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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v LEIGH

You just never know how a game is going to unfold, and throughout any match all a team can do is to hang on in with the opposition so that when the decisive moment comes, if it goes in their direction, they will be in a position to take advantage of it and secure the result for themselves.

That philosophy could never have been more aptly fitting than to Salford’s victory over Leigh, on Friday evening, when a finely balanced contest swung completely out of the grasp of the spirited Centurions, and suddenly the scoreboard was working overtime to keep track of the home side’s newfound dominance.

That crucial moment came almost exactly midway through the second half, when a most threatening Leigh attack, via their left flank, was thwarted to devastating effect.  Krisnan Inu it was who produced the most extraordinary feat of ball handling skill, which really has to be viewed in slow motion to be fully appreciated.  He not only blocked what could have been a try-scoring pass, he then one-handedly regathered and flipped out the ball, with unbelievable accuracy to wing partner, Ken Sio, and all this whilst he was tumbling forward onto the ground.

With ninety metres then to cover, Sio’s pace and clever tactical running skills – involving veering first inside and then out to the righthand corner as he neared the try line – prevented him being overhauled by his pursuing opposite number.

Inu’s conversion, from wide out, succeeded in opening up a ten-point gap which had the most profound of effects on the Red Devils.  Gone, suddenly, was all the apprehension that had seemed to have dogged their attack for much of the game, to be replaced by a self-belief, assurance, and confidence that they had lacked recently.

From that point on, the pace of their game went up two gears, the ball was swung about from side to side with an accuracy that they had struggled to produce earlier, support for the man with the ball increased, and holes in the visitors’ defence line were exploited to the full. Marshall’s men enjoyed their ascendency to the full, adding a further three tries in a ten-minute period, which had the Centurions on the rack for the remainder of the encounter.

The Leigh players themselves must have been totally bemused and bewildered by this turn of events, and particularly by the one-sided look of the scoreline, for, in truth, the game hitherto had been anything but that. Indeed, the Centurions had had the better of the early exchanges, as they out-enthused their hosts, winning the battle of the hard yardage with strong running which gave them field position to score the opening try.

It was the Salford kicking game, which, in the first half, troubled Leigh most, with a number of high bombs being dropped, and goal-line drop-outs being forced from others, all of which brought a period of concerted Salford attack, and a converted try, to take the lead.  That lead proved to be quite short-lived, however, as the possibility of protracted home dominance, on the back of it, never materialised.

Rather the reverse, in fact, was the case, with Leigh enjoying their greatest period of pressure, during which they regained the lead to take with them into half time.  It was nip and tuck on the resumption, with Salford regaining a slender lead, which they held right up to that crucial moment of Inu’s intervention and Sio’s finish.

Great as it was to have gained their first league points of the season, there were a number of individual performances to enhance the enjoyment of that. As expected the stalwarts of the side, Mossop, Ikahihifo, Brown, and Lolohea, were the go-to players but a number of others also stood out.

Not least of these were Elliott Kear who was a revelation at fullback, Oliver Roberts who had his best game to date for Salford, Harvey Livett who built upon his personal performance at Catalans with involvement in three tries, one of which he was the scorer, and Chris Atkin whose introduction at dummy-half led to a much more fluid attacking game. Good individual performances from them all, but it was teamwork which won the match.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 34-8 LEIGH CENTURIONS | FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021

Salford Red Devils marked the return of Betfred Super League action at the AJ Bell Stadium, with a 34-8 victory over neighbours Leigh Centurions.

After trailing early on and going into the break two points behind the visitors, a strong performance in the second forty ensured Richard Marshall secured his first Betfred Super League win at the helm at Salford.

It took only six minutes for the first try of the game and it was Leigh who struck first, Matthew Russell receiving the ball down the left wing and grounding near the corner.

Salford took the lead, however, just over 15 minutes later through James Greenwood, who had only been on the field a matter of minutes in replace of the injured Matt Costello, before he powered over the Leigh line to the left of the sticks.

Leigh responded just before the half-hour mark, again finding success down the left flank and this time it was Iain Thornley who scored for the Centurions.

Half time: Salford Red Devils 6-8 Leigh Centurions

Salford came out looking the livelier outfit in the second forty and Kevin Brown put the Red Devils back in front in the 50th minute, finding a gap in the Leigh line and darting over to the right.

15 minutes later, Krisnan Inu intercepted a Leigh pass and just managed to bat the ball to Sio, who was too quick f0r the Centurions, running almost the length of the field to ground the ball down the right and pick up his third Betfred Super League try in four games.

