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Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 4-26 St Helens

Salford Red Devils fell to a 4-26 defeat at the hands of St Helens on Thursday evening and there were a number of talking points from the game.

Attitude

While the result wasn’t the one the Red Devils were looking for the performance was certainly a positive one as Salford put up a resilient display full of ‘effort and endeavour’ as Watson referenced in his post-match press conference.
The first half saw a real back-and-forth affair for the first twenty minutes before Saints opened up a lead heading into the break. However, much like large periods of the first half, Salford matched the current Super League leaders for most of the second half but just couldn’t open up the St Helens defence.


Salford’s defence remained strong for long spells of the game in comparison with their last home outing against Leeds Rhinos. If there were two moments that encapsulated the ‘never-say-die’ attitude they were certainly Ken Sio and Niall Evalds hunting down Tommy Makinson as he broke free and Jackson Hastings pulling off a sensational defensive effort on Makinson also as he went to score in the corner.
There is no doubting that if the levels of effort and desire remain the same next week in France that Salford will be confident of coming away from the Stade Gilbert Brutus with two points. 

Injuries

It was a tough evening at the office for the Red Devils and that showed in the warm-up as George Griffin had to pull out of the starting line-up with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Daniel Murray.
The injury woes continued for Salford in the early stages as Captain Lee Mossop had to leave the field after just five minutes with a similar injury meaning Salford had to play a huge period of the game with 16 men.

Greg Burke also had to leave the field with for a concussion assessment which meant Gil Dudson returned to the pitch almost immediately after coming off to the interchange bench. Jackson Hastings also missed the final ten minutes of the game as he also needed to undergo a concussion assessment. The game may well have gone a different way had Salford had some better luck with injuries on the night.
Lee Mossop and George Griffin are both being monitored ahead of this weekend’s game against Catalans while Greg Burke and Jackson Hastings will also be looking to be in contention to make the 19-man squad.  

Jansin Turgut

The acquisition of Jansin Turgut last season and his re-signing in the off-season may be one that had slipped under the radar with the other incomings however the Turkish international has put in some sterling performances thus far in the 2019 Betfred Super League.
Turgut was named as the Man of the Match by match sponsor Middleton Barton Group. The back-rower managed to earn an impressive 100 metres during Thursday evening’s game and also racked up a fantastic 44 defensive efforts. He was also prevented his first Red Devils try by a matter of inches in the first half.
The 22-year-old is definitely making an impression at the AJ Bell Stadium during his first full month of game time and he will be looking to carry his fine form into March and onwards.

Gameday shenanigans

Ahead of kick-off, special guests Jackson Yamba and his ten-year-old son David brought the matchball onto the field to an absolutely amazing reception and the Salford Red Devils fans displayed the true meaning of the Salford community! 
Half-time of yesterday’s game saw the debut of ‘Wild Thang’s Wild Five Minutes’ with Dr Devil firing t-shirts into the crowd thanks to our brand-new t-shirt cannon with one lucky fan winning a golden ticket for a fabulous prize at our next home game.


Thursday’s game also saw the Salford University Takeover Day with a number of students, staff and alumni attending in both a professional capacity in the press area and as supporters. There was also a heavy Salford University presence in and around the AJ Bell Stadium as a major step between one our main partners for 2019.
 
Tickets for Salford Red Devils next two home fixtures against Wigan Warriors on 24th March and Hull FC on 7th April are both available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 7861 570 or online HERE. You can SAVE money by purchasing in advance!

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 4-26 St Helens

Despite a valiant effort, Salford Red Devils fell to a 4-26 defeat to St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium in their fifth fixture of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
Although the 22-point margin may suggest otherwise, the game was a hard-fought affair however the current table-toppers came out on top thanks to a double from James Roby and tries from Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax and Regan Grace. Derrell Olpherts crossed for Salford’s only try of the game.
The evening didn’t get off to a great start for the Red Devils as they lost George Griffin in the warm-up and he was subsequently replaced by Daniel Murray. However, the struggles continued five minutes into the game as Lee Mossop left the field with a similar injury leaving Salford down to 16 men for the remainder of the game.
Jansin Turgut went close for Salford in the early stages but was stopped just short of the line. But it was St Helens who opened the scoring just before the midpoint of the first half as Percival climbed highest for a cross-field kick. Lachlan Coote converted.
Injury issues continued for Salford as Greg Burke had to leave the field for a concussion assessment with Gil Dudson returning after just a few minutes on the interchange bench. The visitors would soon score again as Lomax managed to force his way over from close-range.
On the half-time hooter, Roby managed to burrow his way under the Salford defence. Coote converted to further the lead going into the break.
Following an immense cover tackle from Jackson Hastings, Salford would grab the first try after the interval as Olpherts rose highest to claim a cross-field kick and get the Red Devils on the scoreboard.
St Helens immediately replied, however. Dominique Peyroux was denied by video referee Rob Hicks but from the following scrum as the ball went wide to Grace to go over in the corner. The Red Devils continued to push but couldn’t cross again and it was Saints who finished the scoring as Roby grabbed his second of the game five minutes from time.
Salford: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Murray.
Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, McCarthy, Tomkins.
St Helens: Coote, Makinson, Costello, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles.
Interchanges: Lees, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paulo, Amor.
 
