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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: CASTLEFORD V SALFORD

It might well be an old adage to say that you can only beat whatever is put in front of you, but it could never have been more true than of Salford, last Sunday, in their Round 14 encounter with a much depleted Castleford side, comprised, in part, of players from the Tigers’ Youth system, but with a number of first teamers in the pack to give them some stiffening.

In that prior knowledge, it would be easy for anyone to look at the scoreline and to dismiss the result as a mismatch.  That view, however, pays scant respect to the difficulties Salford themselves had had to face, and overcome, in order to be in a position to turn out at all, after covid, and its associated isolating, had sought to inflict its ravages on the team.

The Red Devils had only seven players in training up until 48 hours before their trip to West Yorkshire, with 11 players in isolation and seven positive COVID-19 cases. For the first time this season, Marshall was unable to name a 21-man squad for a fixture and had to draft in two Saints players last minute to field a team.

Running up seventy points in any match, as was accrued by the Red Devils, however, really does take some doing, requiring, as it does, intense concentration and focus, considerable reserves of energy, together with high levels of desire and commitment, all of which the visitors to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle showed in abundance.

Once they had got into their stride, the Salford team looked most impressive as they dominated possession and field position.  The well-structured approach work, with ball in hand, alongside strict adherence to their game plan, which has been evident rather more spasmodically in other recent games, served them well as they launched attack after attack on the Tigers’ line.

The basis for them all was the hard work undertaken by the forwards.  Skipper for the day, Greg Burke, played a captain’s role, leading by example with his incisive running, as too did Oliver Roberts, upon his introduction, while Ryan Lannon, had one of his best games in a Salford shirt.

If there were any criticism to be found in their performance, it was in their conceding of eighteen points.  The coaching staff might well be disappointed by all three of Castleford’s tries, but, for we fans, it was probably just one more than we really would have liked.  Twelve points seems something of a triviality in such a high scoring game, but, when it becomes eighteen, it becomes rather more significant.

Furthermore, whilst those first two came at the start of each half, when the Castleford players were fresh, eager, and energetic, the final one came ten minutes from the end, when a lapse in Salford’s goal-line defence allowed a second try in their right-hand corner, both of which were converted from out wide.

For the bulk of the game, though, it was all Salford, as they ran in a total of twelve tries.  The last fifteen minutes of the first half saw them run in three, which put them in a quite commanding lead at half time.

The last thirty minutes of the game saw the Reds cross no less than seven times, spaced out with only a few minutes between each.  It was particularly good to see winger, Rhys Williams, who has been one of our stand-out players all season, rewarded with a brace, the second of which was reminiscent of both his length-of-the-field effort at Wembley, and also his immediate solo score, straight from a restart, against Toronto Wolfpack in 2020.

Probably the one which should give us real hope for better things to come, was the absolutely crucial half back pairing of Dec Patten and Chris Atkin, which had done so much to put Huddersfield to the sword, combining, through slick inter-passing between the two of them, to put Atkin over between the posts.

After all the team has been through over the past couple of weeks, this win was the tonic that they really deserved, not to mention the extra percentage benefit it brings.  They now have the opportunity to build on this over the coming weeks and produce further victories to bolster their improving league position.

MATCH REPORT | CASTLEFORD TIGERS 18-70 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 11TH JULY 2021

Salford Red Devils picked up a comfortable win against Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this afternoon, after what has been a difficult two weeks in the Salford camp.

Despite the scoreline, it was the hosts who took the lead early on through Grant Milligan, after the Tigers reacted first to a loose ball.

Jack Ormondroyd powered over in the 12th minute however, to put Salford on the scoreboard.

Ollie Roberts put Salford ahead for the first time shortly before the half-hour mark and two minutes later, Morgan Escare danced his way through the Castleford defence to pick up a try of his own.

Three minutes from the interval, Rhys Williams picked a Chris Atkin kick out of the sky and grounded the ball in the left corner.

Halftime: Castleford Tigers 6-22 Salford Red Devils

The hosts started the second forty the same way they did the first, scoring early through Brad Martin this time.

However, the second half at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle belonged to Salford, who took real control of the arm wrestle.

Ken Sio darted over down the right in the 47th minute, before Escare got his second of the afternoon five minutes later after some great play from Salford to work the ball from left to right.

Dec Patton then barged over for a try, before Matt Costello grounded the ball in the 59th minute after a great kick chase by the number 24.

