SNEYD: “I’LL TRY AND RIDE THAT WAVE AS MUCH AS I POSSIBLY CAN!”

Marc Sneyd is hoping to continue his red-hot form for as long as possible.

The England international was at his thrilling best for a second week running yesterday, as Salford Red Devils claimed a huge scalp over Hull KR.

Coming into the contest with a 100% record after two games, many had predicted the Robins to run out comfortable winners.

But a gritty defensive display, mixed with some attacking flair, fired the Red Devils into a 16-point lead with just 30 minutes to play.

Deon Cross’ sin-binning may have raised a few eyebrows, but Sneyd made sure of the points with a drop-goal just 10 minutes from time.

Speaking to our YouTube channel, Sneyd highlighted the importance of downing a side that have become a bit of a bogey team recently.

“It’s always one I look out for anyway from playing at Hull (FC) and having that rivalry, so for them to be that bogey team was really irritating – to get that win over them so early in the season is massive,” he said.

“We’re just looking forward to next week now, try and get as much of a roll on as we can.”

On his own personal form, Sneyd was his usual humble self when asked whether he feels like everything he touches turns to golden at the moment.

“Maybe a little bit, yeah, if you want to say so!” he laughed.

“I’m just turning up each week and trying to do the best I can for the team, so if them things are coming off at the moment I’ll try and ride that wave as much as I possibly can, and hopefully it continues.”

Check out our full chat with the Man of the Match by clicking below:

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 17-10 HULL KR (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 3)

Marc Sneyd was at his thrilling best as Salford Red Devils secured a huge victory over Hull KR.

Round 3 threw Paul Rowley’s side perhaps their toughest test so far; a Robins’ side who came into the contest with a 100% record.

A last minute change – as the team’s came back in from their warm-up – saw Chris Atkin replace the injured Ryan Brierley at fullback.

Kai Morgan was promoted to the interchange bench, making his Salford Red Devils and Betfred Super League debut.

Salford were straight on the front foot from the beginning. Marc Sneyd set the tone, forcing a string of repeat sets from his magical left boot.

A brilliant few carries opened up Rovers and Sneyd’s neat nudge allowed Deon Cross to dart through, touch the ball down and open the scoring.

KR tried to wrestle back momentum via a Mikey Lewis chipped kick, but Chris Hankinson was brave, and claimed the ball before being tackled in the air.

The visitors continued to probe and tried their luck again with a grubber in behind the Salford defence. Stand-in fullback, Atkin cleaned up very well and killed the Rovers attack dead.

A highlight throughout the contest, but particularly in the first forty, was Salford’s dogged goal line D.

Repeat set after repeat set had the Red Devils camped on their own line, but after showing excellent character, the ball was fumbled by Tyrone May.

It was quickly shifted downfield, and some powerful running allowed skipper, Kallum Watkins to open up KR on their own 10 metre line.

A quick play the ball and some instinctive play-making from Cade Cust allowed Chris Hankinson to dive over the right corner for his first try in Salford colours.

Sneyd, from an almost impossible angle, converted in style, extending Salford’s lead to 12 points.

Back for the second forty, ex-Red Devils’ winger, Joe Burgess fumbled the ball on his own goal line, with a further penalty allowing Sneyd to knock over a penalty-goal.

Another two was added by Sneyd shortly after when Lewis hit the halfback late.

Their was still time for a twist in this one, with Cross sent to the bin for Salford when he tried to interfere with Burgess’ quick tap on the 20.

With 12 men on the field, it wasn’t long before Peta Hiku was over in the corner, after selling Lafai a dummy on the right edge.

Rovers came back again for a second time, with Lewis dribbling the ball along the floor before being brought down by Joe Shorrocks.

The on-field call of penalty-try was overturned by the video referee, with multiple KR bodies offside from the original kick.

Hiku was also sent to the bin shortly after, this time giving Salford the man advantage with Cross back on the field.

Things got a bit more tense when Jez Litten scored for KR, but Sneyd – capping off a Man of the Match performance – sunk a drop-goal in front of the sticks to secure the victory for Salford.

Next up for Rowley’s men is a trip to face St Helens.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Chris Atkin, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell, Kai Morgan.

Tries:  Deon Cross, Chris Hankinson.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/4)

Drop-goal: Marc Sneyd (1/1)

Hull KR line-up: Peta Hiku, Joe Burgess, Tom Opacic, Oliver Gildart, Ryan Hall, Tyrone May, Mikey Lewis, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Jai Whitbread, Kelepi Tanginoa, James Batchelor, Elliot Minchella.

Interchanges: Sauaso Sue, George King, Matt Parcell, Sam Luckley.

Tries: Peta Hiku, Jez Litten.

Conversions: James Batchelor (1/2)

HT: 12-0

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

TEAM NEWS | SALFORD UNCHANGED IN ROUND 3

Paul Rowley has named an unchanged starting line-up this afternoon.

After victory in Round 2, our Head Coach is looking to keep that winning formula, putting trust in the side that beat Castleford Tigers 26-22.

That means supporters will have to wait a little bit longer for the debut of new signing, David Nofoaluma.

Amir Bourouh, fresh from his first ever Betfred Super League try, continues at hooker, with Joe Shorrocks looking to build-on an impressive home debut at loose.

The star of last week, Nene Macdonald will be hoping to add his sprinkle of magic onto proceedings, as he lines-up at centre.

Head over to our socials to give your reaction and follow the game live!

ABK BEER TO SPONSOR SALFORD RED DEVILS VS HULL KR CLASH

We would like to extend a huge thank you to tomorrow’s match day sponsor, ABK Beer.

After picking up our first two points of 2024 last Sunday, Salford Red Devils are looking to secure back-to-back wins when Hull KR come to town.

Fresh from a perfect start themselves, Willie Peters and co will provide a stern test for Paul Rowley’s men, who have the potential to call-on new signing, David Nofoaluma for his debut.

Highlighting our match day sponsor, ABK Beer.

Developed under the ancient ‘Reinheitsgebot’ German Beer Purity Laws of 1516.

Aktienbrauerei in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, can trace its roots even further than that – to 1308 – representing more than 700 years of Bavarian brewing heritage and tradition.

ABK are also the exclusive sponsor of our match day fan zone, where supporters can come down early and enjoy everything we have to offer.

MATCH PREVIEW: SALFORD RED DEVILS VS HULL KR (ROUND 3)

It’s another big test for Rowley’s Red Devils, as Hull KR come bobbin’ into town.

Arriving with a 100% record after two games, KR will be looking to continue their early-season form and keep pace with league leaders, St Helens.

On the back of victory against Castleford Tigers in Round 2, Salford Red Devils will be hoping for a repeat performance in-front of their home faithful.

KR got the better of us on three occasions last season, but a win against the Robins’ at Magic Weekend was certainly a standout moment from the campaign.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

It was incredible to have you all back last Sunday.

After victory in Round 2, Paul Rowley’s side are looking to build some early-season momentum and need your support to make a difference.

Click here to buy tickets; including options in the West, South and iHeat Community East stand.

Alternatively, the Salford Community Stadium ticket office will be open in the morning to pay-on-the-day or collect pre-purchased season tickets.


SQUAD NEWS

Our Head Coach had the pleasure of naming an unchanged 21-man squad, earlier this week.

Included on that list is new signing, David Nofoaluma, who has had a full week of training and is in contention to make his debut.


LAST TIME OUT

You have to go back as far as February 2023 for the last time the Robins were in town.

The Red Devils made a bright start to proceedings when Kallum Watkins combined with Ken Sio to send the latter sliding over in the corner.

Some dogged defending kept the lead intact until half-time, but a flurry of tries early in the second-half fired KR into a healthy lead.

One, unfortunately, despite Deon Cross’ try, Salford couldn’t recover with the time remaining, falling to a 10-24 defeat.


WHERE TO WATCH?

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Sunday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on Hull KR.

This fixture will also be available on Sky Sports Arena, as well as streamed on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and via the BBC Sport website and app.


NENE MACDONALD NOMINATED FOR FEBRUARY TRY OF THE MONTH

Nene Macdonald’s acrobatic effort against Castleford Tigers has been nominated for the Betfred Super League Try of the Month.

The PNG international was at his thrilling best in Round 2, producing a MOTM performance to secure Salford’s first two points of 2024.

His try – just before half-time – was by far the games’ highlight. Chasing a pinpoint Marc Sneyd high bomb, Macdonald leapt high, above Cas full-back, Luke Hooley to slam down and extend our advantage.

Alongside Nene, the contenders are Jon Bennison (St Helens), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos) – who is featured on two occasions – Arron Lindop (Warrington Wolves) and Robbie Storey (London Broncos).

Voting is open from 8pm this evening and will close at 8pm on Tuesday (5th March) evening. 

The poll to vote is available on Our League here.

Check out his incredible effort below:

PAUL ROWLEY NAMES UNCHANGED SQUAD IN ROUND 3!

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named an unchanged 21-man squad for this weekend’s Round 3 clash.

Salford Red Devils welcome Hull KR to the Salford Community Stadium, with both teams looking to build-on Round 2 success.

The Robins earned an impressive 22-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos last week to maintain a 100% start to 2024 and are looking to keep pace with league leaders, St Helens.

Tickets are still on sale for this fixture. Join us by clicking here.

SQUAD NEWS

There are no changes to the 21-man squad who beat Castleford Tigers last Sunday.

That means there is still a potential debut on the cards for new signing, David Nofoaluma, with Round 2 coming just too soon following his arrival into England.

Check out the full list below:

ROWLEY: “HE WAS THE SHINING STAR!”

Paul Rowley was full of praise for star centre, Nene Macdonald in his post-match press conference.

After completing a move to the club during the off-season, his long-anticipated home debut could not have gone much better, with a Man of the Match performance against Castleford Tigers.

His try on the stroke of half-time gave the Red Devils some breathing room and came from a moment of real quality from Marc Sneyd.

A high bomb on the last was charged down by Macdonald, who leapt high over Luke Hooley to grab the ball and touch down in some style.

Speaking post-match, his Head Coach says it’s something the PNG international has brought to the table since his arrival.

“We’ve spoke about challenging kicks more and I think Nene’s come into this group, and you kind of need someone to value something to make that contagious throughout your group, and Nene has definitely brought that,” Rowley began.

“What I would say is, probably when you look at the game, Nene, for me, was the shining star out there, that little bit of quality on the field.

“I think everybody worked hard, but I think he was different class and that try was the perfect example of that.”

On the performance as a whole, Rowley says a late Liam Horne try made the final exchanges very nerve-racking for those in attendance.

“Terry O’Connor has just said I look grey. I don’t know if you can feel grey, but I feel grey!” he joked.

“I thought we were really good at the start of the game and controlled all the ball really; it would be nice if we could hold the ball like that all the time.

“But Cas came back strong and scored a couple of tries on the back of what I thought were individual errors on our part, so we can fix that.

“I think collectively we were pretty good throughout. I thought our right edge was a little blunt in attack, but again, that can be fixed, we’ve got a lot of new additions in key positions.

He concluded: “I guess if we don’t polish the attack up, any wins will be hard-fought wins like that and close encounters, which is not good for the ticker, but we got their in the end.”

Watch Paul’s full post-match press conference by clicking below:

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 26-22 CASTLEFORD TIGERS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 2)

A Nene Macdonald-inspired Salford Red Devils recorded their first win of 2024 this afternoon.

