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Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Following the Red Devils 24-8 victory over Hull FC in the Betfred Super League we delve into the stats from Friday night’s clash.
Greg Johnson
Each week we’ll focus on one Red Devils stats from the game and this week’s player in focus is winger Greg Johnson.
Johnson, who returned to the side last weekend against Castleford Tigers, was Salford’s top metre-maker against Hull FC on Friday night amassing an impressive total of 116 metres over 16 carries. The winger also made the most breaks for the hosts with two.
The wingers work bringing the ball out from the Red Devils own half was instrumental and this is how Johnson broke from deep in the lead-up to Jack Littlejohn’s try. It was in this sequence that Johnson made his only offload of the game, but it was a crucial one as it saw Salford extend their lead further.
Hull FC struggled to break Salford down and Johnson made seven successful tackles on his flank preventing the Airlie Birds from scoring down the left-hand side.
Club Captain leads from the front
Club Captain Weller Hauraki led from the front this weekend when it came to defensive efforts has he racked up 34 successful tackles – five more than any other Red Devil. Hauraki also averaged nine metres with each carry against the Hull defence.
Mark Flanagan, Tyrone McCarthy, Lee Mossop, Logan Tomkins and Craig Kopczak were all in the thick of it with each making 25+ tackles in Friday night’s victory.
Junior Sa’u was the front runner when it came to assists this weekend as he played a vital role in both Jack Littlejohn and Greg Johnson’s tries.
The centres support play along with a well-timed pass to the Australian half-back helped Salford extend their lead at a key stage in the match before a pass wide allowed Johnson to round off the victory in the closing stages.
Tyrone McCarthy also got a neat try-assist in the first half as he somehow pulled off a brilliant offload to find Ben Nakubuwai who crossed for his first Salford try.

Match Report | Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils crashed to a second successive Betfred Super League defeat as Castleford Tigers ran out 22-8 winners at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Tries from Junior Sa’u and Jake Bibby were mere consolations for The Red Devils as efforts from Michael Shenton, James Clare and Luke Gale secured the points for the hosts.
The Tigers dominated from the off and their early pressure paid dividends just five minutes into the contest when Luke Gale’s quick pass allowed Michael Shenton to exploit an opening in the Salford backline and power over in the left hand corner, Gale successfully converted the extras.
Things quickly worsened for Salford, a low kick caused Jake Bibby to lose his footing and as the winger attempted to retrieve the ball it ricocheted into the in-goal area before James Clare touched down, Gale again kicked the resulting goal.
Castleford were temporarily reduced to 12 men in the 16th minute of the tie when Referee Liam Moore sin-binned Oliver Holmes for dropping Tyrone McCarthy on his head during a tackle.
However just minutes later, Daryl Powell’s side extended their lead further as Luke Gale landed a penalty in front of the sticks to leave the score at 14-0.
Salford struggled to build any momentum for the majority of the opening period, Castleford were convinced to have scored their third try of the day, however Greg Mikin was adjudged to have been held up in-goal.
The Tigers weren’t to be denied for long though, Gale’s looping kick caused mayhem amongst the Salford defence and the half-back latched onto the loose ball to cross over, Gale then kicked the extras in what was the final point-scoring action of the half.
Salford’s perseverance finally paid off 11 minutes into the second period as some quick hands from Mark Flanagan and Jack Littlejohn forged an opening for Junior S’au to sprint ten metres and score, however Robert Lui was unable to convert the resulting goal.
With less than twenty minutes, Logan Tomkins and Grant Millington were both cautioned for a clash between the pair that resulted in a penalty for Cas – Gale kicked at goal to add a further two points to his side’s lead.
Salford were unfortunate not to have reduced the deficit during the half, Lama Tasi and Weller Hauraki were both close to crossing over in separate sets, although the pair were held up on each occasion.
Gale attempted a late drop goal to rub salt into any Red Devil wounds, though his effort landed well wide of the sticks.
Salford had the final say however as quick hands from both Hauraki and Niall Evalds enabled Jake Bibby to produce an emphatic finish in the right-hand corner and claim a consolation try for The Red Devils, Jack Littlejohn saw his conversion effort land wide seconds before the final hooter.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Lui, Littlejohn, Griffin, Wood, Burgess, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy 
Interchanges:Tomkins, Tasi, Nakubuwai, Flanagan
Castleford Lineup: Roberts, Minkin, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Ellis, Gale, Massey, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Foster
Interchanges: Milner, Cook, Sene-Lefao, Green
Salford Scorers: Tries- Sa’u (51’), Bibby (79’)
Goals- N/A
Castleford Scorers: Tries- Shenton (5’), Clare (12’), Gale (30’)
Goals- Gale (6’, 13’, 19’, 31’, 63’)
Man of the Match: Junior Sa’u
Referee: Liam Moore
Touch Judges: T. Crashley, J. Roberts
Attendance: 7,480
By Ryan Booth