Man of the Match Chris Atkin strolled over under the sticks five minutes later and the hosts responded with their last try of the game through Alex Foster.

Saints loanees Ben Davies and Dan Norman both helped to extend Salford’s lead in the last few minutes and it was our Welsh Winger Williams who summed up what had been a brilliant display, breaking the Castleford line and picking up his second try of the afternoon between the sticks.

Fulltime: Castleford Tigers 18-70 Salford Red Devils

Castleford Tigers: Qareqare, Jordan, Blair, Foster, Clare, Sadler, Richardson, Hepi, Robb, Millington, Sene-Lefao, Martin, Bienek, Peachey, Hall, Rusling, Magee.

Castleford tries: Millington, Martin, Foster

Castleford goals: Richardson (3/3)

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Costello, Williams, Patton, Atkin, Johnson, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Lannon, Burke, Roberts, Norman, Pauli, Davies.

Salford tries: Ormondroyd, Roberts, Escare (2), Williams (2), Sio, Patton, Costello, Atkin, Norman, Davies

Salford goals: Inu (11/12)

Referee: Tom Grant

Tickets available for Castleford away

Salford Red Devils can confirm that an away allocation has been provided for our fans by Castleford Tigers, for Sunday’s Betfred Super League clash at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

When purchasing a ticket, please select the ‘Home adult standing’  option. You will then receive an e-ticket which will outline your specific entry point and time where possible. Students with valid ID, under 16s and over 60s should all select the ‘Home concession standing’ ticket.

On the bottom of all e-tickets, you will also be able to find Castleford Tigers’ COVID-19 Code of Conduct. Please read carefully and adhere to the guidance.

Tickets can be bought here, and we ask you to look over the Castleford matchday guide, ahead of the game, here – Tigers vs Red Devils Matchday guide . The guide will answer all your questions on food and drink, stand opening times and so on.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the stands in West Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon.

Talking Points | Castleford Tigers 24-20 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils ran Castleford Tigers close at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and there was plenty to talk about from a thrilling Betfred Super League clash. 
We take a look at some of the key talking points.
Competing with the best
Following last month’s loss to St Helens, Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to positives and said his side would learn from playing and competing with the best on a regular basis and this is something they displayed this weekend at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The Red Devils fought till the end against Castleford with a late Jake Bibby try almost being the catalyst for a late fightback. At one stage Salford found themselves 18-4 down but some determined and clever attacking play saw them score two tries in quick succession to close the gap further.

Ian Watson’s side went toe-to-toe with the team who have the best win percentage in the Betfred Super League in recent seasons and on another day could have very well come away from Castleford with two points.
While the result wasn’t quite what the Red Devils wanted, if they can maintain the level of performance, we have seen over the last month there is no reason Salford – as Ian Watson mentioned in his post-match presser – become contenders in 2019.
Adam Walker debuts 
After almost two years away from the field, Adam Walker made his long-awaited Rugby League return coinciding with his debut for Salford Red Devils. Walker was named amongst the interchanges and entered the field midway through the first half in place of Gil Dudson.
Walker immediately looked a threat with ball in hand causing a few issues for the Tigers defence with Paul McShane getting sent to the sin-bin after tackling the Red Devils forward. The former Hull Kingston Rovers, St Helens and Wakefield Trinity man looked to make an impact as well and will only improve with more game time.
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Head Coach Ian Watson said: “I thought he looked dangerously with ball in hand and defensively I thought there were a few times where he lounged in but that’s fatigue and taking that into contact. We’ll see how it pans out when he’s got match fitness. He will get better, and he’ll be a great addition for us.”
Lussick continues to impress 
Joey Lussick played a full eighty minutes against Castleford Tigers on Sunday afternoon and was a standout performer for the Red Devils helping guide Salford around the field and crossing for his fourth try of the season.
Lussick has developed into a real threat on the opposition line whether he gets the ball out to Rob Lui and Jackson Hastings at pace or whether he throws a dummy and ‘goes himself’. The Australian has scored in four games this season with three of his tries coming on the road against Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers, respectively.


In addition, he was an absolute rock in defence making 45 tackles and often going head-to-head with Castleford’s star-man on the afternoon Paul McShane. Lussick’s ability to kick from hooker also offers another option alongside the Red Devils’ halfback pairing.
Lussick will be looking to carry his fine form into another huge Betfred Super League fixture this weekend as Salford welcome Wigan Warriors looking to return to winning ways at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Sin-bin and potential sin-bin 
Paul McShane was sent to the sin-bin in the first half for his involvement in an altercation between the two sides which also involved Adam Walker. Unfortunately, during this period the Red Devils didn’t manage to cross the line and capitalise on their man advantage. Paul McShane was central to everything Castleford produced in attack.

