Salford 22  Castleford 10               Match Report

In the first of Sunday’s Double Headers, the Salford Red Devils’ Ladies Team celebrated their first fixture of the season on the main pitch by securing their first ever Super League double, beating the visiting Castleford Tigers.

The two teams had previously met at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in the opening round, back in mid-April, with the Red Devils running out winners with a not dissimilar scoreline of 20-8, whilst on Sunday the Tigers were given no time to settle as the home side hit the straps in the opening exchanges with the first try coming in only the third minute.

A clever dummy by scrum half, Demi Jones, completely foxed the Castleford defence, with her pass to Sage Bannister putting her in the clear, and she romped over to open the team’s account.  Jones, unfortunately however, saw her attempted conversion strike the near upright and bounce out.

It was almost a quarter of an hour later before they were able to improve on that four-pointer, but when it came, it proved to be the try of the match, and once again it was Bannister who took the plaudits.  A Tigers’ end-of-set kick was well taken by hooker, Taz Corcoran, who fed it to the Salford speedster, who in turn raced seventy-five metres, outpacing every desperately pursuing defender to score between the posts.  This time, with the only straightforward, and successful, kick of the afternoon, Jones made no mistake in adding on the conversion to bring the score to 10-0.

Although the visitors had had a somewhat torrid opening period as they struggled to match Salford’s greater consistency of teamwork, they did, nevertheless, have a number of talented players, who, individually, posed a significant threat when given space in which to run.

As early as the eleventh minute, they had worked space onto their right flank and it was only down to excellent chasing back, by left centre, Steph Gray, that the threat was snuffed out by her over-hauling and bringing down the would-be scorer.

When, however, that self-same attacker was put, once again, into the clear, on 21 mins, she, this time, had too great a start on her opposing centre, and it was down to a last–ditch tackle by fullback, Bannister, here showing her sound defensive capabilities, which prevented a try.  Five minutes later, though, it proved to be third time lucky for the Tigers as they got onto the scoreboard tightening the score to 10-4.

It was, nevertheless, the Red Devils, who had the final say of the half, when recently introduced substitute, Yaz Parton-Sotomayor, who, in what is proving to be her best season so far, having laid on a try the week before via what has been described as a barnstorming run through the defence,  repeated that very act once again, only this time going over herself for an unconverted try in the left-hand corner to set up a 14-4 half-time score.

It was only a matter of a few minutes before the Reds improved further on that lead, thanks to their patience and unrelenting pressure to gain three back-to-back sets, including one from an enforced goal-line drop-out, and telling, well-timed passes, from Corcoran and Bannister, put Gray into space down the left flank to score in the corner.

An absolutely great break from another of the bench players, Abi Collins, on 55 mins set up the position for their final try, which came two minutes later, when right centre, Alex Simpson, who had earlier gone over the line but been prevented from grounding, had the satisfaction of going over successfully from Bannister’s pass.

Although, on 66 mins the Tigers pulled back another try, which they this time converted, the Red Devils were never in danger of losing their lead, which proved to be sufficiently comfortable to see out the remainder of the game..

The Reds now have a blank weekend, and opportunity to recharge batteries before making the return trip to Barrow in a fortnight’s time.


Sage Bannister, Hollie Jones, Alex Simpson, Steph Gray, Lauren Ellison, Louise Fellingham, Demi Jones, Megan Condliffe, Tamzin Corcoran, Emerald Hickey, Helena Walker, Phoebe Partington, Brogan Evans


Abi Collins, Yasmin Parton-Sotomayor, Hanna Wicks, Aoiefe McKenna


There is a double feast of rugby league inside the Salford Stadium this Sunday!

As we celebrate the incredible work of St Ann’s Hospice with their ‘takeover day’, there is plenty to do, in and around the stadium for all the family.

From live music to a fairground, it’s set to be a fantastic occasion – and it’s now got even better!

After a promising start to their inaugural Super League 2 campaign, our Women’s team will be looking to kick-on with a crucial victory against Castleford Tigers.

They will be kicking-off at 12:15pm on the main stadium bowl.

