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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.

Match Report | Wakefield Trinity 33-22 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils fell to a 33-22 defeat against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Wakefield opened the scoring through David Fifita, but this was soon cancelled out by Niall Evalds. Tries for the hosts followed from Ryan Hampshire, Reece Lyne and Pauli Pauli while Kris Welham crossed for Salford.
Jacob Miller furthered Wakefield’s lead in the second half. Quickfire tries from Derrell Olpherts and Jackson Hastings gave glimpse of a fightback but Brough would add a penalty and drop-goal to give Wakefield the victory.
Fifita’s try came on the back of a number of dropped balls from both sides with three Red Devils failing to gather possession before the prop-forward scooped up the ball to score. Brough converted.
Wakefield’s lead didn’t last long however as Salford broke free down the left-hand side and Olpherts’ clever kick inside was pounced on by an onrushing Evalds. Chamberlain’s conversion levelled the scores.
On the 20-minute mark, Wakefield restored their advantage as Hampshire jinked his way through the Salford line. The hosts would score again minutes later as Miller’s cross-field kick was taken by centre Lyne. Brough converted both.
Salford would narrow the deficit as Rob Lui’s looping pass found Ed Chamberlain who streaked away and found Welham in support with the experienced centre scoring on his return. But Wakefield finished the first half scoring as Pauli powered over from close-range. Brought’s conversion ensured Trinity had a 14-point lead at the break.
It was Wakefield who opened the scoring in the second-half, also. Brough’s clever reverse kick was taken by Miller to the right of the posts. Brough again converted.
The Red Devils would muster a mini-revival as Hastings found Bibby who in turn pulled off an exceptional offload to Olpherts who scored in the corner. Chamberlain converted from the touchline.
Hastings – who was involved in the previous try – again looked to the left-hand side but cut back inside himself and barged his way over despite the efforts of three Wakefield defenders. Chamberlain converted to reduce the arrears to eight points.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Brough added a penalty goal and then followed with a drop-goal just two minutes later to move Wakefield into a 33-22 lead which they would see out despite Salford’s late pressure.
WAKEFIELD: Hampshire, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou; Miller, Brough; Fifita, Wood, England, Pauli, Ashurst, Arona. 
INTERCHANGES: Crowther, King, Kopczak, Horo.
SALFORD: Evalds, Olpherts, Bibby, Welham, Chamberlain; Lui, Hastings; Lawton, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Walker, Turgut, Inu.
Wakefield Tries: Fifita (4’), Hampshire (19’), Miller (25’), Pauli (37’), Miller (53’)
Wakefield Conversions: Brough (5’, 20’, 26’, 38’, 54’, 65’).
Wakefield Drop-Goal: Brough (67’).
Salford Tries: Evalds (9’), Welham (32’), Olpherts (58’), Hastings (61’).
Salford Conversions: Chamberlain (10’, 59’, Hastings (62’).
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas.
Attendance: 4356
Man of the Match: Jackson Hastings.

Tickets | You can now buy tickets for Wakefield away

Tickets are now available to purchase for our upcoming trip to the Mobile Rocket Stadium to face Wakefield Trinity on Sunday 31st March. 
Salford Red Devils fans can purchase their tickets for this massive Betfred Super League clash from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of your purchase if you buy in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Ticket prices will rise by £3 for all price categories if you purchase from the Mobile Rocket Stadium on gameday. For the cheapest price on your ticket purchase in advance.
Tickets for this game are available from the AJ Bell Stadium up until 4pm on Saturday 30th March.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £22
Over 65s: £16
Junior: £5
Junior Swaps: Available in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office.
There is also coach travel available to book for this fixture and this can be done at the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £15 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 11:45am
Royal Sovereign: 12:00pm
Eccles Town Hall: 12:10pm
Dog & Partridge: 12:20pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 12:40pm
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee. Supporters are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.

Adam Walker joins Salford Red Devils

In today’s edition of the Manchester Evening News, it was exclusively revealed that prop-forward Adam Walker has joined Salford Red Devils.
Walker hasn’t played since testing positive for cocaine whist at Wakefield Trinity in 2017, but the now reformed character has the chance to make an impact once again; an opportunity that isn’t lost on him.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have a club for the 2019 season and I’m extremely grateful to Salford Red Devils for giving me this opportunity.
“From day one speaking to Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson I could see that Salford – as a Club – have some real strong beliefs and values that centre around the community and doing good in the local area. I knew straight away that this was the kind of club I wanted to be at.
“I’ve not been perfect in the past. I don’t think anyone is. But you need to learn from your mistakes and develop as a person and player afterwards.
“It’s been a tough few years for myself not being able to play the sport I love on a regular basis. I was suffering from some mental health issues at the time which in turn led to me making a big mistake. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, I accepted and learnt from my punishment.
“In my time away from the game I feel like I’ve matured a lot. I honestly feel I’ve turned the corner, I’ve regained my love for the sport back and I’m ready for the next chapter.
“At a club like Salford, I’ve got the best opportunity to continue to grow as a person by going into the community, talking about the lessons I’ve learnt and promoting Rugby League in a positive manner.
“The sport of Rugby League has been very good to me. The support I received from the RFL, in particular Emma Rosewarne, was brilliant and really helped me on my road to recovery. I’ve now been offered a second chance and it’s up to me to make sure I grab it with both hands.”
Bradford-born Walker began his career with Huddersfield Giants but spent the majority on loan with Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions. However, it was at Hull Kingston Rovers where the forward made his name while also being a regular for the Scottish National side.
Walker said: “I was playing at the highest and most consistent level I’ve ever competed at four or five years ago and I was loving every minute of it.
“During my time at Hull Kingston Rovers I managed to draw attention from Australia and even spoke to Melbourne Storm, but I decided to see out my contract at Hull. Chris Chester was very supportive of me and that helped massively. Of course, I got the move to St Helens and then eventually Wakefield, both of whom are great Super League clubs.
“I was also in the Scotland National side on a regular basis and for that to slip away because of a silly decision whilst at Wakefield was massively disappointing but it has only made me hungrier now to turn things around and strive to get back to where I want to be.”
Due to his suspension, Walker is yet to train with the Red Devils but has no concerns about catching up on pre-season and returning to the field in top condition.
Walker said: “I know I’ve a lot of work to do. I’ve not been able to train but once I’m allowed to get back on the field regularly.
“I know the Head Strength and Conditioning – Greg Brown – from my time with Swinton and I know he will get the best out of me physically. I’ll be pushing myself further than I have before to ensure I’m ready for my first game back whenever that may be.”
Adam Walker will be available to play for the Red Devils in March.
Salford Red Devils return to action for the first time in almost four months on Saturday as they clash with local rivals Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1pm kick-off. Tickets are available at the AJ Bell Stadium, over the phone and online HERE.