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Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man for the Easter Monday visit to Leeds

Head Coach Ian Watson has made one change to his 19-man squad for the trip to Leeds Rhinos on Easter Monday.
Prop-forward George Griffin comes in as winger Jake Bibby leaves the 19-man squad.
Derrell Olpherts could be in line for his second Betfred Super League start while Ryan Lannon is looking for his first Salford appearance of the 2018 season.
Here is the squad in full: 

Flashback | Salford Red Devils 50-12 Catalans Dragons | Friday 26th May

Ahead of tomorrow’s Good Friday clash with Catalans Dragons we take a look at the last time the French visited the AJ Bell Stadium in May of 2017. 
The occasion was an emotional one with free entry being given to supporters provided they gave a donation to the Manchester Arena fund following the tragic Arena bombing in the week preceding the fixture.
And, the Red Devils rose to the occasion with a dominant 50-12 win over their French counterparts in front of 4287 strong at the AJ Bell Stadium which meant the Red Devils kept pressure on Castleford Tigers atop the Betfred Super League.
The visitors got off to a poor start with Remy Casty being sin-binned for a late challenge on Gareth O’Brien and It took just a minute for the Red Devils to take the lead with O’Brien being the man to take advantage. This was soon followed by a score from Josh Jones.
In the 22nd minute the fans broke into a round of applause to remember the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing and fittingly the Red Devils crossed, and it was number 22 Kris Welham who went over the line.
Salford continued to assert their dominance in the first half with Niall Evalds and Ryan Lannon both finding their ways to the line. The Red Devils control carried over in the second forty as Kriss Brining burrowed his way over before Catalans got themselves off the mark thanks to Vincent Duport.
But, any hopes of a comeback were almost immediately quashed with a try of the year candidate from Robert Lui. The Salford half-back took a loose pass from the Dragons on his own 10m line before racing ninety metres and fending off Tony Gigot in the process.
Back-to-back tries from forwards Olsi Krasniqi and Mark Flanagan followed alongside seven goals from nine attempts by Michael Dobson to round off a convincing victory. Fouad Yaha scored a late consolation for the Dragons.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It was a great performance. We spoke this week about being a better team and improving from what we’ve done.
“We always felt if we did our job in the middle we could get them on the edge.
‘It was important for us to put on a performance like that, and put on a show, with everything that has gone on to support everything.
“People talk about it [the Manchester attack] and people discuss it but the big thing for us was we had to focus on our performance.”
The teams that day
Salford: O’Brien; Johnson, Jones, Welham, Evalds; Lui, Dobson; Tasi, Tomkins, Hasson, Murdoch-Masila, Hauraki, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: Flanagan, Lannon, Kopczak, Brining.
Catalans: Gigot; Thornley, Inu, Wiliame, Yaha; Walsh, Myler; Moa, Da Costa, Simon, Bousquet, Casty, Dezaria.
Interchanges: Doport, Albert, Seguier, Perez.
 
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Ian Watson | “This is going to be a big match”

