Salford Red Devils fullback Niall Evalds has been selected for the England Knights squad ahead of their two-game series against Papua New Guinea.
Evalds finished the year as Salford Red Devils’ top try-scorer for the second consecutive season racking up an impressive 13 tries.
England Knights Head Coach Paul Anderson has called the 25-year-old fullback up in place of Wigan – and former Salford loanee – Oliver Gildart who has moved into the England side for the Autumn internationals against France and New Zealand.
Gildart moves into the England squad in place of an injured Sam Burgess while Warrington’s Tom Lineham has moved into the England Knights squad as a replacement for Castleford’s Greg Minikin who has withdrawn through injury.
Luke Gale has also pulled out of the England squad with a knee injury and a replacement will be named early next week before the one-off Test against France at Leigh Sports Village.
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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.
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.
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.
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’.
Friday’s game will kick-off at 7:35pm with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
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:
Concession (65+, 18-21): £18
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.
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.
Salford Red Devils will be wearing our blue alternative kit while Leigh Centurions will wear their principal red and white kit.
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.
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:
This morning it was confirmed that Salford Red Devils will face Leigh Centurions in Round Six of the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The tie will take place at the Leigh Sports Village on the weekend of the 12th/13th May with a date being confirmed in due course once the games for television have been selected.
Ticket details will also be confirmed in due course.
The full draw is as follows: