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Willie Poching | “Everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen”

This Thursday’s home game against St Helens sees the start of a run of a number of quite high profile fixtures for Salford fans to savour, with it being followed by a visit to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan, then our first appearance in this season’s Challenge Cup at Leigh, before making the trip up to Newcastle to take on Les Catalans Dragons, in the Magic Weekend.
Indeed, the first of these also has a notoriety of its own with the television cameras being in attendance at the A J Bell, for what will be their third consecutive year of screening our home encounter with the Saints.
They have, in the past two years, been rewarded with two great, giant killing performances by the Red Devils, and clearly are anticipating yet another keenly fought match.
Against a Saints side, clearly still smarting from that reversal at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, two weeks ago, there will be few opportunities of scoring and none can be scorned, nor thoughts allowed to drift ahead to those games coming up behind, as Assistant Coach, Willie Poching, insists.
“Every match you play in is extremely important, and no sooner has one match finished than the next one takes over your focus, so, at this point in time, the St Helens game is where our attention lies. We are doing as much preparation as we can, in the short turn around, to get the players ready to go again.”
Certainly, no-one could have asked for a better performance of our players than the one they produced in last Friday’s onslaught of Wakefield Trinity, who, high in confidence after their defeat of the Saints the previous week, must have really fancied their chances of turning that victory into back-to-back wins.
No-one within our coaching and playing staff, however, is getting carried away with that victory, despite the comprehensive nature of it.
“It wasn’t all one-way traffic, and we are still a little way off what we want to produce, because we hadn’t quite executed our plays in the first half as well as we would have liked, and at 8-0 at half time, the game was still in the balance. The boys responded well in the second half though, but there are still things for us to work on and improve upon.”
Nevertheless, the players, on the back of that victory, will be taking the field in a much more buoyant and confident mood than might otherwise have been the case.
“No matter what they are, when your systems and plays positively influence the scoreboard, it brings players the self-belief and confidence that they can achieve their objectives. They have a lot of belief in one another already, which brings with it a trust in each other, so we have just got to keep all that going in order to retain each of those intangibles which enable you to win your games.”
The trust, to which he refers, had, last Friday, also to incorporate a number of unexpected replacements with a half of the first-choice pack withdrawing through injury or illness. In the event, those replacements slotted in seamlessly.
“That’s the result of having a good squad.  We may not have the biggest, but they are all of fantastic quality, and are a tight knit group, so we can go a little deeper into it than we have had to over recent weeks, and when called upon the players brought in can really put their hand up.
“It’s been some while since George Griffin and Daniel Murray have played, but they both really gave it their best shot, and there wasn’t a player for us who didn’t have a good game. It’s important that, when we go out there each week, we get the top performance from everybody, and whenever that happens we will come close to getting the result we are after.”
Those recent performances, and two home results, against the visiting Saints in recent years are surely testament enough to inspire all the players to produce their best, on Thursday.
“Even in the away match, last season, at Saints, we deserved at least a draw, but circumstances were such that this wasn’t to be. We did some things, which, on reflection, showed that to some extent we threw the game away.
“St Helens are a quality club with a team, and players, of that same quality, and we shall have to be on our guard against them, regardless of past results.  Even looking back to our game against them, in March, we had our moments then, and we shall be wanting to take those into this coming match.”
In addition to this, I am sure that most people would appreciate that we are a much better team now than we were back then – something with which Willie undoubtedly concurs.
“That is the key. You can put in the odd really good performance, but it is being able to back it up over the weeks that is important, and we have just won back to back games, which now has the boys really keen and looking forward to this match.”
With the possibility of at least a couple of last week’s absentees in line for returning, the problem for the coaches will be deciding on team selection.
“That’s a great problem to have, and this is what we want – everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen. It’s a good time of year to be in this position.”

Transport | Supporters Bus now available at GMPTE stops

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust RD1 bus service will now stop at any of the GMPTE stops on the route from Salford Precinct to the AJ Bell Stadium. 
Following the success of the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust bus since it was launched for the home game against Hull FC earlier in the season, the bus will now stop at any GMPTE stops as well as the stops originally named online.
However, it is cheaper to pre-book your place on the RD1 service online here. The bus service leaves Gala Bingo at 6pm and is set to arrive at the AJ Bell Stadium for approximately 7pm.
You can pre-book your place on the bus from the following stops:

  1. Gala Bingo, Hankinson Way.
  2. Salford Regent Carpet Warehouse Ltd, Seedley Road, Salford.
  3. The Waggon & Horses, Irlam O’th Height.
  4. Langworthy Reds, Swinton Park Road, Salford.
  5. Hope Library, Eccles Old Road, Salford.
  6. The Eccles Cross – JD Wetherspoon, Regent Street, Eccles.
  7. Dog & Partridge, Church Street, Eccles.

