his maiden bow for the club since arriving from Australia two weeks ago – fooled the Rhinos backline with an exquisite dummy, before flicking inside to the onrushing Evalds who slid over the whitewash.
Chamberlain successfully landed his first goal of the night, but Salford weren’t finished there. After making a blistering start to his first appearance in a Salford shirt, Hastings’ evening quickly improved when Lui’s lofted deflected into his path to allow him to dive over for his first score.
Another goal from Chamberlain soon followed and the centre soon turned scorer to claim a try of his own. After the ball was worked out wide, the former Widnes man exploited a gap within the Leeds line before racing 30m to cross over in the corner.
Prior to the clash, Salford had an impeccable disciplinary record. But that soon came running to an end when team captain Mossop was shown the red card after an on-field altercation.
The forward’s exit sparked a Leeds revival as Sutcliffe went crashing over a minute later, before the half-back converted his own effort to leave the scores at 22-12.
The red card didn’t spell the end for Salford’s hard work though, two pieces of excellent defending forced the visitors into successive goal-line drop outs to pile the pressure onto last year’s Grand Final winners.
Salford were hounded in-goal themselves when Josh Wood scooped up the loose ball, but the Red Devils soon regained possession as Lui’s drop goal deceived Jimmy Keinhorst before bouncing into touch.
Salford had the final say of the half when Lui dummied before forcing his way over right on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, Salford initially paid the price for the man advantage. The visitors came close on several occasions, a last-ditch clearance from Chamberlain prevented Ashton Golding from latching onto his own low kick.
The spell of pressure from the Rhinos soon paid dividends when Tom Briscoe finished off a well-worked move on the right-hand side, though Sutcliffe did miss the subsequent conversion.
Mossop’s exit hindered Salford’s attacking game-plan, but it was the Red Devils who’d score next as an error from Golding resulted in Evalds eventually crossing over for his second of the evening.
Salford demonstrated a strong work ethic throughout, and the high level of persistence would result in the next of the score of the contest when Lui spotted an unlikely gap in the Rhinos’ backline, before stabbing the ball through for Jones to leap himself onto.
It was the visitors who’d have the next say though, Golding chipped the ball over the back of the Salford line to allow Matt Parcell to beat Ben Nakubuwai in a foot race before touching down.
Sutcliffe then added the extras to leave the score-line at a more respectable at 38-22, but the result was already beyond any doubt.
Salford now head into the Qualifiers full of confidence after earning a crucial two points at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Chamberlain, Sa’u, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Mossop, Wood, Murray, Jones, McCarthy, Lannon.
Interchanges: Bennion, Flanagan, Tasi, Nakubuwai.
Leeds Lineup: Golding, T. Briscoe, Keinhorst, Handley, L. Briscoe, Moon, Sutcliffe, Garbutt, Dwyer, Singleton, Ablett, Thompson, Smith.
Interchanges: Parcell, Peteru, Walters, Crosby.
Salford Scorers: Tries- Lannon (8’), Evalds (10’, 62’), Hastings (15’), Chamberlain (18’), Lui (40’), Jones (69’) | Goals- Chamberlain (11, 16’, 19’, 63’ 70’)
Leeds Scorers: Tries- Dwyer (2’), Sutcliffe (21’), T. Briscoe (55’), Parcell (75’) | Goals- Sutcliffe (3’, 22’, 76)
Half-Time Score: 26-12
Salford Red-Cards: Lee Mossop (20’).
Man of the Match: Robert Lui.
Referee: Tom Grant.
Touch Judges: M. Craven & C. Etchells.

Jackson Hastings | “I’m excited to put on the red jersey”

Salford Red Devils newest arrival Jackson Hastings is set to debut tomorrow evening against Leeds Rhinos and their Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield who the Australian half speaks very highly of.
Hastings, sponsored by Advanced Steel, said: “I grew up watching Leeds and the likes of Danny McGuire, Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrows – they were sort of the reason I started watching the Betfred Super League.
“I was lucky enough to listen to a speech that Kevin Sinfield presented to the team while I was at Sydney Roosters and just the way he spoke made me realise just how highly respected he is over here and definitely in Australia, also.
“To come up against Leeds on Friday night is going to be a tough task.
“They’re not in the greatest position and I suppose they’re not use to that because they’re such a successful club and demand success.
“They’ve got two quality halves that I’m going up against as well so there’s plenty of challenges but I’m excited to put the red jersey on and have a crack.”
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Jackson Hastings is the Devil in the detail…

Preview | Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos | Friday 27th July

