MATCH PREVIEW – HULL FC VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 4)

MATCH PREVIEW – HULL FC VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 4)

by | Mar 11, 2023

Round 4 of the Betfred Super League is here and Salford Red Devils travel to face Hull FC at the MKM Stadium.

Looking to bounce back from defeat at Warrington Wolves, Paul Rowley’s side have been hit by even more injury trouble, but spirits are high and they’ll being looking to bring home two competition points.

The Red Devils were at their thrilling best at times last Thursday, cutting through Daryl Powell’s side on countless occasions during the first 40.

Ellis Longstaff – on debut – and Marc Sneyd both got on the scoresheet, but it was Ryan Brierley’s try that really stood out. Ken Sio intercepted the ball and somehow kept his balance to tee up our number one, who charged 75 metres downfield to hand us the lead.

Warrington produced a second-half comeback, but much like our Round 2 defeat against Hull KR a week prior, there were plenty of positives for Rowley and his staff to take into this week.

Hull FC are the next challenge, with new addition, Tex Hoy, a player who has really caught the eye. The fullback has taken the Super League by storm in the opening three rounds and was awarded the Glens Vodka Player of the Month earlier this week.

Here’s everything you need to know surrounding our Round 4 meeting later today:

SQUAD NEWS

The Red Devils were hit with two further injury blows this week. Oliver Partington – nominated for February’s Player of the Month – has picked up a knee problem and Joe Burgess has picked up a shoulder knock – with both expected to be out for an extended period of time.

There is, however, the huge positive of Danny Addy slowly but surely returning to match fitness. The Scottish international has been out since early August with a ruptured Achilles, but he will no doubt be a huge boost to the team upon his return.

Adam Sidlow is in line to make his 100th Salford appearance, while Chris Atkin could make his 100th Super League appearance.

ROWLEY’S PREVIEW

Our Head Coach faced the press earlier this week to discuss a multitude of different topics – including facing a tough Hull FC side, the rise of Tyler Dupree and Oliver Partington’s form prior to his injury.

On our opposition, Rowley knows the threat they pose his side and picked out some individuals who could cause problems on Saturday afternoon.

“A big club, so they’ve got a good squad and some people who are playing really well. There’s some obvious threats like Brad Dwyer, Tex Hoy – people like that,” Rowley began.

He continued: “They’re certainly a club who are capable of being pretty damaging, we’ve seen that against Castleford – particularly in the first-half – and against Leeds. They’re a good club, with a coach who has had success in Super League over the years – one who I have played under myself.”

“They are definitely a dangerous opposition, who will have fantastic crowd in a good arena – so I’m looking forward to it.”

Watch the pre-match press conference in full by clicking below!

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