James Greenwood, who had looked threatening ever since he came on, broke the line in the 70th minute and fed Harvey Livett who, in turn, fed Brown for his second try of the game, this time towards the left of the sticks.

Livett set up his second try in as many minutes, this time feeding Chris Atkin for his first Betfred Super League try of the season.

Livett picked up a try of his own just before the hooter, and just minutes after he saw a try ruled out for obstruction, after some great passing down the left set the number 20 up for his second Betfred Super League try in two consecutive games.

Salford welcome Castleford Tigers to the AJ Bell Stadium in a week’s time, in Round 5 of the Betfred Super League. Sign up to RDTV to hear everything Richard Marshall had to say in tonight’s post-match press conference.

Full time: Salford Red Devils 34-8 Leigh Centurions

Salford Red Devils: Kear, Sio, Inu, Costello, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Patton, Ikahihifo, Livett, Roberts, Wells, Greenwood, Lussick, Atkin, Burke.

Leigh Centurions: Mullen, Russell, Gelling, Thornley, Tierney, Reynolds, Brierley, McCarthy, Hood, Flower, Hellewell, Thompson, Bell, Peats, Ioane, Gerrard, Gee.

Salford tries: Greenwood, Brown, Sio, Brown, Atkin, Livett

Salford goals: Inu (5/6)

Leigh tries: Russell, Thornley

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month | May 2018

Salford Red Devils scored some impressive tries in May 2018 and it’s now time for YOU to vote for YOUR favourite in the latest Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month competition.
The nominees are:
Niall Evalds vs Leigh Centurions – Niall Evalds opened the scoring in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at the Leigh Sports Village after jinking his way over from close-range.
Weller Hauraki vs Catalans Dragons – Club Captain Weller Hauraki got the Red Devils off to a great start at the Dacia Magic Weekend following some clever link-up play with Mark Flanagan.
Niall Evalds vs Huddersfield Giants – Fullback Niall Evalds beat Jordan Rankin to the ball and pulled off a stunning finish on the back of an inch-perfect kick from Derrell Olpherts.
Junior Sa’u vs Huddersfield Giants – The game may have been settled but it didn’t stop Junior Sa’u knocking off three Giants defenders to score in the closing stages.
You can watch all the tries below and head over to our Twitter – @SalfordDevils – to vote!

Flashback | Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford Red Devils | Dacia Magic Weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s Dacia Magic Weekend crucial Betfred Super League clash with Catalans Dragons we take a look back to last year’s fixture against Leigh Centurions in this week’s ‘Flashback’. 
The Red Devils travelled to Newcastle to face event debutants Leigh Centurions searching for another victory which would keep them in touching distance of Betfred Super League leaders at the time Castleford Tigers.
It was actually Leigh who took the lead when Matty Fleming – on loan from St Helens – crossed to open the Centurions’ account at the event however Ben Murdoch-Masila scored from a Michael Dobson kick on the ten-minute mark before Gareth O’Brien followed up with a penalty goal six minutes later to level the scores.
Leigh regained control when Mitch Brown went over but it was Murdoch-Masila who again returned the favour powering his way over for Salford. Kris Welham was next to score for Salford and give the Red Devils the lead for the first time in the match, O’Brien followed up with the conversion.
Greg Johnson scored his first of the afternoon with seven minutes of the first half remaining while Danny Tickle was denied by the video referee giving Ian Watson’s men a 12-point lead going into the interval.
The Centurions – in similar fashion to the first half – started the quicker thanks to a Ben Crooks try but they were soon reduced to 12 men following a poorly timed high challenge from Adam Higson on Gareth O’Brien.
Salford took advantage when Niall Evalds looked to have sealed the victory for the Red Devils but a Matty Dawson score did give Leigh a glimmer of hope. But, a second try from winger Johnson with fifteen minutes remaining did round off a solid 22-36 victory for Salford which moved them into 2nd in the Betfred Super League.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Every week is a big one, but it’s pleasing to come here to the Magic Weekend and pick the two points up because it’s a big occasion.
“It’s a derby and we expected Leigh to turn up. We fell off some of the things we pride ourselves on, which probably made the score in the second half slightly closer than it needed to be.
“But the boys are an honest group and they will know that, and they will fix it up because every game is becoming bigger and bigger the higher we sit in the table.”
The teams that day:
Salford: O’Brien; Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Tomkins, Tasi, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: Hauraki, Flanagan, Lannon, Brining.
Leigh: Brown; Dawson, Crooks, Fleming, Higson; Hampshire, Drinkwater; Burr, Hood, Hansen, Paterson, Vea, Stewart.
Interchanges: Pelissier, Hock, Tickle, Hopkins.

