PREVIEW: SALFORD RED DEVILS V TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE | SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

PREVIEW: SALFORD RED DEVILS V TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE | SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

by | Feb 19, 2022

Salford Red Devils welcome Toulouse Olympique to the The Salford Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League.

After a fantastic 26-16 victory against Castleford last Friday, Paul Rowley’s side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when the newly promoted French side visit this weekend.

Toulouse were beaten 42-14 by Huddersfield Giants on their Betfred Super League debut, but showed what threat they can pose, going 10-0 up very early into the game through Matty Russell and Ilias Bergal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Rowley is looking forward to the test of facing the league’s newcomers.

Rowley said: “It’s the unknown – expect the unexpected when you’re dealing with players like Tony Gigot, who is a wonderful rugby league player, and then they’ve got some real experience there in Peyroux and Paulo.

“They’re a very dangerous side, I’ve coached against them before, they’ve got a great coach. We need to be at our best, I said that after Castleford and I’ll maintain that saying throughout that we always need to be at our best.”

Despite how new they are to the league, Rowley has worked with a few of the Toulouse players before and has singled out Matty Russell for particular praise, warning his team of the danger he will bring to the game.

Rowley said: “I think Toulouse’s most dangerous player is Matty Russell without a shadow of a doubt. He’s so hard to handle and many coaches say ‘we need to do this on Matty and deal with him this way’, but he’s so difficult to handle and he’s such a great player for them.”

“And on the same edge, there is Dixon, whom I have the utmost respect for, he’s won Grand Finals with St Helens, promotions on a couple of occasions from the Championship to the Super League and he’s an all-round great guy.”

Marc Sneyd’s kicking was a particular highlight of the Red Devils’ win against Castleford – earning him three Man of Steel points – and he’ll want to repeat that on his home league return.

Joe Burgess was also massively impressive during the game, with his running power key in multiple Salford tries.

With the noisy The Salford Stadium atmosphere poised to return, Rowley and his team will be hoping to take two points and maintain their 100% start to the Betfred Super League season.

Written by: Harry Siddall

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