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As the visiting Wakefield swept into an early 0-6 lead after a mere three minutes of play, in last Sunday’s Super League encounter, the signs for a Salford victory seemed somewhat sparse, and no-one could possibly have predicted the amazing about turn, which was about to manifest itself.

This had been an eagerly awaited match ever since the Red Devils had been pipped at the post, back in April in their away fixture, at Belle Vue.  More recently, however, the tightness of the two teams’ league status had turned the game into a ‘must win’ fixture for both sides.

Besides that opening try proving to be a complete red-herring, as far as the result was concerned, it also proved to be a wake-up call for the home side, who responded with what must have been their most outstanding performance, and subsequent victory, in the past two seasons.  Once the momentum began to swing in their favour there was absolutely no stopping them, and the points started to accrue at the most remarkable speed.

Overwhelming victories often lead to the debate over whether it was good attack or poor defence which was the dominant reason for the outcome.  Not on this occasion, however, because there could be no gainsaying the incredibly impressive attacking force into which the Salford attack turned.  That all but two of their tries were scored by backs, and five of them by wingers is testament in itself to that.  Wakefield’s  defence just had no chance of coping with it.

Tries galore was the outcome, and the skill, grace, and clinicity, with which these were forged simply had to be marvelled at.  They sprang from virtually every aspect of the game – in-goal kicks, directly from scrums, goal-line drop-outs, penalties, well-supported clean breaks – all of these proved to be the starting point for one or other of the thirteen tries.

The ones which were the most impressive and enjoyable, however, were those, predominantly in the first half, in which the absolutely fabulous, slick, handling saw the ball swept from one side of the field to the other, with a precision, and also variations, that were so beautiful in their execution, that they had to be seen to be believed.  The position of each player in the line, on each occasion, was centimetre perfect, and the timings of each and every pass were impeccable.  They had to be to foil the Wakefield defence as frequently as they did.

And what of the Wakefield defence?  Well, they certainly will not have conceded willingly, when you consider just what was at stake.  They simply had the misfortune of coming up against a team, which, on the day, was absolutely on fire, and totally dominated possession.  We can all remember periods, in which they successfully contained the Reds in their own thirty metre area, until an end-of-set kick relieved the pressure.

There is a limit to the amount of defending anyone can do, though, and with the amount of possession Salford enjoyed, Trinity’s energy levels understandably fell as each half progressed, and particularly in the second half, there was a small number of clean breaks which came as a result of the visitors’ fatigue.  They, nevertheless, still managed to score a second try, on 51 minutes.

A total of seventy-four points does not come predominantly from poor defence, however, it has to come primarily from the exceptionally high quality of the attack in order for it to mount up to such a massive scoreline, and this is undoubtedly what happened on this occasion

There even were a couple of occasions when it looked as though another try was on the way only for it to be chalked off by the referee.  Harvey Livett failed to ground cleanly Marc Sneyd’s in-goal kick on 8 mins, while Sneyd himself was given exactly the same judgement in the second half, and was also called back, later, whilst on his way to the line, for a forward pass.

In addition, there was a considerable amount of off-the-ball work, which probably went unnoticed, but which was quite instrumental in the victory.  An end-of-set kick towards the Wakefield try-line, for example, was recovered by the fullback, only to receive the full force of Jack Ormondroyd’s charging tackle, with the ball being knocked out of his grasp, thereby acquiring possession for Ryan Brierley 62nd minute try.

The challenge for the team now is to put this game behind them and focus on next Sunday’s match at Warrington.  This scoreline, marvellous as it is, will have no relevance then, and the 0-0 score, from which both teams will start, will need all the hard work that any game needs, in order to bring back the points from the Halliwell Jones.

“We definitely know we’re capable” – Paul Rowley

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley was proud of his teams’ efforts to almost overturn a 24-4 half-time deficit away against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday.

In Round 7 of the Betfred Super League, the Red Devils travelled to the Be Well Support Stadium hoping to build on their last league victory against the Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago.

Despite moments of opportunity, the hosts – largely through Tom Johnstone – dominated proceedings in the first 40 and went into half-time with a sizeable lead.

The reaction in the second 40 was excellent, with some intense pressure on the Wakefield defence building the platform for an almost spectacular comeback. Deon Cross, Ken Sio and Rhys Williams all scored second-half tries, but the game was just out of Salford’s reach.

Speaking to the press after the game, Rowley was quick to say how proud he is of his team for their efforts but knows there is room for improvement if they want to return to winning ways.

Rowley said: “I’m always proud of their efforts – I’m proud of them every day they turn up for training. I’m proud of all our players, I’m proud of all our staff every week in training and on a match day.

“But I don’t give out bravery badges and being a champion is really tough, and that’s why it’s tough – we’re not going to give cuddles out for digging in though, it’s about winning.”

After a weeks’ rest, Salford go head-to-head with local rivals Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League. It begins a tricky stretch of fixtures for the Red Devils, but the head coach is seeing it as an opportunity to showcase the talent this team possesses.

Rowley continued: “We’ll rest up for a few days now and have a good week’s prep into Warrington, who will obviously be fired up and desperate themselves.

“But we don’t waver or fear anybody, we definitely know we’re capable, but you’ve got to defend.”

Daryl Powell’s side have lost their last five in all competitions, so they will also be looking to bounce back and climb back up the table. It’s all set up to be an enthralling clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Thursday.

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Written by: Harry Siddall


For sheer entertainment value, this Round Seven game had everything anyone could have wished for, with classy, expansive, skilful handling, rampaging hit-ups, tricky defence-splitting running, end-to-end movement, and tries aplenty, all in one afternoon’s worth of Super League.

At first glance, it might appear to have been a game of two halves, with first Trinity, and then the visiting Salford side having total ascendency, in each of the forty-minute periods.  That assumption is certainly supported by the scoreboard, with Wakefield rattling up a 24-4 interval lead, and the Reds winning the second stanza by twenty points to six.

There was more to it than that, however, with Salford, in particular, making some notable impact when Wakefield held the whip hand.  For example, after the home side had taken an eighth-minute, six-point lead, it took the Red Devils a matter of only two minutes’ play,  before they eroded into it, with the first of Rhys Willams’s tries, after deft hands from the ever-impressive, Tim Lafae, and it was only thanks to their successful conversion that Wakefield continued to hold onto the lead.

Indeed, when you look at the number of tries rather than points accrued, it was completely even, with five each, four of which, for both teams, came in just one half.  Unfortunately, with both Salford wingers scoring a brace each, the majority of their scores were out wide, making it far more difficult for kicker, Marc Sneyd, to acquit himself as accurately as he probably would have liked, and, in the end, it was the three missed attempts from the most difficult, which were responsible for the final six-point difference between the sides.

Even after Trinity had opened up a 12-4 lead after fifteen minutes, Salford ripped through their defence, on twenty-six minutes, when Elijah Taylor made a clean break down the left, but was unable to take advantage of his teammates’ support as a Wakefield defender cleverly put himself between them, and the difficult inside pass went adrift.

If there were a period in which Trinity were totally dominant, it was in the final ten minutes of the half, when they doubled their number of points on the board.  It started with a poor Salford chase after a kick into their opponents’ in-goal area, which enabled Wakefield to build up a head of steam, and they promptly went a hundred metres down the field, in only five tackles, to score by the posts.  Winger, Tom Johnstone, then rounded off the half with one of his typical individual tries.

Much as they contributed to the game on attack, unusually, there must have been questions about the visitors’ defence, at times during the half, to be facing a twenty-point deficit.  There had been, nevertheless, a period mid-half, when they had withstood two back-to-back goal-line drop-outs, followed by two back-to-back penalties, all within close proximity to their own line.

Whatever the nature of the discussion during half time, Salford were a team transformed, from the start of the second half.  The immediate pressure they applied led to the initial rewards of two back-to-back goal-line drop-outs, of their own capped with a penalty, and they all added to the Red Devils’ total dominance, which culminated in Deon Cross’s converted try, on forty-seven minutes.

Momentum had swung in Salford’s favour, and they were now in the ascendency, so much so that it took merely seven minutes for the next score, from Ken Sio, such was the new-found confidence they were exuding.  They even went close to adding two further tries, only to be held up, over the line, on both occasions.

Wakefield, on the other hand. were now  confined to almost constant goal-line defence, and it was close to mid-point in the half before they launched an attack on the Salford line.

One aspect of play which the home side did command, however, was the ability to win most of the contested high kicks, though Rhys Williams will have gained considerable satisfaction from plucking the ball from one, short, goal-line drop-out, out of the air, and away from the waiting hands of an opponent to cross, unchallenged, for his second try.

Ken Sio, on the other flank, mirrored his colleague’s scoring rate, though, by the time he had the chance to complete his tally, thirty seconds from time, the Wakefield lead had increased to twelve points, and the victory was theirs.

There was much of which the Red Devils should be proud, however.  The notable improvement in their attacking play was most encouraging, as well as entertaining, and they certainly showed that they do have the clinical skills to turn their chances into points.  With a blank weekend coming up, there is the opportunity to hone these skills further, but also to rediscover their defensive strategy which has done so much to help them, in previous games.


Salford Red Devils 6 Wakefield Trinity 12                              Match Report

In a keenly contested, bruising and physical encounter, the Salford Red Devils’ College Academy succumbed to one late moment of magic, to the absolute stand out player on view on Wednesday afternoon, Wakefield’s fullback.

Until that moment, the game had looked for all the world as though it would end in a draw, with the sides most evenly matched.  This was greatly to the Red Devils’ credit, for Wakefield have long since been the top side in the competition, and had been undefeated this season, going into this fixture.

Salford, on the other hand were looking a little thin on the ground, with some key players missing, owing to injury, and this was compounded by the loss of a number of substitutes to enable the first of this season’s dual fixtures to take place.  That the club has sufficient young players of this age to facilitate two teams simultaneously is a considerable achievement, in itself.

When, however, as happened on this occasion, injuries start to accrue, the number of replacements available does become quite significant, and with no quarter being asked nor given, those injuries, on Wednesday, did start to mount.  Most noteworthy was the loss, in the second half, of both props, Euan Haynes and Josh Higgin, through head injuries.

Euan’s, in particularly, was serious enough to prevent his appearance, next week, in any rearranged game, which might take place.

Despite all this, however, it was Salford who settled the sooner, and for the first quarter they totally dominated proceedings both in terms of possession and position, with their raising attack after attack on the Trinity line, until on fifteen minutes, some fine handling got the ball to left winger, Alec Walton, in space.  He cut inside his opposite number to register the first score of the afternoon, which, with Jack Kenway’s excellent conversion from out wide, put the home side six points ahead.

Indeed, The Red Devils were unfortunate not to go further ahead, shortly afterwards, when centre Josh Wagstaffe, crossed, only for it to be ruled out for a forward pass.

A certain loss of focus, and possibly energy, towards the end of the half, however, allowed the visitors to build up some momentum and gain a foothold in the game, with certain individuals on their side starting to come to the fore.  One strong run by one of their props took play to the Salford ten metre line, with fullback, Nathan Connell, managing, magnificently, to halt his progress, and prevent a try.

That try, though, was not long in coming, with their scrum-half running an extremely good line to cut through and score by the posts, bringing the sides level at the interval.

For by far the most part, the second-half was a grind, with the defences on both sides completely dominating the other’s attacks.  Wakefield probably had overall the better field position which was great credit to Salford’s defence in general, and their goal-line defence, in particular.

Midway through the half, Kai Barker thought he had put the Reds back in front, when he grounded the ball on the line, but the referee was not convinced and ruled a knock-on.  It was not their only chance of scoring, though, with overlaps being forced on the left wing a couple of times, only for the long, final passes to Walton failing to find their mark.

On seventy minutes, the game was decided by the Wakefield fullback who had been a constant threat throughout the half.  With absolute sheer class, he linked into the line and then sold the most outrageous of dummies to open up space for him to ghost through.  He had made a somewhat similar break earlier in the half, which Connell, as last line of defence, had managed to halt, but this time, he succeeded only in slowing him down, and then falling off the tackle as his opposite number completed an eighty-metre break with the winning score.

Coach, Danny Barton, whilst disappointed by the result, was, nevertheless, proud of his side’s performance.

“Wakefield have always been such a particularly strong side that to have matched them on defence was extremely pleasing.  Not only that, we made more metres in possession than they did.  Their fullback was absolute quality and was the difference between the two sides, something which was acknowledged by their coach, who also said that we had give them the toughest contest that they had encountered so far this season.”


It is testament to the progress the Salford team has made over the season that such an evenly contested encounter as this, and in such a crucial match, table-wise, ended with a Salford victory.

There have been other games, when, at the onset of adversity, the Red Devils have fallen apart, conceding first one score and then another, which was in fact exactly what happened on Friday night.  Although this was against a rather depleted Wakefield side (but there again the Salford side was still a long way from being at full strength) twelve points can still so easily become eighteen, as we have seen previously.

The difference on Friday night was Salford’s response to that initial setback, which was met with resilience, focus and determination.  it might also be true to say that the scoring of seventy points, the week before, had been a significant boost to their confidence.

In fact, Wakefield’s early scores came completely against the run of play, with the Red Devils having dominated possession and position, in the opening encounters, with good approach work, which has been a hallmark of their game all season, but with it, on Friday, falling down with final passes going astray or dropped to ground.

That trait was to be a facet of their game which continued for much of the match, with some players having rather more involvement in the errors than others.  In defence, however, no-one was found wanting, and it is significant that after those two opening tries, the visitors’ only other points came from a penalty goal mid-way through the second half.

Not that they went without any further pressure on the Salford goal-line.  In fact, they had periods of quite protracted, intense, efforts to try and score again, but Marshall’s men held firm, and not only repelled each wave of attack, but forced the visitors into hurried passes which also failed to find their mark, often sailing, untouched, over the touchline.

The tackle of the game undoubtedly came from the returning Seb Ikahihifo on his opposite number, who was pile-driven backwards into the ground.  Ikahihifo celebrated by repeating much the same operation on the next Trinity player to handle, whose progress had just been halted, but not finished completely, by a couple of other Salford players.

Most importantly, the team retained their calmness, concentration and confidence, at their most vulnerable times of just before, and just after, half time.  Going into the dressing room level, at the interval, must have given them quite a lift, and felt quite different from those matches when they had just gifted points to the opposition minutes beforehand. This time it set them up to take control  in the second half.

Their attacking game proved to be personal successes for the right edge pairing of Krisnan Inu and Ken Sio, who, between them, crossed for three of Salford’s four tries.  Inu not only scored two of those, but he also weighed in with four successful goal kicks out of five attempts, giving him a personal tally of sixteen points.

Sio not only scored the final try of the night, he had also crossed in the opening stages of the game, but had been held up over the line by a number of Wakefield defenders.  He also contributed with several extremely telling hit ups into the heart of the Wakefield defence, which brought hard yardage of which bigger and stronger players would have been pleased.

Salford’s other try came from the flamboyant artistry of Morgan Escare, whose intricate footwork completely foxed the Trinity defence, and which started the Red Devils’ erosion into that twelve-point deficit.

Despite the individual contributions of those just identified, however, it was overall teamwork and team effort which won the day.  Patience is a virtue, and there was certainly plenty of that in evidence throughout the team, on the night, as they stuck to their task, with and without the ball, and concentrated on producing their game plan, supporting each other, and covering for one another’s errors.

With another win now in the bag, they can turn their attention to those teams in the upper echelons of the table, and continue the momentum which they are quietly building up.  A visit to the Emerald Headingley Stadium would be a good place to do exactly that.


Salford Red Devils came from behind twice to beat Wakefield Trinity 24-14 in their rescheduled Round 12 fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tonight.

Although it was Salford who started arguably the stronger of the two sides, it was Wakefield who took the lead just before the ten-minute mark through Innes Senior, who used his pace to dart over down the left.

Just over five minutes later, Trinity extended their lead down the right thanks to Reece Lyne, who powered through the Salford defence to ground the ball.

Halfway into the first forty, Morgan Escare used his quick feet once again to dance through the Wakefield defence and scurry over down the right to pick up his fourth try in three games.

In the 33rd minute, Krisnan Inu showed why his return to the side was so important, when he weaved through several blue shirts to go over to the right of the sticks and even the scoring, after converting his own try.

Marshall’s men did well to hold on as the interval approached, defending multiple sets on virtually their own try line to ensure it was all to play for in the second forty.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 12-12 Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield came out looking the most threatening in the early stages of the second forty, but Salford’s defensive line stayed strong.

However, Trinity were gifted a penalty in front of the sticks just before the hour mark, and opted to take the two. Mason Lino converted and Salford were behind again, albeit by the narrowest of margins.

It did not take long though for the Red Devils to take back control of the arm wrestle and it was our number 4 again who went over. Pauli Pauli used his strength to brush off a number of Wakefield players, before offloading to Inu who grounded the ball in the right corner.

Two minutes later, Inu added another two via a penalty goal, after Wakefield were penalised for a high tackle.

With nine minutes to go, Man of the Match Ken Sio put the game to bed with a try of his own, diving into the right corner to make it two wins in a row for Marshall’s men.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 24-14 Wakefield Trinity

Salford Red Devils: Escare. Sio, Inu, Costello, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Johnson, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Lannon, Burke, Roberts, Ikahihifo, Pauli, Luckley.

Salford tries: Escare, Inu (2), Sio

Salford goals: Inu (4/5)

Wakefield Trinity: Kay, Kershaw, Lyne, Greensmith, Senior, Miller, Lino, Arona, Walker, Tanginoa, Ashurst, Pitts, Batchelor, Bowes, Aydin, Battye, Fifita.

Wakefield tries: Senior, Lyne

Wakefield goals: Lino (3)

Referee: Gareth Hewer

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Rescheduled Wakefield game now on general sale

Salford Red Devils can now announce that our Round 12 home fixture against Wakefield Trinity, that will be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday 16th July 2021, is on general sale. 

Go to Event Tickets ListThe Red Devils RLFC (eticketing.co.uk), log into your account and go the Wakefield match, select your seats and continue through the transaction. Please book in bubbles of 4, 5 and 6 where possible.

Season ticket holders can still get their ticket at no cost but everyone else will be able to purchase at the following prices:


  • Adults: £20
  •  Over 60s: £15
  • U16s: £7.50


Season ticket holders can still purchase zero price tickets by selecting the tickets prefixed “ST”. 1873 Season ticket holders will have to email the ticket office ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk Booking fees will apply on non season ticket holder tickets.

Please note kiosks are not open at the Halliwell Jones stadium. Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink but it must be in clear bags, no cans allowed.

There is no away allocation.

All tickets will be printed and posted out ahead of the game – there is NO digital ticketing

The postage window will close on Wednesday and any tickets purchased after midday will have to be collected from Warrington’s collections office.

Salford Red Devils would like to thank all the fans for their support during these uncertain times. We understand that changes in fixtures and venues are not ideal but we would like to stress that we are doing everything we possibly can to ensure all our games go ahead as scheduled.

By purchasing a ticket you will adhere to Warrington Wolves’ code of conduct below:

Details confirmed for rescheduled Round 12 clash with Wakefield

Salford Red Devils can now announce that our Round 12 home fixture against Wakefield Trinity will now be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday 16th July 2021, kick off 7:30pm.

Season ticket holders will have priority booking on seats until 5pm on Monday 12th July. There will be no charge for these seats, providing the season ticket holder selects the price definition that relates to them, for example “ST ADULT.” If you do not select a seat with the “ST” prefix, the system will charge you. You must assign a season ticket holder to each ST seat in your basket.

This is not a ballot, you will simply log into your SALFORD ETICKETING ACCOUNT and go the Wakefield match, select your seats and continue through the transaction.

Anyone with an 1873 ticket will have to email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with the client reference or names of everyone in their bubble and lounge access seats will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

Please book in bubbles of 4, 5 and 6 where possible.

After 5pm on Monday the game will go on general sale. Season ticket holders will still get their ticket at no cost but everyone else will be able to purchase at the following prices:

  • Adults: £20
  •  Over 60s: £15
  • U16s: £7.50

Booking fees will apply for non-season ticket holders.

Please note kiosks are not open at the Halliwell Jones stadium. Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink but it must be in clear bags, no cans allowed.

All tickets will be printed and posted out ahead of the game – there is NO digital ticketing

The postage window will close on Wednesday and any tickets purchased after midday will have to be collected from Warrington’s collections office.

Salford Red Devils would like to thank all the fans for their support during these uncertain times. We understand that changes in fixtures and venues are not ideal but we would like to stress that we are doing everything we possibly can to ensure all our games go ahead as scheduled.

By purchasing a ticket you will adhere to Warrington Wolves’ code of conduct below:

New date for Round 12 clash with Wakefield

The Round 12 Betfred Super League fixture between Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity that was postponed this week under the game’s Covid-19 protocols, has been rearranged for Friday 16th July. 

The match will kick off at 7:30pm, however the venue is yet to be confirmed due to pitch maintenance at the AJ Bell Stadium, meaning that our home ground is unavailable on the date of the match. Further information on the venue will be announced in due course, along with information on how to purchase tickets.

Refunds will be issued 3-10 days from the date of the original fixture for anyone who bought tickets.

Club statement: Wakefield and Hull FC games postponed

Salford Red Devils’ next two Betfred Super League fixtures, against Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC, have been postponed under the Covid-19 Protocols.

On Tuesday morning, one of senior players had returned a positive lateral flow test, which has now been confirmed with a PCR test. More than six other players are also required to isolate as close contacts.

The Club can also confirm that another player has confirmed a positive Lateral Flow test this morning, and an additional two members of staff who are symptomatic. As a result, the Club have been referred to the Multiple Case Group.

Under the RFL’s Covid-19 protocols, a team can apply to postpone a match if seven or more senior players are unavailable as a result of Covid-19 – either through positive tests or as close contacts.

Salford had been due to host Wakefield on July 1, and to travel to Hull FC next Monday, July 5.

The clubs will now liaise with the RFL about a possible rearrangement of one or both of the fixtures – although the Betfred Super League table will again be determined by win points percentage to allow for the possibility of not all fixtures being fulfilled.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket for tomorrow’s game will receive an automatic refund in 3-10 days.