FIRST TEAM PERFORMANCE ANALYST VACANCY

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated candidate to join the Salford Red Devils Rugby department in the role of first team performance analyst.

The ideal candidate will be committed and hard-working with a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge alongside effective communication and interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Head and Assistant coaches to ensure all performance analysis services within the club are run efficiently for players, coaches and all staff.

Salary: £29 000 pa

Hours of work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays, and extended periods of travel around the UK and overseas where appropriate

Location: Salford City Stadium, Salford.

Closing date: Friday 20th January 2023.

Reporting to: Director of Rugby & Operations & Head Coach

How to apply: Applications should be sent to tracey.costello@salfordreddevils.net and are to include your CV with a short covering letter.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work with the 1st team players and the coaching staff to lead, develop and deliver excellent performance analysis services in a Super League Europe rugby club environment.
  • Use objective data and information across the games & season to enhance the coaching process, impact performance decisions and improve athlete performance.
  • Deliver the performance analysis provision for the first team squad.
  • Capture, prepare, and analyse data from games &/or training both nationally and internationally. Please note the role will require a significant commitment to the demands of ‘front line’ delivery including travel to games abroad.
  • Consistently produce effective and compelling analytical insights that can be maximised by the performance support team, coaches, and athletes
  • Design, implement and deliver targeted projects with a focus on the teams decided KPI’s.
  • Work within the rules of the relevant RFL governing body Code of Conduct, Operational Rules, Standards, and Guidelines.

OLIVER PARTINGTON SIGNS FOR SALFORD

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Oliver Partington from Wigan Warriors on a two-year deal.

Partington, who can play as a prop or loose forward, has played over 70 times for Wigan since his debut in the Betfred Super League in 2018, with a Grand Final appearance and one run-out for England Knights.

Despite his age, the 23-year-old has established himself at the elite level of rugby league and will be an important part of our forward pack from 2023 onwards.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Partington commented: “I’m over the moon to have signed for Salford. After speaking to Paul Rowley, I knew it was the right place for me. I can’t wait to get going with the lads and looking forward to meeting the fans!”

On Partington, head coach Paul Rowley said: “It’s great news that Ollie has chosen our club to continue his journey. I’m looking forward to seeing him playing alongside our lads and know he will fit in perfectly.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, added: “I’m really excited about capturing the signing of Ollie. It’s a real statement of intent getting a player of his ability, and he’ll fit straight into the culture created at our club.

“I expect him to flourish as a player and progress into competing for international honours during his time here – hopefully for a long time to come.

“When I first met with Ollie, I was really impressed with his attitude to playing rugby and it is clear he will fit right in within our incredible group.”

Partington is available for sponsorship for the 2023 season. Please email hannah.edge@salfordreddevils.net if you are interested.

Join our new prop next year, by purchasing a 2023 season ticket HERE.

MATCH REPORT | HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 0-28 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Salford Red Devils rolled the Huddersfield Giants over at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon, with a 28-0 win that secured their spot in the Play-Offs Semi-Final.

Early pressure from Salford caused some rash defending from the Giants. Shane Wright was clipped with a high tackle and the Red Devils opted for the two. Marc Sneyd converted.

From a scrum, Salford moved the ball left and it was that Tim Lafai and Joe Burgess combination that sent our number five over in the corner.

In the 15th minute, Brodie Croft did what he does best – broke through the middle – and fed the supporting Kallum Watkins, who went over under the sticks.

As the half-way point of the first forty approached, Giants were penalised in front of the sticks for a high tackle on Tyler Dupree. Salford opted for the two again and Sneyd converted.

Ryan Brierley saw yellow in the 25th minute for obstructing Tui Lolohea, who looked set to score after sending a chip kick over the full-back.

Just before the half-time hooter, Croft was caught round the head and went off for a HIA, which he failed.

Half-time: Huddersfield Giants 0-16 Salford Red Devils

The first 10 minutes of the second forty was quite scrappy as both sides wrestled for control.

Giants looked the most threatening on the ball, but it was Salford who scored the first points of the half. On the last, Sneyd sent a neat grubber kick under the posts that Brierley was first to – grounding the ball in front of a bouncing Salford away end.

Salford pulled off a huge defensive effort to keep the Giants other out for the remainder of the second second half, and Paul Rowley’s side deserve huge credit to nil a side like Huddersfield in such a huge game.

Right at the death, Andy Ackers put the icing on the cake. Our number nine scooted past his man and broke 40 metres down the field to the jubilant Salford faithful.

Salford now travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 17th September, for the Play-Offs Semi-Final against St. Helens. The game kicks off at 1pm and tickets are available HERE.

Full-time: Huddersfield Giants 0-28 Salford Red Devils

Huddersfield: Lolohea, Cudjoe, King, Leutele, Senior, Russell, Fages, Trout, Levi, Hill, McQueen, Jones, Yates, Pryce, Greenwood, Ikahihifo, English.

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Dupree, Ackers, Wright, Taylor, Watkins, Gerrard, Luckley, Vuniyayawa, Atkin, Ormondroyd.

Salford tries: Burgess (13′), Watkins (15′), Brierley (49′), Ackers (79′)

Salford goals: Sneyd (4/4)

Salford penalty goals: Sneyd (2/2)

PAUL ROWLEY NOMINATED FOR COACH OF THE YEAR

We’re delighted to announce that Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Paul Rowley has been nominated for Betfred Super League Coach of the Year. 

In a stellar debut campaign, Rowley has guided his side to a top six finish. The Red Devils have played an exciting, attacking brand of rugby, but mixed with a grit and determination that’s seen us grind out important victories along the road.

Every win has been crucial, but a record-breaking 74-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in late June – our greatest ever points margin and total – showcased the hard-work and dedication the players and staff have put into the process behind the scenes.

Other standout results have been the 44-12 home win over St.Helens and two excellent performances against Catalans Dragons – one home and one away.

Upon receiving his nomination, Paul Rowley said: “I’m really humbled to be nominated and it means the absolute world to me. I am grateful and honoured for all the support that the team and I have received throughout the season and am proud to represent our team effort.

“Kurt Haggerty and Danny Orr are my friends and colleagues and this nomination is equally about them as it is myself. The coaches, all the off field team and our fantastic players are just a bunch of mates working hard and having fun in equal measures.

“On behalf of everybody at Salford we sincerely thank all of our respected opponents for their sportsmanship throughout the season.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I am extremely pleased for Paul to be nominated for Super League Coach of the Year.

“A real rugby aficionado, Paul has been well supported by his assistants Kurt Haggerty and Danny Orr, and our wonderful boot room team.

“He is in esteemed company with the other nominations and we are all very proud of the way he has coached our team this year, and the exciting brand of rugby he and his staff have developed throughout the club. I wish him all the best on the awards night.”

Alongside our Head Coach in the running for such a prestigious award is the departing St Helens boss, Kristian Woolf and Wigan Warriors’ Matt Peet.

The winner will be announced on the 19th September at the annual Betfred Super League awards ceremony.

Salford’s season is not done yet and fans can join our Head Coach and the rest of the team at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, as we take on Huddersfield Giants in the second play-off eliminator.

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MATCH REPORT | SALFORD 14-32 WARRINGTON WOLVES | SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2022

See images from the game here

A youthful-looking Salford Red Devils side were beaten 14-32 by Warrington Wolves in Round 27 of the Betfred Super League.

Paul Rowley handed Betfred Super League debuts to six members of the clubs’ reserves side, as some regular starters were able to rest and recuperate ahead of their play-off eliminator next Saturday.

The Red Devils started on the front foot and almost got off to the perfect start. Morgan Escare – playing in the halves – stabbed a grubber kick into the right corner, but the onrushing Myles-Dalton Harrop just couldn’t catch up to the bobbling ball.

Warrington were aiming to finish the season on a high and fielded some of their most experienced players, but it was the young Josh Thewlis who opened the scoring in the 4th minute. The visitors created an overload on the left and allowed the winger to stroll over the try-line unopposed.

The Wire were finding some joy down the centre and doubled their lead through Oliver Holmes. Their number 12 twisted and turned past a number of Salford bodies and stretched over to the right of the sticks.

On his return to the side, James Greenwood fired Salford back into the game just minutes later. The prop found space to jink past two Wire defenders and ground the ball on the turn – with Livett converting, on kicking duty for the afternoon.

But Daryl Powell’s side were building momentum and squeezed further ahead in the 33rd minute through Luke Thomas, who again, broke through the centre and grounded to the right of the sticks.

There was still time for Livett to cut the gap with a penalty goal 30 metres out, but Salford went into the interval behind.

Half-time: Salford 8-14 Warrington

Warrington started the second forty the quickest and Leon Hayes’ neat grubber kick allowed Gregory Minikin to collect and ground in the right corner.

Then, on the hour mark, a moment Betfred Super League debutant, Myles-Dalton Harrop will never forget. The winger was patient with his intent and allowed the ball to bobble his way before making a late dart for the line – much to the delight of his teammates and the Salford faithful.

It gave the Reds a much-needed boost, but it was soon taken away when George Williams broke the lines, dummied his man and raced to an unguarded try-line.

Thewlis added to his tally on the full-time hooter, intercepting a loose pass and strolling over the line, but the young Salford side certainly held their own.

It was still a mystery before the game, but we now know we’ll be taking on Ian Watson’s Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium next Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 1 pm.

Full Time: Salford 14-32 Warrington

Salford: Rourke, Williams, Akauola, Coope-Franklin, Harrop, Livett, Escare, Luckley, Bourouh, Burke, Greenwood, Lannon, Vuniyayawa, Stevens, Spencer-Tonks, Davies, Dupree.

Warrington: Dufty, Minikin, Mata-utia, Wardle, Thewlis, Williams, Hayes, Harrison, Walker, Bullock, Holmes, Nicholson, Clark, Mikaele, Clark, Whitehead, Thomas.

Salford tries: Greenwood (15′), Harrop (60′)

Salford goals: Livett (2/2)

Salford penalty goals: Livett (1/1)

Warrington tries: Thewlis (4′, 80′), Holmes (12′), Thomas (33′), Minikin (51′), Williams (64′)

Warrington goals: Hayes (3/5), Clark (1/1)

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Referee: Robert Hicks

Half-time draw results:

1st prize – 2981

2nd prize – 2429

Lucky number winner – 4298

PREVIEW | WARRINGTON WOLVES VS SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2022

Looking to build on their record-breaking victory last weekend, Salford Red Devils travel to face Warrington Wolves in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League.

It was an unforgettable day for the adoring AJ Bell faithful, with Sunday’s 74-10 victory the club’s biggest ever points margin and points scored to date. The Red Devils’ attacking flair was on full display, with a whole host of players getting on the scoresheet in some style.

Joe Burgess bagged his second hat-trick of the season, Deon Cross, Ryan Brierley, and Ken Sio all notched braces, with Kallum Watkins, Brodie Croft, Tim Lafai, and Sitaleki Akaoula completing the scoring.

Warrington – under the guidance of Daryl Powell – have struggled to build momentum this season and sit below Salford in 9th place – with 50 points difference separating the two sides locked on 12 points.

Back in April, the Wire beat Salford 32-18 on Rivals Round, so the Red Devils will be looking for revenge as well as another vital two points.

Speaking to the press ahead of this one, head coach Paul Rowley has been discussing how high the confidence is around the squad after such an emphatic victory last Sunday.

He said: “It’s always high, to be honest. I think that’s one of the good things about our group, no matter what the outcome is at the weekend, we’ve always said and maintained that we’ve been on this journey of improvement.

“And I think, ultimately, as individuals, you can see everybody has improved from the start to where we are now and that makes the difference when you put it all together.

“So, we’ve got some really high achievers within the group and it’s a good place to be in. It’s always positive and we’ll be positive going into this week as well.”

Moving on to analyze his own style of play, Rowley says that all the hard work on the training ground has translated into some incredible attacking displays.

“We have a philosophy that we bring to the club. Going toe-to-toe and playing in a manner like some teams where you can build your game around territory and possession – like Huddersfield and Saints – we don’t have the personnel to fit that bill,” Rowley continued.

“We have the least amount of territory than any other team, so to be the fourth-best attacking team in the league is phenomenal. It’s certainly in our DNA and what we practise for, but ultimately it’s hard work and it’s a difficult process, but we work to our strengths.”

Salford certainly have the momentum and – with a large traveling crowd expected – they’ll be hoping to reach the same levels as last Sunday.

“We definitely know we’re capable” – Paul Rowley

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley was proud of his teams’ efforts to almost overturn a 24-4 half-time deficit away against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday.

In Round 7 of the Betfred Super League, the Red Devils travelled to the Be Well Support Stadium hoping to build on their last league victory against the Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago.

Despite moments of opportunity, the hosts – largely through Tom Johnstone – dominated proceedings in the first 40 and went into half-time with a sizeable lead.

