MATCH PREVIEW – ST HELENS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY)

MATCH PREVIEW – ST HELENS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY)

by | Feb 3, 2024

Salford Red Devils are back in action for the first time in 2024.

Our one and only friendly encounter see’s us travel to face the current World Champions, St Helens, who are also dusting off pre-season cobwebs for the first time.

A fortnight ago, a youthful-looking Saints were beaten by Swinton Lions, but it’s expected a host of first-team stars will be in action on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Rowley’s side travelled to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp in mid-January, with preparations for our Round 1 fixture against Leeds Rhinos now in full flow.

Tickets for that trip to Headingley – in a mouthwatering clash – are on sale now. All the details, including how to buy tickets, can be found here.

Before that, however, Rowley’s men will lock horns with the Saints.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Our trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday afternoon is the perfect chance for supporters to see some of our exciting new additions in action for the first time.

To purchase tickets, head to the Saints ticket office on game day, with adult tickets priced at £12 and juniors at £6. More information can be found here.


SQUAD NEWS

In turn with previous friendlies, our Head Coach has named a 38-man squad for Sunday’s game, packed with first-grade stars and reserve team talent.

There are new signings on display, with Nene Macdonald, Joe Shorrocks, Matty Foster, Kai Morgan, Chris Hankinson and Joe Mellor all in line to make their first appearance.

Fresh from a new three-year deal in the off-season, Ryan Brierley is also named – fit and firing to go after what was described as the best season of his career during 2023.

Skipper, Kallum Watkins is also included, whilst Shane Wright will make his return at the ground he broke his ankle almost 10 months ago.

See the full squad list below and head to our socials to give your reaction:


LAST TIME OUT

The last time we faced the Saints at the TWS, tries from Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley raced us into an early 12-point lead. Quick, incisive play from our fullback was the key and his effort put us in command with 30 minutes gone.

A James Bell try just before the break swung the momentum and early efforts in the second 40 fired Saints into the lead; one Paul Rowley’s side were unable to claw back.

That defeat ended a run of four successive victories, but we bounced back quickly a week later, with a 29-22 victory over Hull FC in Round 13.


WHERE CAN I WATCH?

The only – and best – way to watch the action for this one is in person. However, a full match replay and highlights will be available on our YouTube and RDTV platforms on Monday morning.


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