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Logan 100 | A breakdown of Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances

Logan Tomkins made his 100th appearance in the 32-16 victory over Catalans Dragons on Good Friday and became just the second member of the current squad to reach the landmark behind Junior Sa’u. Following this we’ve broken down all his 100 appearances for Salford and the key stats surrounding them.
Tomkins debuted for Salford against Bradford Bulls on 11th April 2014 in a 38-24 victory. The hooker had joined the Red Devils on a temporary basis on loan from fellow Betfred Super League Wigan Warriors before the move became permanent in 2016.
Tomkins has won 45 games whilst at Salford and lost 54. Tomkins has only been involved in one draw whilst playing for Salford which came in game 6 as the Red Devils battled from behind to draw 16-16 with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Logan has scored a total of six tries for Salford with half of these coming inside his first seventeen games for the Club. Tomkins has only managed to equal this total in the 83 since. However, 50% of his tries have come against the same opposition – Leeds Rhinos; the side Logan will play his 101st Salford Red Devils game against.
Tomkins’ most recent try came against Leeds in Round Two of the 2017 Betfred Super League at the Emerald Headingley Stadium. Five of Logan’s tries have come in the Betfred Super League while try number five came against Featherstone Rovers in the 2016 Qualifiers. This is currently Tomkins’ longest run without a try for Salford – currently totalled at a run of 33 games.
Of his 100 appearances for Salford, Logan has started 80 of them at hooker while coming on from the interchange bench on 20 occasions. His longest spell without an interchange appearance was between 25th March 2016 and 21st September 2017 starting 53 games – in which he was selected – at hooker. Tomkins has never been an interchange for more than seven consecutive games.
The hookers longest win-streak with the Red Devils came last season as he was involved in five consecutive Betfred Super League victories between 19th March and 14th April. Salford would match this streak a few weeks later however this time it would be in all competitions with the third of the five wins being a 30-6 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Wakefield Trinity.
Tomkins’ longest losing-streak for Salford unfortunately outweighs his winning-streak and came at the backend of the 2017 season suffering seven consecutive losses in all competitions.
Logan Tomkins has only featured in four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup matches for Salford. His first was a 20-30 loss back in the 2014 competition – just his 4th game for the Club – against Widnes. Last year he was involved in Challenge Cup wins against Hull Kingston Rovers and Wakefield Trinity before a semi-final loss – game 86 for Logan – to former Club Wigan Warriors, giving Logan a 50%-win rate in the competition for Salford.
Tomkins has also featured in two Qualifiers campaigns for the Red Devils at the end of both the 2015 and 2016 season and is an ever-present for Salford in the competition. Logan has nine wins and six losses in the Qualifiers. The infamous Million Pound Game was game 64 in the red of Salford for Tomkins.
The largest victory Logan has been involved in was a 70-16 win over Featherstone Rovers – his 61st game – in the 2016 Qualifiers – a game in which he scored, as previously mentioned. His largest defeat came at Leeds in 2015, 70-6 in his 25th game. The highest scoring match he’s been involved in totalled 87 points in game 31 as Salford beat Sheffield Eagles in the 2015 Qualifiers 53-34. The lowest scoring match was an 8-0 loss to Leeds Rhinos at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in 2016 in game 51.
Since debuting at Salford, Tomkins has featured against 18 different clubs. His most prominent opponents are Widnes Vikings whom he has faced 11 times while he has just one appearance against Halifax, Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs.
A full list of Logan Tomkins’ 100 Salford appearances are below:

  1. Bradford Bulls 24-38 Salford – Odsal – Super League – April 11th 2014
  2. Salford 22-42 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 18th 2014
  3. Leeds Rhinos 32-4 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – April 21st 2014
  4. Salford 20-30 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – April 27th 2014
  5. Catalans Dragons 37-24 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – May 3rd 2014
  6. Salford 16-16 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 10th 2014
  7. Widnes Vikings 24-30 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – May 17th 2014
  8. Salford 4-25 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 22nd 2014
  9. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 30th 2014
  10. Salford 46-18 Bradford Bulls – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 15th 2014
  11. Warrington Wolves 36-20 Salford – Halliwell Jones – Super League – June 22nd 2014
  12. Castleford Tigers 14-10 Salford – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – June 28th 2014
  13. Salford 18-22 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 25th 2014
  14. Wigan Warriors 45-4 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – July 31st 2014
  15. Salford 34-22 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – August 15th 2014
  16. Wakefield Trinity 42-6 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – August 31st 2014
  17. Salford 58-26 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 7th 2014
  18. Salford 36-6 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – September 12th 2014
  19. St Helens 32-12 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – June 5th 2015
  20. Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – June 14th 2015
  21. Wigan Warriors 19-12 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – June 19th 2015
  22. Hull Kingston Rovers 34-28 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – June 30th 2015
  23. Salford 18-14 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 5th 2015
  24. Salford 31-18 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 12th 2015
  25. Leeds Rhinos 6-70 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – July 17th 2015
  26. Widnes Vikings 21-20 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 26th 2015
  27. Salford 34-26 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 9th 2015
  28. Salford 46-18 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 16th 2015
  29. Bradford Bulls 41-10 Salford – Odsal – The Qualifiers – August 23rd 2015
  30. Halifax RLFC 50-28 Salford – The Mbi Shay – The Qualifiers – September 5th 2015
  31. Salford 53-34 Sheffield Eagles – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 13th 2015
  32. Widnes Vikings 10-24 Salford – Select Security Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 20th 2015
  33. Hull Kingston Rovers 46-22 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – The Qualifiers – September 27th 2015
  34. Hull FC 42-20 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – February 5th 2016
  35. Salford 44-10 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 11th 2016
  36. Salford 28-20 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – February 21st 2016
  37. Wigan Warriors 20-16 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – February 25th 2016
  38. Salford 30-31 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 3rd 2016
  39. Castleford Tigers 16-32 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – March 13th 2016
  40. Hull Kingston Rovers 44-30 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Super League – March 20th 2016
  41. Salford 12-26 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – March 25th 2016
  42. Huddersfield Giants 24-26 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – March 28th 2016
  43. Wakefield Trinity 32-18 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League -April 2nd 2016
  44. Salford 14-10 Leeds Rhinos – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 9th 2016
  45. Catalans Dragons 42-32 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – April 23rd 2016
  46. Salford 44-26 Hull KR – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – April 30th 2016
  47. St Helens 34-20 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – May 13th 2016
  48. Salford 18-12 Widnes Vikings – St James’ Park – Super League – May 21st 2016
  49. Salford 38-8 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – May 27th 2016
  50. Salford 20-23 Wigan Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 3rd 2016
  51. Leeds Rhinos 8-0 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super League – June 10th 2016
  52. Salford 30-31 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – June 17th 2016
  53. Salford 22-18 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 1st 2016
  54. Warrington Wolves 40-14 Salford – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Super League – July 7th 2016
  55. Widnes Vikings 24-32 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – July 15th 2016
  56. Salford 28-20 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – July 22nd 2016
  57. Salford 34-12 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 7th 2016
  58. Leigh Centurions 32-26 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – The Qualifiers – August 13th 2016
  59. Salford 12-29 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – August 19th 2016
  60. Leeds Rhinos 30-8 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 2nd 2016
  61. Salford 70-12 Featherstone Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 11th 2016
  62. Salford 16-19 London Broncos – AJ Bell Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 17th 2016
  63. Batley Bulldogs 14-42 Salford – Fox’s Biscuit Stadium – The Qualifiers – September 25th 2016
  64. Hull Kingston Rovers 18-19 Salford – KCOM Craven Park – Million Pound Game – October 1st 2016
  65. Huddersfield Giants 20-30 Salford – John Smith’s Stadium – Super League – 16th February 2017
  66. Leeds Rhinos 20-14 Salford – Headingley Stadium – Super League – 24th February 2017
  67. Salford 24-14 Warrington Wolves – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2017
  68. Wakefield Trinity 24-22 Salford – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 12th March 2017
  69. Salford 13-12 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 19th March 2017
  70. Widnes Vikings 10-46 Salford – Select Security Stadium – Super League – 24th March 2017
  71. Salford 22-14 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2017
  72. Hull FC 18-54 Salford – KC Stadium – Super League – 7th April 2017
  73. Salford 12-6 Leigh Centurions – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 14th April 2017
  74. Catalans Dragons 38-6 Salford – Stade Gilbert Brutus – Super League – 17th April 2017
  75. Salford 30-10 Widnes Vikings – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th April 2017
  76. Wigan Warriors 16-31 Salford – DW Stadium – Super League – 5th May 2017
  77. Salford 24-14 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 12th May 2017
  78. Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford – St James’ Park – Super League – 21st May 2017
  79. Salford 50-12 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 26th May 2017
  80. Salford 24-32 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 4th June 2017
  81. Salford 30-6 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Challenge Cup – 15th June 2017
  82. St Helens 25-24 Salford – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 23rd June 2017
  83. Salford 36-20 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 2nd July 2017
  84. Castleford Tigers 38-14 Salford – The Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 14th July 2017
  85. Leigh Centurions 25-0 Salford – Leigh Sports Village – Super League – 21st July 2017
  86. Salford 14-27 Wigan Warriors – Halliwell Jones Stadium – Challenge Cup – 30th July 2017
  87. Hull FC 32-18 Salford – KC Stadium – Super 8s – 4th August 2017
  88. Salford 4-23 Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 11th August 2017
  89. Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford – DW Stadium – Super 8s – 18th August 2017
  90. Salford 18-43 Wakefield Trinity – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 1st September 2017
  91. Salford 52-14 Huddersfield Giants – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 9th September 2017
  92. Leeds Rhinos 44-2 Salford – Emerald Headingley Stadium – Super 8s – 15th September 2017
  93. Salford 4-30 St Helens – AJ Bell Stadium – Super 8s – 21st September 2017
  94. Wakefield Trinity 14-12 Salford Red Devils – Mobile Rocket Stadium – Super League – 9th February 2018
  95. Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 23rd February 2018
  96. St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils – Totally Wicked Stadium – Super League – 4th March 2018
  97. Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils – Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Super League – 11th March 2018
  98. Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 16th March 2018
  99. Widnes Vikings 24-16 Salford Red Devils – Select Security Stadium – Super League –  23rd March 2018
  100. Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons – AJ Bell Stadium – Super League – 30th March 2018.

Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons

After yesterday’s dominant 32-16 victory over Catalans Dragons we take a look at all the stats behind the performance. 
Josh Jones
This week’s player in focus is second-rower Josh Jones who crossed for the Red Devils fourth try of the afternoon.
Jones, who is an ever-present so far this season, was one of three Salford players to break the 100 metres made mark alongside full-back Niall Evalds and prop-forward Craig Kopczak. Jones carried the ball 17 times throughout the afternoon.
The 24-year-old’s power was too much for the Dragons defence as Jones made five tackle busts and managed to get away three passes. Eight players amounted over twenty tackles with Jones also falling into that category.
Defence
It was another big defensive effort at the AJ Bell Stadium from the Red Devils and, on his 100th game for the Club, Logan Tomkins racked up the most tackles with 33. He was closely followed by Club Captain Weller Hauraki who made 32 and was the top tackler in the last home game against Hull FC.
Kris Welham was the top tackler in the backs as he made 20 tackles while fellow centre Junior Sa’u wasn’t far behind with 18. Greg Johnson, Rob Lui, Mark Flanagan and Luke Burgess all failed to miss a tackle in yesterday’s game.
Line breaking
In our three talking points from the Catalans game we mentioned the Red Devils ability to break from anywhere on the field and the stats only back that up.
Jake Bibby and Rob Lui both made two initial breaks in the game while Niall Evalds and Kris Welham also had an initial break apiece. Ben Nakubuwai was the only forward to make an initial break in the lead up to Greg Johnson’s try.
Catalans were struggling to contain Salford Jones, Evalds, Bibby and Lui all making a handful of tackle busts, in fact Lui totalled seven in the eighty-minute performance. Hauraki and Lee Mossop led the way for the forwards with three each.