In the second half, Tigers centre Alex Foster was adjudged to have tackled Joey Lussick off the ball by referee Robert Hicks as Jackson Hastings looked to find the hooker on a half-break. While Salford were awarded a penalty, the decision was made not to sin-bin Foster.
However, when questioned about this decision, Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “This wasn’t the reason we lost the game.”

Ian Watson | “We have to believe we’re a good team”

Head Coach Ian Watson was pleased to see his sides display against Castleford Tigers while also feeling frustrated that they didn’t come away from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with a victory.
He gave his thoughts on a number of subjects in the post-match press conference.
On the performance…
There were a few little errors and defensive lapses and I think they gave Castleford the win. The one thing I have said to the boys is that we have to believe we are a good team and we’re showing it now against Castleford away from home and against St Helens at home which was a game we learnt a lot from. We are quite a young team but we’ve got to believe that we can come to Castleford and win and I think we just didn’t start the game with that mentality as we put them on the front foot and they started playing like a top team does putting you under pressure and getting repeat sets which Paul McShane was central to. Once we got the game in the balance a little bit, we started to control that and got on the front foot and dictating field position as well. It’s our own fault we’ve lost the game.
On the difference between the sides…
They’ve been a top team for the last few years. We’re still quite a young team in many ways with our spine being quite young with Joey Lussick and Jackson Hastings in there. We just need to be a little bit more patient at times instead of chasing the game. Paul McShane did that really well, they started completing sets and earning repeat sets through goal line drop-outs. They persisted and sometimes you just have to deal with that and try and turn the tide, but I want to give massive credit to our players for competing. I do think that game will hit home with the lads to see they’re a good side coming to Castleford and almost winning the game.
On the start to the season…
Yeah, we’re happy with the start to the season but we want more – everybody always wants more. We all want to win every game we go into but I’m hoping the games we’ve played, and the performances and results can kick us on for the remainder of the season. We can show everyone what we’re about then and show that we’re a team that can be contenders. I think if we go about games the way we have in spells and piece that together we’ll be a strong team and we’ll trouble a few more this season.
On Adam Walker…
I thought he looked dangerously with ball in hand and defensively I thought there were a few times where he lounged in but that’s fatigue and taking that into contact. We’ll see how it pans out when he’s got match fitness. He will get better, and he’ll be a great addition for us.
On the result…
I think we’re really disappointed with the result because we know we’ve let an opportunity slip through our own little errors and misreads. I think we’re good enough to compete with these teams now, but we just need to believe that we are good enough on a regular basis, but we need to show that next week against Wigan Warriors when they come to the AJ Bell Stadium. I think we’ve had a tough month here with St Helens, then Catalans away and now Castleford away so we can’t wait to get back to the AJ Bell Stadium and show what we’ve learnt from the last three games.
On Jake Bibby’s performance…
Jake Bibby is a great kid and he’s had to wait for his opportunity to get into the team. He’s got the shirt at the moment if I’m honest as he’s doing fantastic in both attack and defence. We always knew defensively he was brilliant, and we’ve worked on the attacking side of his game – he’s been working closely with Martin Gleeson and spending a lot of time with him. He’s showing us what he’s learned over the last couple of years.
On a possible sin-bin offence by Alex Foster…
I thought so at the time but that’s not the reason we’ve lost the game. We need to be smarter in certain areas so I can’t use that as a reason as to why we weren’t victorious. It was definitely a good contest.
 
Tickets are available for Salford Red Devils next home game against Wigan Warriors at 3pm on Sunday 22nd April. You can buy tickets from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or by buying online HERE. You will save money buying in advance!

Tickets | Purchase your tickets for our visit to Castleford

Tickets are now on sale for our trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to face Castleford Tigers on Sunday 17th March, 3:30pm kick-off.
Support the Red Devils as they make the journey to Castleford by purchasing your tickets now at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Ticket prices are as follows: 
Adult: £22
Concession: £14
Junior Swaps: FREE
Ticket prices will rise by £2 if you purchase on gameday so we’d encourage supporters to buy in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of every purchase in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
The concession price category includes 60+, full-time students and children aged between 6 and 16.
Junior swaps are available for the fixture but must be swapped in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office. ID may be required when entering the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. A junior swap voucher is valid for persons with a birth date after the 31st January 2002.
There is also coach travel available to book for this fixture and this can be done at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £15 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 12:25pm
Royal Sovereign: 12:40pm
Eccles Town Hall: 12:50pm
Dog & Partridge: 1:00pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 1:20pm
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee. Supporters are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.
Car parking is available at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for £5 per car. For disabled parking, wheelchair spaces and reserved seating please call the Castleford Ticket Office on 01977 552674.

