MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS LEEDS RHINOS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 18)

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS LEEDS RHINOS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 18)

by | Jul 9, 2023

Salford Red Devils are looking to bounce back from consecutive Betfred Super League defeats against Leeds Rhinos.

It’s a game with huge play-off implications; a win for Paul Rowley’s side will open up a six point gap between ourselves and the visitors in 8th.

Rohan Smith’s side are in great form and dismantled Warrington Wolves in their last outing, but our victory at Headingley in the last meeting between the two sides will certainly be fresh in their memory.

With key personnel back and a roaring home crowd behind us, it’ll be a great chance for our lads to get back to winning ways.

Here’s everything you need to know before this one:


SQUAD NEWS

As mentioned earlier, it was a triple-boost of injury news this week.

Fullback, Ryan Brierley returns from a head knock, with Brodie Croft recovering from broken fingers to make the 20-man squad.

Andy Ackers – who has been sidelined for six weeks – is also back.

There are a few notable absentees, however. Skipper, Kallum Watkins is missing with an injury of his own, with Andrew Dixon and Ellis Longstaff both out with head knocks.

Sam Stone remains on the sidelines, too.


ACKERS’ PREVIEW

Speaking to us at Captain’s run, our number nine was clearly delighted to be back in full training with his teammates and gave us an update on where his health is currently at, after a nasty head knock.

“Yeah, I’m really fit now,” he began.

“It’s probably not been as bad as everybody thought, it’s just the protocol and when you see a consultant specialist, they have to stand you down because of insurance reasons and stuff like that – they’re looking after my health first!

“It’s been a long six weeks, I’ve been itching to get out there, I probably could have got out there the week after, but it’s just the guidelines and protocols you have to go through.”

Catch our full chat with Ackers below.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS!

There is still time to join us at the Salford Stadium this afternoon.

Don’t forget, our Women’s team face Barrow Raiders Ladies on the Community Field at 12pm, so come down early, show your support and get inside the main bowl to back the boys.

Click HERE to secure your place.


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