That, of course, proceeds our crucial Betfred Super League clash with Leigh Leopards at 3pm, with Paul Rowley’s side looking to get back to winning ways.

What’s not to enjoy? Get yourselves and your family down to the Salford Stadium and back both teams in some big games of rugby league.

Tickets for our double-header are ON SALE NOW – click HERE to secure your tickets!


Fresh from their somewhat unexpected victory over Leeds Rhinos, the Castleford Tigers must have felt quite confident at delivering a repeat performance and result, when they entertained our in-form Salford Red Devils in Friday night’s Round 15 fixture, especially after having run their visitors extremely close on their visit to the Salford Stadium back in mid-April.

Certainly, the opening stanza seemed to reflect that as the Tigers, having received the ball from the kick-off promptly acquired four back-to-back sets, from a penalty early in the first set, and then head and feed at a scrum following a Salford forward touch of the ball, and finally a second penalty, to take them the full length of the remarkably short Mend-a-Hose Jungle field to apply strong pressure on the Red Devils’ goal-line defence.

Indeed, when the Reds went in front, from Rhys Williams’s score under the posts, in the eleventh minute, having secured the ball from an end-of-set kick along his wing, it was very much against the run of play, underlined by Castleford’s cancelling out four of the points he had gained them in less than a minute of the restart.

From that point onwards, however, the Tigers were barely in the hunt, as the slick, fast, entertaining handling of the Salford players opened up the home side’s defence time and again, with comparative ease, to take as 4-24 points lead going up to the half-time mark.

Probably because of their dominance for, by far, the majority of the game, many might be surprised at their conceding as many as ten points, all of them in the first half, even though their defence, in general, was well in control for almost the whole match.

There were, however, some rather unusual circumstances around the tries which the Tigers did manage to score.  The first was the one mentioned above, which might well have levelled the points at 6-6, but for Widdop missing the conversion.

One moment Tim Lafai was in possession of the ball on a clearing run towards the forty-metre line, when he lost control of it, and the next it was in the hands of Castleford’s, Quarequare, who had a clear run to the Salford try-line. In fact, the Salford players scrambled extremely well to prevent him going round to the posts, thus limiting the damage by two points.

The second came as much because of the hooter than any great fault with the Red Devils’ goal-line defence, with their backs to the actual clock.  With two tackles still to go in the set, the sound of the hooter coincided with the ball being in the hands of Miller, whose quick thinking saw him put in an unexpected short, overhead kick for it to be collected by Edwards with yet another clear run to the line.

Far more representative of the Salford defence, however, was the fact that it stood unbreeched by any planned move Cas’s attack could muster.  On the only other time they managed to cross the line, in the later stages of the second half, they were held up by a swarm of willing defenders.

The Salford attack, as far as entertainment was concerned, was probably, alongside the sixty pointer at Hull, and the similar forty-two against Huddersfield in the Cup, among their best of the season, which is unsurprising given the ideal, dry conditions.

The tries when they came were all thrilling to watch as the Reds clinically ripped open the home defence, and their variations made for all the more enjoyment.  The one which possibly caught most people’s eye was their third, when Brodie Croft took the ball to the line before feeding Deon Cross, whose combination of speed, clever swerved running, and dummy was good enough to take him the forty-five metres to the line.

Two rather surprising absentees in their armoury, though, was the lack of any set moves from the scrums, from which they preferred to rely on Lafai’s strong runs into the Tiger’s defence.

Other than those, there seemed a little less physicality than usual which was more than likely because it was not needed.  The one which really stood out was Jack Ormondroyd’s thirty metre charge downfield, direct from a Cas goal-line drop-out, midway through the second half.

With a massively important Challenge Cup quarter-final at Hull KR, next week, on their minds, though, it may be that they had decided that discretion was the most appropriate strategy for then, and if they were to come back from there still in the draw for the semi-final, any shortfalls from this particular game would be long forgotten.


Salford Red Devils were at their stunning best against Castleford Tigers in Round 15 of the Betfred Super League.

