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If a week is a long time in politics, as is so often alleged, then it can seem a lifetime in rugby league, such were the differences in Salford’s performance, in this weekend’s fixture at Huddersfield from that which had been served up the week before against Hull KR.

Yet, as far as the context of the game was concerned, there were a number of similarities between the two.  Both entailed travelling over the Pennines into Yorkshire, both were against opponents who were in a similar position in the league to the Red Devils but both doing marginally better as far as results were concerned, while the injury situation in the Salford camp was still the major obstacle to the acquisition of that long sought-after latest victory.

That injury situation only got worse, twenty minutes from the kick off, when captain, and corner-stone of the pack, Lee Mossop, was forced to pull out with a calf strain, leaving Jack Ormondroyd to be hastily drafted in, on the bench.

The similarities continued as the game progressed through its early stages, with the Red Devils being the quicker side to settle and producing some organised and well-structured rugby, yet again, to take the lead, after nine minutes of play, when dummy half, Andy Ackers showed once more what a tricky handful he is to deal with around the play-the-ball, going over between the posts.

This really put Salford in the driving seat and they consequently took control of the game until it was, once again, followed by a reduction to twelve men, this time for the duration of the encounter, and that is when the similarities between the two games finished completely.  This time the Salford players refused to be put out of their stride, no matter what, and whereas the week before they had gone into their shell and consequently lost their momentum, on Friday night they just kept a grip on their feelings, stuck with the game plan with which they had been provided, and executed it through right to the end of the match.

The outcome was they produced their best eighty minutes of sustained contested rugby, both in attack, and particularly in defence.  The combination at half back of Dec Patton and Chris Atkin appeared to be the best pairing that has been on view this season, and the two gelled together extremely well.  The effect on the rest of the side was a joy to behold, and their skilful handling in the slippery, greasy, conditions was especially commendable, particularly when their opponents struggled to retain possession and turned over the ball on a number of occasions.

Atkin has always been one of the keenest and most reliable of players this season, whether at hooker or half back, while Patton relished his return to starting in the halves, giving the whole team the leadership and direction that has been in rather short supply in recent weeks.  At one stoppage in the second half he could be seen going round instructing every individual player of what he wanted from each.

Much has been written, and said, about the dismissal of James Greenwood, after around half an hour, but what is of the greatest importance, and remains unchanged irrespective of which individual had been involved, is that Salford played for over forty-five minutes with only twelve players against the thirteen of Huddersfield, with only the cushioning of a mere six points’ start, and still won.

Following this dismissal the Giants immediately upped their tempo and their physicality, to put Salford somewhat on the back foot. However, the Reds did this time manage to keep their line intact right up to halftime, and the home side had to retire to the changing-room still without a try, and with only the penalty goal, awarded for the tackle on O’Brien, to show for their first forty minutes.

Huddersfield returned to the fray with even more zest, energy and determination, which had their visitors once again at full stretch for the opening stages, but, owing to the commitment to the cause of the Salford players in defence, it took the Giants a total of thirteen minutes from being up against only twelve men, before they managed to draw level, with a try from Joe Wardle, goaled by Aidan Sezer.

Nor did Salford allow that one solitary setback to impact on their overall performance and execution, thereafter.  Indeed, Marshall’s men were the only scorers, throughout the remainder of the game, courtesy of a drop goal – the winning drop goal – from Chris Atkin, sixteen minutes from the end.

The timing of this was quite cunning, in so far as we all have painful memories of Kevin Brown’s attempt being charged down in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup, and then Morgan Escare’s similar match-winning shot receiving the same fate the following week, against Wigan.  On Friday, Atkin had all the time in the world to measure everything up and strike the ball cleanly over the bar, unchallenged because, of course, nobody was expecting anything like that so early in the half.

They could, in fact, have scored again when awarded a penalty goal in front of the posts a few minutes later, but chose instead to take on the Giants’ defence with ball in hand.  That was an exceedingly brave decision, since it left them then exposed to an equaliser from their hosts, and so it proved, with only the intervention of the left upright preventing Sezer taking the game to Golden Point – not something you would care to have countenanced, a man short.

The sheer delight, at the final result, of everyone connected with the club, players supporters and officials, was evident to everyone, but no-one could have been more thrilled than head coach, Richard Marshall.  Despite recent disappointing losses, he has refused to panic but has held fast to his beliefs, conducting himself with great dignity in the face of considerable adversity. On Friday, he reaped the rewards from his players, who showed their solidarity with him, by committing their all to getting him the victory, upon which they will all be keen to build, in the coming weeks.

Talking Points | Huddersfield Giants 14-34 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils opened their 2019 Betfred Super League season with an impressive victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium and there were plenty of talking points from the game.

