Ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Super League tie with Hull Kingston Rovers at the The Salford Stadium we take a look at the facts behind this fixture.
Both sides have had their fair share of results over the other in recent seasons however Salford come into this weekend’s game on the back of two consecutive victories against the Robins.
The Red Devils overcame their opponents in the 5th round of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup after coming back from a 14-0 deficit to win 24-14 a game which you can read more about here.
The last time the sides met in a league fixture (of sorts) was back in the 2016 Million Pound game when Ian Watson’s side again came from behind with a miraculous late comeback which was sealed with a mammoth Gareth O’Brien drop-goal in extra-time.
But, KR did win on their last visit to the The Salford Stadium in Super League coming away with a 12-29 victory over the Red Devils. Tries from James Greenwood, Josh Mantellato, Thomas Minns and Ken Sio were too much for Salford who crossed twice through O’Brien and Mason Caton-Brown.
Overall in Super League, Salford have won seven of the fixtures while Hull KR have won ten with the sides drawing on one occasion.
Salford Red Devils captain Lee Mossop – should he play – will earn his 200th career appearance.
Mossop has appeared for a host of clubs including Wigan Warriors, Paramatta Eels, Workington Town, Huddersfield Giants and Barrow Raiders before arriving at the The Salford Stadium. The Cumbrian forward has also represented England and the England Knights.
Red Devils 2017 top try-scorer Niall Evalds – should he play – will earn his 100th career appearance.
The versatile back has racked up an impressive 91 appearances for Salford alongside dual-registration appearances for hometown Club Halifax RLFC as well as Barrow Raiders and Oldham RLFC.
Evalds has also scored in each of Salford’s last three competitive fixtures and will be looking to make it four from four against a side whom he crossed against twice in the Million Pound Game.
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Salford centre Kris Welham was a mainstay at KCOM Craven Park playing for the Robins for ten seasons and scoring over 100 tries. Welham has continued to score regularly for Salford including scoring in both Betfred Super League games so far in 2018.
There are a handful of former Salford players in Tim Sheens’ squad including winger Justin Carney. Jordan Walne also joined the Robins directly from Salford this off-season while Tommy Lee, Connor Williams and Lee Jewitt have all played at the The Salford Stadium.