Match Report | Leigh Centurions 22-10 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils bowed out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the first attempt as Leigh Centurions ran out 22-10 winners on a frustrating evening at the Leigh Sports Village.
Despite first half efforts from Niall Evalds and George Griffin, Salford ultimately fell short as tries from Ben Reynolds, Harrison Hansen, Daniel Mortimer and Drew Hutchinson ensured the Leythers advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the famous old trophy.
Salford headed into the game following last week’s 30-0 defeat at Wigan, but the Red Devils made the perfect start this time around as some quick hands from Jake Shorrocks and Jack Littlejohn forged an opening for the onrushing Niall Evalds who threw a quick dummy and dived over the line.
Shorrocks failed to land the subsequent conversion but Salford were over again just over ten minutes later. This time, on-loan Wigan half-back Shorrocks cleverly picked out George Griffin with a short ball and the forward pummelled his way through three Leigh defenders to surge over the line before Shorrocks added the extras.
The visitors’ dominance was short-lived however as Peter Mata’utia jinked inside the Salford line before flicking inside to Ben Reynolds who crossed under the sticks before converting his own effort.
Reynold’s score seemed to spur the hosts on and they were in again just two minutes later as former Salford man Harrison Hansen shuck off several opposition defenders before spinning over the line.
Half-back Reynolds then added the resulting goal to turn the game on its head as the Leythers headed into the interval in full control.
Leigh picked up where they left off after the break and were unfortunate not to have scored as Drew Hutchinson headed for the line, but his score was chalked off after a last-ditch tackle from Littlejohn held the half-back up.
The hosts weren’t to be denied for long though as Daniel Mortimer bulldozed over from the following set before Reynolds added his third goal to increase the margin separating the sides to 8 points.
Salford regrouped in the hope of forging a formidable comeback but a combination of a forward pass from Evalds and some excellent defence prevented Derrell Olpherts from finishing in the right-hand corner –  a move that reflected a highly frustrating evening for the Red Devils.
Unfortunately for Salford, things worsened three minutes from time as Hutchinson danced through the visiting line to claim a deserved try and complete the scoring.
Leigh Lineup: Mata’utia, Dawson-Jones, Crooks, Hall, Owens, Reynolds, Hutchinson, Bailey, Higham, Acton, Hansen, B.Thompson, J.Thompson.
Interchanges: Mortimer, Larroyer, Richards, Dezaria.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Shorrocks, Littlejohn, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Mossop, Hauraki, Griffin, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Wood, Tasi, McCarthy, Kopczak.
 
Leigh Scorers: Tries-  Reynolds (17’), Hansen (19’), Mortimer (49’), Hutchinson (77’) | Goals- Reynolds (17’, 19’, 50’)
Salford Scorers: Tries-  Evalds (2’), Griffin (13’) | Goals- Shorrocks (13’)
Man of the Match: Mark Flanagan
Referee: Liam Moore. Touch Judges: A.Martin & C.Kendall. Video Referee: Ben Thaler.  
Attendance: 4,024
 

Factfile | Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils

Ahead of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie with Leigh Centurions we take a look at the facts behind the teams in relation to the competition.
Challenge Cup Head-to-Head
The sides last met in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in 2015 with Leigh coming out on top 22-18 at the Leigh Sports Village in 2015.
Salford won back-to-back Challenge Cup fixtures in the 1980’s with a 12-3 win in 1981 over the Centurions followed by a 12-5 victory two years later in the First Round.
The last time Salford overcame Leigh Centurions away in the Challenge Cup was in 1900 with a 2-9 win in the Second Round.
Challenge Cup progression
Ian Watson’s men reached the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last season before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Leigh exited in the 5th round.
Salford also progressed further than the Centurions in 2016 with the Red Devils reaching the 6th round stage. In 2014 and 2015 Leigh reached the quarter-finals in consecutive seasons while Salford were knocked out in Round Five on both occasions.
Recent Meetings
Salford have won two of their last three meetings with Leigh as the sides met in the Betfred Super League last season. The Red Devils won 22-36 at last year’s Dacia Magic Weekend as well as earning a Round Nine Betfred Super League 12-6 victory over Leigh.
Leigh won the most recent meeting between the clubs 25-0 at the Leigh Sports Village in July. Salford will be looking for their first victory over Leigh at the Leigh Sports Village.
Since the move to Summer rugby, Salford have won six meetings between the sides, Leigh have won four and there is yet to be a draw.

