INU: “YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST HIM”

Assistant Coach, Krisnan Inu says the club can always trust Marc Sneyd to make a difference with the boot.

The England international was one of the standout performers against Castleford Tigers, earning a spot in the Betfred Super League Team of the Week.

His kicking, both in-play and from the tee, was eventually the difference on the scoreboard, as Salford Red Devils claimed their first two points of 2024.

Before another big fixture against Hull KR, Inu was asked about the importance of our number seven: “Sneydy’s the ultimate professional,” he told the press.

“He knows his body, he knows how he wants the game played and when things are going his way – and when the game plan is followed – he’s at his best.

“He steers the ship well and it’s good to have him.”

As a former goal kicker himself, Inu knows the pressure associated with converting in the toughest environments.

“It does play a big part and when you’ve got a high calibre kicker like Sneydy,” he continued.

“You can always trust him to add the extras, whether it’s a conversion or a penalty. We value his skill and especially his goal-kicking abilities.”

Moving on to talk about KR, Inu said the squad had time to enjoy the win, but attentions were quickly turned to their big Round 3 task.

“It’s always a good start to the week after a win.

“Like I said last week, we’re over that now and we’re focusing on Hull KR; so the buzz lasts, we enjoyed it, but it’s time to move on now, ” Inu concluded.

To listen to Inu’s pre-match thoughts in full, please click here.

INU: “EVERY TEAM WE COME UP AGAINST IS A THREAT”

Krisnan Inu believes we’ll need to be ‘on our toes’ on Sunday afternoon when Castleford Tigers visit the Salford Community Stadium.

Returning home after a valiant, but ultimately unsuccessful trip to AMT Headingley, a win against Craig Lingard’s new-look Tigers’ side would kickstart our 2024 campaign.

Despite leading on multiple occasions against the Rhinos, Sam Lisone’s late try was the dagger blow for Salford.

Speaking to the press, Inu reflected on the performance, saying: “I thought we were pretty good, bar the penalties, that doesn’t help when you give a team 11-plus sets more than yourselves.

“We’ve just got to be a bit more disciplined in that area and give ourselves a chance.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash, the ex-Red Devils winger believes Castleford themselves will be hurting from Round 1 defeat and eager to bounce back.

“Every team we come up against is a threat,” he stated.

“They lost to Wigan, but could beat them on any other day, so we won’t take any games lightly this year – especially against Cas.

“They’ve got the same point as us to prove after losing Round 1 and want to win as much as us, so we’ve got to be on our toes.”

There was even time to talk about the arrival of David Nofoaluma, who touched-down in Manchester on Thursday afternoon to meet his new teammates.

Inu had a big role in convincing his ex-Samoan roommate to join the club and believes he’ll bring a very valuable trait to the dressing room.

“David brings a lot of experience,” Inu continued.

“He’s here to do the same job as what Ken Sio would have been doing if he was still here. We see him slotting into that spot wherever we see fit, wherever it’s right or left.

“Time will tell and we’ll figure that out as the weeks go on and see how is connection is with the other players.”

To hear Krisnan’s full pre-match thoughts, click here to head to our YouTube channel.

MATCH PREVIEW – HULL KR VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 26)

How’s the nerves?

After last weekends’ nail-biting, thrilling finale, Paul Rowley’s side have to do it all over again when they make the long journey to East Hull this evening.

Sam Stone’s golden point winner has kept our playoff hopes alive, but only a victory tonight will keep us in the hunt, with just two games remaining.

The Robins sit just two points above us going into the fixture and will be buoyed the fact they can secure their top six spot with two more points.

Earlier this season, a red-hot Ryan Brierley was the catalyst for a stunning Magic Weekend victory over Willie Peters’ side – opening the festival of rugby league in style.

Ahead a HUGE clash, here’s everything you need to know.


SQUAD NEWS

Suspensions have been the talk of the town in the past 14 days, but the Red Devils are certainly boosted by the returns of Kallum Watkins and Oliver Partington.

However, as two come back into the fold, one drops out, with the impressive Brad Singleton set to serve his one-match suspension for a Grade B ‘High Tackle’.

Shane Wright and Alex Gerrard remain long-term absentees.


INU’S PREVIEW

Ahead of this one, Inu was quick to praise the boys’ discipline in a crazy golden point period. He said to keep their cool and score a stunning try is a testament to the trust and belief they have in the process.

“The boys were disciplined enough to not shy away,” he began.

“Obviously, in golden point anything goes and whether it is a field goal, penalty or a try, just to win by any means.

“But for them to not shy away from what they’ll good at and believe in the plan that was put in front of them – and to execute is another thing.

“To finish the way they did speaks wonders for them and how they trust the process.”

To watch his press conference in full, click HERE.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

There is still time to back the boys in such a high stake encounter, but the only option is to pay-on-the-day at Sewell Group Craven Park.

MATCH PREVIEW – WIGAN WARRIORS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 24)

Its 2nd vs 6th in the Betfred Super League, as we travel to the DW Stadium this evening.

Our Round 24 clash against Wigan Warriors is significant in so many ways, but with a playoff place still on the line, the Red Devils will want to take a huge step forward with victory tonight.

The last time we visited Matt Peet’s side, in early March, a 14-8 lead with just 10 minutes left gave Salford a golden opportunity to steal two points.

However, late tries from Bevan French and Toby King turned the game on its head and ended the Red Devils quest for three consecutive victories.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a mouthwatering, live on Sky Sports:


SQUAD NEWS

Paul Rowley has had the pleasure of picking from an unchanged 21-man squad in the past few weeks.

The 17-man line-up has remained the same for three consecutive fixtures and our Head Coach has the ability to do the same this evening, if he pleases.

James Greenwood is the only casualty from last week’s squad, with Rhys Williams jumping back into the travelling pack.


INU’S PREVIEW

Ahead of this one, Krisnan Inu faced the media and was asked what we can do to limit the threat Wigan possess – particularly through their spine.

“They’ve been one of the top four teams all season,” Inu began.

“They’re one of the benchmark teams and they showed it last week. They’ve been awesome; especially going to Catalans, performing the way they did, against a top side.

“They’re one of the in-form teams and they’ve showed it week-in, week-out – it’s going to be a tough ask this weekend.”

You can watch Inu’s full press conference on RDTV now by clicking HERE!


HOW TO BUY TICKETS!

There is still plenty of time to join us at the DW Stadium tonight.

Tickets can be purchased HERE, with collections from the Salford Stadium available until around 3pm; whereafter, they will be taken to the Wigan Warriors ticket office for collection.

Alternatively, pay on the day is also an option for travelling supporters!

INU – “WE’VE GOT A LOT OF BOYS WHO CAN PLAY IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS”

Assistant Coach, Krisnan Inu believes that missing players will allow for different game plans, that could make Salford Red Devils a dangerous team, in the eyes of Wakefield Trinity.

Inu was interviewed yesterday in his pre-match press conference for the Red Devils’ trip to face Trinity at the Be Well Support Stadium, at 7:45pm.

Tomorrow’s squad is missing the likes of Andy Ackers, Brodie Croft, Sam Stone and Ryan Brierley, who are all out injured, with Ackers and Brierley out with HIA injuries after failing their assessments against Hull FC and Wigan Warriors respectively.

Inu pointed out that Brierley has been a standout player this season and – despite being out injured – Inu is confident that other players will be prepared to fill in at full-back for him come this evening.

He stated: “We got a lot of boys who can play in a lot of different positions.”

Inu believes that the lack of bodies could actually make Salford a more dangerous outfit in Wakefield’s eyes, as the players can adapt to play in many different positions, making for a wide range of different game plans that the home team would struggle to defend against.

The former winger also pointed out the positives in Brierley getting a rest at this time of the year and is excited to see him return.

The Assistant Coach continued: “He has been our best player this year and he’s doing okay medically.

“He’s ticked all the boxes that could’ve let him play, but the rules are the rules.”

Inu played his last season with Leigh Centurions – now Leopards – before retiring and returning to the Red Devils as an assistant coach to Paul Rowley.

Inu was also asked about Salford’s poor away form at Wakefield, but was also reminded that the Red Devils defeated a flying high Leopards team away twice this season.

He replied that he isn’t concentrated on statistics, that the team take it a match at a time, and that every game and every two points will be important going forward.

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

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS HULL FC (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 13)

It’s back to Betfred Super League action!

Just over a week after booking our place in the Challenge Cup quarter-final, attentions turn to our league campaign, where we welcome an in-form Hull FC to the Salford Stadium.

We travelled to face the same opposition in early March, where Paul Rowley’s side produced a stunning display to win 14-60 at the MKM.

Since that very day, Tony Smith and co have picked up the pace, and now sit just four points behind the Red Devils going into this weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know before this one…


SQUAD NEWS

Despite the huge loss of second-rower, Shane Wright not long ago, there was a triple – even quadruple – injury boost for Paul Rowley this week.

Andy Ackers returns to the 21-man after failing his HIA against St Helens a fortnight ago.

He is joined by Adam Sidlow. The prop started his second stint at the club in good form, but a muscle injury against Wigan Warriors halted his progress. His return will be a welcome boost for such a depleted forward pack.

The two other big returnees are the Samoan duo of Tim Lafai and Ken Sio.

Both have struggled for fitness and spent a significant amount of time for the sidelines. Lafai in particular has suffered a few muscle problems, but both are back and raring to go against FC.


