PAUL ROWLEY WELCOMES BACK THREE KEY PLAYERS FOR CHALLENGE CUP ACTION

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named a 21-man squad for this weekend’s Betfred Challenge Cup action.

Round 6 has pitted Salford Red Devils against last year’s finalists’ Hull KR, in a Friday night extravaganza at Sewell Group Craven Park.

After already downing the Robins once this season, Salford will be looking for a repeat performance, with Willie Peters’ side out for revenge.

SQUAD NEWS

There are three returnees to the 21-man squad who will travel to Craven Park.

Cade Cust – after colliding with Saints’ Morgan Knowles – failed a HIA in Round 4 and subsequently missed our Round 5 clash with his old club, Wigan Warriors.

After following strict concussion protocols, the halfback returns to the fold in a competition he won back in 2022.

Also back in the 21-man for the first time since our opening fixture of 2024, is Ollie Partington, who has recovered from an ankle injury suffered in training.

Joe Mellor’s inclusion will also be a welcome sight to Red Devils’ supporters.

The versatile halfback has been out of action with a muscle injury, but he is now working his way back to full fitness and looking to make his Salford debut.

Check out the full squad below:

CHALLENGE CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Salford Red Devils’ sixth round Challenge Cup tie against Hull KR at Sewell Group Craven Park will take place on Friday 22nd March at 8pm.

We face the Robins for the second time this season, with the first tie at the Salford Community Stadium ending in a 17-10 victory for Rowley’s Red Devils.

Tickets are on sale now from the ticket office, as well as online.

£18 – Adult
£12 – Concession (17-21, Over 65s)
£6 Junior (5-16)

Junior season ticket holders under 16 are free of charge, but still require a ticket and should contact the ticket office.

Prices will increase by £5 on the day.

SALFORD RED DEVILS TO TRAVEL TO HULL KR IN BETFRED CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 6

Salford Red Devils will travel to face Hull KR in Round 6 of this year’s Betfred Challenge Cup.

The draw – live on BBC Sportsday – is always one of the most anticipated of the rugby league calendar, as every team knows they’re just three wins away from a trip to Wembley Stadium.

After five rounds of action, Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers, Batley Bulldogs and Halifax Panthers joined the 12 Betfred Super League clubs in this afternoon’s draw.

The Red Devils have been paired with KR, a team we have already beaten this season when they visited the Salford Community Stadium.

This tie will be played weekend of the 23rd-24th of March, with full details to be confirmed very soon.

WOMEN TO FACE WIGAN WARRIORS, BARROW RAIDERS AND CARDIFF DEMONS IN BETFRED CHALLENGE CUP

Salford Red Devils Women have learnt their Betfred Challenge Cup group stage opponent’s for 2024.

With the new season ticking ever closer, anticipation is growing and our new-look women’s side will be hoping to earn promotion back to the Betfred Women’s Super League.

Alongside their league campaign, they will take part in rugby league’s most prestigious cup competition. Placed in pot three of today’s draw, live on BBC Radio Merseyside, our girls know what stands in their way of progression to the knockout stages.

From Pot 1, consisting of reigning champions, St Helens and the ever-impressive Leeds Rhinos, York Valkyrie and Wigan Warriors, Salford were pitted against Wigan Warriors, in Group 2.

Two familiar faces were in Pot 2, with the Red Devils drawing Barrow Raiders from a group which also contained Warrington Wolves, Featherstone Rovers and Huddersfield Giants.

The group was completed by Cardiff Demons from Pot 4.

This year’s competition will kick-off on the weekend of March 16/17 – the start of the road to Wembley Stadium, where the final will be staged for only the second time on Saturday June 8. 

The group stage concludes on the weekend of April 6/7, with the four group winners earning a home tie quarter final against one of the runners-up.

Should the Red Devils progress past the group stage as winners, they will face the runner-up in the same group, and vice versa.

HOW TO WATCH HULL KR VS SALFORD RED DEVILS

Can’t make it to Craven Park this Saturday?

Our Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-final against Hull KR will be streamed live and exclusively on Viaplay.

After booking our place in the last eight at the expense of Huddersfield Giants, Paul Rowley’s men are just two games from Wembley.

The atmosphere at Craven Park is always fierce, but a cauldron of noise certainly awaits the Red Devils, and they’ll need to be at their very best to reach the semi-final.

Here’s how you can watch:


How to watch Viaplay in the UK!

Sky

Customers signing up at www.viaplay.com can watch live this Saturday on Viaplay Sports 1, channel 412. New customers can subscribe from just £11.99 per month with no connection fee.

Viaplay customers on Sky will also receive free access to the Viaplay streaming service by registering here – https://viaplay.com/gb-en/premier-sports

Online Streaming Service (Web, iOS App, Android App)

www.viaplay.com – watch live online just £11.99 per month!

Virgin

Viaplay Sports channel 551. You can subscribe for £12.99 per month via the provider with no connection fee or minimum contract. Call 0845 840 7777 or set up viewing via box. (Press Home > Apps and Games > All Apps > TV Upgrades.)

Amazon Prime

Viaplay is available on Amazon from £14.99 per month for Prime customers. New customers can sign up here – https://rb.gy/cpmg3e

Samsung

Viaplay is available on Samsung from £14.99 per month. New customers can sign up directly on the Samsung platform.

Roku

Viaplay is available on Roku from £14.99 per month. New customers can sign up directly on the Roku platform.


TRAINING GALLERY – CUP FEVER!

Challenge Cup fever has certainly hit training this week!

Paul Rowley’s men are all prepared to take on Hull KR for a spot in the semi-final, with the early-Saturday kick-off a great chance to place themselves just one game from Wembley.

After an impressive win against Castleford Tigers, the lads are full of confidence and will be looking to repeat the performance that saw they beat the same opposition just a fortnight ago, at Magic Weekend.

Here’s our favourite snaps from training this week courtesy of our club photographer, Steve McCormick:

HULL KR VS SALFORD RED DEVILS – TICKET INFORMATION

A quarter-final trip to Humberside awaits Paul Rowley’s men on Saturday 17th June.

After progressing past Huddersfield Giants in Round 6, the Red Devils face the Robins at Craven Park, with a spot in the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final up for grabs.

Kick-off is now confirmed at 12pm and tickets are on sale NOWclick here to secure your place!

A reminder of our ticket office opening hours can be found below:

VariantPrice
Adult£15
Concession (19-21 & 65+)£10
Under 18s£5
Under 16s season ticket holders (AVAILABLE AT CRAVEN PARK ONLY)FOC

Please note ticket prices in ALL ticket bands will raise by £5 on the day.

For disabled supporters, please contact the Salford Stadium on 01617861570.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS (BETFRED CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 6)

Cup fever is in the air and our 2023 journey begins with the visit of Huddersfield Giants.

Our four-game winning streak was ended by St Helens last week, but all Betfred Super League plans are put on halt whilst the Challenge Cup rolls into town.

It’s only been three years since we last reached the final of this particular competition. In front of an eerie, empty Wembley Stadium, Leeds Rhinos edged a dramatic contest 17-16.

The first test for Paul Rowley’s side is Ian Watson’s Giants, who were the victors when we last met earlier this season. Although, in a cup competition, form goes out the window and a real battle is expected to book a spot in the quarter-final.

Here’s everything you need to know before we take on the Giants:


SQUAD NEWS

Paul Rowley named a 19-man squad for today’s clash.

The two big omissions are Andy Ackers and Shane Wright. The former – as everyone may be aware – suffered a suspected broken ankle against St Helens last Saturday and will be missing for an extended period of time.

Ackers also failed a HIA late into the contest and concussion protocols dictate that he will miss this one.

However, one huge positive from last week was the return of Alex Gerrard. The prop has been struggling with a reoccurring injury, but a solid stint against the world champions has put him back in contention.


INU’S PREVIEW

Ahead of this one, Assistant Coach, Krisnan Inu was on media duties and spoke in the press for the first time since rejoining the club in late-2022.

It may be a new role, but Inu believes a teaching position was always on his horizon. When asked why he decided to hang up the boots and join the coaching staff, he said: “Bit of both. As a kid, if I wasn’t a footy player, I told my wife I’d be a teacher, so coaching is a bit of both really.

“It sort of caught me by surprise at first. I still had a few clubs looking to continue me on my journey; and then Rowls hit me up and offered me the role, so I took it with both hands!”

Click HERE to watch the press conference in full!


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

There is still time to join us at the Salford Stadium – click HERE to buy your tickets.

