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Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Huddersfield

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the trip to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
Niall Evalds is included after missing last week’s defeat against Warrington Wolves following a head knock picked up on Easter Monday at Leeds.
Logan Tomkins also returns to the side after missing out last weekend due to illness. George Griffin also comes back into the 19-man squad.
Tyrone McCarthy is still recovering from a knock picked up prior to the Easter period. Jake Shorrocks and Luke Burgess are the two men who leave the 19-man squad.
Ryan Lannon could make his third consecutive start for the Red Devils after making his first appearance of 2018 at Leeds on Easter Monday. Rob Lui could move back into the halves after featuring at full-back in the defeat against the Wolves last Saturday.
Derrell Olpherts also retains his place in the squad following back-to-back appearances against Leeds and Warrington.
You can still purchase tickets for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Remember, adult ticket prices will rise by £3 on gameday while seniors and juniors will increase by £4 so purchase early with the Red Devils retaining 25% of any purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased up until 4:30pm on Saturday 14th April from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone.  
Here is the full squad:

Squad | Ian Watson selects his squad for our Good Friday fixture against Catalans

Salford Red Devils Head Coach has named his 19-man squad for the visit of Catalans Dragons on Good Friday, midday kick-off.
There is just one change from the squad named for last Thursday’s clash with Widnes as Luke Burgess comes into the 19-man.
Logan Tomkins will make his 100th Salford Red Devils appearance on Friday afternoon should be selected in the team.
Derrell Olpherts could feature again after debuting for the Red Devils last Thursday while Kris Welham may also return to the starting line-up. Ryan Lannon may also be in line to make his first appearance for Salford in 2018.
Tickets are still available for Friday afternoon’s game from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.
Remember, this Friday former owner Dr Marwan Koukash is challenging you to bring a friend to the game. If your friend purchases their ticket from the Ticket Office on gameday you’ll enter a draw to win your 2019 Season Ticket FREE of charge and Dr Marwan Koukash will match your friends ticket purchase!
The full 19-man squad can be seen below:

Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Following the Red Devils 24-8 victory over Hull FC in the Betfred Super League we delve into the stats from Friday night’s clash.
Greg Johnson
Each week we’ll focus on one Red Devils stats from the game and this week’s player in focus is winger Greg Johnson.
Johnson, who returned to the side last weekend against Castleford Tigers, was Salford’s top metre-maker against Hull FC on Friday night amassing an impressive total of 116 metres over 16 carries. The winger also made the most breaks for the hosts with two.
The wingers work bringing the ball out from the Red Devils own half was instrumental and this is how Johnson broke from deep in the lead-up to Jack Littlejohn’s try. It was in this sequence that Johnson made his only offload of the game, but it was a crucial one as it saw Salford extend their lead further.
Hull FC struggled to break Salford down and Johnson made seven successful tackles on his flank preventing the Airlie Birds from scoring down the left-hand side.
Club Captain leads from the front
Club Captain Weller Hauraki led from the front this weekend when it came to defensive efforts has he racked up 34 successful tackles – five more than any other Red Devil. Hauraki also averaged nine metres with each carry against the Hull defence.
Mark Flanagan, Tyrone McCarthy, Lee Mossop, Logan Tomkins and Craig Kopczak were all in the thick of it with each making 25+ tackles in Friday night’s victory.
Junior Sa’u was the front runner when it came to assists this weekend as he played a vital role in both Jack Littlejohn and Greg Johnson’s tries.
The centres support play along with a well-timed pass to the Australian half-back helped Salford extend their lead at a key stage in the match before a pass wide allowed Johnson to round off the victory in the closing stages.
Tyrone McCarthy also got a neat try-assist in the first half as he somehow pulled off a brilliant offload to find Ben Nakubuwai who crossed for his first Salford try.

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils produced a stunning all-round team performance to cruise past Hull FC 24-8 in a hard-fought contest at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Maiden tries from Ben Nakubuwai and Jack Littlejohn along with further efforts from Robert Lui and Greg Johnson ensured The Red Devils ran out deserved winners and earned their first Betfred Super League victory since last month’s 36-18 triumph over Hull’s cross-city rivals Hull KR.
The Red Devils made a bright start to the contest and opened the scoring with just six minutes on the clock, Salford earned an early penalty and opted to take the two – Robert Lui successfully converted the resulting goal.
However, Hull responded well and crossed over less than ten minutes later when Dean Hadley latched onto Jake Connor’s low kick before touching down, Marc Sneyd added the extras.
The visitors were awarded a controversial penalty after Lama Tasi’s challenge was deemed late by referee Scott Mikalauskas – former Red Devil Sneyd successfully landed the goal to extend The Airlie Birds’ lead to six points.
Salford dug in and found themselves level minutes later – first Tyrone McCarthy offloaded to the onrushing Ben Nakubuwai who dived over for his first Salford try, before Lui added the extras to leave the scores tied at 8-8.
Nakubuwai’s score seemed to spur The Red Devils on as they took the lead for the first time in the tie just two minutes later – Salford earned another penalty and for the second occasion Lui opted to kick at goal, before successfully added the extras.
Salford extended their lead midway through the half when Greg Johnson broke away from the FC backline before offloading to Junior Sa’u who’s quick hands forged an opening for Jack Littlejohn to sprint 20m and dive over to claim his first try for the club, However Lui’s goal attempt was unsuccessful as the ball landed narrowly wide.
The hosts dominated throughout the second period and found themselves in again, Lui produced an eye-catching dummy which caught the entire Hull backline off guard – thus providing the half-back with enough space to touch down in the corner, Lui successfully added the extras to take Salford up to the 20 point mark.
Ian Watson’s side were thriving by this point and crossed over again two minutes later, the ever present Sa’u superbly offloaded to Johnson who produced an astonishing finish in the left-hand corner to claim his first score of the evening and cap off a fine all-round Salford performance.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Kopczak, Jones, Hauraki, Flanagan
Interchanges: Tasi, Nakubuwai, Wood, McCarthy
Hull FC Lineup: Shaul, Faramaio, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Washbrook, Green, Hadley, Minichello, Abdull
Interchanges: Matongo, Fash, Bowden, Lane
Salford Scorers: Tries- Nakubuwai (35’), Littlejohn (61’), Lui (72’), Johnson (74’)
Goals- Lui (6’, 36’, 38’, 73’)
Hull Scorers: Tries- Hadley (14’)
Goals- Sneyd (15’, 28’)
Man of the Match: Ben Nakubuwai
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas
Touch Judges: M. Craven,  J. Roberts
Attendance: 2,902

Tyke Talk #1 | Irish Rugby League and the International Game

I’d like to start by saying how much I’m looking forward to writing this blog – ‘Tyke talk’ – on the Club’s website this season and hopefully I can share with you some interesting topics of discussion surrounding the world of Rugby League.
At the end of last year, I got the opportunity to represent Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup and it was a privilege to be picked and a truly fantastic experience. We managed to put together a really strong team for the World Cup including the likes of Michael McIlorum, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Brad Singleton. Personally, I believe we probably outplayed some of our expectations particularly from the view of people outside the camp.
We were quietly confident heading into the Italy game and then we travelled over to Papua New Guinea where we felt a little bit unlucky not to come away with a victory in what was an amazing atmosphere.
I think the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was a showcase of what the sport has to offer and what international Rugby League has the potential to be.
But, I do think the clubs are wary about the international game which I find a little bit frustrating and strange really because I only think improving the international game would only help promote the club game further with players on display on a bigger stage.
If you look at Rugby Union they’ve done it really well. They’ve had a real buy-in for a number of years and even look at Italy and the way they’ve slowly built by playing in the Six Nations for over the years. They’re now are a competitive side, nobody is ever going to be world beaters overnight, but regular fixtures will allow teams such as Ireland, France and Italy increase participation and growth for the game.
The Six Nations is a great competition and it’s an idea we have seen banded about in Rugby League circles since the close of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and I’m a big advocate of getting it going in Rugby League but under the condition England would field their strongest side as that’s the only way it would be successful commercially and buy in from the majority of the game stakeholders.
Particularly buy-in from the top. Obviously, the majority of Rugby League fans are English, and they want to see the best England team playing and I think if you send the England Knights team – no disrespect to them and they probably might win the competition – but I just don’t think that’s what the fans would want to see. I feel if we’d met England in the Rugby League World Cup we’d have given them a real test.
Personally, I think it’s a lot easier to sell, market and promote England vs Ireland than say a club game of two northern towns. I think people would tune in because they’re patriotic and regarless of the sport they want to see their country get one over another rival country and to build all that under a branded banner such as the Six Nations would be fantastic.
Additionally, this helps the smaller nations improve as a Rugby League nation both on and off the field. We loved competing against the best nations in the Rugby League World Cup but it’s just not something we do enough. For example, we might need to play qualifiers for the next World Cup and this time around we played the likes of Spain and Serbia who the Ireland beat comfortably. This just isn’t attractive to the top-level players who we need to buy into playing international Rugby League on a regular basis as often they have to give up there off season to play, so it does need to be more attractive to some players than others.
I think a Six Nations or something similar at the elite level could garner serious buy-in from the professional players but also on a commercial and broadcasting level. Take a look at the NRL for example who’ve implemented the international round into their calendar which has increased buy-in from players not only to play for Australia and New Zealand but also countries such as Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
It starts to breed that kind of respected culture on an international level. I have no doubt that Tonga will go on to one of the most competitive international sides going forward. I believe we miss out on that sort of opportunity because with the likes of Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland because we don’t get exposure to play at a high level regularly enough.
All of this is at the top level and is key to the growth of international Rugby League and Irish Rugby League in general, but I do think an Irish team being introduced into Betfred League One would be a solid start for the domestic game as my Ireland teammate Oliver Roberts suggested on social media.
Although the domestic competition isn’t the strongest in Ireland there is a lot of hidden talent that falls out of rugby union who could make great league players. I’d love to see a professional team there in the next ten years, it would need to have a structure within itself to be sustainable, using existing clubs to filter in to it and running academies for development.  I think a professional team in League One would be the ideal level for a club encouraging the domestic Irish lads to play the game, and you could attract some of the experienced senior team players to come and play.
I know they tried it in Wales with the Crusaders in Super league not long ago, but there were things that went wrong off the field there rather than on it.  I do honestly believe the work that North and South Wales clubs are doing now will only benefit Wales in the future. They might never get into the Betfred Super League but it’s about giving the domestic players the chance and opportunity to play at a higher level.
I’m really passionate about playing for Ireland and it hit home playing in the Rugby League World Cup after I’d missed a few years and promoting Irish Rugby League is definitely something I’d look at getting involved with going forward.
Well, that’s my first ‘Tyke talk’ done!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the read. As mentioned earlier I’m looking forward to penning my thoughts on all things Rugby League throughout the 2018 season.

Ian Watson | “We knew Josh was going to be a good player”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has been impressed with his squad over the past few weeks in particular young hooker Josh Wood who featured in the 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Watson said: “We knew Josh was going to be a good player.
“The tricky thing for Josh was he’d had a couple of injuries years with his shoulder so it was about last year more nurturing him through and if then we got through to this year we could have a real good crack at it and he’s standing up really well at the moment.
Watson went on to praise Man of the Match Junior Sa’u, his forward pack and even Mark Flanagan who missed the game but was named in the 19-man squad.
Watson said: “Junior’s great he’s really on fire at the moment with his performances but everyone stepped up to be fair.
“Like I said our middles obviously you include your back-rowers in that Weller [Hauraki] and Jonesy [Josh Jones] as well.
“He’s [Mark Flanagan] fully fit we just decided to continue as we had with the big lads. He was ill for the Wigan game but that’s probably been somebody’s opportunity where they’ve come in and played really well and at the moment he’s just got to bide his time like everyone else.
“Flash is a professional he just knows that people are playing well at the moment but it’s tough to leave Flash out because he’s a great guy and a great player.
“Last year he was probably our go-to man in asking him to lead things so it is tough leaving him out of the team at the moment but he’s had no heirs or graces about it and he’s been really good in the changing rooms and training really well he’s been a good pro to be fair.
The Red Devils boss also went on to talk about the injured Kriss Brining and trialist Gene Orsmby who has been training with the Club.
Watson said: “It’s quite slow to be fair. He’s [Kriss Brining] going to see a specialist and he’s going to have to go back and see him again and see whether he needs to have surgery – he’s got a disc bulge.
“Gene’s [Ormsby] been training with us now and he’s been first class to be fair since he came in his attitude has been really good.
“We just wanted to have a little look at Gene because we are short in the outside backs.
“Gene had been released by Huddersfield and I’d known Gene from Warrington and obviously Gareth O’Brien and Tyrone [McCarthy] know him as well and there were a couple of players who gave him really big raps to be fair at Huddersfield about how he’s really knuckled down.
“We’ll see how the trial goes at first.”

Three talking points | Salford Red Devils 36-12 Hull Kingston Rovers

A 36-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday evening opened Salford’s account for the 2018 Betfred Super League season and we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Multiple standout performers
It’s difficult to pick one standout performer for the Red Devils from Friday’s victory over Hull KR. Junior Sa’u was awarded the Man of the Match for his tough defensive efforts combined with a crucial try but there were over a handful of Salford players who shone.
Young hooker Josh Wood was once again impressive with his speed and decision making around the ruck and looks to be settling into a regular first team role with ease.  Gareth O’Brien was a constant threat coming into the attacking line from full-back while Niall Evalds crossed for a brace.
All the Red Devils forwards put on a good showing and completely dominated the KR pack.
Defensive effort 
A fortnight ago we hailed Salford’s defence against Wakefield and this weekend the defence was just as impressive again conceding just twice.
Hull KR were extremely impressive down the middle against Catalans Dragons in their last outing however the likes of Lama Tasi, Lee Mossop and Tyrone McCarthy were just too solid in defence for the Robins to break down.
Out wide the Red Devils were equally as tough to break down with Junior Sa’u and Kris Welham standing up strong every time the ball came their way.
While the Red Devils sealed a comfortable victory over the Robins it may have been forgotten that Ian Watson’s men fell behind through a Thomas Minns try after just two minutes however this didn’t impact the final result.
Salford hit back almost immediately through Gareth O’Brien before then taking control of the game and never looking back.
This is a real indicator of the team’s resilience and determination to come away with the result after almost fighting back two weeks ago against Wakefield.

Three talking points – Salford Red Devils 12-40 Wigan Warriors

Following defeat in our opening Betfred Super League game of the season we take a look at three talking points from the game.

Josh Wood’s performance 

Hookers Logan Tomkins and Kriss Brining both missed out on Friday night’s game through injuries however youngster Josh Wood stepped up to the plate and was brilliant at acting half-back.
The Wigan-born hooker made just his 15th first team appearance for Salford and put in a very solid performance with his distribution being almost perfect while he offered even more steel in the defence of the forward pack.
While Tomkins is expected to be back sooner rather than later The Red Devils will certainly be okay at acting half-back with Wood performing as he did in Friday evening’s game.

The forward battle 

Heading into Friday’s game Head Coach Ian Watson eluded to the physicality and in-your-face attitude the Wigan Warriors head into games with and knew it would be a tough battle in the middles.
However, the Salford Red Devils forwards stood up well against The Warriors with Captain Lee Mossop getting through some hard yards against his former team, Club Captain Weller Hauraki worked tirelessly as always, and Tyrone McCarthy and Josh Jones looked dangerous in the back-row.
Of course, key forward Mark Flanagan had to pull out prior to kick-off due to a virus and the pack will no doubt be even stronger when The Red Devils see the return of Flash.

The East Stand

Friday’s game against Wigan saw the East Stand of the AJ Bell Stadium house Salford supporters who have taken part in our new community and charity scheme.
A handful of local charities, schools and clubs were present for our opening Betfred Super League game of the season and, despite the result, enjoyed the match.
Salford Red Devils Director Andrew Rosler tweeted: “If the East Stand isn’t too busy tonight don’t despair or mock, it’s the first time we’ve tried this initiative. As the season progresses the initiative will grow as will our investment and bond within the Community.”
Remember, if you know, or are involved with, a charity, club or community group and would like to get involved contact the club directly or email communitytickets@salfordreddevils.net.

Fantastic sponsorship opportunities available with the Red Devils

As the 2018 Betfred Super League season closes in there are opportunities to sponsor Salford Red Devils games throughout the year and experience the wonderful perks that come alongside match sponsorship.
As well as the recognition of being a Salford Red Devils matchday sponsor you will receive a VIP table of 10 with a sumptuous three-course meal in our magnificent platinum suite. Any matchday sponsor will also take away Salford Red Devils merchandise and a signed playing ball.
Matchday sponsorship is also the perfect way to advertise your business with your company featuring in the matchday programme, an article announcing your sponsorship online and a range of social media gameday graphics bearing your company’s logo for over 30,000 followers to see.
You will also get direct access to the matchday experience with you being given the opportunity to pick the matchday mascots and go down to the tunnel and changing room area prior to the game. The Man of the Match presentation will also take place post-game in the platinum suite.
There are also still opportunities to work with the Red Devils elsewhere in terms of sponsorship with a handful of players still being available for sponsorship.
There are still some tasty players up for grabs so act quickly and sponsor one today. You can then use your player for promotional purposes in and around their Rugby schedule for example Tyrone McCarthy visited Arlec Property Services before New Year. You will also receive a signed playing jersey from your player.
Player sponsorship also gives you the ideal outlet to promote your business via one of the Red Devils marquee players with your company featuring in the matchday programme alongside your player, announcements over the speaker system at games as well as your business being promoted on every online and social media piece surrounding your player.
If you’re interested in any of the above contact Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net or phone 0161 786 1590.

Salford Red Devils confirm new captaining structure for 2018

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm their new team captains, vice-captain and Club captain as part of a new leadership structure on and off the field within the Club.
Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop have been named as team captains for the upcoming 2018 season while Tyrone McCarthy will take the role of vice-captain. Weller Hauraki has been picked to represent the Club as Club captain.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We’ve designed a new captaining structure this season with the aim to encourage leadership and develop more leaders within our squad.
“Lee Mossop and Mark Flanagan will be team captains as both are excellent players with a lot of experience and who are very vocal out on the field. Tyrone McCarthy is another great voice and leader and as vice-captain he can step up when needed.
“Weller Hauraki as Club captain is a big one for me because as Club captain he leads both on the field and off it. Weller is a perfect example of what you want from a representative of the Club he never turns down appearances and always gives 100% – I couldn’t think of any better to be Club captain.”
Salford Red Devils CEO Ian Blease said: “Myself and Head Coach Ian Watson have discussed these decisions at length and we are trying something new in terms of the leadership roles within the Club this season.
“The aim is for the younger members of the squad to aspire to be captains and look at progressing from vice-captain to team captains and possibly even up to Club captain at some stage of their career here at Salford Red Devils.
“All four of the players chosen are fantastic leaders and voices within the changing room and on the field. But, with Weller Hauraki as Club captain we feel he epitomises everything our Club represent on and off the field and he’s a brilliant ambassador for us moving forward.”