Head Coach Ian Watson was disappointed with his sides defensive display in defeat to Wigan Warriors and feels his team need to learn how to ‘turn the tide’.
He also gave his thoughts on a range of other topics.
On the performance…
We weren’t good enough defensively. We got ran and around a few too many times on our right-hand edge particularly coming out of yardage. When we put ourselves back in a position to win the game our right edge again let us down. We were disappointed in the first half when we conceded three consecutive tries. We have to know how to turn the tide there. We were completing at 44% in the first half which isn’t good enough. Our execution was poor on the back of that and defensively we let them march us. They did the basics really well and we didn’t.
On the performance in comparison with Castleford…
We were probably better in the Castleford game than we were today. Defensively I just think we’ve let ourselves down from our standards of what we normally compete at. Once we got into the lead again, we needed to up the intensity, but the likes of Dominic Manfredi and Joe Burgess got on the front foot and those two gave Wigan a big lift in the back-field. It’s up to us to deal with that and we didn’t do that well at all.
Ken Sio is the more serious one at the moment, he looked like he’d popped his groin. We’ll have to see what the physios say on that, but he could be looking at over a month.
On Adam Walker…
He was trying to lead the boys and when he came onto the field, he made a massive difference to us as well because he played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He led the way in the middles, but they were really good for the majority of the game, but we just fell down in certain areas defensively.
On Adam Lawton…
I just felt the game was getting too quick in the middle of the ruck and Adam Lawton is a big guy. We need to be controlling the ball and getting our fair share of it as well and I just thought we made some silly errors. The game wasn’t panning out in a manner in which we felt we could introduce Adam.
On Ed Chamberlain…
Ed’s a good player and he’s a good guy as well who trains really hard. He’ll be disappointed that we’ve been beaten down that right edge but as a team we’ve got to be disappointed that we got beat down that side.
Tickets for Sunday’s game against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium are now available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For more details, click HERE.
Salford Red Devils fell to a narrow eight-point defeat at the hands of Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The hosts went into the break two points behind with Josh Jones, Derrell Olpherts and Niall Evalds scoring for Salford while George Williams, Thomas Leuluai and Joe Greenwood went over for Wigan. Zak Hardaker’s third conversion being the difference between the sides.
Salford regained the lead when Adam Walker scored his first Red Devils try on his home debut, but Williams would score twice more to complete a hat-trick and consign Salford to defeat.
It took just four minutes for Salford to open the scoring when Jones latched onto a low Rob Lui kick. Chamberlain couldn’t add the extras but would make amends after the ten-minute mark by converting a penalty goal.
The Red Devils hold on the game fell away as Wigan scored three tries inside seven first half minutes. Williams was first to score after he collected Jarrod Sammut’s pass at the second attempt before Leuluai and Greenwood both forced their way over for the visitors. Hardaker converted all three.
However, Salford pulled off a late first half fightback with Olpherts scoring following an initial half-break from Ed Chamberlain. Just minutes later, Chamberlain and Olpherts linked up again to find an onrushing Evalds to score. Chamberlain converted the latter meaning Ian Watson’s men trailed by two points at half-time.
Salford took the lead just a minute after the break as Walker stripped the ball from Manfredi’s grasp to score his first Red Devils try on his home debut. Chamberlain followed with the conversion to further Salford’s lead.
The lead would last just eight minutes as Wigan broke down the left-hand side with Joe Burgess finding Williams in support to score from distance. Wigan scored an identical try on the hour-mark as the halfback completed his hat-trick. Hardaker would convert both to ensure a 22-30 victory for Adrian Lam’s team. Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Olpherts, Chamberlain, Bibby, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Murray, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan. Interchanges: Nakubuwai, Griffin, Lawton, Walker. Wigan Warriors: Hardaker, Manfredi, Gildart, Sarginson, Burgess; Sammut, Williams; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Greenwood, O’Loughlin. Interchanges: Shorrocks, Hamlin, Flower, Bullock.
Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the visit of Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March, 3pm kick-off.
Adam Lawton is named in the 19-man squad and could be in line to make his home debut. Adam Walker retains his place following an impressive debut at Castleford Tigers while Ed Chamberlain is looking for his first start of the season. Tickets for our game against Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March are now available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. Here is the squad in full:
Salford Red Devils and Salford Red Devils Foundation are delighted to announce we will be hosting ‘Salford Health Day’, in partnership with AJ Bell.
This event will be part of the community’s World Health Day celebrations, and take place at our upcoming home fixture against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April.
Salford Health Day, in partnership with AJ Bell, will be brought to you by Salford Red Devils and the Salford Red Devils Foundation in conjunction with: Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Council, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Oasis-GB, Salford Metropolitan Athletic Club, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, ABL Health, Salford University, Salford Community and Voluntary Services and AJ Bell.
As part of Salford Health Day, the aforementioned stakeholders have come together to help host health-related activities at the fixture against Hull FC.
