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Willie Poching | “It’s a reward for their efforts”

Following a massive Betfred Super League victory over Widnes Vikings, Assistant Coach Willie Poching expressed his delight for the lads who got to sing their winning song following a tough few weeks.
Poching also gave an update on Jake Shorrocks and Tyrone McCarthy who both left the field early.
Full press conference can be seen below:

Factfile | Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants | Friday 25th May

Here’s a quick run over the facts ahead of tonight’s massive Betfred Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford have enjoyed some sustained success over the Giants in recent seasons winning each of their last five meetings with Huddersfield. The Red Devils have also won each of their last three home fixtures against the West Yorkshire side.
Huddersfield’s last victory over Salford came on 17th June 2016 with a 31-30 win. This was also Huddersfield’s last win at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Devils highest winning margin against Huddersfield came in the last meeting between the sides at the AJ Bell Stadium in the 2017 Super 8s. Salford ran out 52-14 winners with Kris Welham and Manu Vatuvei grabbing braces alongside tries from Tyrone McCarthy, Niall Evalds, Jake Bibby, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones.
Salford have a positive record against the Giants in the Betfred Super League winning 23 of the 40 meetings between the sides. Huddersfield have won the other 17 fixtures while there is yet to be a draw between the teams.
Salford Red Devils winger Greg Johnson will make his 100th appearance for the Club – should he be selected. Johnson debuted for the Red Devils in a 18-14 victory over Wakefield on 16th February 2014.
Mark Flanagan could be in line to make his 200th career appearance this evening. The forward has featured 61 times for Salford since his arrival in 2016. Flanagan has previously made 87 appearances for St Helens (2012-2015), 27 for Wests Tigers (2010-2011) and 11 for Wigan Warriors (2009).
The Giants also have a club milestone which could be celebrated this evening as forward Ukuma Ta’ai may make his 150th appearance for Huddersfield. Aaron Murphy is in line to make his 200th Betfred Super League appearance, also.

Flashback | Salford Red Devils 52-14 Huddersfield Giants | 9th September 2017

Ahead of tonight’s fixture against Huddersfield Giants we take a look back at the last meeting between the sides at the AJ Bell Stadium in which Salford earned their first-ever Super 8s victory.
The Red Devils ran out comfortable victors crossing for nine tries which marked their first win for almost three months and their first-ever win in the Betfred Super League play-offs/Super 8s.
Salford went into the break with a dominant 30-4 lead over the Giants. Kris Welham opened the scoring as he took advantage of some poor Huddersfield defence from Rob Lui’s kick. Mid-season arrivals Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei furthered the hosts lead.
Welham doubled his account for the afternoon before Niall Evalds jinked his way through the Giants defence. Jermaine McGillvary did cross before the break for Huddersfield, but Ian Watson’s side remained in control.
And, their control carried over into the second half with Vatuvei and Jake Bibby both scoring in quick succession to all but confirm victory for Salford. Oliver Roberts scored for Huddersfield, but it failed to slow the Red Devils down.
Back-row duo Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones both forced their way over in the closing stages to round off a fantastic afternoon at the AJ Bell Stadium. Huddersfield’s Ryan Hinchcliffe did score the final try however it was definitely Salford that were laughing after a rampant display.
Salford Head Coach Ian Watson: “I don’t think we have been as good as that in a game-plan for some time. The boys out there have done themselves proud.
“I thought we won the energy battle. We are a team that like to play, and I thought we did some things really well.
“This has been a real tough period for us with a number of losses, but I’ve always said we’d learn things as a group because the Super 8s has been a new experience for us.
“We have just got to worry about ourselves. The table will look after itself. We have been focusing on us rather than worry about chasing a Grand Final. We will take each step as it comes.”
The teams that day:
Salford: Evalds; Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Vatuvei; Lui, G. O’Brien; Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, McCarthy.
Interchanges: A. Walne, Brining, Lannon, J. Walne.
Huddersfield: Rankin; McGillvary, Mellor, Turner, Ormsby; Gaskell, Brough; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta’ai; Roberts, Ferguson, Hinchcliffe.
Interchanges: A. O’Brien, Rapira, Lawrence, Clough.

Stat Pack | Wigan Warriors 30-0 Salford Red Devils

It was a tough evening for the Red Devils at the DW Stadium but there were still some interesting stats behind the result and we take a look in this week’s ‘Stat Pack’.
Derrell Olpherts
He was one of the three players mentioned in this week’s three talking points, but fullback Derrell Olpherts is also this week’s ‘Player in Focus’.
Olpherts had to step into the fullback role in place of an unavailable Niall Evalds and put together some impressive stats at the DW Stadium.
The former Newcastle Thunder man amounted 19 carries – more than any other Red Devil on the evening. While a percentage of these were in kick returns, Olpherts also brought the ball out from his own line with the rest of the backs on numerous occasions.
Olpherts made 180 metres from his 19 carries making him the sides biggest metre-maker on the evening also averaging 9.5 metres per carry. The fullback made nine tackles including bringing down Tom Davies in the late stages of the game.
The 26-year-old was also confident fielding kicks with six kick collections from a possible six.
Defensive shifts
With Logan Tomkins the only hooker in the Salford side last night, the former Wigan Warriors man had to play for almost a full 80 minutes before leaving for a concussion assessment in the closing stages.
Tomkins racked up a mammoth 51 tackles which was 15 more than any other Red Devil on the field. As always, Tomkins also had the most passes for Salford with 92.
Tyrone McCarthy – who is consistently one of the highest tacklers – made 36 and was equal with youngster Daniel Murray who put in another fantastic Betfred Super League performance.
Weller Hauraki and Craig Kopczak also made 30 tackles apiece.
Overall stats
Head Coach Ian Watson eluded to his sides lack of possession and amount of defence being a major factor in last night’s game against Wigan and that can be seen in the post-match stats.
Wigan had 15 more sets than Salford throughout the 80 minutes completing 37 of their 47. The Red Devils completed 23 of their 29. This was also mirrored in the amount of play-the-balls with the Warriors having 154 compared to Salford’s 118. Salford spent 11 minutes less in possession than the hosts.
The penalty count was relatively even with Salford conceding seven to Wigan’s eight. The error count was also similar with Wigan totalling six errors to Salford’s eight.