Salford Head Coach, Ian Watson, considers this weekend’s clash against Widnes a crucial one as the side look to make it back-to-back victories – the key to starting any sort of a winning run.
“This is going to be a big match for us, as, at the start of the season, we identified our home matches, together with away games against teams like Widnes, as ones we really need to win.
“Performing with consistency against these teams is vital in this, and we shall have to muster up the same type of performance to back up the victory over Hull.
“To be fair to the lads, with the exception of a few spasmodic slips in a couple of recent matches possibly caused by some of the combinations taking time to build, there has been a degree of consistency throughout much of each of the games we failed to win, whereas last week we held it together throughout the whole match.”
Widnes, similarly, have had a somewhat unpredictable season, so far, but Ian believes that the regular first team experience their young players had last year will stand them in really good stead as the season progresses.
“The injury issue they went through last year will have benefitted those young players who gained regular week by week game time and that makes them a much stronger squad now.
“They have over forty players in their first team and they have all had some first team experience, including that of playing through the Qualifiers, at the end of the season.”
The same, of course, is also true of our younger players, as we see the likes of Jake Bibby and Josh Wood not only holding down regular places but also weighing in with substantive contributions to each and every game, while others such as Ryan Lannon and Dan Murray are putting pressure on their more senior teammates who currently have had the nod ahead of them.
“We took it upon ourselves to give all our youngsters game time last year, because these lads are going to be a big part of the squad as time moves on.
“We do, though, have to ensure that the balance is right so that we get the wins along the way.
“We may not have finished the season particularly well, but the experience the youngsters gained from being involved in the Super 8s will have done them good.”
One example of how players can develop comes in the form of Niall Evalds, whose touchline diffusion of Marc Sneyd’s attempted forty-twenty, earned him many plaudits.
“Twelve months ago it is unlikely that he would have done that, which shows how his rugby education and knowledge have developed.
“He is playing a whole lot smarter now and applying his understanding of his role and what it requires, whereas previously he was relying on expending a lot of energy by racing around unnecessarily.
“We are really lucky to have had someone like Niall around to replace Gareth O’Brien once he had decided to move on, and since returning to the fullback role in the last couple of weeks Niall has been outstanding.”
As always, the 4G playing surface is an aspect of the game which will undoubtedly play some part in the outcome of the encounter.
“That pitch reacts differently, but if you train on it of course you get used to how it plays.
“Most clubs train on grass surfaces and expect things such as the bounce of the ball to be exactly the same, so there are a lot of things for us to take into account though the main thing is for us to focus on our own game.”
After such a great performance last weekend it seems only fitting that the players now have the opportunity to show off their skills, and the team’s entertainment value, to a larger audience on TV.
“They really earned the right to do that, with the way they played against Hull.
“Every single player knew his role and carried it out to the letter, and that will be key for us again on Thursday.”

Dual Reg/Loan Watch | Four Red Devils in action

Daniel Murray appeared for loan club Halifax RLFC in their emphatic 38-18 victory over Leigh Centurions at the MBI Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  
Shane Grady claimed a stunning hat-trick, Steve Tyrer earned a brace whilst Brandon Moore and Ben Heaton also crossed to secure consecutive Betfred Championship victories for the first time this season.
The hosts headed into the break with a 28-0 lead but Leigh responded with a double from Craig Hall alongside another score from Rhys Evans, although Fax prevailed to earn a crucial two points.
On-loan Red Devils man Murray, has impressed throughout his time in Yorkshire and Halifax Head Coach Richard Marshall recently revealed the former young forward is an integral part of his plans.
“I’ve been really pleased with all the lads who haven’t had much time to adapt. Daniel [Murray] was fantastic and showed his qualities. He’s a great addition,” said Marshall.
The win moves Halifax up to 6th in the table whilst Leigh now lie 9th, having won just once from six games.
Elsewhere, Gavin Bennion couldn’t inspire Swinton Lions to their first victory of the season at Featherstone Rovers in a game that was overshadowed by a second-half mass brawl.
Despite a slight resurgence from The Lions, Matt Sarsfield and George Tyson’s respective braces weren’t enough for Stuart Littler’s men to break their winless duck.
Featherstone’s Misi Taulapapa was sent-off whilst Swinton’s Robert Fairclough and Rhodri Lloyd were sin-binned. The hosts also had Tom Jones yellow carded as ugly scenes dampened an entertaining spectacle.
Swinton now lie joint bottom of the table, only above Sheffield Eagles on points difference. However, Littler’s side now have a welcomed distraction as they travel to in-form York City Knights in the 4th round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this coming Sunday (Kick-Off: 3pm).
Ryan Lannon featured for dual-registration partners Oldham RLFC as The Roughyeds suffered a narrow home defeat to League 1 promotion-chasing rivals York City Knights.
Matt Reid earned a double whilst Danny Langtree and Ben West also crossed for the hosts, but tries from Matthew Marsh, Kieren Moss, James Donaldson and Joe Batchelor secured two vital points for the visitors.
Paul Crook’s second-half conversion miss proved costly as York ultimately triumphed thanks to Connor Robinson’s four successful goals.
Despite the result, former Salford centre and Oldham Head Coach Scott Naylor was delighted with his side’s attitude.
“Our attitude was first class,” said Naylor.
“The willingness to work was 100-per-cent as always.
“At the end of the day we lost because we hit a post with a conversion.
“I hope our fans realise how tough this division is going to be and I hope they stick with us like they did the last time we were in League 1.”
Oldham now travel to Halifax for a mouth-watering Challenge Cup tie this coming Sunday (3pm).
Finally, it was a miserable day for Levy Nzoungou and Whitehaven as the Cumbrians slumped to a 44-6 defeat at the hands of Doncaster.
James Tilley dived over from dummy half to claim a score for the visitors in the opening period, though the hooker was soon sin-binned – something which reflected Haven’s luck throughout the contest.
Whitehaven remain winless although they have an opportunity to kick-start their season as their attention also turns to the Cup as Haven host Championship side Dewsbury Rams. Kick-Off at the Recreation Ground is 3pm.
 
