Ikahihifo to return to Giants

Salford Red Devils can confirm that loanee Seb Ikahihifo will return to Huddersfield Giants for 2022, after two seasons with us.

The 30-year-old arrived at the The Salford Stadium ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years.

Ikahihifo, who made 28 appearances in a Salford shirt, said: “I’ve had a great two years here at Salford, I’ve really enjoyed playing in front of the Salford faithful who have been behind me and the team every single time we run out.

I feel like I’ve developed my game a lot here, and I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club for the last two seasons.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall commented: “Seb has been a valued member of our squad, his impact off the bench for the team was superb.

“He always gave 100 % and certainly left everything out on the field. We understand the move to Huddersfield suits both parties and we wish him well with the giants.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I thank him for his two years of effort playing for the Red Devils. I believe we have developed him as a player and given him time to change his game and progress with us.

“I’d also like to thank Richard Thewlis and the Giants for allowing us to work with Seb these past two seasons.”

Give Ikahihifo a send-off by joining us at the annual Player Awards night on Wednesday 22nd September. Purchase a ticket HERE.

Date for Huddersfield fixture amended

Salford Red Devils’ Betfred Super League Round 19 home clash against Huddersfield Giants, originally scheduled for Sunday 15th August, has now been brought forward and will be contested on Friday 13th August, kick-off 7:30pm.

The date of the fixture has been amended to allow enough time for the possibility of fulfilling another previously postponed fixture before our away trip to Leigh Centurions on Sunday 22nd August.

Tickets purchased for the original date will remain valid. Any Salford fans who have purchased match tickets for the original date but can no longer attend and require a refund, please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk for assistance.

This will be the first time Ian Watson returns to the The Salford Stadium since his departure at the end of 2020, so the fixture promises to be an exciting affair. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Rewatch the last time we played Giants, which saw Marshall’s men leave the John Smith’s Stadium with the two points, on RDTV now.


Salford Red Devils grounded out a hard-fought victory away to Huddersfield Giants tonight with a Chris Atkin drop-goal deciding it for Marshall’s men. 

Taking the lead early on through Andy Ackers, Salford went into the interval ahead by six points and despite the hosts getting themselves on the scoreboard in the second forty, Marshall’s men saw the victory out with determination.

Salford’s number 9 gave the travelling Reds supporters something to cheer about after 11 minutes, scurrying under the sticks from dummy half to put his side ahead.

Both teams had promising spells following Ackers’ try and Huddersfield picked up their first points of the evening in the 34th minute through an Aidan Sezer penalty goal after James Greenwood saw red for a high tackle.

However, three minutes later, Salford cancelled those two points out with a successful penalty goal of their own. Dec Patton added the extras shortly before halftime.

Halftime: Huddersfield Giants 2-8 Salford Red Devils

The second forty was a war of attrition as both sides piled on the pressure.

Huddersfield finally found the try-line in the 48th minute and it was Joe Wardle, sliding over to the left of the sticks, who was the try scorer.

Despite losing captain Lee Mossop in the warm up through an achilles injury, Salford were gritty and focused and held off a number of Huddersfield attacks with a handful of try-saving tackles on their own line.

Chris Atkin put Marshall’s men ahead with 15 minutes to go with a finely executed drop-goal in front of the Salford fans, who had not stopped singing for the entire of the game.

The last ten minutes saw Salford’s quality defence force a handful of errors from the hosts and Aiden Sezer’s missed drop-goal attempt meant Salford left West Yorkshire with a much-needed two points.

Fulltime: Huddersfield Giants 8-9 Salford Red Devils

Huddersfield Giants: Golding, McGillvary, Wardle, Leutele, Cudjoe, Gaskell, Cogger, Yates, O’Brien, Wilson, Edwards, Greenwood, Jones, Sezer, Lawrence, Wardle, Trout.

Huddersfield tries: Joe Wardle

Huddersfield goals: Sezer

Salford Red Devils: Sarginson, Sio, Burgess, Davies, Williams, Patton, Atkin, Mossop, Ackers, Wells, Livett, Greenwood, Taylor, Ikahihifo, Burke, Johnson, Roberts.