The prices for each pre-booking return category can be seen below:
Salford stops (Stop 1-5)
Adult: £5
U17/Senior: £4
Family: £15
Eccles stops (Stop 6-7)
Adult: £4.50
U17/Senior: £3.50
Family: £13
A family ticket includes two adults and two children. All U11’s must be accompanied by a fully paid adult. You will need your PayPal invoice as proof of purchase on both legs of the journey.
To get on the bus on matchday simply flag the bus down at any GMPTE stops to get on the bus with prices increasing by 50p per passenger on matchday. Both cash or contactless payment fares to the driver are accepted.
There is also a one-way service from the AJ Bell Stadium following full-time priced at £4 which works on a first come first served basis. Head to the RD1 service in the lay-by directly outside the AJ Bell Stadium.
Direct any enquiries to transport@salfordrlfcst@gmail.com
Tickets are still available for Thursday night’s clash with St Helens and can be purchased from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.

Tickets | Thursday night under the lights as Salford host Saints

Purchase your tickets for Thursday’s massive Betfred Super League clash as the Red Devils look to topple the current leaders St Helens.
Ian Watson’s side will be looking to make it three successive Betfred Super League victories and four wins from their last five outings at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday evening.
Get down and support the lads as they look to continue their climb up the table and become just the third team to overcome St Helens in 2018!
Purchase now from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult (South Stand): £20
Concession (South Stand): £15
Family (South Stand): £40
Adult (West Stand): £25
Concession (West Stand): £20
Family (West Stand): £50
Junior (South & West Stands): £10
Remember, fans can also upgrade their tickets to the 1873 Suite for this game by simply paying the difference between their seat in the South or West Stand and the prices for 1873 tickets.
Tickets for 1873 Suite are priced at:
Adults: £35
Concession: £25
Junior: £15
We will be raffling off Weller Hauraki’s signed 2017 playing shirt in the 1873 and Platinum Suite following Thursday night’s game, so you could even come home from the game with a fantastic prize following your upgrade.

Squad | Ian Watson names his 19-man squad to face St Helens on Thursday

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad as the Salford Red Devils look to make it three successive victories as they host St Helens. 
Lee Mossop is available for selection for Thursday’s game after missing the win over Wakefield after failing a concussion assessment the week prior against Huddersfield. Lama Tasi also returns to the squad for after overcoming an illness that kept him out of the victory last week against Trinity.
Jake Shorrocks could be set to start for Ian Watson’s side as Rob Lui is sidelined after picking up a calf injury last Friday. Weller Hauraki also remains sidelined.
Forward quartet Luke Burgess, George Griffin, Daniel Murray and Tyrone McCarthy may all retain their places in the side after returning to action in the dominant victory over Wakefield.
Here is the full 19-man squad:


Hospitality | Late opportunity to book a box for St Helens

There is a late opportunity to book a box for Thursday night’s Betfred Super League game against St Helens.
For just £599+VAT you and nine others can book one of our state of the art corporate boxes to watch the Red Devils take on current table toppers St Helens.
Our corporate boxes offer the best view in the house thanks to the executive seating while you will have your drinks brought to you by our welcoming bar staff.
You will also receive car park spaces, a complimentary programme and a visit from some of the non-playing Salford Red Devils prior to kick-off.
This is a fantastic opportunity to watch the Salford Red Devils in style.
If you’d be interested in booking the box for Thursday’s game please E-Mail Hospitality@SalfordRedDevils.net or phone 0161 786 1590.