Alternatively, pay-on-the-day is an option for all supporters in both the West and East stands.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: CHALLENGE CUP TIE WIGAN V SALFORD

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: CHALLENGE CUP TIE WIGAN V SALFORD

There must have been many a huge sigh of relief across those clubs still to be drawn from the bag, when Salford Red Devils were announced as the visitors to the DW Stadium, in the sixth-round tie, of this year’s Betfred Challenge Cup.  Not for nothing, are Wigan known as The Cup Kings, especially after their decade-long run of winning every final of the late eighties and early nineties.

In fairness, Salford do not have a bad record of recent results in cup ties against the Warriors, including that marvellous victory of 1996, which brought the aforementioned run of victories to its conclusion, with Salford having home advantage in the majority of those games.  This one was different, though, with it being the Red Devils having to do the travelling, and the usually tight, or unexpected, result was never on the cards, at least not judging by the final score.

A twenty-point victory sounds quite a comfortable win for the home side, especially when they kept the visitors to nil.  That is only part of the story, however, as those who attended will testify, with the Reds having every bit as much of the game as their illustrious hosts.  What they did not do, however, was turn any of their opportunities into points.

For a full fifteen opening minutes, the travelling Salford faithful must have been lulled into a feeling of growing confidence, as their favourites went head-to-head in an intriguing arm wrestle, which gave no indication of the disappointments to come shortly after, as they succeeded in containing Wigan between the two twenty metre lines.

Indeed, for the vast majority of the game, the Reds’ defence coped extremely well with the challenge presented by the Warriors.  Where it all went wrong was in the number of handling errors and set restarts, which quickly crept in, thereafter, and although not the first, it was one of the first of these, when Tim Lafai tried an adventurous offload to Joe Burgess, which paid dividends to Wigan with their first try under the posts, by Liam Byrne.

To compound matters even further, a set restart on the fourth tackle of the next set gave their hosts sufficient extra possession to score a back-to-back pair, and we all know how demoralising those can be, particularly when both conversion kicks are successful.

Yet the Red Devils did mount a number of promising, but unsuccessful attacks on the home line.  The first of these came on twenty-minutes, when a long pass at the end of a flowing move from left to right found Rhys Williams in space, but excellent Wigan covering forced him into touch before he could cross the line.

A similar foray into the Wigan ten metre area, although helped by a rare Salford set-restart, was snuffed out by the Warriors’ defensive pressure, forcing a lost ball on the final tackle.  In fact, Salford’s only partially successful attack came on thirty-three minutes, when they forced a goal-line drop-out.

Wigan’s determination to exploit each and every one of the Red Devils’ errors had been laid bare, on twenty-three minutes, when a Wigan set-restart was followed by a kickable penalty, which Hardaker confidently slotted over.  It might have been only two points, but it turned their lead into a three-score margin.

A concerted effort to curtail the errors, immediately after the interval, led to some of Salford’s most imaginative and entertaining ball-handling approach work, but Brierley’s fumbled attempt to take a crucial pass led to Leuluai regaining possession and sprinting away, down their right touchline.  With Hardaker and Field in support, it looked all the world like another try was on the way, but everyone had reckoned without the pace and determination of Joe Burges who hared back to snuff out the danger before Hardaker could get the final pass to Field.

This totally unselfish contribution to the Salford cause, from Burgess, was typical of the endeavour and commitment of all the Red Devils throughout the match.  It just proves rather fruitless, though, if you concede so many errors that they all contribute to your own downfall.

SALFORD SIGN SITA AKAUOLA

As recruitment continues for 2022 and onwards, Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Sitaleki Akauola on a two-year deal.

Prop Akauola arrives from fellow Betfred Super League side Warrington Wolves, who with he won the Betfred Challenge Cup in 2019.

The 29-year-old, who has represented his country Tonga at international level, started his professional rugby league career in the NRL for West Tigers and then Penrith Panthers, before moving to the UK in 2019 to sign for the Wire in 2019.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Akauola said: “I’m really looking forward to playing for Salford, it’s a club with passion and ambition.

“It’ll be great to be playing in front of that Salford faithful, who I know are a massive part of Salford Red Devils.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added:  “Sita wanted to come to Salford to show what a quality player he really is and he is a fantastic acquisition for the Club, as we look to challenge at the top of Super League again.

“He adds size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the pack and I look forward to seeing him rip it up in a Salford shirt.”

Red Devils recruitment is sponsored by Morson Group.

Join Sita in 2022 by purchasing an early bird season ticket HERE.

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