Salford tries: Ackers

Salford goals: Patton (2/2)

Salford penalty-goal: Atkin

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas

Image credit: Steve McCormick


We are delighted to announce that Salford Red Devils fans will be able to attend our Round 10 away clash against Huddersfield Giants on 18th June at The John Smith’s Stadium.

The last time we had our beloved Salford faithful cheering us on in an away stand was 459 days ago in Perpignan when we faced Catalans Dragons in Round 6 of the 2020 Betfred Super League season.

Round 10 of the 2021 campaign promises to be a fiery occasion against a Huddersfield outfit that is now coached by former Red Devils head coach Ian Watson.

The tickets will go on sale online at 10am Thursday 10th June 2021 and can be purchased by following the below instructions:

  • Go to eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils and sign into your account. If you do not have an account, please make one.

  • Go to match tickets and select Huddersfield v Salford.

  • Select the number of tickets in each category you need (maximum of 6 tickets)

  • On each ticket you will need to reassign to someone. This is for track and trace purposes. On each ticket click “reassign”. If people are in your network already, then you can add them now or click “search outside of your network” to add someone who is not in your network to the ticket.

  • Head to checkout

Ticket prices are:

Adult: £25

Senior (65+): £20

Juniors: £10

Junior ST holders: £5

Disabled: £20 and PA Free

Tickets are pre-printed from Huddersfield and will need to be posted out to you so please ensure your postal address is up to date. Huddersfield do not offer digital ticketing. There will be a postage fee added to every booking and this will be the only delivery option available. If purchasing online there will also be a booking fee.

If you are struggling online please email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with your phone number and the ticket office will call you back. Or ring 01617861570 choose option 1 for tickets and leave a voicemail if the line is busy.

Tickets are limited and will go off sale at midday on Wednesday 16th June in order for the tickets to be posted out in time for delivery before the game.

By Purchasing tickets, you are agreeing to the Huddersfield Giants’ Code of Conduct (below) and we stress that all rules must be adhered to whilst representing Salford Red Devils at away grounds.

Covid-19 Supporters Code of Conduct



  Health Declaration

I confirm I will not attend if I or any member of my household has experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours

  • have a high temperature (37.8 or higher); or

  • have a new onset of a continuous cough; or

  • have loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell

Further information can be found via the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

I confirm I will not attend if I have been contacted in line with the NHS Test and Trace or any other relevant body and are required to self-isolate.

Agreement of Behaviours

I will:

  • Check the Club website and social media for any updates prior to travel

  • Travel to the game responsibly factoring transport choices and any other businesses visited such as pubs and restaurants

  • Allow enough time for necessary entry procedures

  • Familiarise myself prior to travel to the venue with and follow instructions regarding the process to enter and exit the venue including information on dedicated gates and areas that I can access, queuing protocols and controlled exit.

  • Observe any requirements or recommendations for spectators to wear appropriate face coverings when queuing or whilst inside the Stadium consistent with the latest government guidance.

  • Always observe social distancing guidelines, including outside the stadium, moving around the stadium, queuing and one-way systems.

  • Avoid face to face contact with other spectators and ‘brushing past’ when walking to/from your seat

  • Remain in seats registered to my contact details at the point of sale.

  • Observe the demarcation of areas that can and cannot be used.

  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitisation.

  • Observe instructional signage and tannoy messaging.

  • Be considerate to all when celebrating, cheering etc

  • Be patient and plan ahead when using the amenities (food kiosks, toilet facilities etc) at the ground to ensure social distancing and avoid creating congestion.

  • Be prepared to make any purchases via contactless methods.

  • Follow any guidance provided by Stewards.

  • Contact the nearest Steward and request medical support if I feel ill.

  • Be responsible for supervising any children accompanying me at all times.

  • Contact the nearest Steward where I believe there to be breaches of the outlined Spectator Code of Conduct.

I acknowledge and agree to the above requirements and have given careful consideration of the associated risks and my own vulnerability status in my decision to attend in line with government guidance, please see here:

Clinically vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july#clinically-vulnerable-people

Clinically extremely vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

I confirm that I understand I will not be permitted access to the stadium if I do not carry all required items requested by the Club to access the Stadium such as face coverings/sanitiser/additional hygiene protocols. Should I not agree with any aspect of this code I will not attend the venue.