By Ryan Booth

Flashback | Salford Red Devils 24-14 Hull Kingston Rovers

In this week’s Flashback piece we take a look back to the last meeting between Salford Red Devils and Hull Kingston Rovers as Ian Watson’s men progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Despite the visitors racing into a 14-0 lead Salford managed to fightback scoring 24 unanswered points at the AJ Bell Stadium to move on to the last eight of the competition.
Hooker Shaun Lunt crossed for two tries in quick succession alongside two conversions plus a penalty goal from Jamie Ellis opened up an early lead for the Robins.
However, Salford soon hit back as Ryan Lannon narrowed the gap just prior to the interval as he latched onto a clever kick from Michael Dobson.
And it was the Red Devils who came back out on the front foot as – in similar fashion to KR in the first half – they grabbed two tries in a short period.
Prop-forward Craig Kopczak powered his way over before Kriss Brining managed to edge the hosts ahead for the first time in the game.
Ben Murdoch-Masila crashed over for Salford’s fourth of the evening to pull victory even closer which was furthered by Michael Dobson retaining his 100% record with the boot.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “At half-time, we just spoke honestly as a group.
“We knew the standards they were reaching in the first half didn’t measure up to what we expect. We allowed Hull KR to dictate the speed of the game.
“We also spoke about us being soft in defence. They were dominating the ruck and getting up too quickly. We had to stop that and fortunately for us we did.”

Dual-Reg & Loan Watch | Ryan Lannon returns from suspension

Ryan Lannon featured for dual-registration partners Oldham RLFC in their 14-0 triumph over Levy Nzoungou’s Whitehaven on the opening day of the Betfred League 1 season.
The Roughyeds earned a hard-fought victory in a sluggish encounter at the Recreation Ground, a solitary try from Matthew Wilkinson and five goals from Paul Crook were the ultimate difference between the two sides.
Lannon started the game for Oldham and impressed on his first appearance of the season, following his return from a three game suspension.
Nzoungou, who is currently on loan at Whitehaven, replaced Kris Coward in the opening period after starting amongst the interchanges, but the Frenchman was unable to inspire a Haven comeback as Oldham opened their campaign with a win.
Whitehaven Head Coach and former Salford man Carl Forster said: “We were far from good enough, completion and discipline killed us.
“When we got into vital positions we didn’t take our chances.
“With 16 in the squad as opposed to 17, it’s always going to be tough against a big Oldham pack.”
However there was no involvement for Salford winger Derrell Olpherts, the outside back was included in The Roughyeds’ 19 man squad for the trip to Cumbria, but wasn’t selected in Head Coach Scott Naylor’s starting lineup or interchanges.
Ryan Lannon could be in contention to start for a second successive week when Oldham host Featherstone Lions at the Vestacare Stadium in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday 25th February.
In addition, Levy Nzoungou may well feature in the same competition as Whitehaven look to bounce back from the defeat to Oldham when they host London Skolars.
Elsewhere in this week’s dual-reg and loan watch, Gavin Bennion was included in Stuart Littler’s starting lineup as Swinton Lions lost 28-48 to Batley Bulldogs in a competitive Betfred Championship clash at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The defeat means The Lions lie 11th in the table, but the Heywood Road based outfit have the chance to bounce back when they travel to Dewsbury Rams next Sunday.
Finally, Daniel Murray featured for Halifax during their clash with Toronto Wolfpack at The MBI Shay.
Two tries from Adam Higson alongside further scores from Greg Worthington and Nick Rawsthorne cancelled out Chester Butler’s first half effort for Fax as The Wolfpack ran out 20-6 winners.
Murray will be hopeful of featuring for Halifax when they travel to Rochdale Hornets in the next round of Championship fixtures.
 