Salford Tries: Olpherts (53’).
Salford Conversions: N/A.
 
Saints Tries: Percival (18’), Lomax (32’), Roby (39’, 75’), Grace (56’)
Saints Conversions: Coote (19’, 40’, 76’)
 
Referee: Ben Thaler.
Video Referee: Rob Hicks.
Attendance: 4064.

Gameday Information | Salford Red Devils vs St Helens | Thursday 28th February

Everything you need to know ahead of Salford Red Devils vs St Helens.
Key information
Salford Red Devils will host St Helens in our third home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season on Thursday 28th February. The game is set to kick-off at 7:45pm.
The West and South Stands will be open for home fans on Thursday evening while the travelling St Helens supporters will be situated in the East Stand.
Ticketing
You can purchase tickets for Thursday’s game against St Helens at the Club Ticket Office prior to kick-off. You must purchase a ticket as oppose to paying on the turnstile. Remember, ticket prices will rise by £2 on gameday, so we’d encourage supporters to purchase their tickets ahead of Thursday. You can purchase online, HERE.
2019 Season Tickets are valid for the fixture and if you are yet to collect your 2019 Season Ticket you can do so before Thursday’s game from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
If you are a member of a community club who has received a FREE Junior Season Ticket this week and sent off your form, you will be able to collect your 2019 Season Ticket from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office prior to Thursday’s game against St Helens.
We now have more availability in the 1873 Suite for Salford Red Devils to purchase 2019 Season Tickets on a pro-rata basis for our VIP area. You can purchase a 2019 Season Ticket for the 1873 Suite if you visit the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office before 5pm on Thursday. Alternatively, you could purchase over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. For prices and more details click HERE.
Tickets for our next away fixture at Catalans Dragons on Saturday 9th March at Stade Gilbert Brutus are now available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office following full-time of Thursday’s game. Ticket details and prices can be seen HERE. 
Our following two home games against Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March and Hull FC on Sunday 7th April are also now on-sale and will be available at the AJ Bell Stadium following full-time of Thursday’s game. However, you can get yours now by calling 0161 786 1570 or by clicking HERE.
Stadium and Security  
AJ Bell Stadium turnstiles will be open for general admission at 6:30pm.
If you are an 1873 Season Ticket holder you can gain access via the Main Reception from 5:30pm. You must be wrist-banded on entry to gain access to the 1873 Suite.
The smoking pens at either end of the West Stand will be open for fans to use. These will be open before the game and close as the first half gets underway. The smoking pens will re-open ten minutes before half-time and close as the second half gets underway.
Please remember that all bags must be checked on entry to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Transport and Parking
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust are in action for Thursday’s fixture against St Helens. Both the RD1 and RD2 have brand-new quicker routes for the 2019 season with both journeys now only taking approximately 45 minutes. Please note the pick-up times will be for a 19:45pm kick-off on Thursday evening.
To book your place on either service, click HERE.
Car parking is available at the AJ Bell Stadium and is priced at £6 per car. Seasonal car park passes are valid for this fixture.
Club Shop
Unfortunately, WildThang won’t be at this evening’s fixture against St Helens but will be returning at our next home game against Wigan Warriors on Sunday 24th March.
However, WildThang will be bringing us a ‘Wild Five Minutes’ at half-time of Thursday’s game as Dr Devil will be firing shirts into the crowd with one containing a golden ticket for an amazing prize at our next home game!
Remember, you can still purchase your Salford Red Devils merchandise via the online store, HERE.
Hospitality and Club 13 
All guests who are dining at Thursday’s fixture against St Helens whether that be in our Platinum Club or in the executive boxes can enter via Reception from 5:30pm onwards. Again, all guests will need to wrist-banded on entry.
Guests at our Club 13 networking event will also enter via Reception from 5:30pm onwards.
Marquee and Catering
The marquee will be open from 5:30pm and DJ Andy Steele will be entertaining both the Salford Red Devils and St Helens supporters pre and post-match while you soak up the atmosphere.
Salford Red Devils along with Elior are delighted to confirm there is a fantastic offer of £3 on all pints following the game – stay behind and enjoy DJ Andy Steele with excellent prices.
Salford University will also be bringing their speed-reaction game for fans to test their agility in the lead-up to the game.
Catering vans will also be positioned in both the outside forecourt and area between the West and South stands. Kiosks inside the stands will open from 6:30pm.
Forecourt Activity
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will have a table in the forecourt where they will be selling previous editions of ‘The Red Devil’ from the games against London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos. They will also be signing up members.
Pre-Game Entertainment
Ahead of Thursday’s game, the ‘Red Angels’ will be performing a dual-performance with the ‘Saints Angels’ as part of the pre-game entertainment. Make sure to show them some support!
Half-Time Activity
At half-time, we will see the debut of WildThang’s ‘Wild Five Minutes’ which will see Club mascot Dr Devil fire t-shirts into the crowd with our brand-new t-shirt cannon with one shirt containing a golden ticket for a prize at an upcoming Salford Red Devils fixture.
The ‘Red Angels’ and ‘Saints Angels’ will also be performing again at half-time.
The Red Devil
‘The Red Devil’ will return for the third issue of the season and this week’s cover star and focus of the big interview is Jansin Turgut and don’t forget you will collect your third token of the season to earn a signed match ball at the end of the season!
Also, in this week’s issue, we sit down with Derrell Olpherts to put him in profile, we speak to Club Videographer Cari Morris, Salford Red Devils fan Nathan Archer as well as looking at our opponents St Helens and getting the latest from Ian Watson, Salford Red Devils Foundation and Gold Line Draw.
Special Guest
Jackson Yamba and his son – who were the victims of a racial attack on their property in Salford recently – will be guests in our Platinum Club and will bring the ball onto the field pre-match.
Make sure to give them a warm welcome and show them what the community of Salford is really like!
 

