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Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Wigan Warriors hooker Amir Bourouh on a two-year deal, with the option of a further year.

The 20-year-old made his Betfred Super League debut against Salford in 2019 for Wigan, going on to make 7 appearances for the Warriors before being loaned out to Betfred Championship side Halifax Panthers this year.

Bourouh, who will arrive at Salford at the end of the year, has impressed during his 11 appearances for Halifax, scoring two tries and picking up a Man of the Match award in the Panthers’ 17-16 victory over Widnes Vikings in July.

Speaking on signing for the club, Bourouh said: “I’m really excited to play for the club and in front of the Salford fans.

“After speaking with Richard (Marshall) and Ian (Blease) and seeing their ambition for the future, my decision was easily made.

“I want to challenge myself in the Super League and hopefully contribute to success in years to come.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall, who was head coach at Halifax from 2015 to 2019, said: “Amir is a promising young hooker who I’ve been monitoring for a while. He’s shone during his loan spell at Halifax and after speaking with my connections there, they were very impressed with him and couldn’t speak highly enough of his qualities.

“There was quite a bit of interest in Amir and we are certainly pleased he has chosen us to continue his development. He will work really well with Andy Ackers and I am looking forward to working with him over preseason and beyond.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I was so excited when I watched Amir live this season, more so in a player that I’ve not seen for some time.

“He’s a young gun looking to progress at Super League level but we will look after him the ‘Salford Way’ and let him develop his true potential with us in the long term deal we have agreed.

I can’t wait to start to develop something special at the club with Amir, he’s got it all. We will give him the platform to get to the top.”

Bourouh is the latest addition to Marshall’s squad ahead of the 2022 season, with halfbacks Ata Hingano and Brodie Croft also recently signing for Salford.

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Salford Red Devils can confirm that skipper Lee Mossop has been forced to retire with immediate effect following medical orders.

Prop Mossop joined Salford in 2017 from Wigan Warriors and became captain in 2018. Throughout his career, Mossop has had 11 reconstruction operations on his shoulders to try and prolong his career as much as possible.

Although we are sad to see our skipper go, we have, and will, fully support Moose in the next stages of his life as he prepares for a career outside of rugby league.

Walking into the AJ Bell Stadium off the back of the 2016 campaign that almost saw Salford relegated to the Betfred Championship, Mossop played a pivotal role in changing the fortunes at the club with the recent success of the last two years.

In 79 appearances for the Red Devils, the prop scored 7 tries – a few of those in big games.

Moose captained Salford to our first ever Grand Final in 2019, scoring a massive try against his former club Wigan at the DW Stadium in the Semi-Final.

The following season, the 32-year-old led Salford out at Wembley for their first Betfred Challenge Cup Final appearance in 51 years.

Speaking on his retirement and his time at the club, Mossop said: “It’s with great sadness that today I have to announce my retirement from rugby league. It’s been no secret that I have struggled with shoulder issues the majority of my career but after seeing the surgeon last week, he has told me there are no more surgeries he can offer to help prolong my career anymore and instead, it will be one final operation to give me a better quality of life with my wife and young children.

“I’d like to thank firstly my family and friends who have supported me through my career, the clubs and supporters I have represented and the players who I have shared a field with.

I joined this club in 2017, planning on only being here one year as I thought I’d be forced to retire then but with a lot of hard work from the coaches and physio staff here, I’ve managed to represent this club for almost 5 seasons and been lucky enough to make some unbelievable memories for a club that I now love!

“I was lucky enough to lead this team out in a Grand Final with my little girls, which will always be one of my main highlights of my career. The fans have been fantastic to play in front of and the most passionate I have met.

“On behalf of me and my family, I thank Salford Red Devils and everyone associated with it for 5 incredible years. We will always owe a debt of gratitude to you.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall said: “What a fantastic career Lee leaves behind. Any good leader or captain’s purpose is to leave the shirt, club and environment in a better place. Well Moose ticks all those boxes. Since my first week at the club he has been a pleasure to work with. His passion for the team is unwavering. He leads by example both on and off the field.

This has not been an easy decision and more so when it’s taken out of your hands. He told me a few weeks ago that this was likely to end his career but said he would wear the shirt for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the time came when he couldn’t carry on. The consultant was adamant he had to finish due to chronic shoulder problems that have plagued him for several years. Being the true professional he is, he tore up preseason and started well. However, the game is unforgiving and it was simply too much to keep backing up.

“Lee leaves behind a great career and memories of trophy wins, overseas success and international honours. He should be proud of all he has achieved and more so the person he is today which has been shaped by all his experiences. We wish himself Chloe, Eden , Nancy and Flynn all the success in the future and a wonderful restful retirement.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “This is really sad news for Lee and the club, but I would like to put on record how Lee has been the ultimate skipper and supreme professional for the club since his arrival in 2017. I spoke to Lee retiring early in the week and I was truly gutted for him. It was a very emotional dressing room after the game on Friday against Wigan when he told the rest of team that he was hanging his boots up for good immediately. To see professional rugby league players sharing that emotion with Lee will be something that we all remember forever .

“As a natural leader, Lee has epitomised our club’s desire and ambition to compete at the highest level, not forgetting Lee leading us to our first Grand Final appearance and our first Challenge Cup appearance for over 50 years. Lee knows he is making the right decision for himself and his family now so he can have a quality of life after rugby. I totally respect his decision and it will be a hard task to replace a leader like Moose.”


With a two-week gap since their last outing, Salford Red Devils will probably have been glad just to get back to their task of playing a game once again, with this their first return to the DW Stadium, since that magnificent victory over Wigan Warriors in the semi-final of the 2019 play-offs.

Certainly, that appeared to be the case, as they settled into their game in the first half, producing a well organised and challenging opposition to the home side, from the outset, and although the Warriors had a greater proportion of possession, and the better field position in the very early stages, the Red Devils soaked up the pressure, limiting their hosts to a solitary, unconverted try in the right corner, from winger Halsall, on twelve minutes.

From that point, the visitors took control, showing all the positive elements of their defence and attack which had been in evidence, at Leeds, a fortnight ago.  In particular, it was a joy to watch the Salford forwards making such good inroads into the opposition’s defensive line, often turning a difficult start to the set, close to their own line, and finishing it with a kick from within the Wigan half, which, with a good chase, completely turned the tables on the Warriors, leaving them to struggle to get away from their line.

From all the work and endeavour came the reward of points on the board, the first of which came with Joe Burgess’s crossing in the corner, in his first league game against his former club, after good handling through six pairs of hands.

One aspect of their attack which did seem to need some further attention, however, was their ability to score from close range.  On a number of occasions, the Reds got within five or ten metres of Wigan’s try line, only to lose possession early in the tackle count, and that failure to turn position into further points was to cost them dearly as the game proceeded.

Nevertheless, they were able to leave the field at halftime with a two-point lead, courtesy of Harvey Livett’s last minute penalty goal, which compensated for his missed conversion attempt earlier, and enthusiasm for a second victory on Wigan soil must have begun to grow among the Salford faithful.

Sadly, this time the Reds had merely flattered to deceive, as they failed to live up to the expectations they had placed upon themselves in the first half.  In retrospect, it may appear to be that Wigan simply upped their game, and that Salford were unable to compete with them, thereafter.

That, however, would be an over-simplification of events, particularly at the start of the half.  Yes, Wigan did become rather more mobile in defence, and increased their line-speed to try to apply greater pressure, but possibly more importantly, the Red Devils fell away from the good things which they had produced to such fine effect in the first forty.

Errors with ball in hand started to become more evident, providing the Warriors a much more unequal level of possession, and an almost constant foothold in the Salford half, all of which led them to drift away from the game plan, with players trying to fix things in their own way, thereby causing at least a little confusion among the rest of the team.

Most discouragingly, the discipline, which they had shown throughout the opening stanza, deserted them, and the penalty count started to rack up against them, not, thankfully, compounded by dissent this time, for they left Lee Mossop to carry out his role, as captain, of seeking clarification from the referee, on certain decisions.  Poor execution and judgement were the main causes, especially once Jackson Hastings was moved to half back bringing a new dimension to Wigan’s attack, and the Warriors were only too eager to keep their score increasing, by slotting over three kickable attempts.

Although no longer classed as a penalty, infringements at the ruck are still punished by set restarts, the extra tackles from which add quite significantly to the fatigue and pressure on teams, particularly when the restart comes on the final tackle of a set, as happened on three occasions in that second period.  With so much turning against them it has to be said that the Salford defence did exceedingly well to keep their line intact until twenty-seven minutes after the restart, when John Bateman successfully squeezed through.

Most, on Friday evening, will have felt an over-riding feeling of disappointment that having done so much to put themselves in such a good position, the team fell away somewhat in the second half.  That in itself is an extremely strong indicator of the considerable progress the club and the team have made in recent years.


Despite leading at the interval and going toe to toe for the majority of the game, Salford Red Devils fell to a 16-6 defeat against Wigan Warriors tonight at the DW Stadium.

The hosts only pipped Salford by one in terms of number of tries scored but it was three penalty goals due to poor discipline that arguably cost Salford the game.

Wigan went over first after 13 minutes through Sam Halsall, who dived over in the right corner.

Salford born Ellis Robson, who is currently on loan from Warrington Wolves, came on just before the 20-minute mark to make his Red Devils debut, five minutes before Marshall’s men got themselves on the scoreboard.

Fast hands down the line from right to left opened up a gap in the left corner for former Wigan man, Joe Burgess, to dive over acrobatically.

In the 32nd minute, an altercation between Josh Johnson and Morgan Smithies saw both sides lose a player to the sin bin, with both men not returning until two minutes into the second forty.

Just before the hooter to signal halftime, Salford were awarded a penalty 30 metres out and opted for the two. Harvey Livett converted and the Red Devils went into the break with a slight lead.

Halftime: Wigan Warriors 4-6 Salford Red Devils

The second forty saw Wigan awarded three penalties, opting for the two each time, with Harry Smith converting all three.

The latter of the Wigan penalty goals involved Ata Hingano seeing yellow after a high tackle on Jackson Hastings in front of Salford’s sticks with 17 minutes to go.

John Bateman sealed the victory for Wigan in the 68th minute, powering over to the left of the sticks to ensure his side finished the game as victors.

Salford now regroup and look to our home game against Huddersfield Giants on Friday 13th August, which promises to be an exciting affair with unrestricted crowds at the AJ Bell Stadium for the first time since Friday 13th March 2020. Get your tickets HERE.

Wigan Warriors: Hastings, Halsall, Isa, Bibby, Marshall, Field, Smith, Havard, Powell, Clubb, Pearce-Paul, Smithies, Shorrocks, Bateman, Bullock, Byrne, Hardaker.

Wigan tries: Halsall, Bateman

Wigan goals: Smith (4/5)

Salford tries: Burgess

Salford goals: Livett

Referee: T. Grant

Image credit: Steve McCormick


For the second time in three matches, the Salford Red Devils had the heart-breaking experience of losing by a single point from a late drop-goal.  Indeed, the only difference in this latest denouement was that there was no extra time involved, but the devastation at having the league points snatched from their grasp, minutes from the final whistle, must have been every bit as hard to take for our players as was that Golden Point Quarter-Final loss to Castleford Tigers.

It certainly was for we Salford fans, returning in numbers to the AJ Bell Stadium, after some fourteen months’ absence, but there again, we had not had to spend eighty minutes of intense concentration and physical buffeting which they had had to endure, in an encounter which had seen every single one of them give their all, in the Salford cause.

And how well they measured up to their illustrious opponents.  In similar fashion to the previous outing against St Helens, they were the quicker to settle to their task, and produced yet another magnificent display of defence, which had the visitors attacking flair completely subdued for lengthy periods of the game.

The difference, however, was that the attack, which against the Saints had been quite lacklustre, was a far more potent force, that had the Warriors on the back foot, particularly in the first half.  How confident they looked as they swung the ball along the line, ran the angles, and questioned the visitors’ goal-line defence at every opportunity, forcing them into conceding a first half 6:3 penalty count in the Reds’ favour.

Twice, on the ninth and twenty-fourth minutes they breached the Wigan try line to take the lead, only for their opponents to hit back with tries of their own on eighteen and thirty-three minutes, but thanks to a penalty goal, from the trusty boot of Harvey Livett, the Red Devils left the field at half time with a narrow four-point lead.

Salford’s opening try came as some compensation for Morgan Escare’s earlier disallowed effort owing to an adjudged obstruction from Ryan Lannon’s venturing into the Wigan line.  This time there was nothing to complicate the issue, as Livett got on the end of an offload from an overly ambitious Wigan player.  His thirty-metre sprint to the line saw him ground the ball in almost the same place as Escare had done a mere minute before.

The ever-improving Jack Ormondroyd laid the foundations for the second with a tremendous, forceful run which took him through the Wigan line and into the clear.  Jack Wells was excellent in providing the necessary support to be on hand to take the pass and cross close to the posts.

Good as the Salford performance overall had been to this point, however, errors did start creeping into it.  These succeeded in providing the Warriors with opportunities to put their hosts under pressure of their own.  Their first try came as a result of a set restart after two tackles and the extra plays enabled them to progress the length of the field and use the power of Singleton to force his way over for the first of his two tries.

Probably even more irritating to the coaching staff would have been the second, in which a poor attacking kick into the Warriors’ overcrowded, righthand corner, ricocheted into the arms of winger, Harry Smith, and he took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration to round the advancing Salford left flank, each of whom appeared not to recognise the danger until he was on his way to getting into the clear.  With the whole field in which to run, Smith cleverly exploited the space to thwart two or three attempts to stop him before putting Farrell over to the left of the posts.

Coming as this did, just over five minutes before the interval, it put the visitors in a much better position to overturn their half time deficit, in the second half, and their penchant for doing so, this season, has been quite widespread as local rivals Leigh Centurions will testify.  Few would have gambled on four points being sufficient cushioning against such a robust outfit as Wigan, and so it proved.

The Reds’ second half performance did not quite match up to that of their first half, and the errors became a little more evident, starting with Ormondroyd losing control of the ball in a tackle in the very first set of the half – not an unknown occurrence this season – but with the considerable improvement, this time, of holding their line intact for the next set.

The balance of possession however started to shift in Wigan’s favour, primarily from an increase in the number of penalties and repeat sets which started to go their way, and the extra defensive work which was consequently thrust upon the Red Devils started to take its toll.  By the later part of the half they were clearly tiring, for let us not forget that there was probably also some residual after-effects from the exertions of the St Helens game, five days earlier.

To compound the situation, the end-of-set options which were taken did not seem to help matters.  Long, high kicks downfield require an energetic determined chase, and, with this becoming increasingly more difficult for them, Hardaker at fullback was put under rather less pressure.  Drilling the ball downfield into touch would, at least, have brought some few seconds respite for them to get some air into their lungs.

Consequently, it was Wigan, only, who, on 63 minutes, were able to cross and draw level, following Livett’s solitary penalty goal, and in the final moments of the half Salford were unable to raise the same degree of energy to pressure Jackson Hastings’s drop-goal that Wigan had put on Escare a few minutes earlier, and the half back promptly slotted the ball between the uprights to take the spoils.


A Jackson Hastings drop-goal was the difference this afternoon as Salford Red Devils fell to a 16-17 defeat against Wigan Warriors.

After taking the lead and going into the interval four points ahead in front of a busy AJ Bell Stadium, the visitors brought it back in the second forty and clinched the victory three minutes from time.

Marshall’s men took the lead inside 10 minutes through Harvey Livett, who pulled off a clever interception and ran almost the length of the field, grounding the ball towards the left of the sticks and leaving Hastings sprawled on the field.

Livett missed the conversion but did add another two to Salford’s lead four minutes later after Salford opted to take the two after they were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Five minutes later however, Brad Singleton put Wigan on the scoreboard, stretching out to ground the ball in front of the Salford fans.

Salford took the lead again in the 25th minute through Jack Wells, who powered through the middle of the Wigan line to score his first try for the Red Devils just seconds after coming on.

Four minutes before the break, Harry Smith broke the line down the right, cut back in towards the centre and fed Farrell to ground the ball down the left. A missed conversion from the Warriors followed by another successful Salford penalty goal from Livett, gave the Red Devils a four-point cushion at the break.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 14-10 Wigan Warriors

It took until just before the hour mark before the scoreline was altered and it was Livett again who converted another penalty goal to extend Salford’s lead.

Singleton doubled his try tally for the afternoon in the 65th minute, powering over to the right of the sticks this time.

Morgan Escare attempted a drop-goal five minutes later which was charged down by Singleton and it was former Red Devil, Hastings, who clinched the victory for the Warriors in the 77th minute after his drop-goal was successful.

Salford welcome Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League next Thursday.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 16-17 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, L;ivett, Williams, Lolohea, Patton, Ikahihifo, Addy, Burke, Lannon, Pauli, Taylor, Atkin, Lussick, Ormondroyd, Wells.

Salford tries: Livett, Wells

Salford goals: Livett (4/5)

Wigan Warriors: French, Manfredi, Shorrocks, Bibby, Hardaker, Smith, Hastings, Singleton, Powell, Havard, Bateman, Farrell, Partington, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Pearce-Paul.

Wigan tries: Singleton (2/2), Farrell

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick


Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that the Betfred Super League Round 7 home game against Wigan Warriors is now on general sale.

Season ticket holders were given initial priority for access to the game, which sees the return of crowds back at the AJ Bell Stadium following a successful test event – thank you to all those who attended, you’ve made Saturday’s game with crowds possible.

All season ticket holders who entered the ballot should now know if they were successful or not. Any season ticket holders who were not successful, or did not enter the ballot and would like to attend on Saturday, must email – ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

It will be an astounding 435 days since we last played in front of you here at the AJ Bell, when, coincidentally, we also faced off against Wigan in what turned out to be an 18-14 comeback win for the Red Devils.

Although we cannot wait to have you back for live rugby, we ask all fans to follow and respect the Code of Conduct, stadium ground regulations and direction from signage and stewards on-site.

In order to create the best atmosphere possible, we will be allocating 400 tickets to the away club in the North Stand. If you are a Salford fan, DO NOT select a ticket in the NORTH STAND AWAY STAND.


1. All our ticketing will be done online digitally

2. Go to www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign in/create an account

3. (if you do not know if you have an account try “forgot password” and if you have an account you will receive an email to reset your password)

4. Click on Match Tickets at the top of the page and select the game.

5. Choose the stand you wish to purchase in and £best available”. Select the EAST, WEST & SOUTH for home fans. For AWAY fans select NORTH.

6. Please select the number of tickets you require for you and other people in your bubble (max of 6). If you are the lead client you will be responsible for everyone in you bubble and you must inform them of the “code of conduct”.

7. You will get the “best available” for the area you selected. There will be no kiosks in the standing areas of the stadium due to Covid restrictions.

8. Tickets will be sent via email and you will be able to print at home or add them to your Google or Apple Wallet

9. Please follow all the instructions on the ticket including the arrival time.

10. Please bring ID showing your name and date of birth as you may be asked to present it.

If you are having difficulty in doing this or if you are a season ticket holder who has missed the ballot please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

You can also call 01617861570 and choose option 1 for tickets and if this is not answered leave a message and someone from the ticket office will call you back.

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm


There will be details on your ticket of what time you should arrive and what entrance to use. Different blocks will be given staggered arrival times and we ask you all to enter the turnstiles at the time stated. If you arrive too early, or too late, you may not gain access. There will be a one-way system in operation within the stadium. Please pay attention to signage and direction from stewards. You may be asked to show ID.


Unfortunately, kiosks will not be open in the standing areas as food and drink has been prohibited. If you are in a seated area you will be able to get food and drink from the kiosks.


Although we cannot wait to have you back, we need to ensure that spectator safety is at the top of our agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that fans read and agree to the Spectator Code of Conduct and respect all rules and guidelines and keep fans safe from potential transmission of COVID -19.


No, you do not need to have a test before coming to the stadium. However, if you feel unwell please DO NOT attend.


If you have a season car park pass then that will be accepted. Car parking passes can be applied for in advance online or by contacting the ticket office. On-the-day parking will be available for £8. Parking at the stadium is limited and we ask that you only trave in your bubbles and follow guidance. For all information on travelling to the stadium, see here.

Once again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you all for your continued support and we simply cannot wait to see you all coming through our gates on Saturday!

Head coach happy with selection headache ahead of season opener

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is relishing the headache of nailing down a 17-man squad for the season opener against St. Helens next week. 

Marshall was impressed by his side’s performance during Salford’s pre-season friendly against Wigan Warriors, with the focus on players improving their all-round game and playing outside of their comfort zone.

Speaking after the friendly win, Marshall said: “We’ve looked at a certain amount of players in different positions today.

“We don’t want to look at people and pigeonhole and stereotype. We want players who are multi-faceted – can offload, can step off both feet, can pass both ways, and can tackle off both shoulders.”

Marshall has been testing his team in different positions to also help each player understand the role and importance of another.

“That’s how we’ve practised and how we’ve trained. Sometimes the players think you’re bonkers moving people around and practising,” Marshall added.

“But in my experience if you’re trying to develop a team, you have to understand and have an empathy of what other players in other positions have to do.

“When you get that empathy within there, I think it really galvanises you as a team.”

With Salford opening the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign a week on Friday against Saints, Marshall’s focus now turns to the difficult task of selecting his squad to face the reigning champions.