Dangerous left-hand side

The Red Devils ran in seven tries in their 14-34 victory with five coming down the left-hand side. Two of Niall Evalds’ three tries were down the left-hand flank while Junior Sa’u opened the scoring and Ken Sio grabbed a brace on his debut on the same side.
Jackson Hastings and Evalds combined on numerous occasions throughout the game after quick ball from the likes of Greg Burke, Mark Flanagan and Joey Lussick. Evalds was the standout performer cutting through the Giants line on numerous occasions as well as setting up one of Sio’s two tries.

Sa’u had to leave the field midway through the first half with a rib injury with Jansin Turgut moving into the centres. The Turkish international looked just as comfortable as Sa’u as he set up the first of Sio’s double.

Mossop’s massive minutes

In his post-match press conference, Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to Captain Lee Mossop as a massive contributor to the victory as the prop-forward played sixty minutes for the Red Devils.

Mossop was a constant presence in the middle of the park. The former England international got through a lot of hard yards while keeping a powerful Giants pack quiet for the most part. 

Huddersfield – Happy hunting ground 

Last night’s victory marked the sixth consecutive victory at the John Smith’s Stadium for the Red Devils. It is also now the third consecutive season in which Salford’s first away victory of the Betfred Super League season has come at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It is also Salford’s first victory in Round One of the Betfred Super League since 2014 when the Red Devils overcame Wakefield Trinity 18-14 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The away following

The Salford Red Devils faithful turned out in strong numbers for the opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season with both Ian Watson and Niall Evalds praising the following from the supporters.

The away following was extremely similar to that of last season’s trip to Halifax and were loud and proud throughout. The Red Devils host London Broncos on Sunday 10th February and will be looking for some more terrific support.

Ian Watson | “There were large parts I was really pleased with”

Salford Red Devils got their 2019 Betfred Super League season off to the perfect start with a 14-34 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
We got the thoughts of Head Coach Ian Watson on the performance, standout performers and the Red Devils fans.

On the victory…

“We looked a lot at ourselves in the week leading up to this game rather than looking at Huddersfield. We wanted to build on what we’ve been working on in pre-season and our pre-season friendlies to make sure that we were good and there were large parts of the game which I’m really pleased with. I thought if we had executed a little better in the first half, we could have put some more points on in that first period.”

On the fluidity in attack…

“Having a spine to work with for the full pre-season has been a big plus for us. They were all very keen to get back over after The Qualifiers last year – Rob Lui, Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick – everyone wanted to be back for the first day of pre-season. We are really happy with where we are, but we know we’ve got improvement in us as a group as well.”

On Junior Sa’u’s injury…

“He’s done his ribs. We’ll have to see where he is as we go throughout the week but at the moment it looks unlikely, he will play against London Broncos next week.”

On the left edge…

“I thought Niall Evalds was really good and then obviously Ken Sio attracts defenders. On the second to last try the defenders didn’t know whether to go for Niall or Ken. The directness of Jackson and the way he’s playing into the line as well stands defenders up and frees our guys up.”

On Lee Mossop…

“I don’t like to single individuals out, but I’d like to give a big shout to Lee Mossop who did sixty minutes in the front-row and probably could have gone a bit longer, but we felt the game was won at that point. There aren’t many front-rowers who can do that in the game. Last year was a big year for Lee Mossop in getting as much game time as possible following on from his surgery.”

On the Salford Red Devils fans…

“They were outstanding – we always seem to bring them to Huddersfield. Hopefully on the back of the win this week and the tries we scored they can come back to the AJ Bell Stadium next week against London Broncos to kick us on. There’s a really good feeling around the Club at the moment with the squad, supporters and community links we’re building so hopefully it’ll all fall into place for a strong crowd next week against London.”
The full press conference can be seen below:


Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

2019 Open Day to take place on Saturday

Salford Red Devils are delighted to reveal finalised details for Saturday’s open day in the 1873 Suite of the AJ Bell Stadium.
We’ve collated all the key information for Red Devils supporters surrounding the event.

Squad Builder Members

Our 2019 Squad Builder members, sponsors and club partners are invited to join us from 11am in the 1873 Suite in a period of exclusivity at Saturday’s event.
Squad Builder members will be handed their official membership cards and certificate on arrival with their membership cards gaining them access to future Squad Builder events.
Platinum Squad Builder members will also collect their Anglesey hotel voucher on entry before they will be invited outside to the West Stand seating to be involved with a Salford Red Devils team photo at approximately 11:45am.
Squad Builder members are welcome to bring a +1 to the event however in the case of Platinum members only one member will be included in the team photo.
It is important that fans who are not members of the Squad Builder do not try to enter the 1873 suite during this time as access will not be granted unless you are a member of the Squad Builder initiative.

General Admission 

The 1873 suite will be open to Salford Red Devils fans, who are not members of the Squad Builder initiative, at 12:30pm.
At approximately 1pm, the Salford Red Devils 2019 squad will enter the room one-by-one and take centre stage along with the coaching staff. Once every player has taken to the stage interviews with Ian Watson and a number of players will take place.
Following the interview section of the afternoon, Salford Red Devils players will be available for photograph opportunities and to sign autographs.
There will also be an opportunity for any supporters who are not yet currently a member of our innovative Squad Builder scheme to sign-up and reap the amazing benefits that come alongside.
Drinks will be available for supporters to purchase throughout the afternoon.