Tickets | New limited availability in the 1873 Suite for 2019 season

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm we now have new availability for Season Tickets and match tickets in our 1873 suite for the remainder of the season however availability is extremely limited!
Supporters can now purchase Season Tickets for our remaining 12 home games of the season in our 1873 suite or current Season Ticket holders can upgrade their tickets, but you will need to act quickly as space is limited.
You can purchase an 1873 Suite Season Ticket – which will include tomorrow’s game against St Helens – up until 5pm tomorrow from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.  
Our 1873 suite gives supporters access to Salford Red Devils first team players post-match and allows them to see the official Man of the Match interview in an indoor area with seats as well as having a padded seat in the West Stand VIP area. 
Season Ticket prices for our 1873 suite prior to tomorrow’s game are as follows:
Adult: £376
Concession: £283
Junior: £188
Family: £753
Current Season Ticket holders can upgrade their 2019 Season Tickets to the 1873 Suite by simply paying the difference from their original purchase.
Match tickets for tomorrow’s game against St Helens are also available in the 1873 suite but we’d encourage supporters to purchase quickly as availability is very limited. Tickets can be purchased from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Prices are as follows:
Adult: £44
Concession: £33
Junior: £22
Family: £88
These prices will rise by £2 on gameday so we’d encourage supporters to purchase their tickets in advance to SAVE money!
Salford Red Devils would like to thank the AJ Bell Stadium and Elior for their co-operation in helping us make tickets available in our 1873 Suite. We are hopeful Salford Red Devils supporters will purchase their tickets for this area and support the Club, AJ Bell Stadium and Elior.

