RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: LONDON V SALFORD

It might not have been an all-singing all-dancing performance from the Salford Red Devils, on their visit to London, last Saturday, but in terms of efficiency in getting the job done and securing the important two league points, there can be no complaints at all.

Following the disappointment in their last outing, at Castleford, the players were all too well-aware that teams at the foot of the table can present as great a danger, particularly when they are at home, as teams at or near the top, and had clearly determined to ensure that that did not happen again.

To this end, therefore, priority had clearly been given to defence, and keeping their try line intact, in which they not only proved to be sufficiently able, but also had made a most accurate pre-match assessment.

Fixtureless weekends, although helpful in the medium and long term, bringing respite from the weekly hurly-burly of Super League and an opportunity for recovery from minor injuries, can, however, in the short term bring its own problems, with a certain small degree of ring-rustiness creeping in.

This, to a certain extent, seemed to be the case for Salford on attack, particularly in the first half, with timings of supporting runs and passes slightly below their norm, so that a number of scoring chances went begging. 

Two breaks down the left flank, both came to nothing when a score seemed imminent.  The first by Deon Cross was well supported by Marc Sneyd, but, unfortunately, he overran his winger, whose pass would have had to have gone forward in order to have been taken, while Shane Wright’s break ended with his having to take the fullback’s tackle as he had no-one close enough to pass to.

In order to break down the eager, hard-working defence of London they needed especially to build prolonged pressure, but errors prevented this, with dropped passes and end-of-set kicks going over the dead-ball line, the latter of which had the double whammy of presenting the Broncos with seven-tackle sets from the twenty-metre restarts.

What was needed above all was a consecutive number of back-to-back sets to wear down the opposition, but in fact it was London who were first to benefit from this with the opening try of the game coming from four such sets as a result of a Salford touch-in-flight, a penalty, and a forward pass on the Reds’ one extremely brief possession of the ball.  The resultant scrum from that last, gave them numerical advantage on their left edge to go in at the corner, in the 19th minute.

Realising that trying to go wide around the Broncos defence was not paying dividends Salford turned to what had shown to be a simpler and more effective process – that of strong forward drives up-field.  One, in the 25th minute started with Ryan Brierley taking the ball five metres out from his posts.  His forward carry was then followed by five drives up-field, aided by a set-restart on the third, and finished by Brierley’s half break to the line with his offload to Kallum Watkins for his first try of the season.  The first of Sneyd’s two successful conversions gave Salford the small but extremely important two-point half-time lead.

Signs that the half-time interval had been well spent came as early as three minutes after the restart, when a second set of possession was gained from a forced goal-line drop-out and an excellent cut-out pass from Sneyd to Cross put him in at the corner, similar in some respects to the Broncos’ opener.

The crucial incident of the second half, however, was the dismissal of King Vuniyayawa for what was deemed by the video referee to have been a dangerous tackle.  One can only praise, thereafter, the tactics and game management of the Salford players.  Slender as an eight-point lead might be, it was all they had, and they were totally committed to retaining it.

From that point onwards, the Broncos had barely a sniff at the Salford line.  They were almost totally contained in their own half, often starting their sets in the tightest of corners and barely being able to get past the twenty-metre line before having to take their end-of-set kicks.

Adding further to their score, whilst highly desirable was not absolutely essential, and retaining possession for each full set took priority with any chance of a repeat set being taken.  Sneyd’s, now impeccable, high kicks to the exceptional Nene Macdonald, caused panic within the home ranks on numerous occasions, and the centre’s pats backwards invariably found a Salford player.

The overturning of the on-field decision by the video referee, on Tim Lafai’s try, five minutes from the end, came as a complete surprise to everyone on the field, all of whom had taken up positions for its subsequent conversion attempt .Had it been allowed, it would have been some reward for the Red Devils’ valiant efforts in retaining their lead in such a convincing manner, in such adversity as they had found themselves.

MATCH REPORT – LONDON BRONCOS 4-12 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 8)

Twelve-man Salford Red Devils held on to a nervy two points in the capital.

It’s a result that gets the Reds back to winning ways after a disappointing performance against Castleford Tigers just over a fortnight ago.

Paul Rowley made three enforced changes to his starting 13, with Shane Wright moving into the back row, King Vuniyayawa in at prop and Joe Mellor at hooker.

It was scrappy start for both sides, with errors aplenty and a crisp breeze holding up some high kicks from Marc Sneyd and Oli Leyland.

Broncos did open the scoring after repeat penalties; coming out wide left from a scrum and working the hands to send Iliess Macani over in the right corner.

It was a shock to Salford’s system, but we responded quickly through the skipper, Kallum Watkins.

Ryan Brierley, who was our main threat in the first 25 minutes, pierced a gap to allow the centre an easy stroll in to the right of the posts.

One almost became two when Deon Cross made a lightning break down the left edge, but his ball back inside to Sneyd was behind the halfback.

Opportunities came and went for the Red Devils, with Wright the next to break the line and charge through on the Broncos full-back.

He was brought down and Cust’s attempted dink to Ryan was far too strong for the winger to claim.

Salford returned for the second forty in better form and were soon on the board when some quick rucks gained valuable territory.

Sneyd looped a pass out wide and Cross backed himself to ground in the corner – confirmed by the video referee.

The conversion from the touchline made it a two-try game and Salford were looking to press-on their advantage from the restart.

Nene Macdonald was a menace from high balls and he almost created an opportunity for Andrew Dixon with an athletic tip back.