Away Day Guide | Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 11th May

Salford Red Devils travel to Leigh Centurions in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and here is a guide to this weekend’s ‘Away Day’.
Key information
Friday’s game will kick-off at 7:35pm with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Ticketing
Any Season Ticket holders purchasing before 8pm tonight (Thursday 10th May) can get discounted rates on their tickets for Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Six game. There will be a cash turnstile at the game for Salford Red Devils supporters at Turnstile 5 in the South Stand.
 
The prices for any non-Season Ticket holders purchasing and gameday prices for everyone can be seen below:
Adults: £23
Concession (65+, 18-21): £18
U18’s: £9
U12’s: £5
U5: FREE
Family Ticket (Two Adults and Three Children): £50
You can purchase your tickets from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or if you wish to purchase on gameday tickets will be available from the Club Ticket Office at the Leigh Sports Village.
Salford Red Devils Supporters’ Bus
Any Salford Red Devils fans travelling on the Club’s Supporters’ Coach to tonight’s game are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.
Coach travel is still available to book at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £11 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are below:
Chandos Social Club: 5:15pm
Royal Sovereign: 5:25pm
Eccles Town Hall: 5:40pm
Dog & Partridge: 5:45pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 6:05pm
Directions – By Car
The Leigh Sports Village is based on Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY. The Stadium is three minutes from the A580, eight minutes from the M6, Junction 23 (Haydock Park) and 14 minutes from the M60 Junction 14.
The Stadium is sign-posted clearly from all of these areas.
Parking
There are over 1000 free car parking spaces available on site, access to these car parks is via Sale Way, situated directly off the A579 Atherleigh Way.
For big games, free car parking is also available at Leigh RUFC, situated 15-20 minutes’ walk from the stadium. On these occasions, the clubhouse will be open for business, with the facility to pre-book a car parking space at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leighrufc.
There are also numerous pay and display car parks situated in Leigh town centre, approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the stadium. Click here for more information on these car parking areas.
Kits
Salford Red Devils will be wearing our blue alternative kit while Leigh Centurions will wear their principal red and white kit.

Tickets | U18 Season Ticket holders free for Leigh and family ticket on sale

Salford Red Devils can confirm that all U18 Season Ticket holders will be FREE for Friday’s game against Leigh Centurions after liaising with the Betfred Championship club if they claim early.
Free U18 tickets for Season Ticket holders are available up until 8pm on Thursday 10th May.
While Salford Red Devils Junior Season Ticket holders are 16 and under, Season Ticket holders who are 17 and 18-year old will also be able to claim free tickets for the game. We’d advise to bring some form of identification or proof of age when claiming your free ticket.
In addition, any Season Ticket holders who may have been charged for a 17 or 18-year old ticket from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone you can claim a refund via the Club Ticket Office.
There is also a family ticket available which includes two adult tickets and three U18 tickets for admission anywhere in the Stadium which is priced at £50.

Squad | Ian Watson confirms 19-man squad for Challenge Cup tie at Leigh

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to Leigh Centurions in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Niall Evalds returns to the squad following a week on the sidelines after failing a concussion test in the defeat against St Helens.
Forward trio George Griffin, Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan all return to the Salford Red Devils squad.
Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou are the absentees after making their competitive debuts last weekend at Wigan Warriors. Ryan Lannon also misses out.
Halfback Rob Lui is still recovering from a knock picked up against Wakefield but is nearing a return.
Here is the 19-man squad in full:

Tickets | Tickets are now on sale for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game with Leigh

Tickets are now on sale for our massive Round of 16 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash with Leigh Centurions on Friday 11th May at the Leigh Sports Village, 7:35pm kick-off.
Fans can purchase their tickets now from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils 2018 Season Ticket holders can get discounted prices if they purchase before 8pm on Thursday 10th May.
Ticket prices for Season Ticket holders before the cut-off point are as follows: 
Adults: £21
Concession (65+, 18-21): £16
U18’s: FREE
 
Ticket prices for Non-ST holders or people purchasing after the cut-off point are as follows:
Adults: £23
Concession (65 +, 18-21): £18
U18’s: £9
U12’s: £5
U5: FREE
Family Ticket (Two Adults & Three Children): £50
Coach travel is also available to book at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £11 for all classes.
Coach pick-up points and times can be seen below:
Chandos Social Club: 5:15pm
Royal Sovereign: 5:25pm
Eccles Town Hall: 5:40pm
Dog & Partridge: 5:45pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 6:05pm