Ian Watson | “I’m really confident in the group of players”

Salford Head Coach Ian Watson says he’s ‘really confident in the group of players’ the Red Devils have at their disposal but does believe his side need to start putting in eighty-minute performances If they are to compete for a place in the top eight.
Watson said: “We’ve had two bad halves I’d say.
“Second half against Wigan and this second half against St Helens as well but if we want to compete against the top teams we need to be having eighty-minute performances.
“We’ve sampled the Super 8s last year and we know what kind of level these guys can compete at and it’s up to us to make sure we’re doing things for eighty minutes and at the moment we’re just coming up short of that.
“With Wigan at home we fell short in the second half and Saints again on Sunday.
“I thought against Wakefield – who are looking like a top four team – we were really good we should have got something out of that.
“We’d improved on the Wigan game, we improved again with the Hull KR game and I thought our first half against St Helens – with how Saints tore Castleford apart – was really good but discipline cost us.
“I’m not worried I’m really confident in the group of players we’ve got but we do need to look at ourselves seriously with our discipline issues if we’re going to let that continue and structure out season really.”

Three talking points | St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils

Following yesterday’s 34-2 defeat at the hands of St Helens we take a look at three talking points from the game. 
Following yesterday’s defeat Head Coach Ian Watson bemoaned his sides ill-discipline which he felt was one of two key reasons Salford came away from the Totally Wicked Stadium empty handed.
The Red Devils penalty count was much higher than St Helens’ and the side gave away penalties at crucial times as well as towards the end of Saints’ sets which Ian Watson eluded to in his post-match press conference.
Logan Tomkins also pointed out the sides penalty count as one of the main reasons Saints were allowed to run away with the game. Read his full thoughts here.
Ben Barba
Many predicted Ben Barba to come to life this season following a full off-season with St Helens under his belt and he was certainly the standout performer for the hosts.
Barba crossed for two tries as well as being heavily involved in two others in a Man of the Match display. Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson listed the Australian full-back as the second major factor which helped Justin Holbrook’s men prevail.
Josh Wood
We’ve already picked him out once this season, but youngster Josh Wood continues to flourish this season at hooker.
Wood, who has come into the squad following an injury to Kriss Brining, has excelled this year and looks to be coming into his own on the Betfred Super League stage.
The 21-year-old adds a different dimension to The Red Devils going forward and is interchanging with fellow hooker Logan Tomkins well in the early weeks of the 2018 season.

Logan Tomkins | “We’ve got a lot to work on”

Salford hooker Logan Tomkins admits it was a ‘tough day’ for The Red Devils and points to the sides discipline as an area to improve on.
Tomkins, sponsored by ABL, said: “We prepared well even with the game getting postponed to a Sunday.
“It didn’t really affect us because we had a few more days to go over what we needed to do
“We started well I think we competed for the first fifteen-twenty minutes but then after that we sort of let it slip and we can’t be one of those teams that’s in a game for twenty, out of it for twenty and back in it for twenty.
“It was just inconsistent really so we’ve got a lot of work on.
“It went away from us in the last twenty mintues but it was everything that happened throughout the game really.
“The penalty count was in their favour and when you’re defending back-to-back sets you know extra sets on top of what you’ve already done it’s going to come out at some point and then the last twenty minutes for us it was a bit embarrassing.
“To be honest we didn’t really notice [Lama Tasi’s sin-bin] in the sense we were all trying to work and cover for our mistakes but inevitably it probably took a bit more out of the tank.
“But, that wasn’t why we lost the game it was our discipline. He [Lama Tasi] went off for his discipline but it was the fifteen penalties before that probably put the nail in the coffin.”

Ian Watson | “We got what we deserved in the second half”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson feels his side ‘got what they deserved in the second half’ following a 34-2 defeat to Betfred Super League leaders St Helens.
Watson said: “I thought we got what we deserved in the second half.
“First half we were really good. The difference between the teams for the first sixty minutes was the discipline and Ben Barba to be fair his quality kind of shone.
“The way he came up with his tries the one of the offload from [Alex] Walmsley and the one where he beat [Craig Kopczak] Koppy on his inside shoulder I just thought that was kind of the difference along with our discipline.
“We defended really well in large parts but then we gave penalties away on tackle four and five so not only are we ending up defending one set but two sets to every set that we had.
“If you keep doing that then your defence is fatigued and that’s what you saw in that second half.
“I think first set they completed, we completed ours and on the next one we gave a penalty away on tackle four and then they got a repeat set from a poor error not letting the ball bounce dead and they scored on the back of that.
“We got what we deserved because we weren’t resilient enough as a team to get the result but I think Ben Barba was the one who stood out along with our discipline.
“We were talking [post-match] about having that resilience about us when things aren’t going our way we can’t just shut up shop and put our heads down.
“We’ve got to fight for what we want to get out of the game and out of the season really and I thought we just kind of lacked that a little bit but discipline was the issue today.”