Activities will include free health checks on the health bus, a health walk, instructor led bike ride, walking football and a 100-metre challenge where finalists will compete at half-time. Also, during the half-time break, there will a mass participation of tai chi which will be led from the field for supporters in attendance.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “This is a fantastic idea and I’d encourage people going to the match to take part in the free health checks and activities on offer. There are many activities that take place in the city each week that you can find more about. It promises to be a great family day out for all.”
Tickets for our game against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April are now available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Salford Red Devils and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce a strategic partnership.
Salford Red Devils have collaborated with Salford Royal to develop a new partnership which supports the Trust and the club’s ambition to be the leading Super League club owned by and serving the local community.
The partnership includes a range of health and wellbeing awareness raising activities with Salford Red Devils players and coaching staff engaging with patients and staff throughout the 2019 season. There will also be a special collaboration for the upcoming Magic weekend which will raise money for heart monitors on the Trust’s stroke unit.
Ian Blease, Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, said: “As a community owned club we want to promote the values and positive contribution of the game of rugby league. We want to instil pride and enrich the lives of our community. Following our recent announcement with Salford University our partnership with the outstanding Salford Royal is another great step to be the best both on and off the pitch.”
Salford Royal‘s Chief Officer, James Sumner, said: “Over the years we’ve welcomed a number of Salford Red Devils players on visits to our wards and services so we are extremely pleased to now develop this into a more formal collaboration to benefit our patients, staff and the club. We are extremely honored to be chosen as the partner organisation for the club’s Magic Weekend. Heart monitors are extremely important items on our stroke unit and can help our staff identify if a patient is at risk of having another stroke. We have lots more exciting plans to work together in the pipeline, including supporting the Club at one of their upcoming fixtures and inviting players and club staff to Salford Royal to join forces with our staff on health and wellbeing initiatives.”
Here are all the results from Week 51 of the Gold Line Draw as yet another five £500 winners were crowned. This week’s five £500 winners were: D Crozier Susan Hood Lisa Hunt Gary Collier Dennis Hubbarb
However, there’s chance to win big next week as the Rollover Draw ticked over for another week and stands at £750 for Week 52.
Mr P Wenham won the meal voucher at either the Old Nags Head or Rojos Diablos in Irlam. T Downie was this week’s winner of the Vue cinema tickets at The Lowry Venue.
Mrs M Rice & Anthony Pugh was the winner of the meal voucher at Walkabout – The Printworks, Manchester. Finally, Joseph Bieliunas won the meal voucher at Castle in the Air – JD Wetherspoons at The Chill Factore.
There were also 44 winners of the £10 consolation prizes. Congratulations to all the winners. The Gold Line Draw are currently running an exclusive offer for Salford Red Devils supporters.
We have exclusive rights to produce a limited edition of 100 A2 prints of the 2019 squad – as can be seen on this page – which will also be hand-signed by the squad and will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity.
The first new 100 members who join from the launch of this promotion – 17th February 2019 – via our Direct Debit payment method at a minimum of £2 per week (payments can be monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually) will reserve themselves a print which will be issues following a minimum of two months payments being received by the Club.
You can join the Gold Line Draw by simply E-Mailing SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com with the subject ‘join’.
We have recently launched our new ‘Supporters Pack’ for the Gold Line Draw with full detailshere.
To sign up for the Gold Line Draw via Direct Debit click here.
To sign up for the Gold Line Draw via Standing Order click here.
You can also subscribe to the results directly to your inbox each week by E-Mailing SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com with the subject ‘subscribe’. Here are the full result sheets for Week 51:
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. https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJdExfnKv0/
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.
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Joey Lussick throws the dummy and forces his way over the line!
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.”
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!
Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Sunday’s trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to face Castleford Tigers, 3:30pm kick-off.
Adam Walker is now eligible to play for Salford Red Devils and is named in this weekend’s squad in place of Greg Burke. The former Scotland international will be hopeful of making his debut for the Red Devils.
Jake Bibby retains his place in the 19-man squad after a sensational performance at Catalans which saw him score twice and claim two try-assists. Daniel Murray is again included after another impressive showing in the south of France. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s visit to Castleford from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office up until 4pm on Saturday 16th March. Purchase in advance and save money! Here is the 19-man squad in full:
Tickets are now available to purchase for our trip to the Capital to face London Broncos on Saturday 27th April.
Salford Red Devils fans can purchase their tickets for this huge Betfred Super League clash from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of your purchase if you buy in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets for this game are available from the AJ Bell Stadium up until 5pm on Friday 26th April. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult:£23 Over 65s, students and forces:£18 Junior:£5 Junior Swaps:Available in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
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 £28 for all classes. The pick-up points and times are as follows: Chandos Social Club: 9:05am Royal Sovereign: 9:15am Eccles Town Hall: 9:30am Dog & Partridge: 9:35am AJ Bell Stadium: 9:55am
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee. Supporters are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.