The first ten minutes was a real arm wrestle for territory, with Ken Sio thwarting the danger on a few occasions with some nice cover play.

Paul McShane’s knock-on allowed us to build our first meaningful set and Marc Sneyd’s high bomb caused chaos in the left corner.

Miscommunication allowed Rhys Williams to steal a march, scoop up the loose ball and stroll over.

The Tigers hit back almost instantly when Jason QareQare intercepted a loose pass and raced away with open field.

It was a real end-to-end contest, but Sneyd’s kicking was causing a real issue for Gareth Widdop, who spilled another ball in the path of Sam Stone.

The back-rower shuffled across the line and flicked a pass to Chris Atkin, who powered past his marker and slid over to the left of the sticks.

Sneyd added the extras and the Red Devils were really clicking – particularly on the right edge.

Another lightening break – with Brodie Croft the architect – sent Deon Cross charging through the line. With Sio on his outside, the centre opted to go himself and sold Widdop with a sublime step 10 metres out for an easy stroll in.

The scoring did not stop there, with another move starting with Croft’s pass; this time into Brierley, who moved it quick to Cross, and then to Sio to dive over in the right corner.

Our defence – as it has been all season – was resolute and a particular highlight was a try-saver from Ryan Brierley, who raced back to deny Will Tate a certain try.

Cas got back into the contest just before the break, with a hopeful kick that Kenny Edwards nicked ahead of Croft to cut the deficit.

HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 10-24 Salford Red Devils

It was straight back to business after the interval, with Tim Lafai bringing back his trademark flick pass to set Williams away for his second of the night.

The hosts did try to test of defensive line, but another crucial tackle by Cross denied Tate on the left edge.

A couple of sets later, Sio intercepted a loose pass and sprinted 40 metres to extend our advantage.

It was relentless from Paul Rowley’s side and we were soon over again after some neat passing on the left edge.

Quick hands created the overload and Williams – on a hat-trick – unselfishly flicked the ball back to Lafai, who brushed off his man and slid over.

With the two points secure, Rowley rung the changes. Kallum Watkins, Sneyd and Brierley were all afforded rests, but that did not stop the slick attacking play.

Quick, incisive passing across the line ended with Croft digging into the line and releasing Stone to run in another well-worked Salford try.

The full-time hooter signalled another two points for the Red Devils that takes them joint top of the Super League table.

FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 10-42 Salford Red Devils

Photo credit: Matthew Merrick


Salford Red Devils enter Tiger Town this evening, looking to win a third consecutive Betfred Super League fixture.

Sitting in 5th place, but just two points behind first, Paul Rowley’s side will want to continue their momentum and keep pace with the leading pack.

This is perhaps the closest Super League race ever at the midway point, with virtually every club still looking likely to challenge for a top six spot.

Earlier this season, Shane Wright starred in a 14-6 victory against the same opposition at the Salford Stadium, but they were certainly made to work had for the victory and will have to do the same this evening.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this one:


Andy Ackers is still missing from the 20-man squad after his second consecutive head knock against Hull FC.

Due to strict concussion protocols, he has missed the last two Super League fixtures, but Head Coach, Paul Rowley confirmed he could make a return in the near future.

The only change sees Ellis Longstaff drop out of the squad, with Alex Gerrard still struggling to overcome his knee problem.


Head Coach, Paul Rowley was back on media duties earlier this week and was asked what it will be like for his team to go from St James’ Park, over to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

In response to a question about how tough it will be mentally for his players, Rowley said: “No, we’re pretty good like that.

“Castleford; they have a good atmosphere, good fans and our fans travel brilliantly wherever we go.

“So, it’s not even on the radar to be honest. We’re going to a very proud, historical club, so we enjoy the venue just as much, but for different reasons.”

You can watch the press conference in full by clicking HERE!


There is still time to join us at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this evening. Pay-on-the-day is available from the Castleford Tigers ticket office upon arrival.


After Magic Weekend success against Hull KR, Salford Red Devils will be travelling back down the M62 to face Castleford Tigers.

In such a tightly-contested league table, every game is crucial, and the Red Devils will be looking to stick with the leading pack, as we head into the second half of the season.