After returning home from last week’s trip to Perpignan, Salford host Leeds Rhinos at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow evening as the Red Devils look to forge some momentum heading into the Qualifiers.  
Last time out
Ian Watson’s men head into this weekend’s showdown after succumbing to a 44-10 defeat at the hands of the Catalans Dragons last Saturday, though Salford did battle well at times in the second period.
Derrell Olpherts and Josh Wood both crossed over in what were two well taken efforts, but the Dragons proved too hot to handle as Fouad Yaha struck four times to seal a fine eight try victory for the hosts.
Wood’s try in particular, was a positive note for Salford. The half-back has been one of the side’s most improved players throughout the campaign and deservedly touched down for his first score of the season at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
As for Leeds, new management team Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes saw their side triumph for the first time last Friday as the Rhinos comfortably dispatched Widnes Vikings 34-0.
Tries from Brad Dwyer, Luke Briscoe, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Joel Moon, Tom Briscoe and Jack Walker saw the hosts pummel the struggling Vikings.
Both sides haven’t quite matched their successes from 2017 this time around. After seven successive losses, the Rhinos parted company with long-serving coach Brian McDermott earlier this month following a 46-8 humiliation at Wigan.
Club legend Sinfield arrived as the club’s new Director of Rugby – alongside former Great Britain hooker Lowe who has been appointed as First-Team Coach – but Leeds’ form didn’t immediately improve. A 42-10 defeat at Castleford was followed by a frustrating 20-all draw with Wakefield at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Last time out sparked a revival as the side bounced back to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a clinical 6 try demolition over Francis Cummins’ Vikings.
2017 was a year to remember for Salford, the club achieved its finest regular season finish in almost 40 years, accompanied by a spot in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. This year though, the objective is far more straightforward – to preserve the club’s Super League status.
The transition to a community-based club has proved challenging throughout the year, but with the recent eye-catching acquisition of half-back Jackson Hastings, Watson’s side will be confident of ending a four-game losing streak tomorrow evening.
In this week’s head-to-head we compare highly-rated half-backs Jackson Hastings and Richie Myler against each other, as we highlight the pair’s potential impact on tomorrow’s clash.
Hastings – who signed for the Red Devils two weeks ago on a deal initially until the end of the season – was one of the most exciting talents in Australia’s NRL prior to his release from Manly Sea Eagles and will be hopeful of carrying this form into the final stages of the season, starting with his potential debut tomorrow night.
The 22-year-old is renowned for his ability to unpick an opposition line and is a dependable try scorer and playmaker. If Hastings plays anything like his best during the showdown between the two sides, the Rhinos’ defence will be in for a long night.

Similarly to Hastings, former Red Devil Myler is also a capable playmaker. The 28-year-old boasts almost 10 years Super League experience and is a proven England international, Myler leads the Super League chart for top try assists and acts as the team’s main threat alongside top try-scorer Ash Handley. Salford’s defence will have to be at their best if Myler is to have a quiet evening at the AJ Bell.
Team News
Recent arrival Hastings is included in Ian Watson’s 19-man-squad for the first time and is line to make his debut for the club, the 22-year-old replaces fellow half-back Jake Shorrocks. Craig Kopczak misses out through injury and is replaced by Gavin Bennion – who has returned from a loan spell at Betfred Championship side Rochdale Hornets.

Leeds meanwhile, have initially named an 18-man squad due to an ongoing injury crisis. Despite the shortage in numbers, Jamie Jones-Buchanan has returned to the squad following a knee operation whilst Nathaniel Peteru also returns to the squad.
Salford: Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Levy Nzoungou, Daniel Murray, Gavin Bennion, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke, Jackson Hastings.
Leeds: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie-Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer, Mitch Garbutt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Nathaniel Peteru, Ash Handley, Cameron Smith, Josh Walters, Luke Briscoe, Dom Crosby.
Table Permutations  
Just six points separate the sides in the Betfred Super League table. Leeds currently occupy 9th position, whilst Salford lie 11th. A Salford Red Devils victory would move the side to within a point of 10th place Hull Kingston Rovers – providing they lose at local rivals Hull FC tomorrow evening – and four points adrift of the Rhinos.
A win for Leeds meanwhile would move reduce the gap between them and Huddersfield to a solitary point, providing the Giants fall to defeat when they welcome Wakefield Trinity to the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow.

