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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: WARRINGTON V SALFORD

The travelling Salford Faithful who had made the trip to support their favourites at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium, in the Rivals Round against Warrington Wolves, must have left the ground wondering what has gone wrong with the Reds’ defence over the past couple of games, for it was only three weeks ago that they had limited Wigan to three tries only, despite the Warriors having a significant proportion of possession and field position.  One week earlier, Leeds had been kept try-less in the second half allowing the Red Devils to capitalise with a 26-12 home victory.

Since then, however, a total of eleven tries has been leaked, with some tackling being of quite questionable quality.  Both Wakefield and Warrington exploited Salford’s right edge defensive frailty, with the Wolves scoring four of their five tries on their left wing through King (3) and Ashton (2).

It had been the Red Devils’ attack which had been a matter of concern until recently, but, having equalled Wakefield’s scoring tally last week, they notched another three against this week’s hosts, on Thursday evening, from Ken Sio who latched onto Brierley’s kick into his corner on the stroke of half-time, Andy Ackers who scooted over from a play-the-ball close to the Wolves’ line, and Ryan Brierley who brought the curtain down on the game with a last gasp score.

Good as those tries were, there were a number of other occasions when the Reds came close to additional scores, particularly in the second half, during which the visitors built several periods of pressure.  There were a number of occasions when potential tries failed to satisfy the referee sufficiently for him to award them.

Infuriatingly, the first of these led to a twelve-point whammy, with the home side utilising the subsequent seven-tackle restart, by scoring from that final, extra play-the-ball.  Sneyd’s kick into the in-goal area, had been initially adjudged to have been grounded by a Warrington defender which would have then led to a goal-line drop-out, but the verdict of the in-goal judge was that Brierley had first fumbled the ball over the line, and so a twenty-metre restart was determined.

Shortly afterwards, Burgess was tackled into touch before he could ground the ball, then Sio was tackled with the ball almost in touching distance of the line, and finally a Warrington defender managed to get himself between the ball and the ground, as he tackled Taylor over the line.  All were evidence of the Reds’ vastly improved attacking play, but thwarted, on the night, by extremely determined Warrington defending, the like of which Salford would have benefited from copying.

A significant total of five goal-line drop-outs was further evidence of the extent to which the Red Devils tested their hosts’ goal-line defence, with the majority of these coming as a result of a home defender having to make the ball dead, either by grounding it in-goal, or being tackled over the dead-ball line.

It is widely regarded that the acquisition of eighteen points should be a match-winning score.  That this proved to be far from the case, on Thursday, was purely down to the six tries scored by Warrington, who were allowed to play the game at whatever pace suited them at the time.  One particular set-of-six, towards the end of the first half, saw them up and playing the ball at exceptional speeds and consequently making remarkable progress up the field, in hardly any time at all.

It is up to the defending side to control this, by various options which do not incur the wrath of the referee.  That, with a mere thirty seconds left on the clock, the penalty count was an incredible eight to two, in favour of the Wolves, would seem to indicate a lack of success in this area.  Salford’s tally was actually doubled, in the dying moments, by some gamesmanship from the home side which led to their reduction to twelve players, and Brierley’s last-ditch score.

There have been a number of games now which have produced a mixed bag of performances, but it is producing balanced consistency throughout the full eighty minutes, which will return them to return to winning ways.  An Easter Monday home game against the Catalans Dragons would be the ideal place to start.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: LEE MOSSOP TESTIMONIAL v WARRINGTON WOLVES

A final ten minutes of ascendency by the Warrington Wolves brought to an end the most heartwarming of fightbacks, by Salford’s Reserve players, who had hitherto dominated the second half proceedings.  For indeed, this was, in some respects, almost two games in one, with the first half featuring a number of first team players of both sides, while the second half was given over, predominantly, to the Reserve squads of each club.

The resultant outcome on the field was a most enthusiastic and entertaining contest and tribute to our highly respected former player, and captain. Lee Mossop, over the eighty minutes, though with some quite interesting differences in emphasis, strengths, and dominance between the two forty minute periods.  There was also the added interest of the return of scrums, the very first of which was won by the Wolves, and led, indirectly, to their first try, in the third minute.

After having been caught a little cold at the outset, the Red Devils’ defence was then put under some significant pressure by their hosts, for a full ten minutes, as a result of two set-restarts, two penalties, and two goal-line drop-outs, all of which favoured the Wolves.

Salford’s response, however, was magnificent as they repelled each wave of attack, until eventually they were able to regain possession and counter-attack, then going very close to scoring, before the momentum balanced out and the two sides got into the grind of an arm wrestle, for almost twenty minutes.

When this was eventually broken it was the Reds who did so, with a try by Ryan Lannon, shortly before the interval, bringing them to within two points of the home side, and, if only they could have held on to that differential, the team would have been well-placed for the second period.

Unfortunately, the mistiming of a pass, on the restart, gave Warrington possession, and,  from the resultant scrum, Ellis Robson scored by the posts, for his side to troop off at the interval, eight points to the good.

Despite an almost identical a start to the second stanza, as their more experienced counterparts had undergone in the first half, with an opening score to the Wolves putting them 16-4 into the lead, the young Salford players responded most creditably.  Putting their best foot forward, they took the game by the scruff of the neck, secured a dominance of possession, which gave them momentum and good field position thereby penning Warrington close to their own line for an eight minute spell, which culminated in their scoring their second try of the match, this time from left winger, Joseph Brady.

Having found a way of containing their opposition, the Salford lads set about repeating the process, and, after a further period in almost complete control, they pulled back to within two points, when Jacob Lee scored to the left of the posts, and Jack Stevens converted.

Sadly, this score only served to sting the Wolves into a somewhat urgent response, and another early Salford error, upon the resumption, gifted them possession, through which they promptly restored their six point lead, which soon became ten, and finally sixteen.

There was, nevertheless, much about which to be positive in the overall Salford performance over the full eighty minutes, and for all the players involved, it has to be said that to go to a top flight club such as Warrington, who must surely have high aspirations for themselves, at both Super League and Reserve levels, and then match them throughout, is most praiseworthy, and augers well for the coming season for both sets of Salford players. 

2022 PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce our pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2022 season.

Preparation for the 2022 campaign will begin on Saturday 15th January against Swinton Lions, kick-off at 2 pm, with our Women’s team playing their first-ever game against Swinton Lionesses on the same day, at 11:45 am, in what promises to be an exciting doubleheader at the AJ Bell Stadium.

On Friday 21st January, Paul Rowley’s men will host Betfred Championship outfit, Halifax Panthers, a team that our head coach represented for six years during his playing career and the side that our new hooker, Amir Bourouh, spent a spell on loan with during the 2021 season. This clash will kick off at 7:30 pm at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Our last test of pre-season comes in the form of an away trip to The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday 4th February to play Warrington Wolves, kick-off 7:45 pm, in what will be former club captain Lee Mossop’s testimonial game. Tickets are sold through the Warrington Wolves website, Salford Fans should note the seating arrangements for home and away supporters before purchasing.

Tickets are available now for all three of our pre-season fixtures.

Support of Salford Red Devils by purchasing a 2022 season ticket HERE.

SALFORD SIGN SITA AKAUOLA

As recruitment continues for 2022 and onwards, Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Sitaleki Akauola on a two-year deal.

Prop Akauola arrives from fellow Betfred Super League side Warrington Wolves, who with he won the Betfred Challenge Cup in 2019.

The 29-year-old, who has represented his country Tonga at international level, started his professional rugby league career in the NRL for West Tigers and then Penrith Panthers, before moving to the UK in 2019 to sign for the Wire in 2019.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Akauola said: “I’m really looking forward to playing for Salford, it’s a club with passion and ambition.

“It’ll be great to be playing in front of that Salford faithful, who I know are a massive part of Salford Red Devils.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added:  “Sita wanted to come to Salford to show what a quality player he really is and he is a fantastic acquisition for the Club, as we look to challenge at the top of Super League again.

“He adds size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the pack and I look forward to seeing him rip it up in a Salford shirt.”

Red Devils recruitment is sponsored by Morson Group.

Join Sita in 2022 by purchasing an early bird season ticket HERE.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 24-14 WAKEFIELD TRINITY | FRIDAY 16TH JULY 2021

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:

RED DEVILS’ ACADEMY SLAY WOLVES IN THEIR OWN DEN

Salford Red Devils Academy team carried on exactly from where they left off last week, for having seen off the Wales Academy, in front of the first actual crowd of spectators, at the A J Bell Stadium, seven days ago, they travelled to Warrington to take on Super League opposition, in the form of the Wolves.

For those who had been fortunate enough to witness the young Red Devils in that dummy run for the opening up of the stadium, last week, there might have been those who expected them to find life considerably more difficult against such renowned opposition.  Nothing could have been further from the truth, and as if to underline the point, the Salford lads racked up what must be something of a record score against a Warrington side, at this level.

The game was barely a few minutes old when the visitors crossed for the first of their tries, courtesy second rower, Jack Kenway, with Jack Stevens adding on the extras.  Within minutes, the score board was in operation again when Michael Los cut through to take the tally into double figures, and it was not long before a second unconverted try was secured by Ben Wharton, taking the score to 0-14.