The reaction in the second 40 was excellent, with some intense pressure on the Wakefield defence building the platform for an almost spectacular comeback. Deon Cross, Ken Sio and Rhys Williams all scored second-half tries, but the game was just out of Salford’s reach.

Speaking to the press after the game, Rowley was quick to say how proud he is of his team for their efforts but knows there is room for improvement if they want to return to winning ways.

Rowley said: “I’m always proud of their efforts – I’m proud of them every day they turn up for training. I’m proud of all our players, I’m proud of all our staff every week in training and on a match day.

“But I don’t give out bravery badges and being a champion is really tough, and that’s why it’s tough – we’re not going to give cuddles out for digging in though, it’s about winning.”

After a weeks’ rest, Salford go head-to-head with local rivals Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League. It begins a tricky stretch of fixtures for the Red Devils, but the head coach is seeing it as an opportunity to showcase the talent this team possesses.

Rowley continued: “We’ll rest up for a few days now and have a good week’s prep into Warrington, who will obviously be fired up and desperate themselves.

“But we don’t waver or fear anybody, we definitely know we’re capable, but you’ve got to defend.”

Daryl Powell’s side have lost their last five in all competitions, so they will also be looking to bounce back and climb back up the table. It’s all set up to be an enthralling clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Thursday.

Purchase your tickets HERE for Rivals Round.

Written by: Harry Siddall

2022 BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

On the back of the announcement that Betfred Super League will be broadcast on both Sky Sports and Channel 4 in 2022, Super League can now confirm the full fixture schedule for the upcoming season.

St Helens will launch their defence of the Betfred Super League title at the home to Catalans Dragons, on Thursday 10 February (20:00), in a repeat of the 2021 Grand Final.

The clash between last year’s Grand Finalists will be the first live match on Sky Sports in 2022 – it will be followed on Friday night by Hull KR versus Wigan Warriors (20:00).

Saturday 12 February will see two more live matches with Channel 4 broadcasting the first ever free-to-air Super League match, when Leeds Rhinos host Warrington Wolves at Headingley rugby stadium (12:30) before newly promoted Toulouse Olympique welcome Huddersfield Giants to the Stade Ernest-Wallon in their first ever top-flight fixture following.

Round Two fans will see Sky Sports cameras at Warrington Wolves against Castleford Tigers on Thursday 17 February (20:00) as Daryl Powell’s new side take on his former team and Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos on Friday night. Saturday afternoon Channel 4 will bring us another exciting encounter with Hull FC v St Helens (12:30).

That rounds off seven live games from the opening two rounds of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.

Rivals Round (Round 8) at Easter, sees some of the fiercest rivalries in sport and this year kicks-off on Thursday (14 April) when Sky Sports broadcast the first ever competitive fixture between Catalans Dragons and Toulouse Olympique (19:30). Elsewhere that night Leeds Rhinos host Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity take on Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves play Salford Red Devils.

After all that excitement, Good Friday brings us two more unmissable matches with cross-city rivals Hull KR and Hull FC (12:30) battling it out for bragging rights before St Helens welcome Wigan Warriors (15:00) for what is always a full-bloodied encounter.

Magic Weekend has a new date in the calendar, being played at St James’ Park on 9 & 10 July. Tickets for the event will go sale on Monday 29 November.

Old Trafford will host the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday 24 September, the 25th occurrence of the biggest night in Super League.

The regular season will see each team will play 27 fixtures – 13 home and 13 away, plus Magic Weekend at St James’ Park.

The end of season Play-Off series will again see the top six ranked teams battle it out to reach Old Trafford. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will be just 80mins from the Grand Final and receive a bye in week 1 before facing the winners from third versus sixth and fourth versus fifth.

Rhodri Jones, Super League chief commercial officer, said: “The announcement of fixtures for the forthcoming Betfred Super League season is always an exciting day for fans and players alike.”

“I am sure the addition of Toulouse Olympique to Super League will add to the growing interest in Super League as well as giving players and fans a new experience.”

“I would like to thank the clubs, Sky Sports and Channel 4 for all their hard work in enabling us to produce a compelling fixture list for the 2022 season.”

“I want to wish all the clubs the best for the 2022 season and I for one am looking forward to watching the story of the season unfold as we build towards the 25th Super League Grand Final on 24 September.” Find the fixtures in full HERE.

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