Squad | Ian Watson names his 19-man for Leeds at home

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad to take on Leeds Rhinos on Friday evening in the final game of the Betfred Super League regular season.
New arrival Jackson Hastings is named in the 19-man squad and could be set to debut for the Club against the Rhinos.
Gavin Bennion also returns to the Salford Red Devils 19-man squad after a spell on loan with Betfred Championship side Rochdale Hornets.
Niall Evalds also retains his place in the Red Devils squad after returning from injury last weekend against Catalans Dragons.
The squad in full is as follows:
Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Levy Nzoungou, Daniel Murray, Gavin Bennion, Ed Chamberlain, Greg Burke, Jackson Hastings.
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Jackson Hastings | “It’s an exciting time”

Earlier today Salford Red Devils confirmed the signing of Australian halfback Jackson Hastings for the remainder of the season and we caught up with the 22-year-old ahead of his move to the AJ Bell Stadium in an exclusive interview.
Hastings said: “I absolutely can’t wait to get over and get stuck into training, meet the boys, coaching staff and the wonderful fans – it’s an exciting time.
“I’m looking forward to keeping this Club where it belongs and that is in the Betfred Super League.
“But, first and foremost, my first goal is to rip in to training and show my new teammates and coaches that I’m a winner by training as hard as I can, preparing as well as I can and taking each game as it comes.”

“I know quite a bit about the Betfred Super League as I’m a huge Rugby League fan in general and always get up early to watch the televised games from abroad.
“I really respect and admire how good some of the players that the competition has produced are and I’m lucky I’ll now get the chance to mingle and play against them.”
Hastings will look to add another dimension to the Red Devils attack in the final few months of the 2018 campaign and is a vocal and creative halfback.
“I think my communication on the field has always been a natural strong point in my game. If you’re playing at 6, 7, 9 or 1 you are the voice of the team and need to be good at that,” Hastings said.
He added: “Competitiveness is something I base my game around and I pride myself on competing on every play no matter the result and doing all that I can to ensure the team gets the result we are looking for.
“The last major part would be my passing and kicking game. It’s something I work hard on and love seeing my team mates score or create opportunities off a nicely weighted kick or a nice sharp pass.
“I’ll do my best to bring this and more to the Club!”

The 22-year-old has played in England before with the Roosters and has already had a taste of life in around the Salford and Manchester area.
Hastings said: “I’ve been over before with my most recent trip coming three years ago with Sydney Roosters when we faced St Helens in the World Club Challenge series.
“I loved Manchester, especially the shopping. England is a great part of the world and I’m lucky to have family from and still living there at the moment.
“I have a lot of mates from rival clubs too, so hopefully I get the opportunity to get one up on them.”
The Australian halfback has impressed at both Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles and admits he has taken inspiration from two legends of the Betfred Super League.
Hastings said: “From an English standpoint I loved Kevin Sinfield and Danny McGuire as a kid. Leeds were a dominate team and were constantly on TV in Australia.
“As those two played similar positions to me I admired how good those two were and obviously Danny still to this day has all the tricks in the book.
“The big one was Johnathan Thurston. Everything that he did and still brings to the table is something I truly admire and respect.
“He’s a once in a generation player and I still can’t believe I’ll get to say I played against him.
“I can’t wait to get over and join the Salford Red Devils.”


Salford win Battle for Hastings

Salford Red Devils have swooped to sign Aussie half-back star Jackson Hastings from the NRL, initially for the remainder of the season.
Hastings is awaiting final visa clearance and will link up with the Red Devils for the vital close of the campaign.
Salford’s Director of Rugby Ian Blease said: “Jackson is a signing that should rightly excite everybody in the city. He is an exciting match-winner and will slot into our set-up perfectly at this crucial time.
“A huge amount of hard-work behind the scenes has gone into making this happen over the past few months and we are delighted to get it over the line. Opportunities to sign players this talented do not come along too often and it speaks volumes that we have beaten off some serious competition for his signature.
“I’d like to thank the player’s agent for all his help as well as Marwan Koukash who has honoured his pledge to support the club with the acquisition of a player.”
22-year-old Hastings already has 47 NRL appearances to his name for the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles and has bagged 81 points in the process.
Salford Red Devils expect the player will join them at the AJ Bell Stadium as soon as his paperwork is complete in Australia.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “He’s a huge talent with huge potential. The fact Trent Robinson let Maloney leave the Roosters so Jackson could partner Mitchell Pearce shows his level of quality.
“Obviously there were numerous Super League clubs chasing him and we are delighted he has chosen to come to us. Hopefully together we can restart Jackson’s first grade career
“He has been the guy we have been missing in terms of organisation and kicking game. He’s looking forward to getting over here and getting stuck in, concluded Watson.
Ian Blease continued, “It’s been a tough transitional year for the Club and we continue to need all the support we can get from our fans and get them to bring a friend along to the game on Friday against Castleford Tigers (kick off 8pm, AJ Bell Stadium). It is vital we stay in Super League this year and the signing of Jackson Hastings shows that we are very serious about this aim.”