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Match Report | St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils were unable to record successive Betfred Super League victories as they suffered a 34-2 away defeat to St Helens.
Two tries from Ben Barba alongside further scores from Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson ensured the Saints ran out deserved winners at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Despite not claiming any points within the early stages, the Red Devils made a bright start to the contest and minimised any potential threats from the St Helens fold.
Salford opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Gareth O’Brien converted a penalty 12 yards in front of the posts to give The Reds a two points lead.
St Helens responded well and almost crossed over when McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered towards the Salford line, although Logan Tomkins was equal to the forward’s efforts and held him up in goal.
Saints’ determination paid dividends as Makinson pounced onto Barba’s grubber kick to give the hosts the lead, however Danny Richardson was unable to convert the extras.
Makinson’s effort appeared to instill some belief with the hosts, they extended their lead five minutes from time as the lively Barba seized upon a gap in the Salford backline before racing 30m to cross over in what proved to be the final point scoring action of the half, Richardson again missed the resulting goal.
It took Saints just five minutes to pick up where they left off after the interval, Barba fought off several tackle attempts before diving over to give the home side some breathing space, Richardson successfully converted the extras to leave the scores at 14-2.
Minutes later, Saints increased the margin between the sides by a further two points as Richardson landed a penalty in front of the sticks, after O’Brien’s drop-out flew into touch on the full.
With less than thirty minutes of the game remaining, Salford were temporarily reduced to twelve men as Lama Tasi was sin binned for two dangerous tackle attempts in as many minutes.
Salford had a glorious opportunity to claw their way back into the tie, Jack Littlejohn found Junior Sa’u out wide although the former’s pass was deemed forward.
Despite the Red Devils’ perseverance, St Helens crossed over again eleven minutes from time as McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over, Richardson converted the extras.
Soon after, Saints were in again as former Salford man Theo Fages poked the ball into space before Lomax touched the ball down, Richardson successfully kicked the resulting goal.
Unfortunately for Ian Watson’s side, the hosts weren’t finished there as Thompson broke away after the full-time hooter before diving over, Richardson converted the extras to complete the rout.
The win now means the hosts sit top of the Betfred Super League table.
St Helens Lineup: Barba, Swift, Makinson, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Richardson, Amor, Roby, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin
Interchanges: Fages, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas
Salford Lineup: O’Brien, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Tasi, McCarthy, Jones, Flanagan
Interchanges: Kopczak, Burgess, Nakubuwai, Wood
St Helens Scorers: Tries- Makinson (25’), Barba (35’, 45’), McCarthy-Scarsbrook (69’), Lomax (72’), Thompson (80’)
Goals- Richardson (46’, 49’, 70’, 73′, 80’)
Salford Scorers: Tries- N/A
Goals– O’Brien (17’)
Man of the Match: Josh Wood
Referee: S.Mikalauskas 
Touch Judges: G.Jones, M.Craven
In Goal Judges: T.Owen, J.Butterfield
Attendance: 10,008
 
By Ryan Booth

Flashback | St Helens 14-10 Salford Red Devils | Friday 22nd March 2013

Ahead of tomorrow’s game at St Helens we take a look down memory lane to a previous Betfred Super League fixture at the Totally Wicked Stadium with stark similarities to this weekend’s.
Alan Hunte’s Salford travelled to St Helens in round eight of the 2013 Super League season and despite the game taking place in late March the pitch was covered in snow.
The conditions made it a difficult affair for both sides with the hosts going into the interval just 6-0 ahead thanks to an Ade Gardner try and a penalty goal from debutant Lewis Charnock.
But, it was St Helens who continued to control the game in the second-half as Francis Meli crossed following a break from now Red Devil Josh Jones. This was alongside two more goals from Charnock to seemingly put the game out of the reach of the Red Devils.
However, Salford almost clawed back a result as Jordan James put half-back Liam Foran through a gap to score before Marc Sneyd made it two quick fire tries for the visitors. A successful conversion narrowed the arrears further but Salford’s winless away run continued.
Salford Interim Head Coach Alan Hunte said: “We were down to the bare bones at the end, but the performance was very pleasing I thought we deserved something.
“Both sides rolled up their sleeves in the conditions and there was little between the teams. They had that little bit of quality to get over the line.
“In the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half we needed to put pressure on but did not manage to do that and that gave Saints confidence, but I could not ask any more of our guys.”
The teams that day:
St Helens: Wellens; Gardner, Turner, Jones, Meli; Charnock, Wilkin; Perry, Ashe, Puletua, Manu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Flanagan. Interchanges: Soliola, Clough, Walmsley, Speakman.
Salford: Sneyd; D. Williams, Gleeson, Gibson, Broughton; Fages, Foran; Griffin, Godwin, Neal, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild. Interchanges: Howarth, Nero, Boyle, James.
 