Where purchasing on behalf of others I will make those individuals aware of their responsibility and required agreement to observe this code.

Ian Blease hails the travelling Red Devils support

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has hailed the Red Devils support with over 1200 fans travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday evening to watch Salford get the season off to a 14-34 winning start against Huddersfield Giants.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “I have to say the Salford Red Devils fans were absolutely outstanding on Friday evening.
“To see over 1000 Salford supporters, make the trip up to Huddersfield in those adverse weather conditions was extremely positive and is a real testament to how brilliant they are as a group of fans.
“They made some terrific noise throughout the game and I truly believe their support helped the lads push through to victory. At one point the game was level at 8-8 and the fans really got behind the boys and I have no doubts that this galvanised the boys.
“It is even more promising that a large majority of these fans purchased their ticket in advance from the The Salford Stadium meaning that Salford Red Devils retained 25% of each of their purchases.
“It was great to see so many supporters promoting this on social media in the lead-up to the game as well.
“I think this massive turnout for our first away fixture is just an extension of the fantastic support our fans have shown the Club in recent months buying their Season Tickets with many also joining our Squad Builder initiative.
“We, as a Club, can’t stress enough how crucial it is that the fans get behind us this season by purchasing their Season Tickets if they haven’t done so already ahead of this weekend’s massive home opener against newly-promoted London Broncos.
“I know that we are actively reaching out to supporters – via phone calls, texts, E-Mails and direct mail – who have lapsed from watching the Red Devils in order to try and get them to come back and watch Salford on a regular basis.
“I’m hoping to see a big crowd and good walk-up from those fans who have drifted away over the years at the The Salford Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“As I’ve said, the fans make a real difference and when they make that noise it definitely lifts the players on the park.
“The team we have built is strong and will play an exciting brand of rugby and if this City gets behind them from the first home game & onwards then who knows what we can achieve this season!”

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Talking Points | Huddersfield Giants 14-34 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils opened their 2019 Betfred Super League season with an impressive victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium and there were plenty of talking points from the game.

Dangerous left-hand side

The Red Devils ran in seven tries in their 14-34 victory with five coming down the left-hand side. Two of Niall Evalds’ three tries were down the left-hand flank while Junior Sa’u opened the scoring and Ken Sio grabbed a brace on his debut on the same side.
Jackson Hastings and Evalds combined on numerous occasions throughout the game after quick ball from the likes of Greg Burke, Mark Flanagan and Joey Lussick. Evalds was the standout performer cutting through the Giants line on numerous occasions as well as setting up one of Sio’s two tries.

Sa’u had to leave the field midway through the first half with a rib injury with Jansin Turgut moving into the centres. The Turkish international looked just as comfortable as Sa’u as he set up the first of Sio’s double.

Mossop’s massive minutes

In his post-match press conference, Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to Captain Lee Mossop as a massive contributor to the victory as the prop-forward played sixty minutes for the Red Devils.

Mossop was a constant presence in the middle of the park. The former England international got through a lot of hard yards while keeping a powerful Giants pack quiet for the most part. 

Huddersfield – Happy hunting ground 

Last night’s victory marked the sixth consecutive victory at the John Smith’s Stadium for the Red Devils. It is also now the third consecutive season in which Salford’s first away victory of the Betfred Super League season has come at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It is also Salford’s first victory in Round One of the Betfred Super League since 2014 when the Red Devils overcame Wakefield Trinity 18-14 at the The Salford Stadium.

The away following

The Salford Red Devils faithful turned out in strong numbers for the opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season with both Ian Watson and Niall Evalds praising the following from the supporters.

The away following was extremely similar to that of last season’s trip to Halifax and were loud and proud throughout. The Red Devils host London Broncos on Sunday 10th February and will be looking for some more terrific support.

Ian Watson | “There were large parts I was really pleased with”

Salford Red Devils got their 2019 Betfred Super League season off to the perfect start with a 14-34 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
We got the thoughts of Head Coach Ian Watson on the performance, standout performers and the Red Devils fans.

On the victory…

“We looked a lot at ourselves in the week leading up to this game rather than looking at Huddersfield. We wanted to build on what we’ve been working on in pre-season and our pre-season friendlies to make sure that we were good and there were large parts of the game which I’m really pleased with. I thought if we had executed a little better in the first half, we could have put some more points on in that first period.”