Factfile | Castleford Tigers vs Salford Red Devils | Sunday 11th March

Ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Super League clash with Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle we take a look at the facts behind the fixture. 
Salford and Castleford have had a real share of the spoils over the last two seasons with The Red Devils coming away with three wins from six and The Tigers claiming the other three victories.
Ian Watson’s side were the first team to overcome Castleford in the 2017 Betfred Super League thanks to a late Gareth O’Brien drop-goal in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. However, the Red Devils lost back-to-back games against Castleford in the latter stages of last season.
Salford’s last victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle came back in 2016 as the Red Devils ran out convincing 32-16 winners – this was the Club’s first win at Castleford since 2004. Salford’s best run of results against Castleford in the Betfred Super League era came in 2004 when they won three consecutive games against the West Yorkshire side.
Salford and Castleford over the years has had some high-scoring affairs with seven of the last eight games having a combined score of 27 or more points.
This has allowed for some fairly frequent try-scoring which has seen at least one player grab at least a brace in each of the last eight meetings, also. Zak Hardaker, Greg Eden and Joel Monaghan all scored doubles for Castleford in this fixture last season while Ben Murdoch-Masila crossed twice in a 13-12 victory.
Junior Sa’u, Josh Griffin and Kevin Locke have all notched braces for Salford in the fixture since 2015 while Jake Webster, Denny Solomona and Ashley Gibson have all scored doubles for The Tigers. Solomona scored a brace twice in the fixture in this period. Justin Carney is the only man to score a brace for both Salford and Castleford in this time.
The fixture is also one for the backs with the forwards scoring just three of the last 24 tries in this fixture. Murdoch-Masila scored two of these while Paul McShane crossed for Castleford. There was a total of 13 different try-scorers in this fixture last season.
Salford Red Devils back-rower Josh Jones is set to make his 150th Betfred Super League appearance if selected for Sunday’s game. Jones featured in the Betfred Super League on 97 occasions for St Helens and has now made 52 Betfred Super League appearances for Salford.
Castleford winger Greg Minikin could make his 100th career appearance this weekend. Minikin has played 49 games for The Tigers alongside seven dual-registration appearances for Batley whilst at Castleford. Minikin signed from York for whom he featured 43 times.

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.”

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.
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.

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

Win Junior Sa’u’s 2017 Challenge Cup shirt

Supporters in our Platinum Club and 1873 Club for Friday’s game against Hull Kingston Rovers will have the opportunity to win Junior Sa’u’s 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup shirt.
The Club will be selling raffle tickets upstairs to win the centres shirt from our memorable cup run last season which saw the Club reach the semi-final of the competition for the first time in twenty years.
The shirt was generously donated to the Club by Junior Sa’u’s 2017 player sponsor Bullen Conservation.
Anyone attending Friday’s Betfred Super League against Hull Kingston Rovers in either our Platinum Club or 1873 Club will be able to purchase tickets with the draw taking place around thirty minutes after the final whistle.
Remember, tickets for to be in the 1873 Club for Friday’s game only cost:
Adults: £35
Concessions: £25
Junior: £15
And, Season Ticket holders don’t worry you can upgrade your regular South Stand or West Stand ticket up to the 1873 Club for the game by simply paying the difference between your ticket and the 1873 Club price.
Upgrade now and have the chance of winning Junior Sa’u’s Ladbrokes 2017 Challenge Cup shirt.
Match tickets available at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.

