MATCH REPORT – WIGAN WARRIORS 32-4 SALFORD RED DEVILS (SAM POWELL TESTIMONIAL)

Wigan Warriors were victorious in Sam Powell’s testimonial this afternoon, beating Salford Red Devils 32-4 at the DW Stadium.

After retaining the Peter Smethurst trophy last weekend, today presented a great opportunity for some first-team stars to build valuable match fitness ahead of the Betfred Super League.

There was a Red Devils debut for Sam Stone, with Club captain, Kallum Watkins returning from shoulder surgery to play in the centre. In the absence of Ken Sio and Joe Burgess, Deon Cross joined Rhys Williams as our wing pairing.


Paul Rowley’s pre-season injury woes continued within six minutes. After a heavy challenge, Jack Ormondroyd went down clutching his shoulder – clearly in a lot of pain – and played no further part.

Wigan sprang their first attack moments later. Jai Field broke down the right and combined with Bevan French to hand the hosts the lead. Harry Smith kicking the first of four conversions.

Williams was finding some joy down the left, and the wingers acrobatic effort in the 9th minute almost got the reward it deserved, but the Welsh international was just nudged out of touch.

Kai Pearce-Paul added to the Warriors lead shortly after. He received a tidy short pass from Cade Cust 10 metres out to spin away from his man and slide over.

Salford were trying to build any momentum they could and finally went over through Deon Cross. Man of Steel, Brodie Croft produced a lovely show and go from the play-the-ball and flicked a pass out to Cross on the right who had the easiest of crossings.

The Red Devils were on the front foot, but their wave of attacking play was halted when French intercepted a loose pass and sprinted 50 metres upfield to slide under the posts.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Warriors 18-4 Salford Red Devils

Rowley’s side had the first chance of the second period when Matt Costello excellently rode a challenge to tee up the supporting Sam Stone. The Aussie sent a grubber kick into the corner and Field was forced to boot it high into the stands for a goal-line drop out.

Amir Bourouh replaced Andy Ackers at hooker and sprung straight into life from his first play-the-ball. Showing brilliant deception from the ruck, he sprung past the Wigan line and played through Croft, but our number six just couldn’t shake his marker.

Wigan added to their lead just before the hour mark through Field. On the last, he chased a chipped ball from Cust to gather and slide under the posts.

They added a second in quick succession when the fresh Abbas Miski picked up a loose ball in the right corner and acrobatically touched the ball down, despite the best efforts of Oliver Partington.

King Vuniyayawa broke a few challenges with a charging run, but – as was the pattern of the game – his offload to Atkin was stopped just before the try-line.

There was still time for Miski to grab his second just before the hooter, with Smith’s short pass giving him the simple task of strolling over in the corner.

Attentions for Rowley’s men now turn to our Betfred Super League opener against Leigh Leopards in just under a fortnight.

FULL-TIME: Wigan Warriors 32-4 Salford Red Devils

MATCH PREVIEW – WIGAN WARRIORS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (SAM POWELL TESTIMONIAL)

Salford Red Devils travel to the DW Stadium on Sunday to face Wigan Warriors in their final pre-season test of 2023.

Paul Rowley’s side got off to a winning start last Sunday, dusting the off-season cobwebs by retaining the Peter Smethurst Trophy against Swinton Lions.

The Red Devils first-team built some valuable match fitness in the first forty, with Stuart Wilkinson’s Reserves allowed the second forty to showcase their talent.

Rhys Williams scored the Entertainers first try of 2023 in the left corner, but further crosses from Ken Sio, Andy Ackers, Ellis Longstaff and Ryan Brierley handed Salford a commanding 26-0 lead at the break.

The Betfred Championship quality Swinton possess took over in the second-half, but Wilkinson’s lads – including now-first-team members Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley – more than held their own.

Attentions have now turned to Sunday, where Salford will be facing Wigan in aid of Sam Powell’s testimonial. The hooker has enjoyed a stellar rugby league career and the game will act as a celebration of his incredible contribution to the sport over the years.

Rowley and his staff will have this final 80 minutes to assess his squad before the Betfred Super League kick-off on February 17th. Tickets are still available for our clash at Leigh Sports Village, click HERE to join us.


Squad News

Paul Rowley has named a 21-man travelling squad, which includes a potential Salford debut for Sam Stone. The back-rower joined the Club from Leigh Leopards in early November and arrives at the Salford Stadium with a lot of potential to progress his already vast rugby league knowledge.

Ben Hellewell may also make his second Red Devils debut following a successful two-week loan spell last season from Featherstone Rovers.

Full squad: Ryan Brierley, Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Andy Ackers, King Vuniyayawa, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington, Chris Atkin, Tyler Dupree, Shane Wright, Alex Gerrard, Ellis Longstaff, Amir Bourouh, Rhys Williams, Matt Costello, Ben Hellewell and James Greenwood.


Rowley’s preview

For the first time in 2023, Head Coach Paul Rowley addressed the media ahead of this particular fixture.

The new Betfred Super League season was obviously high on the agenda, with everyone keen to know the match fitness of our squad with the opening game just around the corner.

“They’ll do more minutes this week against better opposition,” Rowley said.

“It’s a difficult challenge at the best of times going to Wigan, so it’ll be a good benchmark as friendlies are for, getting match fit and preparing for the rigours of the season.”

There was also plenty of praise for Powell; a player Rowley and his staff hold in the highest of respects. When asked whether the opposotion will have that extra motivation to win the game for their teammate, Rowley replied: “Nothing less; it doesn’t matter who they play, that’s the Wigan team and they have that culture.

“But we want to put our best foot forward for Sam Powell too.

“Sam is held in high respect from our Club as well from the outside looking in, so we want to pay our respects to Sam’s career by putting our own performance in and making sure it’s a good quality game.”


How to buy tickets

Pay on the day is still available for supporters who want to join us at the DW Stadium!


GALLERY – END OF PRE-SEASON IN SIGHT…

Captain’s run is done. Salford Red Devils are set to take on Wigan Warriors in their final pre-season friendly of 2023.

Paul Rowley’s side will want to build on a positive first-half outing against Swinton Lions last week and gain some valuable match fitness ahead of their Betfred Super League opener against Leigh Leopards.

Check out our training gallery below:

Photo credit: Steve McCormick



DAVID LLOYD BECOMES THE OFFICIAL GYM PARTNER OF SALFORD RED DEVILS

We’re delighted to announce David Lloyd Clubs have become the official gym partner of Salford Red Devils.

This partnership allows our players access to their world class facilities, where everything from gym sessions to BLAZE fitness classes have played a vital role in our pre-season preparations.

Located off the M60 in the heart of Trafford City, David Lloyd is a first-class fitness destination for the whole family. You can make the most of their pools, play racquet sports, join a group exercise class or work out in our state-of-the-art gym.

It’s far more than just a health club, with plenty of options for getting fit and making new friends.

On the newly-formed partnership, Jake French, General Manager at David Lloyd has said: “To confirm our partnership with an elite Rugby League club like Salford Red Devils is incredible news”

“They have enjoyed full use of our world-class facilities during pre-season and will continue to during their intense Super League campaign.”

“We are looking forward to the benefits this relationship will bring both sides and wish the team and coaching staff the best of luck for the new season!”

Hannah Edge, Partnerships Manager at Salford Red Devils, has said: “It is incredible news that David Lloyd Clubs have become the official gym partner of Salford Red Devils.

“Their world class facilities provide everything our athletes need to succeed and everybody has already felt the benefits during pre-season.”

“We’re looking forward to the future and what this partnership can bring!”

To find out more, visit the David Lloyd Clubs website HERE.

SALFORD RED DEVILS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MOSAIC DIGITAL MEDIA

Salford Red Devils are delighted to launch their new Club website, in partnership with Mosaic Digital Media. 

Our new interface makes it even easier for supporters to navigate and dive into different aspects of the Club. From player profiles to fixture list, the site has seen a complete change with fresh graphics and additional features.

Mosaic Digital Media is a full-service digital marketing and website development agency.

They provide a wide selection of advertising solutions such as website development, social media marketing, search engine optimisation, email marketing, content writing, branding development and asset creation.ยญ

James Murphy, Managing Director at Mosaic Digital Media said: โ€œWeโ€™ve been delighted to work with Salford Red Devils on the revamp of their website ahead of the 2023 season.