Gold Line Draw | Week 48

Here are all the results from Week 48 of the Gold Line Draw as yet another five £500 winners were crowned.
This week’s five £500 winners were:
Mrs C Ball
Lynette Bentley
P Gallant
M Goddard
M B Dwyer
However, there’s chance to win big next week as the Rollover Draw ticked over for another week and now stands at a massive £4,000 for Week 49.
Mr Grindley won the meal voucher at either the Old Nags Head or Rojos Diablos in Irlam. Bill Sloan was this week’s winner of the Vue cinema tickets at The Lowry Venue.
Elaine Wood & Mrs Ledson were the winner of the meal voucher at Walkabout – The Printworks, Manchester. Finally, Lilian Jordan won the meal voucher at Castle in the Air – JD Wetherspoons at The Chill Factore.
There were also 42 winners of the £10 consolation prizes.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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 details here. 
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 48:

Squad | Ian Watson makes one change for Saints

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Thursday’s Betfred Super League fixture with St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium, 7:45pm kick-off.
Mark Flanagan comes into the squad in place of Lee Mossop. Tyrone McCarthy and Daniel Murray retain their places after impressive showings at KCOM Craven Park last weekend.
Jake Bibby will be looking for his first start of the 2019 season.
Tickets for Thursday’s game against St Helens are available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
Here is the full 19-man squad:

Tickets | Our trip to Catalans Dragons is now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Salford Red Devils’ trip to France to take on Catalans Dragons on Saturday 9th March, 6pm kick-off – local time.
You can purchase tickets for this Betfred Super League clash by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
With the prices including change we would encourage supporters to bring the right money when purchasing your tickets or pay via card.
Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:
Adults: £20
Students: £8.90
Juniors (U12): £3.60
Junior Swaps: FREE
Tickets for this fixture will be available to book following Thursday’s home fixture against St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium. Again, we would like to encourage fans to bring the right money or pay via card.

Jansin Turgut | “It was a really good team performance”

Salford Red Devils back-rower Jansin Turgut returned to Hull for the first time since joining the Red Devils and he says the side really pulled together to complete a memorable comeback victory at KCOM Craven Park.

On the victory…

It was a really good team performance. There were some outstanding efforts from the lads particularly in defence and then George Griffin did a full eighty minutes. I think we knew that going into half-time – even though we were behind – we knew we’d gifted them points by not completing our sets and giving them easy field position and then, ultimately, they scored on the back of that. We knew if we went out after half-time and got into a battle with them and a ‘set-for-set’ mentality then we would pull through the other side with the win.

On the momentum of the game…

I felt there was a point in the first half in which their middles had fatigued, and we had the chance to capitalise, but we didn’t take that opportunity and took our foot off the gas a little bit and enabled them to get back in it which saw them take the lead. In the second-half, we did have that momentum change which we definitely felt, and we tried to make that the turning point with a couple of repeat sets on their line before we scored.

On the final few minutes…

I was watching on the side-line for the final few minutes, but I was nervous for the lads but I’m always confident that we’ve got enough experience and talent throughout the squad to be able to see the game out and make the right decisions.

On the upcoming week…

It’s up to Ian Watson but we’ll recover and do some video analysis on this weekend’s game and ahead of next weekends. We’ll make sure our training is short and sharp this week focusing on ourselves and we’ll be aiming up going into the St Helens game on Thursday evening.
 
Tickets for our game against St Helens on Thursday 28th February are available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online HERE.

Ian Watson | “We showed real character”

Salford Red Devils got back to winning ways with a brilliant 22-24 comeback victory over Hull Kingston Rovers and Head Coach Ian Watson was pleased with the character his side displayed.
He covered a number of subjects in his post-match press conference.

On the nature of the victory… 

It was really good for us as a team and as a group going forward. To be able to show that mentality after so many errors in the first half and to turn the tide like that shows real character within the team and emphasises how good our team spirit is.

On the half-time team talk…

It was 8-22 at half-time and when we came in at half time, I just felt like if we’d cut the errors out, we’d win the game and we needed to complete sets and put the pressure on Hull Kingston Rovers. In the first half we started well and were on the front foot with some of our attacks, but we kept compounding it with errors on our own try-line and giving them the opportunities to attack us. We just spoke at half time about tidying that area up as we were carrying the ball too loose and we were causing our own downfall but once we rectified that in the second half, we looked really good.

Any standout performers… 

George Griffin. He’s played eighty minutes in the middle and then at right back-row for us and that is a big ask to play in the middle for that amount of time. Then he moved into the back-row and made a real impact out there so we’ve got to give big credit to him.

On the half-backs…

There are more than Jackson Hastings in our team. Jackson has pulled off a great try-saving tackle in the second half on Joel Tomkins underneath the posts at a delicate time for us. Rob Lui was great, and he plays on the back of Jackson, but the pack has got to set the platform for you to go forward. If your pack doesn’t go forward your half-backs can’t do anything on the back of it so there are more than just one or two players, but Rob Lui was great.

