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Marshall – “We are confident in what we can produce this week”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is confident his side can pick up the win against Hull FC on Saturday but is well aware of the dangers the Black and Whites pose. 

The Red Devils face off against Brett Hodgson’s men in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League and Marshall expects a tough test on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought they were really good against Huddersfield. It looked like the individuals had really clicked already. Obviously, it’s a new coach and quite a few new players there, so they will be coming off a good performance, a good result.

“Our individuals have looked at some of the areas that we want to improve on collectively as a team. We think if we can keep hold of the ball for longer and we don’t make them errors, we’ll be able to sustain some pressure and put Hull under pressure with our kicking game.”

The head coach is also relishing a selection headache, with a 30-man squad all competing for positions.

Marshall added: “Everybody’s on their toes within our squad.

“It makes my job at bit more enviable in picking a 17 each and every week.”

With all Round 2 fixtures across the Easter Weekend dedicated to Mose Masoe, the former Hull Kingston Rovers forward who suffered a life-changing spinal injury in 2020, Marshall is proud of how the entire rugby community has come together to support the Samoan.

“That’s the beauty of our game and our sport. As a sport, our community focus and looking after each and every individual who has played the field, officiated, coached, we always have a really good affinity for that and that’s why this round will be so important.

“I think we always come together at times when players are in need and that is the beauty of our sport. We’ll certainly be supporting that, as we do with everything else that goes on in our game.”

Salford’s clash with Hull FC kicks off at 12:15pm on Saturday 3 April at the Totally Wicked Stadium and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

You can also watch the game on Our League if you purchase a Red Devils season ticket HERE.

Written by: Charlie Mulholland

Ryan Lannon – “A responsibility on us”

Salford Red Devils forward Ryan Lannon believes more players will come through the ranks at the AJ Bell Stadium over the coming years, following his contract extension until 2023. 

A product of Salford’s academy, Lannon made his senior debut in 2015 and had a brief spell at Hull Kingston Rovers, before returning in 2019.

The 25-year-old’s extension was announced alongside Josh Johnson, who he played alongside in the Red Devils youth setup – and Lannon believes they can act as role models for the next wave of young talent at Salford, who will be nurtured by the Club’s first Head of Rugby Development, Talent & Pathways, Paul Rowley.

Lannon said: “There is a bit of a responsibility on us to go round and speak to the kids who are in and around the Foundation, to tell them there is a pathway through at Salford.

“I think that’s what the Club needs. It’s only me and JJ (Josh Johnson) left at the minute, so it would be good to get other kids through and hopefully by us signing, the kids know there’s a pathway through to the first team.”

Last season saw Academy graduates Conor Aspey and Luis Roberts both make their Betfred Super League debuts for the Red Devils, with Aspey recently offered a trial.

Reflecting on his contract extension, it was a simple decision for Lannon to pledge his future to the Club.

“It was a very easy decision for me, because I’ve obviously been here most of my career,” he said.

“I had no intentions of going anywhere else, I just wanted to get it done.

“Salford was the only club in mind for me.”

Lannon is hoping the Red Devils can push on in 2021 to bring some silverware home and believes it can be done with the squad now at Salford.

“I think we’ve got a really good squad this year, we’ve got a really good balance,” he said.

“With Rich (Richard Marshall) coming in and with the experience he’s had at St Helens – with what he’s bringing into the Club, I think we’re in a better position and I think we’ll have a real good year.”

Supporters can join Lannon this year, by purchasing a 2021 season ticket. Further details can be found HERE.