Jack Kenway, who, unfortunately, had hit the post with his first conversion attempt from Wharton’s try, was on target with his next attempt from in front of the posts, following scrum half, jack Stevens’s individual effort, bringing their points to twenty, in almost as many minutes.

It had been an incredible start to the game by the Red Devils who looked as though they could score whenever they wished to do so.  The platform was undoubtedly laid by the forwards, who ran with such determination and conviction, that it had the Warrington defensive line absolutely reeling.  Add to that a couple of extremely clever half backs, and the spine completed with equally effective fullback and hooker, and virtually one-way traffic was the result.

The only blots on their copybook came with two separate lapses of concentration.  The interception of a Salford pass, some twenty-five metres from their own line, saw the Wolves capitalise with a try of their own, totally against the run of the play to bring the score to 4-14.

A second Warrington try came later in the half, when the right edge defence failed to slide across towards the touchline despite calls from teammates to do so, and a gap large enough for the home attack to exploit saw them double their score.

It was, nevertheless, Salford who finished the half with two further scores to put themselves comfortably in control, 8-30, at half time.

That comfort might have been just a little too much so, as things began to unfold in the second half.  As one might have expected, the home side used the interval to regroup, and they returned to the fray with much greater determination than they had been able to muster in the opening forty minutes.  In the face of this, and coupled with one or two changes of personnel, the Salford side began to lose their way a little.

The absolutely clinical way in which they had put away every clear-cut opportunity was suddenly missing, and they also began to lose a little composure, possibly as a result of frustration, and, after a period with each side vying for superiority, it was Warrington who broke the deadlock, though still without the extras from a conversion which might, otherwise, have caused some rather greater concern in the Red Devils’ ranks.

A return to basics and the hard graft of the early stages of the first half was called for, and this gradually rebuilt the composure and confidence needed.  The final period belonged totally to the Reds, and they exploited it to the full, with tries coming thick and fast to keep the scoreboard turning over, right up to the final whistle.

SALFORD SCORERS

TRIES:  Jack Kenway (2), Mike Los (2), Ben Wharton, Jack Stevens, Alec Walton, Charlie McManus, Lucas Prescott

GOALS:  Jack Kenway (8)

SALFORD TEAM:

Morgan Kelly, Clifford Howard, Michael Loss, Ben Wharton, Alec Walton, Charlie McManus, Jack Stevens, Kal Barker, Owen Turner, Tom Hunter, Lucas Prescott, Jack Kenway, Josh Connolly

REPLACEMENTS:

Billy Wadeson, Callum Hughes, Lucas Coan, Nathan Connell

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD v WARRINGTON

It is a widely accepted view, among coaches and officials within the game, that if you can score eighteen points it should put you in a good position to win.  That opinion, however, fell completely flat for Salford, in their latest Betfred Super League outing against the Warrington Wolves.  So what went wrong?

Well, the other side of the score-line tells a different story because by conceding the massive total of sixty-two points it shows the quite lamentable failings of their defence, which had earned such praise over recent weeks.

Not that we needed the score to point that out, for these failings were clearly evident to all and sundry, as the Wolves, particularly through the first and last quarters of the game, ran rampant through it for try after try.  It does, nevertheless, show that there were certain aspects of Salford’s performance which were not far short from the mark; there just were not enough of them.

If there were just one solitary reason for such an about turn in the efficacy of their defence, it would be relatively easy to put right, but that is never the case.  Head Coach, Richard Marshall, in his after-match reviews, has identified a number of significant issues, not least of which was the number of enforced absentees, many of whom were our most senior and influential players.

In addition to that, though there were two aspects of the context in which the game took place, a mere glance back over the past three weeks shows the Red Devils having been taken into Golden Point extra-time by Castleford – as if the standard eighty had not been demanding enough.

This was followed by an unenviable trip to St Helens to muscle up against the Super League Champions.  Then finally, after a very short turn around they held the Wigan Warriors at bay for seventy-seven minutes.  This clearly had taken so much out of them that they had practically nothing left in the tank.

Then, there was Warrington.  Marshall says that they were white hot, and who could argue with that.  It was the sheer speed at which they played the game, and the accuracy with which they executed their plays, that caused so much damage, as our players struggled fruitlessly for twenty minutes to come to terms with it.

How the Wolves must have prepared for this.  Five consecutive defeats over the last two seasons, culminating with that ignominious exit from the Challenge Cup, last October, just a couple of minutes away from a return to Wembley, must have rankled greatly with them for months.  They clearly had scores to settle, and there were going to be no surprises this time around.  Within a minute and a half, they had crossed for the opening try.