Castleford started the season with some disappointing results, but have since picked up some big victories under the guidance of Andy Last.

Ahead of the meeting here’s some of our favourite snaps from training this week:


We’re on the road again this Friday, where Castleford Tigers stand in our way.

It was a magical weekend for the Red Devils in Newcastle; opening the festival of rugby league with a hard-fought victory over Hull KR.

That maintains Salford’s spot in the top six, with only two points separating us and Catalans Dragons in top spot.

Our next test is a trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, against a team who themselves enjoyed Magic Weekend success against Leeds Rhinos.

Tickets for this particular fixture are available NOW! Click HERE to secure your place at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle stadium.

A list of ticket prices – in advance and match day – plus our ticket office opening times can be found below:

Variant (IN ADVANCE) PriceVariant (MATCH DAY)Price
Adult (17-59)£22Adult (17-59)£25
Concession (60+) & Students£14Concession (60+) & Students£17
Junior Members (16 and under)£5Junior Members (16 and under)N/A
Concession (Junior non-members & 16 and under)£14Concession (Junior non-members & 16 and under)£17

Disabled supporters are charged at the appropriate rate and need to contact Castleford Tigers directly on 01977529264 to book your place.

If you wish to bring musical instruments to the ground, please email: with a full description and fire certificate – in advance – to avoid it being confiscated upon arrival.

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.


Salford Red Devils started their Super League career in style, in yesterday’s opening round visit to Castleford, with a reasonably comfortable victory over the Tigers, at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.  Any visit into Yorkshire which results in a win is most commendable, and their near total dominance throughout the first half was most impressive.

It was in only the second minute of the game that they went in front, following a Castleford handling error in their own half, and on the back of good carries on the first four tackles they were able to send the ball along the line to the left where fullback, Luci McKeown, cut through to score and open the Reds’ account. 

Unfortunately, her attempted conversion hit the post.

Scoring tries, however, came rather more readily and it was only a matter of five minutes from the resumption that they went over again.  A quite noteworthy set, in which the Red Devils, thanks to their forwards in particular, went a full seventy metres down field to force a goal-line drop-out, set up further possession in an ideal part of the field to attack again. 

This time, it was second rower, Helena Walker who touched down in the right-hand corner to double the Salford lead, but sadly it was to turn out to be one of her last contributions to the match, as she was forced to leave the field a few minutes later after sustaining a leg injury in a tackle.

Completely against the run of play, in the 16th minute, Cas, on one of their first forays into their visitors’ twenty-metre area, caught out the right edge defence, working an overlap on the wing for a try in the corner, thereby narrowing the score to 4-8.

The truly decisive period of the game, let alone the half, came in a ten-minute period, in the run up to the half hour mark, in which the Salford players took the score to 4-16, with two further tries. The first of these came direct from a scrum on the Tigers’ twenty metre line, with the ball being moved to the right.  On arrival in right centre Alex Simpson’s hands, she cut back inside, wrongfooting the Castleford defence, and enabling her to score by the posts.

That dummy-half, Taz Corcoran, was able to score her try merely by picking up the ball and taking only a couple of steps forward to place it over the line, was almost unbelievable, but there had been a speedy play-the-ball, and she had spotted the opportunity well.   Thankfully, the 4-16 half-time lead it opened up gave the team some cushioning for the second half.

Indeed, the lead might well have been even greater, when, in the final minute of the half, centre, Steph Gray went over in the left-hand corner, only for the wide pass to her to be judged to be forward.

This cushioning they had given themselves was to be needed, however, during the second half, when forms and fortunes were, surprisingly, reversed, and the early warning of this came within ten minutes of the resumption, when Castleford put together their best move of the game, to score, once again, in the left corner.

That it took Salford almost twenty minutes to eradicate that score was something of a surprise, but, in fairness, their second-half performance was well below that of the first forty, with a number of wayward passes going to ground and each error returning possession to their opponents.  The longer this went on the more the Tigers grew in confidence, and the more frustrated Salford seemed to become.

