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Stat Pack | Catalans Dragons 44-10 Salford Red Devils

Following yesterday’s clash with Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, we take a look at some of the stats, facts and figures behind the game.
Player in Focus
It was a tough evening in the South of France for the Red Devils, but Daniel Murray continued to impress with another strong display as he furthers his position in the first team.
Murray was the Red Devils top tackler in tough conditions racking up an impressive 48 tackles throughout the eighty minutes. In fact, of his tackle attempts the forward missed just one and was one of the big performers for Ian Watson’s side.
It was just in defence that Murray was making an impression, but the 22-year-old amounted 81 metres from ten carries – the second highest of any of the Red Devil forwards. Murray also forced a tackle bust and earned two quick play-the-balls.
Youngsters impressing
In his post-match press conference Ian Watson eluded to some youngsters playing more minutes than they possibly would had the Red Devils not been struggling with injuries, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be doing them any harm in terms of the statistics.
In addition to Daniel Murray, Ryan Lannon and Josh Wood also had impressive showings at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Lannon was the biggest metre-eater in terms of the Salford pack piling up 103 metres from 11 carries – this was bested by only Derrell Olpherts. The back-rower also made 23 tackles, forced three tackle busts, earned three quick-play-the-balls and made two successful offloads.
Josh Wood – who has named as Man of the Match last weekend against Castleford – backed up with another terrific performance. The hooker crossed for his first try of the 2018 Betfred Super League in the second half after bouncing off two attempted tackles.
Wood – as always – worked tirelessly in defence with 30 tackles whilst scoring a try and earning one try-assist.
Overall stats
There was a big gap between the sides in terms of time with ball in hand. The Dragons had possession for over ten more minutes than the Red Devils which would eventually take its toll. This amounted to 16 more sets with the ball of which Catalans completed 34, Salford completed 16.
On the opposite end this meant Salford had to do a lot more work in defence and in fact made a total of 375 tackles, 128 more than the hosts. Both teams had a 91% tackle rate.
The penalty count was relatively low with the Red Devils conceding four in comparison to the French sides three. However, Catalans did make more offloads, more breaks and less errors which helped them take control of the game.
 
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Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 6-24 Castleford Tigers

Here are all the key stats, facts and figures from the Red Devils clash with Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League.
Player in Focus
Ed Chamberlain – who impressed last weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers – made his home debut for the Red Devils and was a standout performer at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Chamberlain’s running game was solid making a total of 99 metres with 51 of these coming from kick returns. The fullback made ten completed passes whilst also putting in two kicks, one of which gave him a try-assist as Jake Bibby latched onto the end of it late in the first half.
The fullback didn’t have much to do defensively making seven tackles and he successfully converted Bibby’s try from the touchline.
Defensive Efforts
Daniel Murray continues to impress for the Salford Red Devils and in last night’s game he racked up an immense 50 tackles. Murray made seven more than any other Red Devil on the field and missing just one in the process.
He was closely followed by fellow youngsters Ryan Lannon and Josh Wood with the back-rower completing 43 defensive efforts while Wood successfully made 42 tackles in the game.
Lee Mossop was also putting in the work in defence making an impressive 13 marker tackles which was only equalled by Murray. Junior Sa’u was the top-tackler in the backs with 22 efforts.
Bringing the ball forward
This season Derrell Olpherts has familiarised himself with the Betfred Super League and one strength has been his yardage from his own half which was on display again against Castleford with the winger making more metres than any other Red Devil.
Olpherts racked up 131 metres and often got the Red Devils on the front foot early. It was a real tough battle down the middle with both sets of forwards competing well and Mossop was the biggest metre-eater down the centre for Salford with 94.
Josh Jones averaged the biggest gain throughout the game making around 7.9 metres per carry. He was closely followed by Wood and Olpherts.
Overall Stats
It’s never a stat you like to point out but unfortunately the game was awash with errors with both sides making 16 apiece. Castleford conceded six penalties to Salford’s three.
The Tigers narrowly edged it on set completion with 70% to Salford’s 67% with both teams having 13 incomplete sets however Castleford did have four more sets overall. There was just one offload between the sides while Salford had five more quick play-the-balls than their opponents.