With Gareth Widdop running amok, they scythed through the Salford line, almost at will, and by eighteen minutes had that exact same number of points on the board.  To be fair, they were well contained in the middle of the field; it was when the ball went further out wide that the gaps appeared or an overlap was worked, and that continued to be the case in the later period of the second half.

Thankfully, the introduction of a couple of fresh players from the bench, on twenty minutes did work wonders, and suddenly the visitors were pushed into a few handling errors, which gave Salford rather more possession, and they gained a foothold in the game.  For the remainder of the half it was the Red Devils who were calling the shots as they sought to get back into the game.

For substitute, Sam Luckley, it will have been a very bitter-sweet experience for him, on his Super League debut.  In one respect, it will be a match, like everyone else, he will want to forget, but on the other hand he brought some significant go-forward to the proceedings, and if he will learn to be a little more selective with his offloads at this level, he will have a lot to offer over the coming season.

If Warrington could score eighteen points in as many minutes, the Red Devils came pretty close to doing the same themselves.  It started with back-to-back sets on the visitors’ twenty metre line, which saw Morgan Escare spring a surprise on everyone by putting in a short kick on the very first tackle of the second set, chase and collect, only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle which prevented him from grounding the ball on the right side of the try line.

Even though it had not succeeded in opening the Reds’ account, it did provide a little encouragement to the rest of the team, whilst giving Warrington something to think about, and it was only a matter of minutes before their lead was eroded into.

One of their own errors not only ended an assault on the Salford line but it provided Ken Sio with possession, and he promptly covered the ninety-five metres along the touchline to score in the corner, to which Harvey Livett added the extras from the touchline.

The irrepressible Livett was then on hand to finish off a right to left passing move with a converted try of his own, to double their score, and the Wolves’ composure started to look a little strained.  It only needed for the Red Devils to hold onto that differential, and then build upon it in the second half, and we might have been looking at a rather different outcome.

As it was, and as we all know, that singularly did not happen, and a Warrington try seconds before the interval, followed by another in the first sixty seconds of the second half, was a real setback but even then they managed to muster a further converted try from Darcy Lussick.

It was, eventually, an eighteen-minute period during which they were reduced to twelve men by two sin-binnings, and briefly to eleven when these overlapped, that the game went completely away from them.

Warrington took advantage of these reduced numbers to run in four tries and they really turned the screw from there on, to leave everyone associated with Salford disconsolate and despondent, at the final whistle from the size of the defeat.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 18-62 WARRINGTON WOLVES | THURSDAY 27TH MAY 2021

Salford Red Devils fell to a bruising 18-62 defeat against neighbours Warrington Wolves tonight in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League.

A poor start to the game gave Warrington an 18-point lead inside the first 15 minutes and a dominant second half display from Steve Price’s men ensured the visitors went home with the two points.

Stefan Ratchford opened the scoring down the right wing after two minutes after some great play from Blake Austin that left the recovering Red Devils outnumbered down their left flank.

Danny Walker extended Warrington’s lead five minutes later under the sticks, before Toby King grounded the ball in the 11th minute to really put Salford up against it.

In the 22nd minute, Ken Sio finally got Salford on the board with almost a carbon copy of his try against Leigh Centurions in Round 4, sprinting the full length of the field to ground the ball down the right.

In-form Harvey Livett went over to the left of the sticks 10 minutes later against his former club but Jake Mamo ensured that Warrington went into the break with the momentum, sliding over under the sticks just before the halftime hooter.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 12-26 Warrington Wolves

Two minutes into the second forty, Gareth Widdop scurried over to extend the visitors’ lead.

Salford responded seven minutes later through Darcy Lussick, who bundled over to the left of the sticks to score his first try in a Salford try.

Jake Mamo, again, got Warrington back in control of the arm wrestle four minutes later, stretching out to ground down the right.

Toby King got himself on the scoreboard again on the hour mark, bundling over to the left of the sticks, followed by a Chris Hill try five minutes later.

Ben Currie ran the length of the field 10 minutes from time to score in front of the Wire fans, and just before the final hooter, Widdop touched down once more under the sticks.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 18-62 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, Livett, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Taylor, Ikahihifo, Lannon, Roberts, Burke, Lussick, Wells, Luckley, Patton.

Salford tries: Sio, Livett, Lussick

Salford goals: Livett (3/3)

Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Lineham, King, Mamo, Charnley, Austin, Widdop, Hill, Walker, Philbin, Currie, Hughes, Davis, Mulhem, J. Clark, Akauola, D. Clark.

Warrington tries: Ratchford, Walker, King,  Mamo (2), Widdop (2), King (2), Hill, Currie

Warrington goals: Ratchford (11/11)

Image credit: Steve McCormick