The new website has been designed to make it easier for fans to access the content that they want to see. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Salford Red Devils and supporting them during this exciting new seasonโ€.

Hannah Edge, Salford Red Devilsโ€™ partnerships manager, added: “We’re delighted to launch our brand new website and continue our incredible partnership with Mosaic Digital Media. 

“Our new website is user-friendly, but also gives us the opportunity to create fresh and exciting content for our fans to enjoy on a daily basis.

“Their expertise in data will also allow us to identify how we can give supporters a better match-day and non-match-day experience. All of this means everyone is really excited to see where this venture takes us!”

WARRINGTON WOLVES VS SALFORD RED DEVILS – TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are now on sale for Salford Red Devils’ trip to Warrington Wolves in Round 3 of the Betfred Super League.

This particular fixture is on Thursday 2nd March, with an 8pm kick-off. Live on Sky Sports, it’s set to be a mouthwatering 80 minutes, with the Red Devils’ previous visit to the Halliwell Jones Stadium still fresh in supporters minds.

Despite trailing with 20 minutes to play, a Jack Ormondroyd double spearheaded a stunning comeback that kick-started our late push for the playoffs.

Tickets for this game are now available from the Salford Stadium directly from the ticket office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570, option one. Our ticket office opening times can be found below.

If you cant get down to the stadium you can purchase online HERE.

Prices for this particular fixtures are as follows:

Standing

         Seating             Available
Adult ยฃ24 ยฃ29 Online/in person/by phone
Senior (65+) ยฃ18 ยฃ20 Online/in person/by phone
17-23 ยฃ18 ยฃ20 Online/in person/by phone
12-16 ยฃ12 ยฃ14 Online/in person/by phone
Under 12 ยฃ10 ยฃ12 Online/in person/by phone
Junior ST ยฃ5 ยฃ7 In person/by phone
Under 5 Free of charge Free of charge In person/by phone
Carer Free of charge Free of charge In person/by phone

Wheelchair Users will need to book directly with Warrington on 01925248888. For travel to the HWJ stadium, please click HERE.

Tickets for this particular fixture will go off sale on Wednesday 1st March.

Tickets are on a first come first serve basis and we hope to sell out of our allocation.

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 direct.

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 26-22 SWINTON LIONS (PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY)

Salford Red Devils retained the Peter Smethurst Memorial Trophy with a 26-22 victory over Swinton Lions this afternoon.

Paul Rowley’s first-team side were given the first forty minutes to build some valuable match fitness, with Stuart Wilkinson’s reserves side handed a run-out in the second-half.

Wales international, Rhys Williams was the first on the scoresheet for the Red Devils. A quick passing move from the scrum saw Lafai dart into space and flick the ball over to the winger, who acrobatically dived over in the left corner. Marc Sneyd – back on his usual kicking duty – converted from the touchline.

Our number seven was at the heart of our second try. He danced past multiple Swinton players 10 metres out and spotted his halfback partner, Brodie Croft in acres of space. The Aussie flicked the ball out to the Ken Sio, who had the simple task of strolling over unopposed.

The current Man of Steel was reminding everyone just what he’s capable of minutes later; breaking the Swinton line with incredible vision and pace. This time it was Andy Ackers in support to receive and slide under the sticks.

Rowley handed a Red Devils debut to Ellis Longstaff and the 20-year-old showed the supporters exactly what he was capable of with 22 minutes on the clock. After receiving a stinging pass from Croft, the number 20 twisted away from his man and dived over the try-line to open his account.

There was plenty of chopping and changing, but it was our reliable full-back, Ryan Brierley who extended our advantage further just before the hooter.

Salford did really well to keep the ball alive and Croft combined with Sio to send the former racing away down the right. Just when it looked like our number two was about to be crashed out of touch, he found the supporting Brierley with a sublime pass to nudge off his man and slide over to the right of the sticks.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 26-0 Swinton Lions

After the break, a whole host of changes saw our reserve lads take to the field to test their ability against some stern Betfred Championship opposition.

The visitors started the second forty of on the front foot and allowed trialist, Joe Lowe to throw a dummy pass and go over the line for Swintonโ€™s first points of the game – converted by Dan Abram.

Swinton scored again minutes later with some simple, yet effective passing down the right edge for Anthony Dyne to slide over in the corner.

Salfordโ€™s new number 30, Billy Walkley chased back on 60 minutes to make an excellent try saving tackle. However, his joy was short-lived when Swintonโ€™s Gavin Bennon crashed over the line on the next tackle.

The momentum was purely in Swintonโ€™s favour, as a huge break found the visitors, once again, back on Salford’s try line. Some clever and quick play earned them another four points, but time was against them and Salford’s youthful second-half outfit hung on to clinch the victory.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 26-22 Swinton Lions

A trip to Wigan Warriors in Sam Powell’s testimonial is next up for the Red Devils. They take on Matt Peet’s side on Sunday 5th February and tickets are still available by clicking HERE.

Photo Credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS SWINTON LIONS (PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY)

We’re back! Salford Red Devils kick-off their pre-season preparations against Swinton Lions at the Salford Stadium this afternoon.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Paul Rowley’s side in action, but optimism is high ahead of another Betfred Super League season.

With a World Cup squeezed into a jam-packed off-season, the Red Devils saw a record amount of players picked for their respective nations on the back of an excellent season with the Club.

The break also saw the Head Coach and his assistant, Kurt Haggerty both commit their long-term future to the Club, with Krisnan Inu – a former Grand Finalist with Salford – rejoining to become part of the coaching staff.

Recruitment has mostly arrived in forward areas, with Oliver Partington a stand-out addition from Wigan Warriors. Adam Sidlow and Andrew Dixon will don the Red and White for a second stint, with youngsters Ellis Longstaff and Sam Stone also looking to make a positive impact.

Ben Hellewell was the sixth and final player to make a permanent switch to the Club after impressing in his two-week loan spell from Featherstone Rovers back in July 2022.

Before the season really gets started, Rowley will have a chance to assess his squad in the first of two friendly matches. Swinton Lions are the first task; a side they beat 48-12 last January, when Ryan Brierley, Brodie Croft, Deon Cross and Shane Wright all scored their first tries in Red Devils’ colours.

Squad News

As expected, the Head Coach has named a squad packed with first and reserve-team stars for today’s clash. There’s bound to be plenty of rotation throughout the 80 minutes, as the lads try to build vital match fitness.

It also presents a fantastic opportunity for some of our young talent to show the coaching staff their ability. Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley – two players from our blossoming Welsh pathway – have recently been handed first-team shirt numbers 29 and 30.

Players’ thoughts

After featuring for the Scottish National Team in the 2022 World Cup, Ryan Brierley was forced to have surgery to fix some discomfort in his knee.

His road to recovery has been swift and the full-back says he’s looking forward to getting back out on the pitch and building some vital match fitness.

“I feel like it’s been good,” Brierley said, “I’ve done a lot of work over the Christmas period. The boys got a bit of time off, but I knew I needed to catch up on a lot of work that’s been done.

“It’s feeling okay. Again, I think with anything I don’t think anyone will be feeling 100% tomorrow when that whistle goes, so we’ll soon find out, but in terms of all the box ticking, that’s all been done.

“The strengths fine and we’ll just see how it reacts after the game – but I’m feeling okay!”

To hear everything our number one had to say before our first friendly of 2023, click the tweet below.

How to buy tickets

You can still join us at the Salford Stadium today. Kick-off is at 1pm and tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE.

JOE COOPE-FRANKLIN AND BILLY WALKLEY ADDED TO FIRST-TEAM SQUAD

We’re delighted to announce Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley have been added to Paul Rowley’s first-team squad and will wear numbers 29 and 30 respectively.

The pair have both progressed through our partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd and the Welsh Rugby League Academy. After spending time in our reserves set-up, Paul Rowley and his staff have decided it’s the right time for them to join the first-team squad.

Coope-Franklin is a natural centre and has already made his Salford Red Devils debut in our final Betfred Super League game of 2022 against Warrington Wolves. Walkley is a full-back and will provide fierce competition for Ryan Brierley and Dan Sarginson.

In reaction to making the step-up, Coope-Franklin said: “Being selected to train with the Salford Red Devils first-team full-time is a great achievement and something I have been aiming towards since I started training for the reserves.

“The reserves set-up has benefitted my rugby league understanding and skills. With the help of Stuart Wilkinson and the rest of the reserves coaches, my ambitions to be a professional rugby league player has come around sooner than I thought.