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 10-60 St Helens

Ben Barba claimed a hat-trick as Salford Red Devils fell to a 10-60 home defeat at the hands of Betfred Super League leaders St Helens on a disappointing evening at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Alongside Barba’s treble, Ryan Morgan and Regan Grace each claimed a brace apiece whilst Tommy Makinson, Dominique Peyroux, Mark Percival and Theo Fages also crossed to secure a comfortable triumph for Justin Holbrook’s side.
Salford headed into the contest on the back of successive victories, but they made the worst start possible when Junior Sa’u gifted the visitors possession through an incorrect play-the-ball. The following play resulted in a try as Tommy Makinson latched onto the end of Ben Barba’s defence-splitting pass and emphatically finished in the right-hand corner with just four minutes on the clock.
Daniel Richardson was unable to add the extras but Saints did extend their lead soon after –  Richardson’s looping kick caused mayhem amongst the Salford backline and the lively Makinson caught the high ball before finding the onrushing Dominique Peyroux who crossed over unchallenged.
On this occasion Richardson managed to convert the resulting goal and Justin Holbrook’s men were in again a minute later as Regan Grace broke down the left-hand side before flicking the ball infield to Ben Barba who slid over under the sticks despite the best efforts of Jake Bibby – Richardson again added the extras.
St Helens were running riot by this point and found themselves over again seven minutes later as Ryan Morgan fought off a number of Salford challenges before powering over from close-range before Richardson duly added the extras.
Salford regrouped and eventually clawed their way back into the contest as Tyrone McCarthy picked up a short ball from Logan Tomkins and touched down under the posts after bursting through a gap in the Saints line.
Jake Shorrocks successfully landed the subsequent conversion but the Red Devils almost conceded yet another Saints try – though Jonny Lomax was adjudged to have knocked the ball on by referee Chris Kendall.
The visitors weren’t to be denied for long however, Barba intercepted an offload from Josh Wood before racing 90m and crossing over for a spectacular individual effort – Richardson then landed the conversion to further increase the margin between the two sides.
Saints crossed over again when Peyroux touched down but the score was chalked off as Matty Lees was sent off after striking Niall Evalds’ head in the build-up.
However, St Helens were to have the last laugh as Regan Grace finished off a well worked move in the corner in what proved to be the final action of the half.
After the interval, the Welshman picked up where he left off and finished well in the left-hand corner following an enticing cross-field pass from Barba – Richardson added the extras.
The table toppers showed no misery towards the Reds and crossed over again moments later as Mark Percival finished off a break down the left before Barba grabbed his hat-trick with a simple finish under the sticks.
Salford were reduced to 12 men when Sa’u and St Helens lost a man of their own, albeit through injury as Barba was stretchered off after a nasty collision.
Theo Fages returned to haunt the Red Devils after his dummy deceived the Salford backline and allowed the Frenchman to touch down before Morgan touched down to secure his second of the evening.
Salford had the final say however as Kris Welham latched onto Shorrock’s grubber kick to claim a late consolation for Ian Watson’s side.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Shorrocks, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Burgess, Griffin, Lannon, Flanagan.  Interchanges: Wood, Kopczak, Tasi, McCarthy.
St Helens Lineup: Barba, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Richardson, Amor, Smith, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin. Interchanges: Fages, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Knowles.
Salford Scorers: Tries- McCarthy (28’), Welham (79’) | Goals-  Shorrocks (28’).
St Helens Scorers: Tries- Makinson (4’), Peyroux (15’), Barba (16’, 35’, 60’), Morgan (23’, 77’), Grace (39’, 54’), Percival (56’), Fages (74’)  | Goals- Richardson (15’, 16’, 23’, 36’, 55’, 57’, 61’, 75’, 78’).
Man of the Match: Logan Tomkins.
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: Liam Moore & James Child. Video Referee: Ben Thaler.

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:


Three Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 38-4 Wakefield Trinity

Salford Red Devils moved up to 7th in the Betfred Super League with a dominant victory over Wakefield on Friday night and here are three key talking points from the game.
Goal line defence
While Salford managed to rack up a mammoth 38 points in the victory over Wakefield it was the defence that was the most impressive aspect of the evening and in particular the goal line defence.
Wakefield weren’t without there opportunities and did spend sustained periods of time on the Salford line following repeat sets. However, the Red Devils muscled up in defence and managed to prevent Trinity crossing for the most part when they were in close-range of the line.
Trinity only managed to break the Salford defence once throughout the eighty minutes and this is now one of many solid defensive displays we’ve seen at the AJ Bell Stadium in 2018 as Salford look to make it a fortress.
Back-to-back wins 
The victory marked the first back-to-back victories for the Red Devils in 2018 and could well see Salford kick on for the remainder of the season.
In both victories against Huddersfield and Wakefield, Salford have looked a real threat with ball in hand with a number of forwards getting on the scoresheet as well as Jake Bibby grabbing four in two games.
Last season we saw the Red Devils go on a remarkable run in the middle of the season and Ian Watson will be hoping his side can emulate a similar sort of purple patch this year.
Overcoming adversity
Heading into last night’s game Head Coach Ian Watson had been forced to make a number of changes to his squad due to injuries.
Josh Jones and Lee Mossop both missed out due to picking up knocks against Huddersfield. Weller Hauraki and Lama Tasi also had to pull out of the squad later on while Kriss Brining and Manu Vatuvei remain sidelined however this only seemed to spur the Red Devils on.
However, Friday’s win just emphasised the strength in depth in the Red Devils pack with Tyrone McCarthy returning from injury, George Griffin being a standout performer and Luke Burgess returning with Head Coach Ian Watson pointing to his opening carry of the game as the first building block to win.

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 38-4 Wakefield Trinity

Salford earned back-to-back victories Betfred Super League for the first time since May 2017 with an emphatic 38-4 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Jake Bibby grabbed his second double in as many weeks while Junior Sa’u, Tyrone McCarthy, Ryan Lannon, George Griffin and Greg Johnson all also found themselves on the scoresheet. Lui kicked two goals before leaving the field due to injury with McCarthy and Jack Littlejohn putting on their kicking boots in the second half.
Coming into the game, the Red Devils were already against it with Lama Tasi, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones, Weller Hauraki, Manu Vatuvei and Kriss Brining all sidelined however Salford couldn’t have asked for a better start.
A flowing move to the left-hand side eventually found Sa’u who’s sheer pace and power got him through the Wakefield line before he shrugged off Reece Lyne in the process of scoring. Lui converted and would add a further penalty goal midway through the half. Ian Watson’s men defended resiliently in the first half and went into the break with an 8-0 lead.
Half-back Lui – who had been partaking in a fitness test prior to kick-off – pulled up with a calf injury early in the second half meaning the Red Devils had to move Josh Wood into the halves and Logan Tomkins would see out the game at hooker.
The reshuffle didn’t faze the hosts as Niall Evalds made a 70m dash from a 20m restart before being hauled down by Lyne, who subsequently slowed the tackle down and was rewarded with ten minutes in the sin-bin. McCarthy kicked his first goal for Salford to extend the advantage to 10-0.
And, it was the back-rower who went over for the next Salford try as McCarthy simply outmuscled the Wakefield defence to plant the ball down from close-range. He again followed up with the boot from in front of the posts.
Salford continued to control the game and Lannon crossed ten minutes into the second-half after being the quickest to react to a fortunate ricochet. Joe Arundel scored Trinity’s only try shortly after, but the Red Devils really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck when Bibby scored in the corner following some slick hands wide.
With just over ten minutes remaining Salford turned on the style and ran out comfortable winners. Returning forward Griffin powered his way over after the Red Devils forced an error from Wakefield bringing the ball off their own line. Littlejohn converted.
Bibby made it four tries in two games with an almost identical effort to his first of the game before Johnson rounded off a wonderful victory latching onto the ball after Sa’u stabbed the ball into the in-goal.
The victory sees Salford climb above Trinity into 7th place in the Betfred Super League ahead of hosting the current leaders St Helens on Thursday.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Lui, Littlejohn, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Burgess, Griffin, McCarthy, Flanagan.  Interchanges: Kopczak, Lannon, Wood, Murray.
Wakefield Lineup: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou; Miller, Finn; Huby, Randell, Hirst, Ashurst, Kirkmond, Horo.  Interchanges: Wood, England, Arona, Baldwinson.
Salford Scorers: Tries- Sa’u (4’), McCarthy (48’), Lannon (51’), Bibby (57’ 74’), Griffin (68’), Johnson (76) | Goals-  Lui (4’, 31’), McCarthy (45’ 49), Littlejohn (69’)
Wakefield Scorers: Tries-  Arundel (54’) | Goals- N/A.
Man of the Match: Tyrone McCarthy.
Referee: James Child. Touch Judges: T. Crashley & D. Bowmer.

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for Wakefield Trinity clash

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad ahead of Friday’s Betfred Super League clash with Wakefield Trinity.
Tyrone McCarthy and Luke Burgess both return to the squad in the absence of Lee Mossop and Josh Jones. Jake Shorrocks also comes into the 19-man squad and could push for a position in the halves.
Here is the squad in full:

Tyke Talk #2 | Easter Period and Player Welfare

Well after penning my first player blog last month I was pleased to see the reception it received, and it clearly got people talking on social media which is the aim – the more discussion and sharing of ideas the better.
We’ve just come through the busiest spell of the Rugby League calendar in Britain – the Easter period – and that’s what I’m going to write about today. Unfortunately, I missed all three games over the Easter period due to injury – I’m hoping to be back and fit this weekend – and while I always love to play the Easter spell is so tough on the players.
It’s well documented from the players in the game that the Easter period isn’t really ideal in terms of preparation for a game. Players are being asked to play, recover, prepare and then perform again in just over 48 hours so it’s really difficult. I mean, as players, we love a challenge but if you look at Easter Monday games I’d say the intensity of games are generally down on that of regular weekly fixtures.
The reason for this is that the turnaround is just too short from Good Friday. These games are often derby games for most clubs, which often increases the physicalintensity and can be draining emotionally compared to non-derby fixtures. Generally, the second day of recovery is the day you’re the sorest to be asked to play again the next day is very demanding.
Over the Easter period we played 3 games in 8 days our 3rd game was against Warrington Wolves. They played their Easter Monday game in treacherous conditions at Castleford Tigers and even we had a wet day at Leeds Rhinos and it does sap quite a bit of energy out of you too.
An additional reason why the fixture pile up needs addressing is for the fans, because they are the ones paying their hard earn money to watch and they want to see the best players on the field. They deserve to watch the most intense, fast and high skilled game we can provide, and they aren’t always guaranteed that due to player fatigue and players being rested as a result of the short turnaround.
On the other hand, from the coach’s point of view they’ve got to do what’s best for their side to ensure they continue to get results in the long-term. You have to ask the question whether the same teams that run out at Easter would do if it was just a one game weekend and I’m not entirely sure because players are always competing with niggles and knocks like dead legs but with four and five days you can get over these injuries but after two days maybe not, it probably effects the integrity of the game in a way with teams having to change the sides so much.
If anything, it’s all about managing the workload because I don’t think we play too many games throughout a season, but I do believe the current Betfred Super League model used by clubs it is too long. I think having a pre season friendlies, a 30-game season and the Challenge Cup – as I mentioned in the last Tyke Talk blog – eats into the time that could be spent on internationals. We could still play around 30 games a season but spread it out better over some more interesting and dynamic competitions rather than just the Betfred Super League. At the moment we might be over using our product too? Do the local derbies mean as much if you play each other 4-5, possibly six times a year?
Again, there does need to be a balancing act in terms of players welfare, but your elite players are always going to end up playing more games – that’s a fact. However, they’re compensated for it with bonuses for international and play-off appearances and I am sure all players would be willing to play more games if there are more rewards. A great example of this is the State of Origin players, I often hear about how origin players back up on the weekend after playing on a Wednesday evening. However these players are withdrawn for the NRL games the previous weekend, so in essence are still only playing in three games over three weeks. Furthermore they are heavily compensated for their involvement in the State of Origin, which was around $30,000 in 2017.
The problem with trying to play 30 games and then an international calendar like we currently do is your then eating into pre-season for the following year and it’s a never-ending cycle from thereon and again preparation for the new season is negatively affected.
It’s not fair that players have to burn the candle at both ends when essentially, they’re always playing and fighting for contracts. Everyone needs to be able to put their best foot forward and this is much easier if players are looked after and aren’t overworked. In addition, we really need to look at eliminating things such as high tackles, spear tackles and crusher tackles to the best of our ability. I’ve had to miss three games as a result of a spear tackle – which I don’t for a second think was malicious – however the player in question was only banned for one. I think the displinary process needs to be strict and consistent on certain indiscretions regardless of a player’s previous disciplinary record, we need to make players understand that certain things are not acceptable in our sport. I may be being a little biased, but player welfare and safety needs to be at the forefront of the sport.
We are extremely lucky to be able to do what we do. We earn money for playing the sport that we love but for a lot of players the pay difference isn’t that much more than some ‘regular’ jobs sometimes players earn less than there earning potential away from the game.  The majority of players will need to seek work following retirement so it’s pivotal we try and remain injury free, and really looking at player welfare and workload, such as the Easter period will aid this.
The last thing we want is to have players retiring and just being disillusioned and detached from the sport because they feel they’ve been mistreated. Look after the players and they’ll stick around and give back to the sport following their retirement. I think a big step in doing this after is adapting the Easter period and having a serious discussion about whether it still belongs in Rugby League in the future.