On the fluidity in attack…

“Having a spine to work with for the full pre-season has been a big plus for us. They were all very keen to get back over after The Qualifiers last year – Rob Lui, Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick – everyone wanted to be back for the first day of pre-season. We are really happy with where we are, but we know we’ve got improvement in us as a group as well.”

On Junior Sa’u’s injury…

“He’s done his ribs. We’ll have to see where he is as we go throughout the week but at the moment it looks unlikely, he will play against London Broncos next week.”

On the left edge…

“I thought Niall Evalds was really good and then obviously Ken Sio attracts defenders. On the second to last try the defenders didn’t know whether to go for Niall or Ken. The directness of Jackson and the way he’s playing into the line as well stands defenders up and frees our guys up.”

On Lee Mossop…

“I don’t like to single individuals out, but I’d like to give a big shout to Lee Mossop who did sixty minutes in the front-row and probably could have gone a bit longer, but we felt the game was won at that point. There aren’t many front-rowers who can do that in the game. Last year was a big year for Lee Mossop in getting as much game time as possible following on from his surgery.”

On the Salford Red Devils fans…

“They were outstanding – we always seem to bring them to Huddersfield. Hopefully on the back of the win this week and the tries we scored they can come back to the The Salford Stadium next week against London Broncos to kick us on. There’s a really good feeling around the Club at the moment with the squad, supporters and community links we’re building so hopefully it’ll all fall into place for a strong crowd next week against London.”
The full press conference can be seen below:


Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Squad | Ian Watson names squad for 2019 opener against Huddersfield

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has named his first 19-man squad of the season as his side travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Giants on Friday evening, 7:45pm kick-off.
New signings Ken Sio and Gil Dudson are both in line to make their competitive debuts for the Red Devils after arriving in the off-season.
Jansin Turgut and Joey Lussick both featured in last year’s Qualifiers campaign but could make their Betfred Super League bows for the Red Devils on Friday evening.
Kris Welham comes into the squad after missing the Red Devils most recent pre-season friendly against Wigan Warriors.
Ed Chamberlain and Josh Wood are recovering from injuries however Logan Tomkins – who missed the backend of last season – is included in the 19-man squad.
Here is Ian Watson’s 19-man squad in full:

Tickets for Friday’s game against Huddersfield Giants are still available to purchase from the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office up until 4pm on Friday 1st February and are also available over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Supporters can purchase over the phone and pick up their tickets at either the The Salford Stadium or John Smith’s Stadium Ticket Office in advance of the game.

Ian Watson | “I can’t wait for the season to start”

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson has given his thoughts on a range of topics ahead of this year’s opening game of the Betfred Super League season against Huddersfield Giants.
On getting the season underway…
“I just can’t wait for it to get started, though it does seem a bit earlier these days. The most important thing is that the guys have had sufficient time to recover, mentally and physically, and then get back into pre-season to the work that needs to be done there.”
On the new players in the pack…
“Adam [Lawton] is bigger than the units we had last season, while Gil Dudson has come in and set some really standards. He is really standing out as a leader among our middles, alongside Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop.
“Jansin Turgut will also provide some pace, aggression and ball handling skill to our outer edge.”
On Jake Bibby…
“They are no longer kids now. They are fully fledged first teamers, which is what we kept instilling into them last season and they did in fact grow into that tole as they showed through some really good performances.
“We have already seen a difference in Jake Bibby during this close season compared with last year’s and the players are now seeing him as a genuine contender to hold down a place in the team.
“That is a big positive for both him and the team and he deserves a lot of credit for the way he has conducted himself through this last twelve months.”
On Daniel Murray…
“We’ll be looking to him to be challenging the likes of Lee Mossop and Gil Dudson who, at the moment, have the advantage over him with their longstanding experience. But we shall be looking at Dan, along with Ben Nakubuwai, to be playing more games this coming year and stamping their authority on the team.”
On the transition from last season…
“We have got to kick on like we did that other time. It is all well and good performing in The Qualifiers but we now have to do it against the likes of St Helens, Wigan and Wakefield.
“We are a strong, capable group with the ability to do this, and if we manage each game carefully and get something out of each of them, that momentum will continue to be generated and will take us forward.
On the loop fixtures…
“We have to play all the teams in the league at some point, so we are not going to be worrying about which team is coming up when. We are just going to focus on ourselves and what we can deliver, and we are most confident within the group that we can do well.
“We know that we shall be facing certain additional challenges with having extra games against Wigan, Warrington and Leeds, to name just a few, together with an additional trip all the way down to London. Those are the fixtures and it is our job to go out there and compete in all of them.”
On the shot clock…
“Everything is going to take place in a lot shorter time period, and at a whole lot quicker pace than previously, particularly with the number of interchanges also being reduced even further, from ten to eight.
“It is absolutely great for us, because our middle men are athletic, and we also have a number of forwards who regularly play a large number of minutes anyway, so we are more than happy with these changes.”
Tickets for Friday’s game against Huddersfield Giants at John Smiths Stadium are available from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Ticket prices will rise on gameday so we advise supporters to purchase in advance. Salford Red Devils also retain 25% of any purchase from the The Salford Stadium.
Coach travel is also available to Friday’s game and can be booked at the The Salford Stadium or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. All ticket prices and coach details can be found HERE.