On Joey Lussick… 

He was probably out there for a little bit too long in the first half and he started to fatigue but when he came back on, I thought he settled us down and got us back to our old processes.

On the importance of the victory…

I think it’s a big one this. I don’t think many teams will come to Hull Kingston Rovers and win. It’s a tough place to come despite us having a few decent wins at KCOM Craven Park but they are a good team and they’ve recruited really well, and they play a great style of football. For us to get two points here and come back in the fashion we did we have to give massive credit to the players, and it was a great game but was a little nervy towards the end.

On the start to the season…

It’s been a strong start for us, and it is exactly what we wanted. We’ve got St Helens, Catalans and Castleford in the coming weeks, so this win sets us up nicely going into these games.

On the short turnaround…

With us playing on Thursday night we’ll have to look after the players.
 
Tickets for our game against St Helens on Thursday 28th February are available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online HERE.

Talking Points | Hull Kingston Rovers 22-24 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils made it three wins from four in the 2019 Betfred Super League season with a remarkable comeback victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at KCOM Craven Park and it certainly threw up some interesting talking points.

Comeback

The biggest talking point from the win over Hull Kingston Rovers was, of course, the nature of it. Salford Red Devils found themselves 22-8 down at half-time only to go on and earn a memorable 22-24 victory at KCOM Craven Park.
There were many impressive facets to Salford’s comeback but the key to their success was a resilient and improved second half defensive display. The Red Devils managed to keep to Rovers at bay throughout the whole of the second half and this is now the third time this season that Salford have kept a side scoreless for a full forty minutes.


On the other hand, the Red Devils retention of the ball improved massively in the second half as Ian Watson’s men cut out the errors and were much more sensible with ball in hand. This paid dividend as the half went on with Salford getting more attacking opportunities and eventually taking the chances that came their way.
There was a stark contrast between the Salford team from the first half to the second half and Ian Watson will be looking to ensure it’s the side that went out for the second half who turn up on Thursday evening against St Helens.

George Griffin’s performance 

George Griffin moved up from the interchange bench to loose-forward for this weekend’s win over Hull Kingston Rovers and it was an inspired change from Head Coach Ian Watson as the 26-year-old put in a phenomenal 80-minute display.
The loose-forward, who moved into the back-row, was an absolute rock in defence making a massive 50 tackles against Hull Kingston Rovers, this was 18 more than any other Red Devil. Griffin also took 13 carries and was a constant thorn in the side of the Robins in both defence and attack.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “For him to do eighty minutes like that and move to the right back-row and make an impact there like he did is a massive credit to him.

First games of the season

Along with Griffin moving into the starting line-up, Daniel Murray and Tyrone McCarthy were both named among the interchanges for the first this year and both forwards made strong openings to their 2019 Super League campaigns.
McCarthy has waited patiently for his first opportunity of 2019 to come and he certainly took it with both hands against his former club – Hull Kingston Rovers. McCarthy was solid in defence and certainly lifted the team on his entrance to the field.
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Murray entered the field in the second half and immediately took it to the Hull Kingston Rovers forwards with some solid defence and strong ball carrying throughout. In fact, the 23-year-old took the carry leading up to both Derrell Olpherts’ and Ken Sio’s tries. Murray has continued to develop year-on-year with the Red Devils and that shows no signs of stopping in 2019.
Both Murray and McCarthy will be hoping their performances have put them in line for a position in the team for Thursday evening’s clash with St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Try-scoring exploits

Josh Jones was – once again – a standout performer for Salford and his he managed to power his way over in the first half for his third try in his last three games now crossing against London Broncos, Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers. This is the first time he has scored in three consecutive fixtures since 2013 during his time with St Helens.
Ken Sio pulled off a spectacular finish to help the Red Devils fight back and this was Sio’s fourth try in his first four outings for Salford. Despite not crossing last week, Sio has now found himself on the scoresheet against London Broncos, Hull Kingston Rovers and twice in Round One against Huddersfield Giants.

Derrell Olpherts’ try begun the comeback and this is Olpherts’ second try of the season after rounding off Salford’s opening win of the season against Huddersfield Giants earlier this month. With two tries this year, Olpherts has already matched his tally from the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
Finally, Joey Lussick has now scored in back-to-back games for Salford after also scooting over against Leeds Rhinos last weekend. Lussick also scored in similar fashion in last year’s Qualifiers meeting between the teams.
 
Tickets for our game against St Helens on Thursday 28th February are available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online HERE.