Flashback | Castleford Tigers 16-32 Salford Red Devils | Sunday 13th March 2016

Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League tie with Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle we take a look at the last time Salford earned victory at Castleford.
Salford managed to earn a comfortable 16-32 victory which marked their first win at Castleford since 2004.
On-loan winger Justin Carney was the difference between the sides on his return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle however he spent ten minutes in the bin in the early stages following an altercation with Nathan Massey.
Gareth O’Brien got the scoring underway converting a long-range penalty goal before Greg Johnson’s try extended the lead for Salford. However, Castleford did narrow the arrears to just two points before the interval with a score in the corner from Denny Solomona.
Josh Griffin would cross in spectacular fashion after half-time before Carney grabbed his first try of the afternoon to put Salford in command.
The Tigers hit back as Solomona notched two tries in quick succession. His first coming from a break from Paul McShane before squeezing over in the corner to round off his hat-trick.
But, any hope Castleford had off completing a comeback was soon diminished as Griffin scored his second of the afternoon. Carney also scored a double in the dying stages latched onto a long kick to add insult to injury for The Tigers.
Following the game Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We haven’t seen the game out over the last few weeks so it’s pleasing to come to Castleford and get such a massive result. They’re a good team.”
The teams that day:
Castleford Tigers: Dorn, Monaghan, Crooks, Webster, Solomona; Hampshire, Gale; Lynch, Milner, Jewitt, McMeeken, Cook, Massey. Interchanges: McShane, Boyle, Springer, Maher. 
Salford Red Devils: O’Brien, Carney, Sa’u, J. Griffin, Johnson; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Lee, G. Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, Lannon. Interchanges: Flanagan, A. Walne, Tomkins, Joseph.

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. 
Head-to-head 
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.
Try-Scoring
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.
Milestones
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.

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for trip to Castleford

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad to take on Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday, 3:30pm kick-off.
There is just one change to Salford’s 19-man squad that travelled to St Helens last weekend with George Griffin coming in for Craig Kopczak.
Mark Flanagan retains his place after playing his first Betfred Super League since July 2017 last weekend at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Weller Hauraki is also named after missing out on the game day team last weekend with a minor knock.
Tickets are still available to purchase for Sunday’s game from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium and you can buy directly from us up until 4:30pm on Saturday 10th March. 
The full 19-man squad can be seen below:

Fact file: Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers

The Red Devils Super 8s home opener against league leaders Castleford Tigers will see the two most free-scoring teams in the Super League this season go head-to-head.
Daryl Powell’s side currently top the try-scoring charts with a huge 134 tries while Salford have crossed for 104 tries – level 2nd with Wigan Warriors.
Castleford wingers Greg Eden and Greg Minikin have scored 50 of the sides 134 tries in the league this season with half-back Luke Gale also being in double figures.
The Red Devils tries have been distributed a little more evenly with second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila, who grabbed two the last time Salford hosted Castleford, the club’s top try-scorer this season with 13.
Full-back Niall Evalds took his tally up to 12 for the season with his spectacular effort at Hull FC last Friday while Greg Johnson, Junior Sa’u and Kris Welham are all one try away from hitting double figures for the season.
Welham, who has also enjoyed spells with Hull KR and Bradford, is still in search of his 100th career try. The 30-year-old centre notched a try on the Red Devils visit to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this season and will be looking to cross again to climb into treble figures.
While Gale is central to everything Castleford produce going forward he trails teammate Michael Shenton in terms of try assists. The England half-back has racked up 18 try assists however Shenton has set-up 19 tries in the Super League this season.
However, both men are surpassed by Salford half-back Robert Lui who has notched up an impressive 21 Super League try assists and trails only George Williams, who has 25, overall.
The Red Devils have won three of the last five meetings between the sides in all competitions however Castleford do have the edge in Super League winning 25 of the 36 meetings since 1996.
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s game against Castleford over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club’s website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.