Ian Watson | “The circumstances make it an interesting game”

Any trip over the Pennines into Yorkshire invariably heralds the most challenging of encounters for virtually all Lancashire outfits, and exactly one month to the day since their last sojourn over to the rugby league outreach which is Hull, the Red Devils make a return visit this Sunday, to the eastern side of the city to take on Hull KR.
The context of this encounter, however, could not possibly be more significant to either club, as Head Coach, Ian Watson, is all too aware.
“The circumstances make it an extremely interesting game, taking into account the current league placings, with us currently sitting just one place above them at tenth and eleventh. So, for us, it is a really big game where we must try to stretch this lead over them and also pull back on the teams just above us.
“Never say, ‘Never’, because we have got our confidence back, as we have shown over the past two and a half games, when we have played more like ourselves. We have been better in both defence and attack.
“We have been focussing on the improvements we have made over this period, and on maintaining them.”
Craven Park is a particularly intimidating venue, with its being a bridge, in style, between the old type of stadia, such as The Willows, with the spectators very close to the pitch, and the modern facilities of the AJ Bell.
“They even have their own version of the Shed, where long-time fans like to go and watch. But then there are the more modern parts.
“It’s a good place to go to play in, because it’s a rugby stadium through and through, and they have a good fan base to go with it.
“We are focusing on this next game, and then moving forward from there. We have beaten Hull KR already this season, and this, together with their home advantage is going to spur them on, so we must meet their challenge on the day. We have to focus on winning each game as it comes along.
“When he was at Wakefield, Brian Smith took that other view, and that might be an option with a squad of forty, but with only twenty-one there are just not enough players to do this.
“Everyone will have their own way of addressing the challenge. Ours is to continue in the way we have been doing in the last few weeks – gaining further confidence in our execution in both attack and defence. We have conceded some soft tries so we need to ensure Hull KR, and the remaining teams we still have to face, do not get any.”
For the early period of the second half, in last week’s outing at Warrington, the Red Devils appeared to have taken complete control of the game – a development seemingly sparked by the ten minute reduction to twelve men, with the sin-binning of Ryan Lannon. This inspired them not only to prevent Warrington from scoring during this period, but also to cross, themselves, with the second of Jack Littlejohn’s tries.
“Up to that point, Warrington had been finishing their sets a little better than we had, which had helped them territorially, but sometimes a sinbinning can give you the shot you need to get back into the game.
“Earlier this year, we were allowing such things to totally deflate us, but the confidence in how we are now playing has rejuvenated the whole side.”
A noticeably growing injury list is now starting to deprive the team of an increasing number of players, which could mean that some of the younger players will have to shoulder more of the responsibilities.
“All teams get injuries, and we have had a lot of niggling, short-term injuries which has prevented us turning out a settled team week after week. We had just been getting some consistency and now we are going to be disrupted again.
“Some of the younger players who have recently returned to the team, such as Dan Murray, Jake Bibby, and Ryan Lannon have all earned their places back, and any player who performs well will continue to hold down their position.”

Three Talking Points | Warrington Wolves 30-14 Salford Red Devils

Following last night’s hard-fought affair against Warrington Wolves we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Key moments
In his post-match press conference Ian Watson pointed towards a key moment in the second half which may have turned the game.
Rob Lui looked to flick on a short ball to an onrushing Kris Welham which clipped the centres shoulder and went to ground. Had Welham gone through the line the Red Devils would have likely scored and taken the lead for the first time in the game.
Warrington went on to score three tries after this moment and win the game. Throughout the game, Salford caused Wire a lot of issues down the right-hand flank and were on top in the early stages of the second half.
Resilience
There was a tonne of resilience and heart in defeat from Salford against Wire.
The Red Devils had to muscle up in defence for a large period in the second half and managed to keep Warrington at bay – for the most part – until the final ten minutes of the game.
Both Derrell Olpherts and Junior Sa’u made try-saving tackles out wide last night while Ryan Lannon and Jack Littlejohn making last ditch efforts, also. Littlejohn, in fact, prevented Warrington forward Ben Westwood from close-range with a brilliant one-on-one tackle which forced a knock-on.


