Salford Red Devils return to Betfred Super League action on this afternoon with a trip to face Wakefield Trinity in Round 7.
Paul Rowley’s side were eliminated from the Betfred Challenge Cup last week at the hands of Wigan Warriors, but did win their last Betfred Super League clash 26-12 against Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago.
The Red Devils will be looking to carry that momentum into a crucial clash with Wakefield, who provided the shock of Round 6 in the cup when they knocked out Warrington Wolves last Sunday.
Wakefield – coached by Willie Poching – have had a mixed start to their own campaign. They lost their opening four games but have won their last two against Warrington and Toulouse Olympique.
Speaking to the press before the game, head coach Paul Rowley has been reflecting on Salford’s start to the season – with three wins from six on the board going into this weekend’s clash.
“Obviously we want to win every game, so I don’t think we’ll reflect on winning three and losing three, we’ll just take it a game as it comes.
“The challenge is always consistency and that’s proven to be the case, we said that at the beginning and we’re still here now searching for it.”
The boss also previewed this weekend’s clash with Wakefield, highlighting their very recent upturn in fortunes and analysing some of the threats they possess in possession.
Rowley said: “I think they’ve been great; I think Willie’s done a great job. They’ve had two tremendous wins against Warrington over the last couple of weeks and some of their tries have been phenomenal.
“They really like to play on the front foot and push well, they offload a lot and take the line on well – lots of runners like (Mason) Lino and Jacob Miller – and obviously Johnstone is playing fantastically for them as well so he’s always a threat.”
The head coach concluded: “So I’d say they’ve got threats all over the field in that respect and they’re flying high in confidence at the minute so it’s a really dangerous game for us.”
Salford will travel to the Be Well Support Stadium in the hope of combining their edge defence against Wigan– which Rowley was full of praise for this week – with their excellent attacking display against Leeds to pull off another victory.
Written by: Harry Siddall
Image credit: Steve McCormick