Club Shop

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our online store provider – WildThang – will be present at Saturday’s event and supporters will be able to purchase a range of merchandise ahead of the 2019 season.
The Club Shop will only be taking purchases on the day and will not be doing exchanges or refunds at the event. If you are looking to exchange an item or would like a refund on a purchase, you must do so via their online store here.


While you are down at the AJ Bell Stadium for Saturday’s event you will be able to purchase tickets for a range of upcoming Red Devils fixtures.
However, we’d encourage fans to purchase 2019 Season Tickets which are still available from the Club Ticket Office on Saturday. You can purchase in one payment via cash or card or can sign up to our Direct Debit payment scheme. Season Ticket collections will also be available from Reception. For a reminder of 2019 Season Ticket prices, click here.
In addition, tickets for our opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February will also be available to purchase. You can also book onto the supporters’ coach for the game with Season Ticket holders getting travel at a discounted rate. All details here.
Tickets for our opening three home Betfred Super League games of 2019 will also be on sale – London Broncos (Sunday 10th February), Leeds Rhinos (Sunday 17th February) and St Helens (Thursday 28th February). For 2019 ticket prices, click here.
Finally, tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 26th May, 1pm kick-off, at Anfield will also be available to purchase. Season Ticket holders can get half-price tickets if they buy before April. You can also book your place on the supporters’ coach for this game. All details can be found here.
For any enquiries surrounding Saturday’s event, E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.

Tickets | Purchase your tickets for our opener against Huddersfield

Tickets are now on sale for our opening Betfred Super League game of the 2019 season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February, 7:45pm kick-off.
Purchase your tickets now from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any tickets purchased directly from the AJ Bell Stadium in advance of gameday.
Junior Swaps are available but Red Devils fans must exchange their Season Ticket for a Junior Swap from the AJ Bell Stadium in advance of the game. Junior Swaps will not be available at the John Smiths Stadium.
Ticket prices will rise by £4 at noon on gameday, so Salford Red Devils fans are encouraged to save money by purchasing in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £21
Concessions and Juniors: £16
Junior Swaps: FREE
Under 5: FREE
Coach travel is available to book for our trip to John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils are delighted to offer 2019 Season Ticket holders a discounted rate on coach travel for the trip to Huddersfield with all classes being priced at £8. Coach travel for non-Season Ticket holders is priced at £13 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Sports and Social Club: 5:00pm.
Royal Sovereign: 5.10pm.
Eccles Town Hall: 5:25pm.
Dog and Partridge: 5:35pm.
AJ Bell Stadium: 5:40pm.
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee.
Any questions regarding our trip to Huddersfield, tickets or coach travel, please contact enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.
Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online by simply clicking HERE.
You can spread the costs of your 2019 Season Ticket over seven months with our easy, simple and manageable Direct Debit plans. To purchase your Season Ticket via Direct Debit please visit the AJ Bell Stadium or call o161 786 1570.

Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month | April 2018 – Jake Bibby

Salford Red Devils winger Jake Bibby was the winner of April’s Kingsland Drinks ‘Try of the Month’ competition after he finished a superb off-the-cuff team try at Huddersfield.
The try began with Weller Hauraki and Rob Lui linking up to find Lama Tasi however, Tasi wasn’t taking the tackle offloading back to Lui.
The halfback found Ben Nakubuwai, who similarly wasn’t happy going to ground and gave the ball to Mark Flanagan who pulled off a lovely one-handed catch.
Hauraki eventually found himself back in possession and threw a sublime inside dummy to Kris Welham before a ‘out of the back door’ offload to Bibby out wide who finished in style.
But, why just read about the try when you can watch it here:

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Huddersfield

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the trip to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
Niall Evalds is included after missing last week’s defeat against Warrington Wolves following a head knock picked up on Easter Monday at Leeds.
Logan Tomkins also returns to the side after missing out last weekend due to illness. George Griffin also comes back into the 19-man squad.
Tyrone McCarthy is still recovering from a knock picked up prior to the Easter period. Jake Shorrocks and Luke Burgess are the two men who leave the 19-man squad.
Ryan Lannon could make his third consecutive start for the Red Devils after making his first appearance of 2018 at Leeds on Easter Monday. Rob Lui could move back into the halves after featuring at full-back in the defeat against the Wolves last Saturday.
Derrell Olpherts also retains his place in the squad following back-to-back appearances against Leeds and Warrington.
You can still purchase tickets for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Remember, adult ticket prices will rise by £3 on gameday while seniors and juniors will increase by £4 so purchase early with the Red Devils retaining 25% of any purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased up until 4:30pm on Saturday 14th April from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone.  
Here is the full squad: