Match Report | Catalans Dragons 44-10 Salford Red Devils

Four tries from Fouad Yaha condemned Salford Red Devils to a 44-10 defeat, as Catalans Dragons ran out comfortable winners at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. 
Scores from Derrell Olpherts and Josh Wood weren’t enough for Salford to salvage any sort of result as a quadruple from in-form winger Yaha, along with two tries from Kenny Edwards and further scores from Jason Baitieri and Josh Drinkwater put the result beyond any doubt.
The hosts were in a rampant mood throughout the afternoon and took just six minutes to open the scoresheet. Brayden Williame broke clear before cleverly offloading out wide to the onrushing Yaha, who raced clear to claim the first of his four scores.
Drinkwater was unsuccessful from the resulting conversion, but he would add a further two points less than 10 minutes later though after landing a 14th minute penalty in front of the sticks.
The Red Devils responded well and offered some fierce tackles in defence, but the resurgence was to last a mere four minutes as Samisoni Langi broke clear of the line before flicking inside to Drinkwater to allow forge an unchallenged score.
Drinkwater added the first of his six goals but Salford’s efforts were to be rewarded almost immediately after. Dan Murray forced a Catalan error to earn Salford possession, before some quick hands from Jake Shorrocks and Wood put the ball on a plate for Olpherts to emphatically finish in the corner.
Ed Chamberlain was unsuccessful from the resulting conversion and things quickly worsened for Ian Watson’s men as Baitieri fought off several Salford defenders before surging over the whitewash.
The level of intensity shown by the hosts reflected the final outcome of the contest, and they found themselves in again for a second quick-fire try when Yaha collected a high ball before flicking inside to Edwards who slid in for the first of his brace.
Unfortunately for Salford, the French side didn’t show any signs of content when Yaha flew over in the corner after Williame picked him out with a scooped pass.
Yaha has been the standout performer throughout the contest, just seven minutes had passed in the second period when 21-year-old made two tries in three minutes to secure a sublime quadruple and round-off a fine individual display.
Salford shows level of grit throughout the second period. Watson introduced Niall Evalds to the action after a nine-week spell on the sidelines, and the 24-year-old was the spearhead of the Red Devils’ attacking plays for the remainder of the tie.
Almost 20 minutes worth of pressure paid dividends midway through the half when Josh Jones produced one of the offloads of the season to enable Wood to spin past the Dragons defence to touch down.
Chamberlain added the extras but the hosts completed the victory with 12 minutes remaining when Edwards touched down for his second, before Drinkwater landed the subsequent goal.
Catalans Lineup: Gigot; Tierney, Mead, Wiliame, Yaha; Langi, Drinkwater; Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Jullien, Garcia, Casty.
Interchanges: Anderson, Bousquet, Baitieri, Edwards.
Salford Lineup: Chamberlain; Bibby, Jones, Sa’u, Olpherts; Lui, Shorrocks; Tasi, Wood, Mossop, Lannon, Nakubuwai, Murray.
Interchanges: Evalds, McCarthy, Nzoungou, Burke.
Catalans Scorers: Tries- Yaha (6′, 38′, 44′, 47′), Drinkwater (18′), Baitieri (32′), Edwards (34′, 68′) | Goals- Drinkwater (6/9)
Salford Scorers: Tries- Olpherts (20′), Wood (62′) | Goals- Chamberlain (1/2)
Man of the Match: Derrell Olpherts
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas.
Touch Judges: D. Bowmer & L. Rush.
Video Referee: Robert Hicks.
 

Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 6-24 Castleford Tigers

Here are all the key stats, facts and figures from the Red Devils clash with Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League.
Player in Focus
Ed Chamberlain – who impressed last weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers – made his home debut for the Red Devils and was a standout performer at the The Salford Stadium.
Chamberlain’s running game was solid making a total of 99 metres with 51 of these coming from kick returns. The fullback made ten completed passes whilst also putting in two kicks, one of which gave him a try-assist as Jake Bibby latched onto the end of it late in the first half.
The fullback didn’t have much to do defensively making seven tackles and he successfully converted Bibby’s try from the touchline.
Defensive Efforts
Daniel Murray continues to impress for the Salford Red Devils and in last night’s game he racked up an immense 50 tackles. Murray made seven more than any other Red Devil on the field and missing just one in the process.
He was closely followed by fellow youngsters Ryan Lannon and Josh Wood with the back-rower completing 43 defensive efforts while Wood successfully made 42 tackles in the game.
Lee Mossop was also putting in the work in defence making an impressive 13 marker tackles which was only equalled by Murray. Junior Sa’u was the top-tackler in the backs with 22 efforts.
Bringing the ball forward
This season Derrell Olpherts has familiarised himself with the Betfred Super League and one strength has been his yardage from his own half which was on display again against Castleford with the winger making more metres than any other Red Devil.
Olpherts racked up 131 metres and often got the Red Devils on the front foot early. It was a real tough battle down the middle with both sets of forwards competing well and Mossop was the biggest metre-eater down the centre for Salford with 94.
Josh Jones averaged the biggest gain throughout the game making around 7.9 metres per carry. He was closely followed by Wood and Olpherts.
Overall Stats
It’s never a stat you like to point out but unfortunately the game was awash with errors with both sides making 16 apiece. Castleford conceded six penalties to Salford’s three.
The Tigers narrowly edged it on set completion with 70% to Salford’s 67% with both teams having 13 incomplete sets however Castleford did have four more sets overall. There was just one offload between the sides while Salford had five more quick play-the-balls than their opponents.

Three Talking Points | Warrington Wolves 30-14 Salford Red Devils

Following last night’s hard-fought affair against Warrington Wolves we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Key moments
In his post-match press conference Ian Watson pointed towards a key moment in the second half which may have turned the game.
Rob Lui looked to flick on a short ball to an onrushing Kris Welham which clipped the centres shoulder and went to ground. Had Welham gone through the line the Red Devils would have likely scored and taken the lead for the first time in the game.
Warrington went on to score three tries after this moment and win the game. Throughout the game, Salford caused Wire a lot of issues down the right-hand flank and were on top in the early stages of the second half.
Resilience
There was a tonne of resilience and heart in defeat from Salford against Wire.
The Red Devils had to muscle up in defence for a large period in the second half and managed to keep Warrington at bay – for the most part – until the final ten minutes of the game.
Both Derrell Olpherts and Junior Sa’u made try-saving tackles out wide last night while Ryan Lannon and Jack Littlejohn making last ditch efforts, also. Littlejohn, in fact, prevented Warrington forward Ben Westwood from close-range with a brilliant one-on-one tackle which forced a knock-on.


Even in the closing stages Kris Welham pulled off a great tackle on Bryson Goodwin before Rob Lui prevented two scores with well-timed interceptions which will have pleased Head Coach Ian Watson.
Flowing rugby
Earlier in the season we have seen the Red Devils display some fantastic attacking Rugby League in victories over Hull Kingston Rovers, Catalans Dragons and Hull FC – to name a few – and those slick hands were on display at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Jack Littlejohn – who continues to impress in his new role at fullback – was the beneficiary of these fast hands crossing twice in the first half. Both times we saw the Australian hit a great line out the back with his second try on the back of a sensational offload from George Griffin.
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Jake Bibby’s second half score also came from a string of off-the-cuff offloads which saw the Red Devils break down field beginning with a well-timed pass from Ben Nakubuwai. If the Red Devils continue to display this kind of attacking presence they’ll cause a lot of sides issues in the coming weeks.
 

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Stat Pack | Hull FC 45-14 Salford Red Devils

We take a look at all the stats from last night’s game against Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
Player in focus 
This week’s ‘Player in Focus’ is George Griffin who crossed for a try late on for the Red Devils; his third of the season.
Griffin was one of five Salford players to rack up over 100 metres with ball in hand alongside Greg Johnson, Junior Sa’u, Derrell Olpherts and Lee Mossop. The prop-forward also made 31 tackles sitting one behind regular top tackler Logan Tomkins. Griffin made ten carries throughout the game as well as making one initial break.
Backs earning hard yards
The focus is often on the forwards when it comes to making the metres but Salford’s outside backs put their hands up against Hull FC last night.
Derrell Olpherts – who has impressed in recent weeks – was the team’s biggest metre-eater totalling 150 metres with ball in hand. He was followed by reliable centre Junior Sa’u who made 135 metres while Greg Johnson was just eight metres behind Sa’u.
Olpherts finished the game with an average of 8.8 metres per carry while Kris Welham, Sa’u and Johnson were all above 7 metres per carry, on average.
Overall stats
The biggest difference between the sides was completed sets with Hull FC managing to complete on 30 occasions; nine more than the Red Devils. The teams were relatively evenly matched in terms of incomplete sets 9-11.
Salford actually spent more time with ball in hand than the Black and Whites and also had more play-the-balls and more quick play-the-balls. However, the penalty count was comfortably in the hosts’ favour, 4-10.
In areas such as breaks, offloads and errors the sides were extremely evenly matched. Hull FC made ten more tackles than Salford and missed six more than the Red Devils.

Match Report | Hull FC 45-14 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils succumbed to a 45-14 defeat as Hull FC ran out comfortable winners on a frustrating evening at the KCOM Stadium.
Although the Red Devils managed to conjure up three second-half scores through Greg Johnson, Derrell Olpherts and George Griffin, Salford still fell short as the hosts claimed a deserved victory.
Bureta Faraimo’s hat-trick alongside further tries from Jack Downs, Jack Logan, Hakim Miloudi and Jamie Shaul ensured Lee Radford’s side secured two pivotal points.
The hosts made a flying start to the contest and opened the scoring with just five minutes on the clock. After the ball was worked out wide, Faraimo stepped inside before holding off Greg Johnson and diving over.
Jake Connor kicked the first of nine goals and the Black & Whites crossed over again just six minutes later. Faraimo grabbed his second after intercepting Robert Lui’s lofted pass before sprinting the length of the field and touching down.
Hull began to take full control and managed to add two more tries in quick succession. First, Downs slid over the whitewash after a clever offload from Logan before the latter turned from provider to scorer after an excellent break from Jamie Shaul.
Things worsened for the Red Devils as Miloudi flew out of the line to intercept a wayward pass from Jack Littlejohn before racing 50m to score in what was a carbon copy of Faraimo’s individual effort.
Connor then added the resulting goal and a late drop-goal to rub salt further into the wounds.
Faraimo then turned provider after kicking inside to Shaul who made no mistake to touch down and cap off a fine first-half display.
The hosts picked up where they left off after the break as Faraimo completed his hat-trick after wriggling out of Greg Johnson’s tackle.
Johnson was to have the last laugh though as the winger touched down after collecting a cut-out pass from Jake Shorrocks.
Robert Lui added the extras as Salford began to grow in confidence and Ian Watson’s side soon found themselves over again as Derrell Olpherts finished off a well worked move to restore some pride to the camp.
Salford battled throughout the second period and their efforts were rewarded further as Lui played a flat ball to Griffin and the forward surged over the line from close-range.
Hull had the final say however as Connor slotted home a penalty on the hooter to wrap up proceedings.
Hull Lineup: Shaul, Faraimo, Logan, Tuimavave, Miloudi, Connor, Harris, Taylor, Washbrook, Green, Downs, Minichiello, Westerman.
Interchanges: Fash, Litten, Paea, Matongo.
Salford Lineup: Littlejohn, Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Olpherts, Lui, Shorrocks, Tasi, Tomkins, Mossop, Griffin, Jones, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Kopczak, McCarthy, Nakubuwai, Wood.
 
Hull Scorers: Tries- Faraimo (5’, 12’, 51’), Downs (15’), Logan (21’), Miloudi (34’), Shaul 40’) | Goals- Connor (6’,13’, 16’, 22’, 35’, 40’, 52’, 79’) | Drop Goals- Connor (39’)
Salford Scorers: Tries- Johnson 58’, Olpherts (67’), Griffin (72’) | Goals- Lui (59’)
Man of the Match: George Griffin.
Referee: Robert Hicks. Touch Judges: D Bowmer & M. Craven. Video Referee: Robert Hicks.
Attendance: 10,606.

Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month | May 2018

Salford Red Devils scored some impressive tries in May 2018 and it’s now time for YOU to vote for YOUR favourite in the latest Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month competition.
The nominees are:
Niall Evalds vs Leigh Centurions – Niall Evalds opened the scoring in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at the Leigh Sports Village after jinking his way over from close-range.
Weller Hauraki vs Catalans Dragons – Club Captain Weller Hauraki got the Red Devils off to a great start at the Dacia Magic Weekend following some clever link-up play with Mark Flanagan.
Niall Evalds vs Huddersfield Giants – Fullback Niall Evalds beat Jordan Rankin to the ball and pulled off a stunning finish on the back of an inch-perfect kick from Derrell Olpherts.
Junior Sa’u vs Huddersfield Giants – The game may have been settled but it didn’t stop Junior Sa’u knocking off three Giants defenders to score in the closing stages.
You can watch all the tries below and head over to our Twitter – @SalfordDevils – to vote!

Three Talking Points | Wigan Warriors 30-0 Salford Red Devils

In this week’s ‘Three talking points’ we focus on three 2018 additions who all stood out despite defeat at Wigan Warriors.
Gavin Bennion
The first Salford Red Devils debutant was Gavin Bennion who has been on loan with Swinton for the early part of the 2018 season however the forward was brought into the side for last night’s trip to Wigan.
Bennion was named in the front-row and started the game really well with Head Coach Ian Watson praising his first stint of the field in his post-match press conference. The 24-year-old was a prominent figure in defence throughout the game.
The forward could be looking to cement a spot in the first team in the near future.
Levy Nzoungou 
The other debutant for the Salford was youngster Levy Nzoungou was featured for Whitehaven, Oldham and Swinton before making his first Betfred Super League appearance last night.
Nzoungou came on from the bench for the Red Devils and made an impact taking the ball to the Warriors defence. The Frenchman was taking three and sometimes four Wigan defenders with him and managed to get some quick play-the-balls.
The 20-year-old now offers Ian Watson yet another option in the pack and we could certainly see Nzoungou feature again in the coming weeks.
Derrell Olpherts
He was chosen as the ‘Player in Focus’ in this week’s ‘Stat Pack’ after making a successful move to fullback in the absence of Niall Evalds.
Olpherts now has four Betfred Super League appearances to his name and adjusted to the role of fullback extremely well. He was confident under the high ball, worked hard with ball in hand and made a couple of key tackles for Salford.
Head Coach Ian Watson has a versatile back in Olpherts who has already slotted in at fullback, winger and centre in 2018.

Stat Pack | Wigan Warriors 30-0 Salford Red Devils

It was a tough evening for the Red Devils at the DW Stadium but there were still some interesting stats behind the result and we take a look in this week’s ‘Stat Pack’.
Derrell Olpherts
He was one of the three players mentioned in this week’s three talking points, but fullback Derrell Olpherts is also this week’s ‘Player in Focus’.
Olpherts had to step into the fullback role in place of an unavailable Niall Evalds and put together some impressive stats at the DW Stadium.
The former Newcastle Thunder man amounted 19 carries – more than any other Red Devil on the evening. While a percentage of these were in kick returns, Olpherts also brought the ball out from his own line with the rest of the backs on numerous occasions.
Olpherts made 180 metres from his 19 carries making him the sides biggest metre-maker on the evening also averaging 9.5 metres per carry. The fullback made nine tackles including bringing down Tom Davies in the late stages of the game.
The 26-year-old was also confident fielding kicks with six kick collections from a possible six.
Defensive shifts
With Logan Tomkins the only hooker in the Salford side last night, the former Wigan Warriors man had to play for almost a full 80 minutes before leaving for a concussion assessment in the closing stages.
Tomkins racked up a mammoth 51 tackles which was 15 more than any other Red Devil on the field. As always, Tomkins also had the most passes for Salford with 92.
Tyrone McCarthy – who is consistently one of the highest tacklers – made 36 and was equal with youngster Daniel Murray who put in another fantastic Betfred Super League performance.
Weller Hauraki and Craig Kopczak also made 30 tackles apiece.
Overall stats
Head Coach Ian Watson eluded to his sides lack of possession and amount of defence being a major factor in last night’s game against Wigan and that can be seen in the post-match stats.
Wigan had 15 more sets than Salford throughout the 80 minutes completing 37 of their 47. The Red Devils completed 23 of their 29. This was also mirrored in the amount of play-the-balls with the Warriors having 154 compared to Salford’s 118. Salford spent 11 minutes less in possession than the hosts.
The penalty count was relatively even with Salford conceding seven to Wigan’s eight. The error count was also similar with Wigan totalling six errors to Salford’s eight.

Match Report | Wigan Warriors 30-0 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils fell to a second successive Betfred Super League defeat as Wigan Warriors ran out comfortable 30-0 winners on a frustrating evening at the DW Stadium.
Sam Tomkins’ brace alongside further scores from Oliver Gildart, Tony Clubb, George Williams and John Bateman ensured the Warriors moved to within two points of league leaders St Helens.
The Red Devils were fortunate not to have conceded just four minutes into the contest as George Williams broke clear before flicking inside to the onrushing Liam Marshall, however the latter couldn’t keep hold of the ball after some good pressure from stand-in full-back Derrell Olpherts.
Olpherts was involved again minutes later after teaming up with Jake Bibby and Kris Welham to force Willie Isa into touch just when a try looked certain.
Despite making a strong start to the contest, Salford’s efforts were undone midway through the half as former Red Devil Oliver Gildart cut inside before racing clear under the sticks to touch down.
Sam Tomkins converted the resulting goal and the Warriors were in again moments later as Marshall capitalised on an error from Bibby before finding Tony Clubb who powered over the line from close-range, despite the best efforts of two Salford defenders.
Shaun Wane’s men were in a ruthless mood and found themselves over for a third occasion in the 31st minute as Williams jinked his way through the Salford line to cross over before Tomkins added his third goal.
The Wigan full-back then attempted to land a drop-goal from the 30m mark but Olpherts comfortably collected as the ball fell short of the sticks seconds before the half-time hooter.
After the break the hosts flew out of the blocks and thought they’d scored as Sam Powell darted over the line, but referee Chris Kendall came to Salford’s aid after ruling the try out.
Wigan weren’t to be denied for long however, the lively Tomkins picked up a short ball from Tommy Leuluai before forging his way under several Red Devil counterparts to cross over.
Salford regrouped and almost found their way over as Daniel Murray pierced his way through the Warriors line, but the forward knocked on after an explosive tackle from an opposition defender.
Things soon worsened for Ian Watson’s side when Tomkins wormed his way over to grab his second try in what was a carbon copy of his first effort.
The Warriors weren’t done there however, John Bateman produced a sublime dummy to deceive the Salford line before diving over with ease to complete the victory.
Wigan Lineup: S.Tomkins, Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall, Williams, Powell, Navarette, Leuluai, Flower, Isa, Bateman, J.Tomkins.
Interchanges: Clubb, Sutton, Tautai, Escare.
Salford Lineup: Olpherts, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Shorrocks, Littlejohn, Kopczak, L.Tomkins, Bennion, Hauraki, Lannon, Murray.
Interchanges: Tasi, Burgess, McCarthy, Nzoungou.
Wigan Scorers: Tries- Gildart (22’), Clubb (25’), Williams (31’), S.Tomkins (58’, 67’), Bateman (75’) | Goals- S.Tomkins (22’, 25’, 31’)
Salford Scorers: Tries- N/A | Goals- N/A
Man of the Match: Kris Welham
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: Anthony Martin & Gareth Jones. In-Goal Judges: Curley Etchells & Jack Pulletin.
Attendance: 10,733

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Huddersfield

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for the trip to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
Niall Evalds is included after missing last week’s defeat against Warrington Wolves following a head knock picked up on Easter Monday at Leeds.
Logan Tomkins also returns to the side after missing out last weekend due to illness. George Griffin also comes back into the 19-man squad.
Tyrone McCarthy is still recovering from a knock picked up prior to the Easter period. Jake Shorrocks and Luke Burgess are the two men who leave the 19-man squad.
Ryan Lannon could make his third consecutive start for the Red Devils after making his first appearance of 2018 at Leeds on Easter Monday. Rob Lui could move back into the halves after featuring at full-back in the defeat against the Wolves last Saturday.
Derrell Olpherts also retains his place in the squad following back-to-back appearances against Leeds and Warrington.
You can still purchase tickets for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Remember, adult ticket prices will rise by £3 on gameday while seniors and juniors will increase by £4 so purchase early with the Red Devils retaining 25% of any purchases from the The Salford Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased up until 4:30pm on Saturday 14th April from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone.  
Here is the full squad:
 
 

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