One element of the performance which really helped their cause though, was Sam Evans’s penalty kicks to touch, which gained remarkable distance with the two opportunities she was given, putting the team on the attack, when they had been unable to gain the position by other means.  

A one-on-one ball-steal by Alex Simpson, early in a Cas set, regained the Reds possession, and this time the ball was moved accurately and effectively to the left, where, to recompense her for her earlier disappointment, Gray straightened up the line to go over towards the left-hand corner, on 67 minutes, to calm any mounting nerves.

It still, nevertheless, required some determined and impressive defensive work for much of the remaining time, not least in the minutes leading up to the 73rd, when they had to defend no less than five repeat sets, mainly caused by penalties against over-eager defenders running offside.

Survive it all they did, though, and with a twelve-point winning margin, and their first ever two Super League points to bring back over the Pennines, it was a result to be celebrated, and will hopefully set them up for next week’s Women’s Challenge Cup tie against Featherstone Rovers.  Please note that the kick off for this game as been changed 12.00.


Luci McKeown, Katie Garry, Alex Simpson, Steph Gray, Lauren Ellison, Louise Fellingham, Sam Evans, Megan Condliffe, Tamzin Corcoran, Sarina Tamou, Helena Walker, Victoria Kini, Brogan Evans


Abi Collin, Hannah Wicks, Summer Harris, Emerald Hickey


Despite another short turn around after their victory over Leigh, the previous Saturday, Salford Red Devils, yet again in front of the television cameras, on Thursday evening, cemented their place in the current top six, with a hard-fought victory over the improving Castleford Tigers.

It is a notable tribute to the team that on the back of their tremendous performances in the later stages of last season, the SKY Sports team have targeted showing the Red Devils’ matches with some quite considerable regularity over the start of this season, and although it was an evening with both defences on top, the team did not disappoint in terms of dedication, effort, and, above all, winning.

True, the scoreline was on the low side, but on a cold evening, in a biting wind, the players did extremely well to produce a performance full of attacking ideas and handling ploys, which on a summer’s day may well have brought about a rather higher return in terms of points.  No-one could deny the quality of their slick inter-passing, which tested the Castleford defence, time and again. They just needed to have retained possession in attack for longer than the solitary sets they produced in order to wear the Tigers’ defence down.

It was therefore down to their defensive effort of limiting the visitors to a solitary try in the third minute and thereafter holding them pointless for the remaining seventy-seven, which brought them the two league points.  It was not necessarily their midfield line-defence which was most noteworthy, more their scrambling defence which brought some absolutely valiant efforts from a number of individuals. 

As early as the 17th minute a magnificent triple effort, started by Sam Stone, and quickly supported by Andy Ackers and Ryan Brierley, prevented a Cas try being scored by Milner thanks to their holding him back, a whisker from the line.  Two minutes from the interval the timely arrival of Tyler Dupree, at full pace, was enough to force Eden onto the touchline, thereby making his considerable athleticism in the subsequent grounding, irrelevant.

Similar efforts continued into the second half, when first, Marc Sneyd’s last ditch tackle on Evalds caused the fullback to lose control of the ball has he sought to ground it between the posts on 49 mins, followed up some 14 mins later by another tackle on Milner just short of the line, this time by Wright, followed by the intervention again of Brierley to prevent his endeavours to roll over and ground the ball over the line.  

There were also some significant pieces of individual skill, which might on occasions go unnoticed, or which we sometimes take for granted.  Joe Burgess’s 8th minute, high level take of the ball in the air, which, on landing, he followed up with a half break through the visitors’ defence to clear the danger, was one such of these, likewise, Kallum Watkins’s midfield sideways run and offload, under pressure, to free up Brierley to continue the build up to Brodie Croft’s try under the posts, on 36 minutes.

Probably most eye-catching of all however was Brierley’s feat of collecting the ball on 52 minutes, behind his own line, to then turn the speedy Eden inside out with some incredible footwork and then cap it all with an offload to Ken Sio, as another Castleford player bore down on him.   Everything about it had the hallmarks of absolute class.

Even Salford’s two-try total could well have been double that, had they been just a little more fortunate.  The referral of Sneyd’s 23rd minute grounding to the video-ref saw it disallowed as it became apparent that, after his short kick through, the ball had bounced up to touch his arm, thus being adjudged as a knock on.  Similarly, 44 minutes into the second half, Sam Stone was denied a try with, this time, Chris Atkin having fumbled a loose ball forward in his attempt to gather it up.

Nevertheless, there was to be no denying the Red Devils for the two tries which were to count.  In what had been their best period that far, spanning the second quarter, it culminated in Brierley racing down the right wing, from Watkins’s pass, to put in the best, and most rewarding, kick of the half, for Croft to take a grasp of it as it stood up beautifully for him to go over for his team’s opener.

Shane Wright has been growing in notoriety over recent weeks having already notched up three tries against Hull (2) and Leigh.  With 56 minutes on the clock, he latched onto Sneyd’s beautifully timed short pass to surge over the line, between the posts and with Sneyd then having converted both tries, he had the opportunity to open up a two score, eight-point, match-winning lead, when Milner was penalised for tackling Ollie Partington without the ball, ten minutes from the end.


Salford Red Devils earned a hard-fought two points against Castleford Tigers in Round 9 of the Betfred Super League.

Paul Rowley’s side were buoyed by Rivals Round success against Leigh Leopards last Saturday, but were made to work hard for the two points this evening.

The visitors started proceedings on the front foot and when Marc Sneyd was penalised for a high tackle, Gareth Widdop found Greg Eden on the left for an easy stroll over.

Salford responded well and picked up the pace in possession. Sneyd’s kick on the last deflected off a Castleford player and earned us a set 20 metres out, with a some clever passing nearly sending us over on multiple occasions.

The Fords were a tough outfit to break down all evening and threatened the Salford backline with some high kicking.

One in particular forced Joe Burgess to collect under immense pressure, but the winger claimed the ball well and made some valuable metres upfield.

Salford went close on 24 minutes when Sneyd collected a loose ball, but despite seeming to ground the ball, the ricochet came off our number seven and the on-field referee – alongside the video referee – gave no try,

The same source created Salford’s next opportunity a few minutes later. Greg Eden dropped a high bomb on the last and gave us another set from just 10 metres out.

Sneyd delayed his pass beautifully to release Joe Burgess on the left flank, but Niall Evalds recovered well at the last second to crash our number five out of touch.

That meant there was more defending to do on our own line, but we did it well and scored a try moments later, in typical Rowley style.

Kallum Watkins picked out Ryan Brierley on the wing with a magnificent offload and set our number one racing away.

He had the galloping Brodie Croft in support and Brierley’s deft grubber kick sat perfectly for the Aussie to collect and stroll under the posts.

Sneyd brought us level with the boot.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 6-6 Castleford Tigers

We came out for the second-half with a fresh energy and almost capitalised on a Castleford error, but a combination of Shane Wright, Chris Atkin and Sam Stone just couldn’t ground the ball – with the video referee, once again, confirming the on-field call.

The Red Devils still had to be solid in defence and some neat skill from Brierley from his own in-goal area avoided a drop-out on 54 minutes.

It was that very effort – alongside a few penalties – that gained valuable territory and led to our second try of the night.

Six again was called and Salford took advantage in some style, with Wright continuing his red-hot scoring streak in front of the South Stand.

The second-rower received Sneyd’s short pass and crashed over to the right of the sticks – with Sneyd adding the extras.

The next phase of the game was a real arm wrestle, with no side really making much progress downfield.

Gareth Widdop threatened with a break down the right, but Stone made a superb tackle to halt the Cas halfback and we saw out the remaining set on our own try line.

Sneyd kicked another two points via a penalty-goal with 10 minutes to go and that felt like Salford had done just enough to earn the two points.

A few half-breaks from both sides in the last period were halted by some good defence and the full-time hooter signalled back-to-back Super League wins for the Red Devils.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 14-6 Castleford Tigers

Photo credit: Steve McCormick

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