Watson – “They stand together”

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson has heaped the praise onto his players for the collective effort they have put in over the past few weeks.
The Red Devils scored six second-half tries against the Dragons on Monday afternoon to turn the game on its head, and have impressed their head coach going into their final fixture.
Watson said: “I think we’ve responded the right way in the last two weeks, and I think individual players have responded really well.
“The group is about each other, that’s how this group has been built.
“The one thing that they do, they stand together. Amongst everything else, whatever is thrown at them, they stand together.”
With their 2020 Betfred Super League season ending in this evening’s match agains Wakefield Trinity, Watson wants to build on the fantastic support that the Salford fans have given ahead of next year.
“Our supporters have been outstanding this year in donating their season tickets – the sponsors sticking by us. We need that and we need more of them as well to come forward,” Watson added.
“If we want to be classed as a top club, the only way we’re going to do it at Salford is by us all being in it together.”
Salford Red Devils supporters can get behind Watson’s men, by purchasing their season tickets  for the 2021 campaign early.
Adult prices have been reduced across all areas, making it even more affordable to watch the team next year. Further details can be found HERE.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16 – 23 HULL FC

Salford Red Devils suffered a 16 – 23 defeat at home against Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium.
With a hat-trick from Josh Griffin and three penalty goals from Marc Sneyd, Hull FC handed Salford Red Devils a fourth straight defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Josh Jones, Niall Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford, showing a stronger attacking position in the second half, but a drop-goal from Sneyd in the last 10 minutes of the game gave Hull FC the final hand in securing a victory over the Red Devils.
It was former Salford player Josh Griffin who opened the scoring for Hull FC, followed by two penalties scored by Marc Sneyd.
Salford held a strong attack with a try from Niall Evalds being disallowed due to interference, but the Red Devils could not break the Hull defence until Josh Jones powered over from a Rob Lui kick to secure the only try for Salford in the first half of the game, bringing the score to 6-10 at half-time.
Josh Griffin furthered Hull’s lead in the second half, scoring two tries in quick succession and winning a hat-trick in the 50thminute to further the Hull advantage.
Conceded penalties proved to be Salford’s downfall after Sneyd scored a third penalty to ensure Hull’s lead.
Both Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford until Snyed finished the game with a quick drop-goal to secure a Hull FC victory.
 
SALFORD: Evalds, Inu, Chamberlain, Bibby, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Walker, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Welham, Nakubuwai, Turgut.
HULL FC: Wynne, Logan, Griffin, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Minichiello, Manu, Westerman.
INTERCHANGES: Lane, Savelio, Ellis, Washbrook.
 
Salford tries: Jones (18′), Evalds (58′), Hastings (70′)
Salford goalsChamberlain (20′, 71′)
 
Hull FC tries: Griffin (5′, 47′, 51′)
Hull FC goals: Sneyd (6′, 11′, 37′, 48′ 66′)
Hull FC dropgoals: Sneyd (73′)
 
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Attendance: 3,609
Man of the Match: Niall Evalds

Wakefield Wildcats 32- 18 Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils were defeated by the Wakefield Wildcats on Saturday, who continued their Easter weekend success and added a third consecutive win to their haul.
Wakefield were able to score twice in the opening ten minutes on the back of errors by the Salford side. Jacob Miller spotting a gap in the defence first and then a powerful break through the line by Captain Danny Kirmond with an offload to Sio to score. Liam Finn successfully converted both tries.
The Wildcats were dominant in the opening part of the game but an error by former Red Devil Ben Jones-Bishop 10m from their own line gifted Salford the position for Gareth O’Brien to score.
For twenty minutes, neither side were able to score despite numerous errors by both teams. Until O’Brien found the end of a Dobson offload to link with Matt Sarsfield to score. O’Brien successfully kicked his second conversion to level the scores.
Another error by the Red Devils, this time by Murdoch-Masila gave Wakefield the ball possession metres from the try line. Tom Johnstone scored his first try of the game, as he beat Josh Griffin to a Jacob Miller high kick in the corner. Liam Finn missed the conversion but Wakefield took the lead once again at half time as the score sat at 16-12 in favour of the home side.
The Red Devils had shown real spirit to come back from 12-0 down in the first half and there was a real chance to lessen the gap between the sides but Wakefield were first to score in the second half as Tom Johnstone crossed for his second of the game in the left corner, Finn converted.
Salford responded well as Justin Carney scored on the right, with Dobson converting to take the points difference to just 4 once again. Niall Evalds had a real chance as he broke down the right wing and was tackled 20m out but the Red Devils couldn’t capitalise on the position. Junior Sa’u made a fantastic break down the left wing but dropped the ball just short of the line which proved somewhat pivotal for the visitors. Wakefield responded to the near miss, as Reece Lyne caught the Red Devils defence unaware with a great dummy to score before Tom Johnstone completed his hat trick to take the final score to 32-18.
Salford: O’Brien, Carney, Sau, Jones, J. Griffin, Wood, Dobson, Kopczak, Tomkins, G. Griffin, Murdoch, Sarsfield, Flanagan.
Replacements: Evalds, A. Walne, J. Walne, Forster.
Tries: O’Brien, Sarsfield, Carney
Goals: Dobson, O’Brien (2)