Even in the closing stages Kris Welham pulled off a great tackle on Bryson Goodwin before Rob Lui prevented two scores with well-timed interceptions which will have pleased Head Coach Ian Watson.
Flowing rugby
Earlier in the season we have seen the Red Devils display some fantastic attacking Rugby League in victories over Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons and Hull FC – to name a few – and those slick hands were on display at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Jack Littlejohn – who continues to impress in his new role at fullback – was the beneficiary of these fast hands crossing twice in the first half. Both times we saw the Australian hit a great line out the back with his second try on the back of a sensational offload from George Griffin.


Jake Bibby’s second half score also came from a string of off-the-cuff offloads which saw the Red Devils break down field beginning with a well-timed pass from Ben Nakubuwai. If the Red Devils continue to display this kind of attacking presence they’ll cause a lot of sides issues in the coming weeks.
 

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Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Hull FC

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to Hull FC with a number of players making their return to the squad.
Josh Jones returns following a two-month spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the Red Devils last away victory against Huddersfield Giants in April.
Centre Kris Welham is also named in the squad after missing Salford’s last outing against Huddersfield Giants at the AJ Bell Stadium. Jack Littlejohn also makes his return to the 19-man squad.
Niall Evalds misses out after picking up a broken leg a fortnight ago. Ryan Lannon and Gavin Bennion are the two players omitted from the squad which was listed to face Huddersfield two weeks ago.
New loan signings Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain aren’t available for this weekend’s fixture but could feature for the Red Devils against their parent club – Widnes Vikings – next Thursday.
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Here is the full 19-man squad:

Squad | Ian Watson names his 19-man to face Huddersfield

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s Betfred Super League fixture against Huddersfield Giants at the AJ Bell Stadium, 8pm kick-off.
Ben Nakubuwai returns to the squad after having to miss out last weekend due to failing a concussion assessment following the loss to Leigh Centurions.
Gavin Bennion is named in the 19-man squad and could be set to make his home Betfred Super League debut for the Red Devils after featuring against Wigan earlier in the month.
Jake Shorrocks could be set to return to the starting line-up while Ryan Lannon also returns to the squad.
Kris Welham misses out on the squad after picking up a knock in last weekend’s defeat to Catalans Dragons at St James’ Park. Lama Tasi and Jack Littlejohn also miss out.
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Here is the 19-man squad in full:

Community | Langworthy Reds get training masterclass from Red Devils

Salford first team players Jake Bibby and Ryan Lannon went down to local community club Langworthy Reds with Red Devils Assistant Coaches Martin Gleeson and Willie Poching to give their U9’s a coaching masterclass.
The youngsters were given defensive drills focusing on tackle technique, holding their line and one-on-one defence. Langworthy Reds have given us some exceptional feedback from the evening and we all hope their U9’s kick on and use what they’ve learned in their upcoming fixtures.
Watch highlights of the session below:

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 38-4 Wakefield Trinity

Salford earned back-to-back victories Betfred Super League for the first time since May 2017 with an emphatic 38-4 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Jake Bibby grabbed his second double in as many weeks while Junior Sa’u, Tyrone McCarthy, Ryan Lannon, George Griffin and Greg Johnson all also found themselves on the scoresheet. Lui kicked two goals before leaving the field due to injury with McCarthy and Jack Littlejohn putting on their kicking boots in the second half.
Coming into the game, the Red Devils were already against it with Lama Tasi, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones, Weller Hauraki, Manu Vatuvei and Kriss Brining all sidelined however Salford couldn’t have asked for a better start.
A flowing move to the left-hand side eventually found Sa’u who’s sheer pace and power got him through the Wakefield line before he shrugged off Reece Lyne in the process of scoring. Lui converted and would add a further penalty goal midway through the half. Ian Watson’s men defended resiliently in the first half and went into the break with an 8-0 lead.
Half-back Lui – who had been partaking in a fitness test prior to kick-off – pulled up with a calf injury early in the second half meaning the Red Devils had to move Josh Wood into the halves and Logan Tomkins would see out the game at hooker.
The reshuffle didn’t faze the hosts as Niall Evalds made a 70m dash from a 20m restart before being hauled down by Lyne, who subsequently slowed the tackle down and was rewarded with ten minutes in the sin-bin. McCarthy kicked his first goal for Salford to extend the advantage to 10-0.
And, it was the back-rower who went over for the next Salford try as McCarthy simply outmuscled the Wakefield defence to plant the ball down from close-range. He again followed up with the boot from in front of the posts.
Salford continued to control the game and Lannon crossed ten minutes into the second-half after being the quickest to react to a fortunate ricochet. Joe Arundel scored Trinity’s only try shortly after, but the Red Devils really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck when Bibby scored in the corner following some slick hands wide.
With just over ten minutes remaining Salford turned on the style and ran out comfortable winners. Returning forward Griffin powered his way over after the Red Devils forced an error from Wakefield bringing the ball off their own line. Littlejohn converted.
Bibby made it four tries in two games with an almost identical effort to his first of the game before Johnson rounded off a wonderful victory latching onto the ball after Sa’u stabbed the ball into the in-goal.
The victory sees Salford climb above Trinity into 7th place in the Betfred Super League ahead of hosting the current leaders St Helens on Thursday.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Lui, Littlejohn, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Burgess, Griffin, McCarthy, Flanagan.  Interchanges: Kopczak, Lannon, Wood, Murray.
Wakefield Lineup: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou; Miller, Finn; Huby, Randell, Hirst, Ashurst, Kirkmond, Horo.  Interchanges: Wood, England, Arona, Baldwinson.
Salford Scorers: Tries- Sa’u (4’), McCarthy (48’), Lannon (51’), Bibby (57’ 74’), Griffin (68’), Johnson (76) | Goals-  Lui (4’, 31’), McCarthy (45’ 49), Littlejohn (69’)
Wakefield Scorers: Tries-  Arundel (54’) | Goals- N/A.
Man of the Match: Tyrone McCarthy.
Referee: James Child. Touch Judges: T. Crashley & D. Bowmer.

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Huddersfield

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the trip to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
Niall Evalds is included after missing last week’s defeat against Warrington Wolves following a head knock picked up on Easter Monday at Leeds.
Logan Tomkins also returns to the side after missing out last weekend due to illness. George Griffin also comes back into the 19-man squad.
Tyrone McCarthy is still recovering from a knock picked up prior to the Easter period. Jake Shorrocks and Luke Burgess are the two men who leave the 19-man squad.
Ryan Lannon could make his third consecutive start for the Red Devils after making his first appearance of 2018 at Leeds on Easter Monday. Rob Lui could move back into the halves after featuring at full-back in the defeat against the Wolves last Saturday.
Derrell Olpherts also retains his place in the squad following back-to-back appearances against Leeds and Warrington.
You can still purchase tickets for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Remember, adult ticket prices will rise by £3 on gameday while seniors and juniors will increase by £4 so purchase early with the Red Devils retaining 25% of any purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased up until 4:30pm on Saturday 14th April from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone.  
Here is the full squad:
 
 

Squad | Ian Watson confirms 19-man squad for #DerbyDay

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad to face Warrington Wolves on #DerbyDay this Saturday afternoon.
Jake Shorrocks is named in the squad for the first time since arriving on an initial one-month loan from Wigan Warriors last week.
Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Craig Kopczak all didn’t feature on Easter Monday at Leeds but could return this weekend against the Wolves.
Ryan Lannon and Derrell Olpherts both featured over Easter and could be in line to retain their places for this crucial Betfred Super League tie.
Niall Evalds misses out on the squad after failing his concussion assessment in the defeat to the Rhinos on Monday afternoon.
The full squad can be seen below: