VX3 SHOW SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE BY PRODUCING FITTED MATCH DAY SHORTS

VX3 apparel have shown their support for women’s rugby league by producing specifically tailored match day shorts for our women’s team.

Across sport, conversations have been raised about women’s sport kit not being designed with female athletes in mind, and changes are now being put in place to combat the issue.

The club’s official kit partner has already supplied black playing shorts, away from the usual white, but this change is another major step in accommodating women’s needs – allowing them to solely focus their efforts on the pitch.

Crafted to allow more comfort, VX3 have supplied a full set of these shorts for both home and away strips.

Marcelle Lock, women’s team manager at Salford Red Devils, has said:

“It’s no secret that women’s anatomy is fundamentally different to men, yet for years and years, working in professional sport, myself and many other women have been forced to wear men’s clothing – much of it ill-fitting and not fit for purpose. Even items such as jackets in men’s sizing end up being far too long on the arm and too tight around the hips. It’s uncomfortable and it can look awkward.

“Working as a female in RL for over 10 years, I have been in a minority, and there has been little demand for women’s sized ‘team wear. Where there is no demand, there is no supply; and kit manufacturers, understandably, do not want to take the risk on producing a range that might not sell. With the introduction of a women’s team for Salford Red Devils in 2022, this lack of fitted clothing became more apparent.

“Luckily, in VX3, we have a kit partner who understand that comfortable sportswear can significantly improve performance and it’s not just the practicality of the wear – when something fits well, you feel more confident. Since 2022, VX3 have supplied match jerseys, hoodies, t-shirts and jackets in women’s sizing.

“Last year, like many sports teams, we dropped our signature Salford white shorts due to the concerns the girls had over wearing white whilst on their periods. However, match day shorts were still a concern as they were men’s cut; which by design, created a bulk of uncomfortable material in-between the legs, was quite often too tight around the thigh – restricting leg movement – and had to be sized up to fit around the hips.

“For this season, VX3 have been working on a women’s cut playing shorts. They have worked tirelessly on coming up with the right shape and I am delighted to have received these new cut shorts at the end of March.

“This is all part of the pathway of women’s rugby. These aren’t girls playing a mens game, nor should they conform to that, these are girls playing rugby league and they deserve to have their own identity as female rugby league players.

“They are all small steps, but important ones in the growth of our game.”

Jon Ellery, from VX3, has added:

“With the growth of women’s sport, both at grass roots and at a professional level, we at VX3 wanted to ensure we were able to provide kit that was functional, fitted correctly and looks good for our female players. 

“Rugby shorts in particular have been really difficult to get right. With the female physique varying so much from one player to the next – and even between women of the same size – we wanted something that was comfortable, flattering and built to withstand the demands of rugby league.

“We went through many rounds of sampling to get a finished product, involving universities and local women’s teams so we got a good cross section of players to provide us feedback.

“Our female range is extensive and ever-growing – and this is something we are very proud of.”

After a tough start, where Mike Grady’s new-look Red Devils have faced multiple Women’s Super League sides in the Challenge Cup, they are ready to attack the regular Championship campaign.

Their next task is the visit of Bradford Bulls on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 2pm on the Salford Stadium Community Field.

DEON CROSS’ HISTORIC TRY WINS MARCH TRY OF THE MONTH

Of course it had to be this one!

Deon Cross’ 75th minute winner against St Helens has been voted March’s Try of the Month.

On a memorable night at the Totally Wicked Stadium, where we secured our first win at Saints in over 44 years, Cross’ effort completed a quick-fire comeback.

The winger was already on the scoresheet when he received Ryan Brierley’s cut-out ball midway through the first-half to go over, but the hosts, at that point, were still in full control.

Mark Percival was sent off for Saints during the second forty and Salford took full advantage in six crazy minutes.

First Nene Macdonald, then Chris Atkin – another contender for this award – cut the deficit, before a moment of pure genius won the game.

Tim Lafai received a pass from Marc Sneyd in one hand, before moving it into his other for a trademark out-the-back flick to Cross, who scampered past Jack Welsby into the corner.

Relive the try in all its glory below:

MARC SNEYD WINS MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Marc Sneyd has been voted March’s Player of the Month.

A driving force behind our positive start to the season, the England international has beaten stern competition from teammates, Nene Macdonald and Tim Lafai to pick-up back-to-back accolades.

Across five games, Sneyd was chosen as Man of the Match in four. An outstanding individual achievement which sees him sat top of the current Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel rankings.

Until last weekend against Castleford Tigers, our number seven was also perfect from the kicking tee – adding the extras on 35 consecutive occasions.

In play, he has led Salford to big wins over Hull KR, St Helens and Leigh Leopards in March, with fans and pundits alike raving about his world class performances.

In reaction to winning the club’s award for February, Sneyd has said: “Thanks again to the fans who voted for me.

“It’s been a good start to the season, but we want to continue improving as a team”

As ever, we would like to congratulate Sneydy on another fantastic award.

PAUL ROWLEY NAMED MARCH SUPER LEAGUE COACH OF THE MONTH

Paul Rowley has been named the Betfred Super League Coach of the Month for March.

After masterminding some memorable victories over Hull KR, St Helens and Leigh Leopards, our Head Coach has been recognised for his outstanding efforts.

Ending a 44-year wait for win at Saints, Rowley’s side made history with their performance at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Deon Cross scored a 75th minute winner to complete a quick-fire turnaround – a real highlight of the month.

Other crucial wins against KR and the Leopards have placed Salford in a healthy position, despite suffering late heartbreak against Wigan Warriors in Round 5.

In reaction to picking up the award, Rowley has said: “It is a privilege to receive accolades that reflect the efforts of the playing group.

“We have had a positive start, and are committed to working hard, and continuing to learn and improve as the season progresses.”

The voting panel is made up of selected members of the rugby league media.

One member of the voting explained their support of Rowley: “Although Salford didn’t win 100% of their games in March, the quality of the results achieved by Paul Rowley and his team is only heightened in the context of their resources and squad depth compared to some of their peers. 

“They continue to punch above their weight. Beating Hull KR and St Helens showed Rowley can tactically outgun some of the best in the league, and while they lost to Wigan Warriors, they were in the driving seat to win before a late turnaround.

“Rowley continues to get the best out of players such as Ryan Brierley and Marc Sneyd who are vital cogs in their machine.”

MARCH TRY OF THE MONTH NOMINEES REVEALED

It’s time to vote for your March Try of the Month.

Paul Rowley’s side picked up three wins in five and scored some stunning tries across games against Hull KR, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Leigh Leopards.

We’ve whittled it down to four contenders, who will compete to join February’s winner, Nene Macdonald as March’s Try of the Month.

CHRIS ATKIN vs St Helens (Round 4)

DEON CROSS vs St Helens (Round 4)

MARC SNEYD vs Leigh Leopards (Round 6)

RYAN BRIERLEY vs Leigh Leopards (Round 6)

Remind yourselves of the efforts below and place you vote on the poll!

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AMIR BOUROUH HANDED ONE GAME BAN

Amir Bourouh has been handed a one game ban by the match review panel.

Following our Round 7 defeat against Castleford Tigers, the hooker has been charged with a Grade B ‘Dangerous Throw’ and will subsequently miss our trip to London Broncos.

Read the full report here.

MATCH REPORT – CASTLEFORD TIGERS 36-24 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 7)

Salford Red Devils were beaten by Castleford Tigers at the Jungle this evening.

Paul Rowley recalled David Nofoaluma into the starting line-up, with Amir Bourouh also replacing Joe Mellor at hooker.

Looking for a fifth win of the Betfred Super League season, Salford started on the front foot and notched the first points of the contest via a Marc Sneyd penalty-goal.

It wasn’t long until we were on the board again, with the in-form Ryan Brierley supporting a nice line break by Deon Cross to receive and stroll over.

Marc Sneyd added the extras to make it 0-8, but the momentum soon shifted in Cas’ favour.

Shifting the play left, Jack Broadbent found Innes Senior, who received the ball and shrugged off Cade Cust to make a break.

An ankle tap from Ryan Brierley tripped the winger, but with no other retreating Salford body nearby, Senior was able to regain his balance and go over.

Things for worse for the Red Devils when Amir Bourouh was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous lift; and the hosts capitalised just minutes later.

Another penalty placed Cas in prime position to hurt Salford’s defensive line, and it was Sam Hall who made the bust up the middle to crash over.

Sneyd was trying to wrestle back control and started to complete sets with smart kicks into touch, maybe with Bourouh’s sin-binning in mind.

However, from the next set, Liam Horne’s line break proved crucial. His neat offload to Namo was quickly closed down, but a quick play-the-ball and a chipped kick into the corner from Jacob Miller found Senior for his second of the night.

Salford got back into the contest just before the break, with Tim Lafai on the end of a nice passage of play involving Joe Shorrocks, Sneyd and Brierley to go over unopposed.

Sneyd narrowed the deficit to just four with his conversion, but big changes were certainly needed in the second forty.

That period was started in emphatic fashion, with Nene Macdonald racing 70 metres to score a stunning individual try in front of the travelling Salford faithful.

We went further in front a few minutes later, with Shorrocks this time the architect of a quick bust up the middle.

He was stopped by Broadbent, but managed to find a pass to the supporting Brierley, who slid over in the left corner.

However, Sneyd, for the first time this season, dragged his kick wide, ending an incredible run of 35 consecutive conversions.

In almost a carbon copy of the first-half, the game flipped on its head following a break from Senior.

He received the ball on halfway, skipped past a few Salford challenges before crossing for his hat-trick.

That was quickly followed by another breakaway try, this time from Brad Martin, who burst up the middle and crashed over the scrambling Brierley to score.

A penalty-goal further added to Salford’s woes and made it a two-score contest, before Senior made sure of the points by scoring his fourth.

There’s now a weeks’ break for Rowley’s men before we return to Betfred Super League action with a trip to newly-promoted London Broncos in Round 8.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, David Nofoaluma, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Shane Wright, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Chris Atkin, Joe Shorrocks, Joe Mellor.

Tries: Ryan Brierley (2), Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/5)

Castleford Tigers line-up: Jack Broadbent, Josh Simm, Josh Hodson, Sam Wood, Innes Senior, Danny Richardson, Jacob Miller, Sam Hall, Liam Horne, Liam Watts, Alex Mellor, Elie El Zakhem, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges: Sylvester Namo, Brad Martin, Samy Kibula, Cain Robb.

Tries: Innes Senior (4), Brad Martin, Sam Hall

Conversions: Danny Richardson (6/7)

HT: 18-14

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin.

TEAM NEWS | TWO CHANGES FOR ROUND 7 ACTION

Paul Rowley has made two changes to the team who beat Leigh Leopards in Rivals Round.

After Betfred Challenge Cup elimination a week prior, Salford Red Devils bounced back with a fantastic team performance against Leigh Leopards.

Ryan Brierley scored twice on his 300th career appearance, with Ethan Ryan also scoring his first two for the club and Marc Sneyd adding to his already stellar start to the season with a try and six goals.

One of the two changes for Salford comes on the wing, with David Nofoaluma making his second appearance since joining the club.

Amir Bourouh also returns at hooker, in place of Joe Mellor, who drops to the interchange bench.

ORMONDROYD: “IT’S POSITIVE SIGNS FOR ME!”

Jack Ormondroyd is pleased with the progress he’s made in 2024.

The prop signed for Salford Red Devils in 2020 and has cemented himself as a regular member of the team under Head Coach, Paul Rowley.

Ahead of last season, Ormondroyd signed a new three-year deal, meaning he’ll be donning the red and white until at least 2025.

Reflecting on his own form, the 32-year-old admitted to our YouTube channel that he is back enjoying his rugby after a difficult season in 2023.

“It’s positive signs for me,” he began.

“I think I had a bit of a dip last year, I don’t think I was great last year, so coming into this year I had a bit to prove to Rowls.

“I’m just trying to do the basics right and I’ve played a few more minutes than I did last year, so it’s good at the minute, and I’m enjoying it again.”

With four wins from six to kickstart the Betfred Super League campaign, Ormondroyd is happy with the teams’ level of performance, but also admits there’s plenty they can do to improve.

“Yeah, good – I think there’s always room for improvement. I think the two games we’ve lost were winnable games as well, so it’s positive signs.

“Like you say, a couple of months into the season and we’ve got plenty to go, so we’ve got a lot to work on still and hopefully we can keep ticking off them wins.”

Castleford Tigers lie in wait this evening; a team who currently sit without a point in 2024, but have showed plenty of resilience in the past few weeks.

“They’re a tough prospect,” Ormondroyd continued.

“They’re bottom of the league, which isn’t great for them, but watching the game last week against Leeds, they were all over them.

“If Leeds had defended a little bit worse there, they’d have scored a few tries, so there’s no easy games, and we’ll have to be on it if we want to get the win.”

Watch our full interview with Jack by clicking below.

ROWLEY: “IT’S BEEN A GOOD WEEK!”

Paul Rowley is aware of the talent Castleford Tigers posses, ahead of tonight’s meeting in Round 7.

On the back of Rivals Round success, Salford Red Devils head to Tiger Town looking for back-to-back wins and a fifth of the Betfred Super League season.

Ryan Brierley and Marc Sneyd were the stars of the show against Leigh Leopards, with the former scoring twice on his 300th career appearance.

Reflecting on the contest in his pre-match press conference, Rowley said: “We don’t get too high, we don’t get too low – that’s the way it goes.

“The week’s been good. We’re healthy, we’ve got a healthy team, other than your normal stuff, so it’s been a good week.”

Discussing what positives he and the coaching staff took from the performance, our Head Coach continued: “I thought we were a little bit sharper in attack.

“We executed better than we have been doing, but that’s been a working progress, building and growing, so we expected that.

“Also, it was good conditions to play in. I’m not sure we’ll take that into Friday night because it’ll be quite a difference, there’s been a little bit of rain, hasn’t there.”

“But we we’re connected in contrast to the previous weeks. So we were back connected, because we’ve been like that all season.

“I thought defensively we were very good as well, we just fell out of system for the tries, which we feel are solvable, so we we’re disappointed in them.

“However, overall, it’s a derby, to get the win was really pleasing and we’re sat in a decent position.”

Moving on to talk about tonight’s tussle, our Head Coach was quick to praise the ‘good rugby players’ Cas have in their ranks and reference why his Salford side have to be fully committed.

“There’s always an opportunity, no matter who we play and with that opportunity comes the risks, and the dangers with that.

“We’re up against a team with a lot of experienced rugby players, who are good rugby players; in particular Westerman, McShane, Miller, Richardson.

“They’ve got some really good footballers and I’ve said this previously when we’ve played against them.

“So if you dip your toe in the water, they’ll burn you and what we’ve seen in previous games with Castleford is that they’ve got a fair amount of spirit and they’ve got a lot of motivation to get a result this week at home

“It’s going to be a formidable task and one we’ve got to be fully committed for.”

Watch Paul’s full press conference by clicking below.

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