by | Feb 16, 2024

Sam Stone is excited to get our Betfred Super League campaign underway this evening.

The Red Devils travel over the Pennies to face Leeds Rhinos in a mouthwatering encounter, where familiar faces are aplenty on both sides.

Paul Rowley has been victorious in Round 1 on both occasions during his reign as Head Coach, so is aiming to make it a hat-trick at AMT Headingley.

Notoriously a tough place for Salford to visit, last season’s 12-22 victory in West Yorkshire will surely give the team optimism they can triumph in such a hostile arena.

One of the try scorers that day, Sam Stone, believes the team are ready to get going and show the Rhinos what they can offer.

“We’re excited,” he told our YouTube channel after captain’s run, “Obviously Leeds have put on a good show for Round 1, we’re expecting a good crowd and hopefully we can spoil the party a little bit.

“The Saints friendly didn’t go as planned, but we took a lot out of it and I think we’re ready for a big game this week.”

With all the narratives and storylines pre-written for this one, the Aussie says the players just have to focus on themselves and block out an distractions.

“Just focus on us. We need to be really disciplined, I think it’s something we’ve worked really hard on during pre-season.

“With a big crowd, I don’t think we’ll get too many calls in our favour, so let’s just be disciplined and I think we’ll be alright.”

A strong Salford faithful are also expected to make the trip and Stone concluded to say how important it is for them to drag them over the line in the big moments.

“It’s massive. Not letting the crowd bully the ref into some decisions and stuff like that,” he explained.

“The more people we can have and the louder they are, the better it is for us.”

See our full interview with Sam on YouTube by clicking here.

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