Junior Sa’u | “We come back Monday and keep working hard”

Salford Red Devils centre Junior Sa’u feels there a lot of positives to take from Friday’s game and already can’t wait to get back into training on Monday.
Sa’u, sponsored by Advanced Steel, said: “We come back Monday and keep working hard.
“I thought we were a lot better than last week and I thought we turned up in our defence.
“Unfortunately, we fell short but we can take a lot of positives out of that game so yeah I’m really happy with the boys effort.”
Sa’u muscled up in defence along with the forward pack who were pivotal to Salford almost coming away with a point at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Sa’u said: “It’s always tough to come here [Wakefield] and try and get the win but you know like I said even though we lost there’s a lot of positives we can take from this game and keep building.
“They’ve got one of the big forward packs in the competition and I thought our forwards did a great job to match them as well.”
Junior Sa’u’s full post-match interview will be available on Salford Red Devils TV later today.

Advanced Steel are delighted to support the Red Devils in 2018

Advanced Steel are thrilled to continue their support of the Salford Red Devils heading into the upcoming 2018 season.
Advanced Steel have been sponsors of the Red Devils for a few seasons now and are set to feature on the rear of the shorts for a second consecutive season as well as sponsoring fan favourite Junior Sa’u.
Carl Grundy, Managing Director of Advanced Steel, said: “We are very proud to be supporting the Salford Red Devils again this year.
“After a very successful, entertaining and eventful season last year we jumped at the chance to be able to be the short sponsor again and are hoping for even greater success this year.
“We can’t wait for the season to start and Advanced Steel will be supporting the lads all the way. We have enjoyed working closely with Ian and the Team and all look forward to Match day which is always a great experience.”
Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, said: “We’ve been working closely with Carl and Advanced Steel for some time now and I’m glad this relationship is continuing this season.
“Advanced Steel have been big supporters of the Club and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the AJ Bell Stadium for what should be another fantastic season.”
For any steel enquires visit the Advanced Steel website here. Advanced Steel are the perfect people for your steel requirements. They are celebrating 25 years experience of cutting, shotblasting and priming steel for a range of customers.

There are still a handful of Salford Red Devil First Team players available for sponsorship. If you’re interested contact Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net.If you’re a fan you can still get in on the action with our brand-new fan sponsorship initiative – Read about Dr Terry Thorne’s fan sponsorship of Logan Tomkins here.
Again, if you’re interested contact Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net.

2017 Review: Junior Sa’u

The third in our series of 2017 player reviews is fan favourite Junior Sa’u who is one of the Red Devils longest-serving players at the moment and had yet another phenomenal season at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Sa’u’s season got off to a flying start as the former New Zealand international scored four tries in the opening four games of 2017. Junior crashed over for tries against Wigan and Huddersfield before grabbing a brace against Warrington in the Red Devils first home victory of the year.
The 30-year-old’s powerful running and steely defence has seen him become a cult hero at the AJ Bell Stadium and this was on display once again throughout 2017. Sau’s try-scoring feats continued as he notched one in a memorable 18-54 victory over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium in April.
Sa’u crossed for a brace against Warrington in late May with his double helping extend Salford’s winning run to seven games in all competitions and 12 wins from 13 since mid-March. However, a dry spell followed for Sa’u and the Red Devils in June but another brace and a Man of the Match performance came Sa’u’s way in a 36-20 win over Huddersfield at the beginning of July.
The centre was named in Ian Watson’s side to take on Wigan in the Club’s first Challenge Cup semi-final for twenty years and was a standout performer. Junior unfortunately missed out on the first half of the Super 8s through injury but featured in the Red Devils last four games of the season including a dominant victory over Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Sa’u will continue be an integral player for the Red Devils both on and off the field in 2018.
Junior Sa’u was sponsored by Bullen Conservation and Masonry Specialists throughout the 2017 season.
Sa’u is also the proud ambassador for the Salford Red Devils Foundation partner Playkidds.
Junior Sa’u’s 2017 Stats (All competitions)
Appearances: 24
Tries: 9
Points: 36
Fact: Junior Sa’u has more appearances than any other Red Devil in the current squad.
Junior Sa’u’s 2017 in pictures