INU’S PREVIEW

Assistant Coach, Krisnan Inu spoke to the media ahead of this one, with the recent contract extension of Chris Atkin top of the agenda.

“Chris has been awesome since he’s come to the club,” Inu began.

“I was fortunate to play alongside him, so to see him progress in the manner that he has and the player that he is – like you said – he’s probably played every position on the field apart from front-row.

“He’s been awesome and a great signing for the club!”

Watch the press conference in full by clicking HERE!


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

There is still time to join us at the Salford Stadium this afternoon.

Our ticket office will be open prior to kick-off, or you can click HERE to secure your place!


KRISNAN INU RETURNS TO SALFORD RED DEVILS AS ASSISTANT COACH

Salford Red Devils are delighted to welcome former winger, Krisnan Inu back to the Club in his first off-the-field role as Assistant Coach.

The 35-year-old will work closely with Paul Rowley and Kurt Haggerty to manage and develop a playing squad already packed with talent. Inu brings years of playing experience from both sides of the world and will no doubt be hugely beneficial to our mixture of established names and young talent.

During his three-year stay at the The Salford Stadium, Inu made 53 appearances for the Club, scoring 24 tries and converting 195 goals. His trusty right boot was involved in so many memorable moments – including the 2019 Betfred Super League Grand Final and 2020 Challenge Cup final.

Speaking after returning to the Club, Inu said: “I’m excited to be coming home and joining the staff in a role I wasn’t expecting to come into.

“I’m grateful and proud to be helping the team reach their goals and get them to where they deserve to be – and that’s in the top six. I can’t wait for the challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to what the next few seasons bring.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley added: “It’s really pleasing that Kris has decided to join us on the coaching staff. His knowledge of the game is first class and he is respected throughout the game on both sides of the world. 

“Kris has had a fantastic playing career and made a positive impact at each club he’s represented – one of those, of course, being Salford.

“With that in mind, I not only welcome an intelligent and experienced rugby guy, but more importantly a trusted friend who I am looking forward to helping him on the next phase of his rugby journey.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease also said: “We’re delighted to welcome Krisnan back to the Club in his first off-the-field venture as Assistant Coach. He has a big personality, is a positive human and will be a strong influence around the group and club.

“He was a superb player for us and the fact he represented Salford in the 2019 Super League Grand Final and 2020 Challenge Cup final means he has copious amounts of valuable experience he can bring to the squad – including five years in the NRL.”

“I’m look forward to seeing how he can develop and add the already blossoming dynamic Paul Rowley’s team have created behind the scenes. “

CLUB STATEMENT REGARDING KRISNAN INU

After the recent social media activity of Krisnan Inu which brought the club into disrepute, an internal investigation was carried out involving a disciplinary panel and the board of Salford Red Devils have decided the following:

Inu has been fined four weeks salary and will be suspended from play for two months commencing from the original suspension day.

Furthermore, Inu will be attending a mandatory education program which is currently being developed in conjunction with the University of Salford. The program will cover comms, social media protocol and wider community and social issues to better prepare players with social engagement.

The club currently has wide-ranging regulations regarding appropriate behaviour and are looking to expand on these with mandatory workshops relating to consent, respect and inclusivity for all Salford Red Devils players and staff. We believe that the best way to affect cultural change is through education and development and we will publish more details about this program as they become available.

Inu has apologised for any offence he may have caused and appreciates the language he used may have been misinterpreted: “I deeply apologise for the comments made in my social media postings on May 6.

“By the inappropriate use of language, my remarks were open to misinterpretation and have caused offence and disrepute to my club Salford Red Devils and the RFL. Along with the Club, I will not condone any violence against another person and truly believe that any such victim should receive appropriate support.”

Separately, the RFL found Inu to be guilty of misconduct in respect of the following rules:

 

  • RFL Social Media Policy
  • Operational Rules C2:6 (failure to adhere to policy)
  • C2:11 (Unacceptable Language)
  • D1:1(b) (Conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game)

 

In view of the club’s decision, no additional sanction will be imposed by the RFL. However, the RFL reserves the right to impose further and more severe sanctions in the event of repeated, similar offences. Inu has the right to appeal against the RFL’s decision.

Salford Red Devils would finally like to reiterate our clear and unambiguous stance that any form of violence against anybody, together with victim shaming, inadvertently or otherwise, is wholly unacceptable.  The club will make no further comment.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 34-8 LEIGH CENTURIONS | FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021

Salford Red Devils marked the return of Betfred Super League action at the The Salford Stadium, with a 34-8 victory over neighbours Leigh Centurions.

After trailing early on and going into the break two points behind the visitors, a strong performance in the second forty ensured Richard Marshall secured his first Betfred Super League win at the helm at Salford.

