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.
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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.
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.
Salford Red Devils are delighted to reveal finalised details for Saturday’s open day in the 1873 Suite of the The Salford Stadium. We’ve collated all the key information for Red Devils supporters surrounding the event.
Squad Builder Members
Our 2019 Squad Builder members, sponsors and club partners are invited to join us from 11am in the 1873 Suite in a period of exclusivity at Saturday’s event.
Squad Builder members will be handed their official membership cards and certificate on arrival with their membership cards gaining them access to future Squad Builder events.
Platinum Squad Builder members will also collect their Anglesey hotel voucher on entry before they will be invited outside to the West Stand seating to be involved with a Salford Red Devils team photo at approximately 11:45am.
Squad Builder members are welcome to bring a +1 to the event however in the case of Platinum members only one member will be included in the team photo. It is important that fans who are not members of the Squad Builder do not try to enter the 1873 suite during this time as access will not be granted unless you are a member of the Squad Builder initiative.
The 1873 suite will be open to Salford Red Devils fans, who are not members of the Squad Builder initiative, at 12:30pm.
At approximately 1pm, the Salford Red Devils 2019 squad will enter the room one-by-one and take centre stage along with the coaching staff. Once every player has taken to the stage interviews with Ian Watson and a number of players will take place.
Following the interview section of the afternoon, Salford Red Devils players will be available for photograph opportunities and to sign autographs.
There will also be an opportunity for any supporters who are not yet currently a member of our innovative Squad Builder scheme to sign-up and reap the amazing benefits that come alongside.
Drinks will be available for supporters to purchase throughout the afternoon.
Salford Red Devils can confirm that our online store provider – WildThang – will be present at Saturday’s event and supporters will be able to purchase a range of merchandise ahead of the 2019 season.
The Club Shop will only be taking purchases on the day and will not be doing exchanges or refunds at the event. If you are looking to exchange an item or would like a refund on a purchase, you must do so via their online store here.
While you are down at the The Salford Stadium for Saturday’s event you will be able to purchase tickets for a range of upcoming Red Devils fixtures.
However, we’d encourage fans to purchase 2019 Season Tickets which are still available from the Club Ticket Office on Saturday. You can purchase in one payment via cash or card or can sign up to our Direct Debit payment scheme. Season Ticket collections will also be available from Reception. For a reminder of 2019 Season Ticket prices, click here.
In addition, tickets for our opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February will also be available to purchase. You can also book onto the supporters’ coach for the game with Season Ticket holders getting travel at a discounted rate. All details here.
Tickets for our opening three home Betfred Super League games of 2019 will also be on sale – London Broncos (Sunday 10th February), Leeds Rhinos (Sunday 17th February) and St Helens (Thursday 28th February). For 2019 ticket prices, click here.
Finally, tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 26th May, 1pm kick-off, at Anfield will also be available to purchase. Season Ticket holders can get half-price tickets if they buy before April. You can also book your place on the supporters’ coach for this game. All details can be found here.
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Tickets are now on sale for our opening Betfred Super League game of the 2019 season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February, 7:45pm kick-off.
Purchase your tickets now from the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of any tickets purchased directly from the The Salford Stadium in advance of gameday.
Junior Swaps are available but Red Devils fans must exchange their Season Ticket for a Junior Swap from the The Salford Stadium in advance of the game. Junior Swaps will not be available at the John Smiths Stadium. Ticket prices will rise by £4 at noon on gameday, so Salford Red Devils fans are encouraged to save money by purchasing in advance from the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: £21 Concessions and Juniors: £16 Junior Swaps: FREE Under 5: FREE
Coach travel is available to book for our trip to John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February at the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Salford Red Devils are delighted to offer 2019 Season Ticket holders a discounted rate on coach travel for the trip to Huddersfield with all classes being priced at £8. Coach travel for non-Season Ticket holders is priced at £13 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows: Chandos Sports and Social Club: 5:00pm. Royal Sovereign: 5.10pm. Eccles Town Hall: 5:25pm. Dog and Partridge: 5:35pm. The Salford Stadium: 5:40pm.
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee.
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Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase at the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online by simply clicking HERE. You can spread the costs of your 2019 Season Ticket over seven months with our easy, simple and manageable Direct Debit plans. To purchase your Season Ticket via Direct Debit please visit the The Salford Stadium or call o161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils winger Jake Bibby was the winner of April’s Kingsland Drinks ‘Try of the Month’ competition after he finished a superb off-the-cuff team try at Huddersfield.
The try began with Weller Hauraki and Rob Lui linking up to find Lama Tasi however, Tasi wasn’t taking the tackle offloading back to Lui.
The halfback found Ben Nakubuwai, who similarly wasn’t happy going to ground and gave the ball to Mark Flanagan who pulled off a lovely one-handed catch.
Hauraki eventually found himself back in possession and threw a sublime inside dummy to Kris Welham before a ‘out of the back door’ offload to Bibby out wide who finished in style. But, why just read about the try when you can watch it here:
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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