Catalans and Huddersfield Away tickets on sale!

 
Tickets for both our Easter Weekend tickets are now on sale from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office.
We welcome Catalans Dragons to the AJ Bell Stadium this Friday 25th March, KO 3pm.
West Stand and South Stand will be the only stands open for the game.
Tickets are priced at:
West Stand
Pre-Match/Match Day
Adult £25/£30
Concession £20/25
Junior £5/£10
South Stand
Pre-Match/Match Day
Adult £20/£25
Concession £15/£20
Junior £5/£10
We then travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Giants on Easter Monday, KO 3pm.
Tickets are priced at:
Adults £21.00
Concessions £15
Juniors £5
Junior Swaps are also available but please make sure you collect these before Easter Monday as Red Devils Junior Season Tickets will not be accepted on game day.
Supporters coach to Huddersfield pick up times
Chandos – 12.15pm
Soverign – 12.30pm
Eccles Town Hall 12.40pm
A J Bell Stadium 1.00pm
 
£13.00 all classes
 

U19S NEED TO TAKE MOMENTUM INTO SAINTS GAME

David Clegg Gets The Views Of U19s Head Coach, Garreth Carvell, As They Prepare For Thursday’s Home Game Against St Helens
With a total of hundred points, in only two matches, this must have been the sort of start to his coaching career of which U19s Head Coach, could only have dreamed, though of course the fact that these opening encounters have been against the RFL Development Areas of Cumbria and North East, has been of help.
You can only beat what is put in front of you, however, and the Red Devils have certainly done that in style, over the past two weeks.
“The final scores have definitely done the boys justice,” Garreth acknowledges, “though in both games they have been rather patchy in the opening minutes.  Once we got the message through to them about what they needed to do, it was a different game.  It was as if they were a completely different team, on both occasions.”
His main aim is that the players have been learning from these games, and with St Helens the visitors this coming Thursday, there will not be any room for an indifferent start, this week.
“Although we have played against two physical teams, we have been able to get away with things that we would not have got away with against Super League opposition, and that’s the adjustment we have to make,” he professes.
So, despite the short turn around, the identification of faults,and working on correcting those is paramount, ahead of this next, much sterner, test.
“We could be on the end of a hiding after the first twenty minutes, if we do not get a much better start, this time,” he predicts.  “It’s important that we start really well, and that is something that we’ll be drilling into them, this week.”
Certainly, confidence will not be in short supply, come the kick-off, having rattled up so many points, and with only one unconverted try conceded, to date.
“It definitely looks as though we can score tries, so that will stand them in good stead,” he concedes, “and you get a good feeling from winning, that also helps.  It breeds confidence and belief, and that will be something for the lads to grasp on to for this next tougher challenge.
“We have built ourselves some momentum, and now we are up against an opposition against whom we can start gauging ourselves.  We’re really looking forward to the game.”
A couple of totally new faces have been in evidence, in the two previous fixtures.  Stand off, Jon Whttaker, and winger, Jake Knox, have both come on trial, and have both been among the try scorers in one or other of the matches.
“Jake has joined us from Leigh, after their U20s folded,” Garreth explains.  “He had been contracted to them for three years so they obviously believed he had potential, as indeed we do. He has a lot to learn, but that is part of our job as coaches.  He took his try scoring chance, on Saturday, really well.
“After his first game against Cumbria, Jon came off the bench, on Saturday, and he controlled the game really well, then.  It has been a big step up for him, as he had only played amateur rugby before, but he can play several positions, and he clearly gained a lot of confidence from his first game.”
With the first team not playing until Sunday, therefore, this is possibly the first opportunity that many will have had of watching the new look U19s, so a good following would undoubtedly boost the players for what is their first really big challenge.   Interesting as the result of any encounter is, at this level the prime focus is the development of the players, who, one day, will be in a position to pull on the first team shirt.
Match Officials:
Referee – Mr J Callaghan
Touch Judges – S Houghton, A Williams
Venue: The Enclosure, A J Bell Stadium                       KO 7pm
Forthcoming Fixtures:

DATE OPPONENTS VENUE KO
       
Thurs 10th March St Helens Home 7pm
Thurs 17th March Castleford Home 7pm
Thurs 24th March Bradford Home 7pm
Sun 3rd April Wakefield Away 2pm
Thurs 7th April Wigan Home 7pm

 

Castleford Tigers Tickets now on sale

After last week’s game against Warrington Wolves, the team travel to the Mend-a-hose jungle this Sunday 13th March to face Castleford Tigers, KO 3.30pm.
Tickets are now available from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office by calling 0161 786 1570.
*Please note away tickets cannot be purchased via Ticketmaster.
Prices are:
Adults – £20
Concession – £12 (Seniors, Full Time Student and Junior’s under 16)
Junior Swaps are also available and must be collected before heading to Castleford. Red Devils Junior Season Ticket cards will not be accepted at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Coach Travel is also available –
1st pick up  Chandos Sports and Social Club – 12.45
2nd Pick Up Royal Sovereign – 12.55
3rd Pick up Eccles Town Hall – 13.10
4th Pick up A J Bell – 13.30
 
£15.00 all classes
This can also be booked via the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.

Drop goal seals victory for Wolves

The Red Devils were handed another tough punishment tonight in the form of a tremendous fight back by the Warrington Wolves and a Chris Sandow last second drop goal to seal victory.
Despite the home side leading 30-12 with 20 minutes remaining of the game, three quick tries from the Wolves took the score level before Sandow kicked a fantastic drop goal from 35m out to win the game.
The Red Devils started well as a penalty gave them good field position for Junior Sa’u to break through to score his first of the game. Michael Dobson converted the try.
Warrington responded minutes later through Jack Hughes and then Ben Currie, with both tries converted by Sandow to take the lead.
Kevin Penny looked to be over again for the Wolves minutes later but the video referee deemed him to be in touch on the left wing.
The Red Devils responded well though as Josh Jones found the end of a Dobson grubber kick to score, with Gareth O’Brien successfully taking the conversion.
Greg Johnson gave the home side the lead for the second time as he forced his way low over the line, O’Brien converted again.
Junior Sa’u scored his second of the game in a fantastic one on one ball steal under the sticks. Just before half time an O’Brien break down the left wing and offload to Josh Griffin saw him cross. O’Brien missed the conversion this time.
Half Time Score – Salford Red Devils 28 – 12 Warrington Wolves
The Red Devils were the first to put points on the board in the second half as Gareth O’Brien kicked a penalty successfully after tempers flared in the centre of the field.
Wolves’ Ben Currie and Red Devils’ Justin Carney were both sin binned on 52 minutes.
From sixty minutes on though, Warrington Wolves were on the front foot, two quick back to back tries by Ryan Atkins put the pressure on the home side. With 66 minutes on the clock Ashton Sims barged his way over the line from a Chris Hill offload. Chris Sandow successfully kicked all three conversions to even the score.
Both Dobson and Lui attempted drop goals for the Red Devils but both attempts fell flat before Sandow sealed the victory with an impressive drop goal 35m out from the line.
FULL TIME SCORE – Salford Red Devils 30 – 31 Warrington Wolves
 
 
Red Devils Scorers
Sa’u (2), Jones, Johnson, J Griffin
Conversions
Dobson, O’Brien (3)
Penalty
O’Brien