Factfile | St Helens vs Salford Red Devils | Sunday 4th March

Ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Super League clash with St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium we take a look at the facts behind this fixture.
Head-to-head
Saints are somewhat of a bogey team for Salford however the Red Devils have begun to curve that in recent seasons with two wins against St Helens in their last five meetings with the six-time Betfred Super League winners.
Both of these victories came at the AJ Bell Stadium with a comfortable 44-10 win in 2016 followed by a 22-14 victory in round eight of the 2017 Betfred Super League season.
However, it’s on the road where the difficulties lie for Salford as they are without a win at St Helens since 1980. The closest the Red Devils have come to edging out Saints at St Helens came last season when a last-minute drop-goal from former Red Devil Matty Smith sealed a win for Justin Holbrook’s side.
Overall in the Super League era, Salford have won six times against St Helens while the hosts have won 36 times against the Red Devils. There is yet to be a draw between the two sides in the Betfred Super League.
Try-scoring
Last weekend Niall Evalds crossed twice in a convincing 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at the AJ Bell Stadium and in the process became the first-ever Salford player to score in each of the opening games of a Betfred Super League season.
Evalds also enjoys playing at the Totally Wicked Stadium as the versatile back scored twice in the narrow 25-24 loss at St Helens last season. In fact, Evalds has scored in his last four competitive outings including a try in the final game of the 2017 season which came against St Helens.
As for Saints – they also have a regular threat against Salford. Prop-forward Alex Walmsley has scored three tries in his last three appearances against Salford including a brace in last season’s Super 8’s clash between the sides in late September.
Played for both
There are a host of former St Helens players in Ian Watson’s 19-man squad for this weekend. Prop-forward Lama Tasi spent time at the Totally Wicked Stadium between his two stints with the Red Devils while Josh Jones and Mark Flanagan were both part of St Helens’ 2014 Betfred Super League Grand Final winning team.
Gareth O’Brien also earned seven appearances with the Saints on loan from Warrington Wolves.
St Helens half-back duo Matty Smith and Theo Fages both enjoyed spells at the AJ Bell Stadium. Smith’s original stint in 2010 was on loan from St Helens before joining the Red Devils on a permanent basis. Fages came through the ranks at Salford and went on to make over 65 appearances for Salford before signing St Helens in 2016.

Update | New times for Supporters’ Coach to St Helens

The Supporters’ Coach will still be running on Sunday 4th March for our trip to St Helens, 4pm kick-off.
The new times and pick-up points are as follows:
Chandos Social Club (13:30pm)
Royal Sovereign (13:40pm)
Eccles Town Hall (13:55pm)
Dog and Partridge (14:05pm)
AJ Bell Stadium (14:20pm)
Anybody who can’t make the game with it now being scheduled for Sunday, 4pm but have booked onto the Supporters’ Coach you can claim your refund by visiting the Club Ticket Office but you will need to produce your match day ticket.

Tomorrow’s game against St Helens is postponed

Following a pitch inspection we can confirm that Friday’s fixture against St Helens will not go ahead.
There are parts of the surface that remain frozen even though it has been covered for more than 10 days. There will now be a pitch inspection on Sunday at 10am and then a further one at noon.
With the current forecast so changeable St Helens are making all efforts to get the game on. At present, if the pitch is playable then the fixture will kick off at 4pm. This decision is to allow the pitch the greatest chance to thaw.
We fully understand the disruption this may cause fans but with a very busy fixture list both clubs are keen to get the game on if we can this weekend We once again thank fans for their understanding and we will continue to update you as soon as we can.
All tickets will remain valid for Sunday’s fixture and, if the game cannot be played on that day, the rearranged fixture.
Any fans who have purchased tickets for the game who cannot make Sunday can get a refund from the AJ Bell Stadium provided they show their match ticket. 
We will also confirm Supporters’ Coach details in due course.
Stay tuned to our social media channels for any updates.

Squad | Ian Watson names unchanged squad for trip to Saints

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named an unchanged 19-man squad for the trip to St Helens on Friday evening.
Watson’s men got off the mark for the 2018 Betfred Super League season last Friday night with a 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
You can purchase tickets from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or by phoning 0161 786 1570. If you purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium before 3pm on Friday 2nd March the Club retains 25% of your purchase.
Here is the squad in full:

Tickets | Purchase your tickets for our upcoming trip to St Helens

Purchase your tickets for our upcoming back-to-back away games against St Helens and Castleford Tigers from the Club Ticket Office.
Ian Watson’s men will look to make it two wins from two on Friday evening (2nd March) as they travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium to face early pacesetters St Helens, 8pm kick-off.
Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any tickets purchased in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office. Purchase directly from the Club Ticket Office or phone 0161 786 1570.
The deadline for purchasing from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office is 3pm on Friday 2nd March.
Ticket prices for the trip to St Helens are as follows:
Adult: £22.50
Concession (65+): £15.50
Young Adult (19-21): £15.50
Youth (17-18): £13
Junior (16 and under): £10
Junior Swaps: Available at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
Coach travel is also available for this game and can be booked directly from the AJ Bell Stadium by visiting the Ticket Office or phoning 0161 786 1570. Coach travel is priced at £11 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club – 5:30pm
Royal Sovereign – 5:40pm
Eccles Town Hall – 5:55pm
Dog & Partridge – 6:05pm
AJ Bell Stadium – 6:20pm
Tickets and coach travel are also available for our trip to Castleford from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570 with full ticket prices and coach details here.
Tickets are also on sale for our next home game against back-to-back Challenge Cup winners Hull FC on Friday 16th March and are available from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.

Salford Red Devils Weller Hauraki at City Square tonight

Weller Hauraki and Dr Devil will be at the Manchester City Square prior to the runaway Premier League leaders fixture against West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.
The event marks the launch of the 2018 Betfred Super League for all the teams in the North West with the season kicking off on Thursday night as Leeds face Warrington and Hull face Huddersfield.
Salford Red Devils, Widnes Vikings, Warrington Wolves and St Helens will all be represented at the event with each Clubs mascot participating in the mascot race.
Club captain and Manchester City fan Weller Hauraki will join Widnes Coach Dennis Betts, St Helens Coach Justin Holbrook and Warrington Wolves forward Dominic Crosby.
If you’re at the Manchester City square tonight make sure you say hello to Weller Hauraki, cheer on Dr Devil and send us your pictures or videos from the event.

Tickets on sale for our clash at St Helens in March

Tickets are now on sale for our second away game of the 2018 Betfred Super League season against St Helens on Friday 2nd March.
The game is set to kick-off at 8pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and will be your second opportunity to see the Red Devils on the road in the 2018 Super League season.
Supporters can purchase their tickets for our clash with St Helens in early March directly from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils receive 25% of any tickets purchased directly from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford Red Devils supporters will be situated in the East Terrace (Standing) however there are a limited number of North Stand (Seated) tickets available but at a higher price.
The full prices for East Terrace (Standing) are as follows: 
Adults: £22.50
Concessions (65+, 19-21): £15.50
Youth (17-18): £13
Junior: £10
Junior Swaps: Free and available from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
Under 5: Free but will need a ticket.
Carer: Free.
The full prices for North Stand (Seated) are as follows:
Adults: £25
Concession (65+, 19-21): £18.50
Youth (17-18): £15
Junior: £10
Junior Upgrade: £5
Carer: Free
For anyone needing wheelchair access please contact St Helens direct on 10744 455052. Disabled parking is limited and must be ordered via JohnMurphy@SaintsRLFC.com.
There will also be a supporter’s coach available for the trip to St Helens priced at £11 for all classes and the pick-up points are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 5:30pm
Royal Sovereign: 5:40pm
Eccles Town Hall: 5:55pm
Dog and Partridge: 6:05pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 6:20pm
Fans can purchase your tickets for our away game with St Helens at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.

Salford capture young French forward Levy Nzoungou

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of young French prop-forward Levy Nzoungou.
Nzoungou spent last season at Championship Shield winners Toulouse Olympique following a short spell in the youth system with NRL giants Melbourne Storm.
The prop-forward came through the ranks at St Helens and helped their U19’s side win the Academy Grand Final against local rivals Wigan Warriors on the back of an unbeaten season in 2016.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Levy is a big young athletic middle who impressed when playing for Toulouse.
“I watched Levy play at Toulouse once he came back from Melbourne and the impact he made coming off the bench in the Championship showed he’d developed and learned from his experiences in Australia and at St Helens which we hope to continue here at Salford.
“His strength and leg speed made him a standout performer and his attitude in defence is a clear reflection on his time with Melbourne.”
Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, added: “Levy is an exciting new capture who I know Coach Watson has had his eye for a while now. I was delighted when we agreed terms for such a talented athlete and I’m looking forward to seeing Levy challenge for a first team spot at the start of the new season.
“Levy is another addition from our new signings that the Club are currently finalising along with Coach Watson. We are strengthening the current squad as promised with talented and hungry individuals that will assist our club to build on last seasons Super League position and push towards another successful year.”
Nzoungou is now the Red Devils fifth addition for the 2018 season following the signings of Manu Vatuvei, Tyrone McCarthy, Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion.
 
Remember if you want to see Levy Nzoungou in action you can purchase your 2018 Season Ticket now. A full breakdown of Season Ticket prices can be found here while a full Direct Debit breakdown per ticket can be found here.