Back home after a narrow Round 1 defeat, Paul Rowley’s side were determined to get their first Betfred Super League points of the season, against Castleford Tigers.

Joe Shorrocks for the injured Ollie Partington was the only change, with Chris Atkin and Ryan Brierley reaching significant personal landmarks.

The Red Devils started on the front foot and Marc Sneyd’s boot was straight into action, pinning the Tigers into their own in-goal on multiple occasions.

Pressure upon pressure finally told when Sneyd slipped in Sam Stone on the left edge with a beautifully-timed short pass.

It was two in quick succession with another solid set down the middle of Cas’ line. Brad Singleton drove forward and flicked an offload to Amir Bourouh, who scampered over for his first in Salford colours.

Momentum swung with a couple of repeat sets for the visitors.

Innes Senior was denied a try by some great scramble defence, but Sam Wood was sent through minutes later by Miller to cut the deficit.

A missed Danny Richardson conversion kept Salford in the lead on the half-hour mark, after Cas worked the hands and sent Jack Broadbent diving over in the right corner.

Salford were slowly getting back into their groove and a nice chase from Shorrocks forced a repeat set – and we crucially took advantage.

Sneyd’s high bomb on the last was charged down from almost halfway by Macdonald, who leapt high into the air and over the challenging Hooley to score.

A crucial try, at a crucial point in the game – with Sneyd adding the extras.

Coming out for the second-half with a healthy lead, the pivots were straight back to work and Cade Cust almost sent Kallum Watkins barraging through a gap with a neat short ball.

It wasn’t long until Sneyd had another say in this contest, sending through a pinpoint grubber for the chasing Stone to ground his second of the contest.

It looked like the Red Devils might run away with proceedings, but Joe Westerman cut the lead when he spotted a gap and scampered over to the left of the posts.

Salford were made to work even harder when Jack Ormondroyd was sent to the sin-bin, but it highlighted the ever-growing importance of Sneyd’s kicking, who sank a penalty-goal from the 40 to allow some breathing room.

It was certainly needed, with Liam Horne spinning away from his man to cut the lead to just four, late on.

Despite some frantic closing exchanges, Salford held on for a crucial two points and will be looking to build on that when Hull KR visit the Salford Community Stadium next Saturday.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell, Chris Atkin.

Tries: Sam Stone (2), Amir Bourouh, Nene Macdonald.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (5/5)

Castleford line-up: Luke Hooley, Jason Qareqare, Jack Broadbent, Sam Wood, Innes Senior, Danny Richardson, Jacob Miller, George Lawler, Liam Horne, Nixon Putt, Elie El-Zakhem, Charbel Tasipale, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges: Rowan Milnes, Sam Hall, Muizz Mustapha, Sammy Kilbula.

Tries: Sam Wood, Jack Broadbent, Joe Westerman, Liam Horne.

Conversions: Danny Richardson (1/2), Luke Hooley (2/2)

HT: Salford Red Devils 18-10 Castleford Tigers

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

BOUROUH: “IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING!”

Try-scorer, Amir Bourouh has been reflecting on our Round 2 victory over Castleford Tigers.

The hooker darted under the sticks for our second try of the afternoon, after Sam Stone had powered us into a well-deserved lead.

A special, acrobatic Nene Macdonald effort from Marc Sneyd’s high bomb was a crucial score just before the half-time hooter and Stone’s second after the break proved the difference after 80 minutes.

Discussing the victory, Bourouh said: “Really important one obviously, first of the year for us.

“I’m just glad we got the win in the end. We played into their hands and it was becoming a scrappy game, something we didn’t really want it to be.

“A lot of parts I thought we were really dominant and there’s really good signs from it.”

On his try – a first in Salford colours – the number nine couldn’t help but hide his delight: “It’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it!” he joked.

“That’s my first one, so glad to get it out of the way and hopefully many more.”

Watch our full interview with Amir by clicking below:

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