“The move up north was made easier by the support of UCLAN, where I have developed as a rugby league player too. Thank you to Paul Rowley for giving me this opportunity and I hope to take full advantage of it.”

Billy Walkley also said: “I am thankful for the opportunity given to me to join the first-team.

“The help from Stuart Wilkinson in the reserves and UCLAN, have made this move up north much easier for me, which allowed me to just be myself and perform throughout pre-season with confidence.โ€

Stuart Wilkinson, reserve team Head Coach, has said: “There are a number of Welsh kids within our pathway now. We have a really good partnership with UCLAN and the some of the local businesses, where these boys have been relocated.

“And within less than 12 months, Joe and Billy have caught the eye of the first-team staff. It gives a lot of credit to the people who are part of this pathway and make it possible for players to come from a different part of the country and start to develop their skills for life, alongside their rugby skills.

“Joe and Billy are the first to emerge from that pathway, and I’m speaking on behalf of everyone when I say I’m really proud. People like Chris Irwin, John Fieldhouse and Paul Trainor have worked really hard to find them positions locally with businesses and UCLAN.”

He continued: “They’ve thrived and flourished, and now caught the eye of the first-team staff, so we’re really excited to see them get a first-team contract and get ready for the challenge.

“They’re still teenagers, but as they get to work with World Cup stars like Tim Lafai and Man of Steel, Brodie Croft, I can really see these two young athletes kicking on.

“They could easily play for Salford for the next ten years if they show the same dedication and commitment that they’ve shown so far.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease added: “I’m absolutely delighted that our partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd and the Welsh Rugby League Academy has produced two players ready to step-up to the first-team.

“When myself and Paul Rowley went down to Wales in 2021, it was evident straight away that these two lads had talent and I’m thrilled that their hard work and dedication has earned them this incredible opportunity.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how these two lads progress and hopefully they are just two of many to progress through the same pathway.”

SALFORD RED DEVILS VS HULL KR – TICKET INFORMATION

The Entertainers are back!ย 

Tickets are now on sale for our Round 2 clash against Hull Kingston Rovers on Thursday 23rd February, in the Betfred Super League.

We return to the Salford Stadium and need your unwavering support to kickstart our home campaign in the best possible fashion.ย 

Paul Rowley’s side have built on last season’s success by retaining a lot of the current squad and making some exciting new additions. Oliver Partington, Adam Sidlow, Andrew Dixon, Sam Stone, Ben Hellewell and Ellis Longstaff have arrived to bolster an already impressive looking side.

Hull KR will pose a tricky test for the Red Devils, but with the roaring home crowd behind them, the team will look to build some positive momentum at the start of the season.

In celebration of our 150th year and the opening home fixture of the season, we will be opening the East Stand to host community groups through our Building the Future initiative – a project that has linked over 100 local schools and their pupils with an engaging programme of activity through rugby league.

However, we will be extending our regular offer of kids go free to any youth groups; including uniform groups (E.G. Scouts, Guides), community clubs and schools.

Tickets in the East Stand are ยฃ5 junior (U16s) and ยฃ10 adults (17+), but like previously, our Building the Future offer means kids go absolutely free if part of an organised group. For every 10 children, one adult can also go free, with any additional adults still able to access the community offer.

If you would like to apply for the Building the Future offer, please click HERE. Successful applicants will be notified in due course.

Please note there will be unreserved seating in the East Stand, and migration is strictly prohibited between stands.

The South and West Stand will be open as normal.

Click HERE and secure your tickets now!

1. The โ€˜Building the Futureโ€™ tickets areย only for schoolsย & community youth groups
2. Tickets are for entry only andย does notย include travel or food or refreshments.
3. Tickets cannot be exchanged or used for a different game.
4. Building the Future tickets cannot be sold on.
5. We reserve the right to revoke tickets at any time.
6. Salford Red Devils cannot be held responsible for cancellations, rescheduling or travel costs due to circumstances beyond their control.
7. By entering the stadium, school staff are agreeing to the conditions of entry as set by the stadium and are responsible for the children in their care at all times before, during and after the game has finished.
8. All tickets purchased online will incur a booking fee.
9. Community ticket offers are applicable to the East Stand only.ย 

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