It took only six minutes for the first try of the game and it was Leigh who struck first, Matthew Russell receiving the ball down the left wing and grounding near the corner.

Salford took the lead, however, just over 15 minutes later through James Greenwood, who had only been on the field a matter of minutes in replace of the injured Matt Costello, before he powered over the Leigh line to the left of the sticks.

Leigh responded just before the half-hour mark, again finding success down the left flank and this time it was Iain Thornley who scored for the Centurions.

Half time: Salford Red Devils 6-8 Leigh Centurions

Salford came out looking the livelier outfit in the second forty and Kevin Brown put the Red Devils back in front in the 50th minute, finding a gap in the Leigh line and darting over to the right.

15 minutes later, Krisnan Inu intercepted a Leigh pass and just managed to bat the ball to Sio, who was too quick f0r the Centurions, running almost the length of the field to ground the ball down the right and pick up his third Betfred Super League try in four games.

James Greenwood, who had looked threatening ever since he came on, broke the line in the 70th minute and fed Harvey Livett who, in turn, fed Brown for his second try of the game, this time towards the left of the sticks.

Livett set up his second try in as many minutes, this time feeding Chris Atkin for his first Betfred Super League try of the season.

Livett picked up a try of his own just before the hooter, and just minutes after he saw a try ruled out for obstruction, after some great passing down the left set the number 20 up for his second Betfred Super League try in two consecutive games.

Salford welcome Castleford Tigers to the The Salford Stadium in a week’s time, in Round 5 of the Betfred Super League. Sign up to RDTV to hear everything Richard Marshall had to say in tonight’s post-match press conference.

Full time: Salford Red Devils 34-8 Leigh Centurions

Salford Red Devils: Kear, Sio, Inu, Costello, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Patton, Ikahihifo, Livett, Roberts, Wells, Greenwood, Lussick, Atkin, Burke.

Leigh Centurions: Mullen, Russell, Gelling, Thornley, Tierney, Reynolds, Brierley, McCarthy, Hood, Flower, Hellewell, Thompson, Bell, Peats, Ioane, Gerrard, Gee.

Salford tries: Greenwood, Brown, Sio, Brown, Atkin, Livett

Salford goals: Inu (5/6)

Leigh tries: Russell, Thornley

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 20-6 WIGAN WARRIORS | SUNDAY 14TH MARCH 2021

Salford Red Devils ran out 20-6 winners in a preseason friendly against neighbours Wigan Warriors at the The Salford Stadium.

In what was Salford’s first runout of 2021 and head coach Richard Marshall’s maiden game in charge, the Mother’s Day meeting with Wigan proved a solid test for the Red Devils who looked comfortable for the majority of the game.

After some back-and-forth play in the opening period, Kallum Watkins opened the scoring in the 19th minute after getting onto the end of a neat grubber kick from Tui Lolohea.

The visitors responded with a try of their own minutes later, Sam Powell powering over the Salford line from close range to get Wigan on the scoreboard.

Just before the half-hour mark, Ken Sio made sure Salford went into the break in front in what was almost a carbon copy of Watkins’ try. Lolohea breached the Wigan line with another clever grubber kick that Sio was able to reach first and ground down the right.

Half-time: Red Devils 12 – 6 Warriors

Salford came out looking strong in the second forty with some of the new boys like Elijah Taylor and Jack Wells adding some freshness to the lineup.

Watkins had a great chance to double his try tally in the 54th minute but was pushed into touch just before he could ground the ball in the right corner.

It was Morgan Escare, against his old club, who extended Salford’s lead though in the 64th minute. Jack Wells opened up the Wigan defence with a neat grubber kick of his own that Escare chased down, grounding the ball on the right flank.

With less than five minutes to go, Krisnan Inu finished off what was a solid performance from the Red Devils with a try of his own, barging over on the left.

The game provided a good chance for Richard Marshall to experiment with his new side and puts Salford in good stead for the season opener against St. Helens in just under two weeks time.

Fulltime: Red Devils 20 – 6 Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, Sarginson, Inu, Lolohea, Brown, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Lann0n, Pauli, Addy, Atkin, Costello, Aspey, Johnson, Livett, Taylor, Roberts, Wells, Williams, Greenwood.

Wigan Warriors: Hardaker, Hanley, Isa, McDonnell, Bibby, Leuluai, Smith, Singleton, Powell, Partington, Bateman, Farrell, Havard, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Clubb, Halsall, Sutton, Kilner, Nicholson, O’Neill, Roden, Shorrocks, Smithies.

Salford tries: Watkins, Sio, Escare, Inu

Salford goals: Inu (2/4)

Wigan tries: Powell

Wigan goals: Hardaker

Referee: Christopher Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

 

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