By Ryan Booth

Ian Watson names his squad for pre-season friendly at Warrington

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his squad for the upcoming pre-season friendly against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.
 Luke Burgess is set to play his first game back in the red of Salford after missing the 50-12 victory over Swinton Lions last weekend with a minor knock.
Kriss Brining, who was named in last week’s squad but didn’t feature, will miss the game this weekend as a precaution. Ryan Lannon will also miss the game as he serves the second match of a three-game suspension.
Robert Lui is set to start the game alongside Gareth O’Brien in the halves while Jack Littlejohn moves down to the bench. Derrell Olpherts and Manu Vatuvei will start on the wings in place of Greg Johnson and Jake Bibby with the latter moving into the centres.
Watson has picked the same five-man forward pack as he did for last week’s comfortable victory over Swinton however fully expect all 25 men named in the squad to feature at some point.
Here is the squad in full:

Ian Watson names squad for pre-season friendly with Swinton

Salford Red Devils Head Coach has confirmed his starting line-up and full squad to face Swinton Lions on Sunday afternoon in our opening pre-season friendly.  
New signing Jack Littlejohn will start in the halves alongside Gareth O’Brien while 2017 top try-scorer Niall Evalds will begin the game at full-back. Youngsters Josh Wood and Jake Bibby will also both start the game.
Ben Nakubuwai, Levy Nzoungou, Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion will all start on the interchange bench but Head Coach Ian Watson has said that everybody named in the matchday squad will feature at some stage.
The only two Red Devils not to feature in this Sunday’s squad are the suspended Ryan Lannon and Luke Burgess who is still recovering from a minor knock.
The full Salford Red Devils squad can be seen below:
 

Ryan Lannon handed three-game ban

Salford Red Devils forward Ryan Lannon has been handed a three-match ban and a £300 fine after pleading guilty to a Grade D Striking in last Thursday’s defeat to St Helens.
Lannon collided with former Red Devil Theo Fages after the French half-back had kicked the ball leading James Child to send him from the field.
The incident came just moments after Alex Walmsley knocked out Jordan Walne – who didn’t return to the field – however Walmsley hasn’t been punished following the incident being put on report.
Lannon is now set to miss the opening three games of the 2018 season however forwards such as Lee Mossop, Lama Tasi and Mark Flanagan are expected to be fit for the beginning of next season.

Ian Watson – "I'm proud of the effort"

Salford Red Devils Ian Watson was ‘proud’ of his sides efforts against St Helens in the final game of the season after spending 45 minutes with twelve men.
Watson said: “I’m proud of our effort and I thought we had a really good dig – I thought in the opening exchanges we were absolutely outstanding.
“We’ve spoken over the past few weeks about getting our swagger back and we did with how we played moving the ball and being a footballing team. We did it against Huddersfield and last night in the first half particularly.
“We looked a really good team but overall I think today typified what we spoke about as a group that real grit how they backed each other up, how they worked for each other especially when we went down to 12 men.
“The grit in our defence was unbelievable we had to do about seven defensive goal-line shots to do and managed them really well. That typifies the spirit we’ve got in these players.
“We went down to 12, we didn’t panic and we worked really well together as one defensive line where you thought they’d be able to put more points on us – that’s a credit to our resilience.
Watson also spoke about the big decisions regarding Jordan Walne’s injury at the hands of Alex Walmsley and Ryan Lannon’s red card.
“If Liam Watts’ the other week is a sending off Alex Walmsley’s is probably a sending off but I don’t think he’s maliciously gone at it. I only got one glimpse of it on the big scree and I know he gets him flush because Jordan Walne couldn’t come back on and that made it more difficult for us with one less substitution.
“Ryan Lannon’s red is an example of a young kid getting frustrated and maybe if there had been a sin-bin on the back of the elbow maybe Lannon doesn’t do that but there was clear frustration there from a young lad. He’s done a dumb thing and he’ll learn from it and I know for a fact Lannon will be better from it.”