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

Logan Tomkins | “We’ve got a lot to work on”

Salford hooker Logan Tomkins admits it was a ‘tough day’ for The Red Devils and points to the sides discipline as an area to improve on.
Tomkins, sponsored by ABL, said: “We prepared well even with the game getting postponed to a Sunday.
“It didn’t really affect us because we had a few more days to go over what we needed to do
“We started well I think we competed for the first fifteen-twenty minutes but then after that we sort of let it slip and we can’t be one of those teams that’s in a game for twenty, out of it for twenty and back in it for twenty.
“It was just inconsistent really so we’ve got a lot of work on.
“It went away from us in the last twenty mintues but it was everything that happened throughout the game really.
“The penalty count was in their favour and when you’re defending back-to-back sets you know extra sets on top of what you’ve already done it’s going to come out at some point and then the last twenty minutes for us it was a bit embarrassing.
“To be honest we didn’t really notice [Lama Tasi’s sin-bin] in the sense we were all trying to work and cover for our mistakes but inevitably it probably took a bit more out of the tank.
“But, that wasn’t why we lost the game it was our discipline. He [Lama Tasi] went off for his discipline but it was the fifteen penalties before that probably put the nail in the coffin.”

Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit of Hull KR

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has made just two changes to his 19-man squad to face Hull Kingston Rovers in Round Three of the Betfred Super League.
Mark Flanagan and Greg Johnson come into the squad for George Griffin and Derrell Olpherts.
Ben Nakubuwai retains his place in the squad following an impressive debut at Wakefield Trinity a fortnight ago. Logan Tomkins is also named after returning from injury against Trinity.
Here is the squad in full:

Match Preview | Wakefield Trinity vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 9th February

Ian Watson’s Salford Red Devils travel to the Mobile Rocket Stadium to face Wakefield Trinity in their opening Betfred Super League away game of the 2018 season and will be looking for their first competitive victory of the year.
Match Preview
Last season both Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity were two of the surprise packages. Both sides managed to earn their places in the Super League Super 8s with The Red Devils earning their highest-ever Super League regular season finish.
While Salford started the season stronger, Wakefield finished the season in fine form and almost really upset the apple cart by earning a Super League semi-final spot but were just edged out by St Helens.
Both sides have strengthened in pre-season bringing in big names and will be looking to build on their positive campaigns last year. Salford are looking for their first win of the 2018 Super League season while Wakefield will want to make it back-to-back victories in front of their home crowd.
Last Time Out
The Red Devils didn’t have the perfect start to the 2018 season suffering a 12-40 defeat at the hands of Wigan Warriors. Kris Welham crossed early for Salford to open the scoring but unanswered tries from Tom Davies, Oliver Gildart (2), Morgan Escare, Liam Marshall (2) and Tony Clubb sealed victory for the visitors. Niall Evalds grabbed a late try for Salford.
As for Wakefield, they carried on where they left off last season defeating Betfred Super League newboys Hull Kingston Rovers. Tom Johnstone was pivotal crossing for a hat-trick while Bill Tupou, Liam Finn and debutant Ryan Hampshire all scored for Chris Chester’s men. Hull KR managed just a solitary try through Chris Clarkson after the break.
Previous Meetings
Salford overcame Wakefield in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final last season but lost the other three meetings against Trinity in the Super League and Super 8s.
However, the arrears are even in the last ten meetings between the sides with The Red Devils winning on five occasions and Wakefield similarly. Salford’s last victory at Trinity came in 2015 thanks to a Harrison Hansen double – more details in this week’s factfile here.
In this week’s flashback we took a trip down memory lane to a memorable 32-6 win over Wakefield in 2011 which you can read here.
Head-to-Head
This week’s head-to-head sees us pit two young wingers against each other in Salford’s Jake Bibby and Wakefield’s Tom Johnstone. Both have broken into their respective teams in recent seasons and offer serious threats on the flank for both sides.
Bibby has really consolidated a regular first team spot in The Red Devils side and with Manu Vatuvei looking to be out for the season this really could his breakout season. As for Johnstone, he grabbed a hat-trick in Trinity’s opening game of the season against Hull Kingston Rovers and is looking to continue where he left off before his injury.
Whichever winger can keep the other one quietest this evening could well see their side come out on top.
Team News 
Greg Johnson and Mark Flanagan are the two people who leave the Salford squad this weekend with Ben Nakubuwai and Logan Tomkins coming into the 19-man squad. Tomkins has recovered from a small knock which saw him miss last weekend’s game against hometown Club Wigan Warriors.
Craig Huby is set to make his first appearance for Wakefield since returning from an injury which saw him miss the backend of last season. Pauli Pauli, Ryan Hampshire and Justin Horo could all be set to make their home debut for Trinity.
Squads
Wakefield: Arona, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirkmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Tupou, Wood.
Salford: O’Brien, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds, Lui, Littlejohn, Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Jones, Hauraki, Tasi, Burgess, McCarthy, Nakubuwai, Wood, Olpherts, Mossop, Bibby.

Ian Watson names 19-man squad to face Wakefield on Friday

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for our trip to Wakefield Trinity on Friday evening. 
Derrell Olpherts and Ben Nakubuwai could be set to make their first Betfred Super League appearances for The Red Devils after both being named in the 19-man squad.
Logan Tomkins returns to the squad after missing out last weekend with a small knock.
The full squad can be seen below:

Three talking points – Salford Red Devils 12-40 Wigan Warriors

Following defeat in our opening Betfred Super League game of the season we take a look at three talking points from the game.

Josh Wood’s performance 

Hookers Logan Tomkins and Kriss Brining both missed out on Friday night’s game through injuries however youngster Josh Wood stepped up to the plate and was brilliant at acting half-back.
The Wigan-born hooker made just his 15th first team appearance for Salford and put in a very solid performance with his distribution being almost perfect while he offered even more steel in the defence of the forward pack.
While Tomkins is expected to be back sooner rather than later The Red Devils will certainly be okay at acting half-back with Wood performing as he did in Friday evening’s game.

The forward battle 

Heading into Friday’s game Head Coach Ian Watson eluded to the physicality and in-your-face attitude the Wigan Warriors head into games with and knew it would be a tough battle in the middles.
However, the Salford Red Devils forwards stood up well against The Warriors with Captain Lee Mossop getting through some hard yards against his former team, Club Captain Weller Hauraki worked tirelessly as always, and Tyrone McCarthy and Josh Jones looked dangerous in the back-row.
Of course, key forward Mark Flanagan had to pull out prior to kick-off due to a virus and the pack will no doubt be even stronger when The Red Devils see the return of Flash.

The East Stand

Friday’s game against Wigan saw the East Stand of the AJ Bell Stadium house Salford supporters who have taken part in our new community and charity scheme.
A handful of local charities, schools and clubs were present for our opening Betfred Super League game of the season and, despite the result, enjoyed the match.
Salford Red Devils Director Andrew Rosler tweeted: “If the East Stand isn’t too busy tonight don’t despair or mock, it’s the first time we’ve tried this initiative. As the season progresses the initiative will grow as will our investment and bond within the Community.”
Remember, if you know, or are involved with, a charity, club or community group and would like to get involved contact the club directly or email communitytickets@salfordreddevils.net.

Factfile – Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League opener against Wigan Warriors we take a look at all the facts around the fixture in this week’s ‘Factfile’.
Head-to-Head
Salford and Wigan have met 42 times in total since the Super League’s inception with the Red Devils winning six of those matches.
Salford earned a memorable victory over the Warriors last season at the DW Stadium – their first at Wigan in over twenty years. The Red Devils last earned a victory over Wigan at home back in 2006.
In fact, Salford earned back-to-back home wins over Wigan in the space of just over two months. The Reds won 28-10 at The Willows – a result you can read about here, before overcoming Wigan again 16-4 in mid-May.
Played for Both
There’s a handful of Red Devils who’ve featured for Wigan over the years with Logan Tomkins starting his career at the DW Stadium alongside brothers Sam and Joel who’ll feature for the Warriors tomorrow.
Logan has racked up 93 appearances for the Red Devils since signing permanently back in 2016 following a brief loan spell at the AJ Bell Stadium. Tomkins has found his way over for six tries in the red of Salford while also scoring three tries in his time at Wigan.
Team Captain Lee Mossop won the Challenge Cup with Wigan before joining Salford at the start of last season. Mossop appeared ten times for Salford last year while Mark Flanagan is also a former Wigan Warriors forward.
Wigan centre Oliver Gildart featured on loan for Salford in 2015 making three first team appearances and crossing for one try.
Opening weekend fixtures 
Tomorrow’s fixture is a repeat of the opening game of the 2017 Betfred Super League in which Wigan edged out Salford 26-16 in front of a bumper crowd of 6257 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford will be looking for their first victory over Wigan on the opening weekend of the season after also losing to the Warriors in 2013. The Red Devils last victory on the first week of the season came back in 2014 against Wakefield Trinity with Salford narrowly beating the West Yorkshire side 18-14.
Wigan have a mixed record in recent years on the opening weekend of the season. Shaun Wane’s side beat Catalans back in 2016 but have suffered two opening day defeats to Huddersfield in recent seasons.

Salford launch new fan initiative with Logan Tomkins and Dr Terry Thorne

Salford Red Devils launch fantastic new initiative for fans who want to get that personal touch with players via our new fan sponsorship package.
The new package is designed for fans who want to build a connection with Salford first team players but don’t need the notoriety or brand awareness that a business sponsor would want.
The package includes a signed personalised 2018 replica shirt with your players name and number on, you will be invited to the media day and have the opportunity to join the team photo alongside the 2018 squad, their name mentioned alongside their player in the matchday programmes and a discount on hospitality prices for one game of their choosing during 2018 as a fan sponsor privilege.
Dr Terry Thorne, who watched his first game sixty years ago as Salford lost to St Helens at The Willows in 1957, has become our first fan sponsor and has been paired with Red Devils hooker Logan Tomkins who he has already sponsored for two previous seasons.
Terry and Logan struck up a friendship due to their joint love of birds of prey and have both been hawking together on numerous occasions with Terry now a good friend of the family.
Thorne said: “It started when Logan was a youngster we were members of the same hawking Club we both keep birds of prey and I met him when he was at Wigan Warriors.
“We became friends and when he signed for Salford I continued to watch his career develop and I started to sponsor Logan but it’s a lot more than that we’re friends as well. I remember his daughter being born, I know his partner Heather and I know his whole family – it’s been a great experience.”
Salford hooker Tomkins said: “Myself and Terry struck up a connection because of our love of birds of prey and hawking but it’s become a lot more than that.
“Our families are really close and I really consider him a top bloke and a good friend. I offered to look after his birds recently when he was taken into hospital.
“I’d like to thank Terry for the continued support throughout my career and for the sponsorship heading into 2018.”
Regarding the fan sponsorship, Thorne said: “It’s definitely worth the money without a doubt.
“I’ve watched other sponsors over the few years I’ve been doing it now and I’ve seen them develop this relationship with their player and I don’t know what it’s like at other clubs but here you do really find a connection with the player.
“I’d recommend it to everybody for such a reasonable amount of money you are actually involved in watching that player develop and you can be a part of their development and career.”
Salford Red Devils hooker, Logan Tomkins, said: “The initiative is a great one from the Club and I hope it gives more Salford supporters the opportunity to build personal relationships with a player of their choosing.”
Terry is delighted with the direction of the Club at the moment and is delighted to continue to support the team and Logan for the foreseeable future.
Thorne said: “I’m so happy with where the Club is at currently the people behind the scenes are all brilliant and working hard – Ian Blease is doing a terrific job as CEO.
“I remember times in the old days where we couldn’t raise a team and now we’re riding high. I think a lot of the young supporters maybe expect too much sometimes we’re in such a good position in comparison with years gone by.
“Salford Red Devils are definitely going places.”
Any fans interested in fan sponsorship for 2018 should contact Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net
There is a limited timeframe in which to register interest in this fantastic new initiative with our Media Day being set for mid-January.