“We’re not quite sure but what we do know is that we’ve got players who can play in multiple positions.

“What a great dilemma for us as coaches to have.”

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Salford Red Devils ran out 20-6 winners in a preseason friendly against neighbours Wigan Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium.

In what was Salford’s first runout of 2021 and head coach Richard Marshall’s maiden game in charge, the Mother’s Day meeting with Wigan proved a solid test for the Red Devils who looked comfortable for the majority of the game.

After some back-and-forth play in the opening period, Kallum Watkins opened the scoring in the 19th minute after getting onto the end of a neat grubber kick from Tui Lolohea.

The visitors responded with a try of their own minutes later, Sam Powell powering over the Salford line from close range to get Wigan on the scoreboard.

Just before the half-hour mark, Ken Sio made sure Salford went into the break in front in what was almost a carbon copy of Watkins’ try. Lolohea breached the Wigan line with another clever grubber kick that Sio was able to reach first and ground down the right.

Half-time: Red Devils 12 – 6 Warriors

Salford came out looking strong in the second forty with some of the new boys like Elijah Taylor and Jack Wells adding some freshness to the lineup.

Watkins had a great chance to double his try tally in the 54th minute but was pushed into touch just before he could ground the ball in the right corner.

It was Morgan Escare, against his old club, who extended Salford’s lead though in the 64th minute. Jack Wells opened up the Wigan defence with a neat grubber kick of his own that Escare chased down, grounding the ball on the right flank.

With less than five minutes to go, Krisnan Inu finished off what was a solid performance from the Red Devils with a try of his own, barging over on the left.

The game provided a good chance for Richard Marshall to experiment with his new side and puts Salford in good stead for the season opener against St. Helens in just under two weeks time.

Fulltime: Red Devils 20 – 6 Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, Sarginson, Inu, Lolohea, Brown, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Lann0n, Pauli, Addy, Atkin, Costello, Aspey, Johnson, Livett, Taylor, Roberts, Wells, Williams, Greenwood.

Wigan Warriors: Hardaker, Hanley, Isa, McDonnell, Bibby, Leuluai, Smith, Singleton, Powell, Partington, Bateman, Farrell, Havard, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Clubb, Halsall, Sutton, Kilner, Nicholson, O’Neill, Roden, Shorrocks, Smithies.

Salford tries: Watkins, Sio, Escare, Inu

Salford goals: Inu (2/4)

Wigan tries: Powell

Wigan goals: Hardaker

Referee: Christopher Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick


Ian Watson | “We have to know how to turn the tide”

Head Coach Ian Watson was disappointed with his sides defensive display in defeat to Wigan Warriors and feels his team need to learn how to ‘turn the tide’.
He also gave his thoughts on a range of other topics.

On the performance…

We weren’t good enough defensively. We got ran and around a few too many times on our right-hand edge particularly coming out of yardage. When we put ourselves back in a position to win the game our right edge again let us down. We were disappointed in the first half when we conceded three consecutive tries. We have to know how to turn the tide there. We were completing at 44% in the first half which isn’t good enough. Our execution was poor on the back of that and defensively we let them march us. They did the basics really well and we didn’t.

On the performance in comparison with Castleford…

We were probably better in the Castleford game than we were today. Defensively I just think we’ve let ourselves down from our standards of what we normally compete at. Once we got into the lead again, we needed to up the intensity, but the likes of Dominic Manfredi and Joe Burgess got on the front foot and those two gave Wigan a big lift in the back-field. It’s up to us to deal with that and we didn’t do that well at all.

On injuries…

Ken Sio is the more serious one at the moment, he looked like he’d popped his groin. We’ll have to see what the physios say on that, but he could be looking at over a month.

On Adam Walker…

He was trying to lead the boys and when he came onto the field, he made a massive difference to us as well because he played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He led the way in the middles, but they were really good for the majority of the game, but we just fell down in certain areas defensively.

On Adam Lawton…

I just felt the game was getting too quick in the middle of the ruck and Adam Lawton is a big guy. We need to be controlling the ball and getting our fair share of it as well and I just thought we made some silly errors. The game wasn’t panning out in a manner in which we felt we could introduce Adam.

On Ed Chamberlain…

Ed’s a good player and he’s a good guy as well who trains really hard. He’ll be disappointed that we’ve been beaten down that right edge but as a team we’ve got to be disappointed that we got beat down that side.
Tickets for Sunday’s game against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium are now available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. For more details, click HERE.