Match Report | Huddersfield Giants 34-18 Salford Red Devils Education Academy

With the sharpest of this winter’s frosts making grounds west of the Pennines unplayable, one might have expected that the most remarkable thing about the Red team’s fixture against the Huddersfield Giants would be that the game over there was able to go ahead at all.  Far from that, however, events on the pitch were even more surprising, with the home side overturning an 18-6 deficit, to run out comfortable winners, much to the dismay of coach, Danny Barton.
“It was just so disappointing, after having been so much in command, but, with thirty-five minutes still to go in the second half, the players seemed to assume that the game had been won.”
The Red Devils might have felt that they had good reason to feel that way for having already withstood an absolute onslaught on their line in the opening ten minutes, had they not then succeeded in taking control, and run in three unconverted tries to lead 12-6, at half-time?
Indeed, they had.  And also they had promptly stretched that scoreline to 18-6 after only five minutes of the second half, but that ten minute onslaught, at the start of the game, should have been a warning as to what the Giants were capable of, given the opportunity.
Those opportunities came as a consequence of that quite premature relaxation which then allowed the home side to build momentum through their powerful forwards, who bumped off the rather half-hearted attempts of the visitors to stop them, and consequently dominated throughout the remainder of the game, adding four more converted tries, and a penalty goal, to the one they had notched towards the end of the first half.
That first half performance from the Salford players had been most impressive, for, having held their hosts out for ten minutes, they got themselves back into the game and opened the scoring through winger, Ben Gore, who finished off a break by his centre, Louis Roberts, in the corner.
Roberts was in fine form in that first half period, and backed up his earlier break, with an extremely good individual try in which he broke clear and rounded the fullback, in style, to ground out wide, to bring the score to 8-0.
Although the Giants pulled back six points with a try of their own under the posts, Salford extended their lead with a further score, just before half time, when fullback, Connor Law, latched onto a short kick through, by Connor Aspey.
Law doubled this contribution, five minutes into the second half, but had had a somewhat difficult time with the boot, and so the goal-kicking duties were taken over by Connor Aspey, who was able slot over Salford’s one successful conversion, from in front of the posts.
“We were really comfortable at this stage, and had scored some nice tries which had come from things we had worked upon in training.  It was probably the immaturity of the team which let them down from then on, because they just switched off.  We didn’t have much possession, and, once we fell behind, heads dropped, when really we should have been digging deep to produce a response.
“Our game management should have kicked in once we started to be put on the back foot, and that is something we shall have to address, as we need to take a lesson out of all this.”
There are, however, two sides to every contest, – and every comeback – and the resolve, dedication and determination the Huddersfield lads showed must not be overlooked, for they turned around what other sides might have considered an insurmountable lead, and Danny was more than forthcoming in his praise for their efforts,
“Their commitment and self-belief were exemplary, and despite the setbacks they received throughout the first forty-five minutes, they never let it unsettle them, and when things did start to turn their way, they utilised their strengths to make it tell.”

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