Unfortunately for the back-rower, he was just too slow to react and spilled the ball just a few metres from the Broncos try-line.

Cross, again made a quick break with some dancing feet up the left edge. He was brought down and King Vuniyayawa failed to play the ball correctly when momentum was starting to build.

The Fijian’s day went from bad to worse moments later, with referee, Aaron Moore showing him a red card following a challenge in the middle of the park.

Rowley’s side had to show character and see-out the final 25 minutes a man down.

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the performance was how well his team did keep the ball and gain territory from that point onwards.

That didn’t convert into points, however. Even when Tim Lafai crossed and the referee sent a decision of try upstairs for the video referee to confirm.

After a long wait, it was claimed Cross had knocked the ball forward from the initial tip.

Salford saw out the closing stages and confirmed a fifth Betfred Super League victory from our first eight fixtures – a promising start to 2024.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Joe Mellor, King Vuniyayawa, Kallum Watkins, Shane Wright, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Chris Atkin, Joe Shorrocks, Andrew Dixon, Gil Dudson.

Tries: Kallum Watkins, Deon Cross.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (2/2)

London Broncos line-up: Alex Walker, Lee Kershaw, Robbie Storey, Hakim Miloudi, Iliess Macani, Oli Leyland, James Meadows, Rhys Kennedy, Sam Davis, Rob Butler, Will Lovell, Jacob Jones, Marcus Stock.

Interchanges: Dean Parata, Ugo Tison, Jordan Williams, Harvey Makin.

Tries: Iliess Macani.

Conversions: Oli Leyland (0/1)

HT: 4-6

TEAM NEWS | THREE CHANGES FOR LONDON CLASH

Paul Rowley has made three changes to his team who lost to Castleford Tigers just over a fortnight ago.

With a week to rest and recuperate, Salford Red Devils are looking to bounce back against a London Broncos side who sit rock bottom of the Betfred Super League.

However, as they have showcased on multiple occasions in 2024, Mike Eccles’ side will be no pushovers.

Joe Mellor comes into the starting line-up at hooker, with Amir Bourouh set to serve his one-match suspension.

Shane Wright, who started at prop against Cas, moves into the back-row in place of the injured Sam Stone, with King Vuniyayawa coming into the forward pack.

The last change is on the wing, with Ethan Ryan replacing David Nofoaluma.

Gil Dudson has also recovered from his calf problem to take his place on the interchange bench.

MATCH PREVIEW – LONDON BRONCOS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 8)

The Red Devils are in the capital, as we take on London Broncos in Round 8.

After a weekend away from the pitch, where Paul Rowley’s side were able to rest and recuperate, it’s full steam ahead in the Betfred Super League.

A disappointing result against Castleford Tigers last time out will be fresh in the minds, and the players will be looking to bounce back with a good performance against the new boys.

Broncos are rock bottom without a point, but Mike Eccles’ men have showed plenty of positive signs in both attack and defence so far this season.

Here’s everything you need to know about our trip down South:


SQUAD NEWS

Paul Rowley is only able to name a 19-man squad for tomorrow’s Round 8 clash.

Regular hooker, Amir Bourouh is missing through suspension, but Sam Stone and David Nofoaluma have joined Brad Singleton, Chris Hankinson, and Ben Hellewell on the sidelines.

However, loan signing, Gil Dudson has recovered from a calf problem and returns to the fold.


LAST TIME OUT

It’s been a while since we’ve made the trip down South.

Niall Evalds’ hat-trick was just one highlight from a dominant Red Devils display back in 2019, as Salford beat London 28-58.

Krisnan Inu, Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Tui Lolohea, Kris Welham and Jackson Hastings also scored in a 10-try display that contained some stunning individual efforts.

Check out the full, classic highlights of the encounter by clicking below.


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

There’s still time to join us on the road this Saturday.

Tickets are available from the Salford Community Stadium until 4pm on Friday. Thereafter, any purchases will be pay-on-the-day from the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Any uncollected, pre-purchased tickets will also be taken directly to the stadium.


HOW TO WATCH

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Sunday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on London Broncos.

Coverage is also available on Sky Sports Arena from 14:55pm.


PAUL ROWLEY NAMES ROUND 8 SQUAD

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named his travelling squad for Round 8 this Saturday.

Salford Red Devils face London Broncos in the Betfred Super League, hoping to bounce back from defeat against Castleford Tigers last time out.

Mike Eccles’ men sit bottom with zero points, but have showed plenty of spirit to worry opposition on numerous occasions.

After a week off, Salford travel to the capital in search of a fifth win of the season.


SQUAD NEWS

There’s some returning faces to the travelling squad since our last outing nearly a fortnight ago.

Gil Dudson, on loan from Warrington Wolves, is back in contention after a calf problem, with Kai Morgan returning from a loan spell of his own at Rochdale Hornets.

There are some notable absentees, however, with Sam Stone and David Nofoaluma unavailable for this one.

Amir Bourouh is set to serve his one-match suspension.

LONDON’S CALLING – ROUND 8 TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

London’s calling for the Red Devils, with tickets now on sale for our trip to face London Broncos in Round 8.

The newcomers are yet to pick up any points on their return to top flight action, but have certainly showed moments of quality that will worry any opposition heading to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

We last faced Broncos in 2019, where Salford ran riot, scoring ten tries in a 28-58 victory.

Tickets for the 2024 edition are on sale now. Click HERE to join us in the capital.

Prices for this particular fixture are £20 for Adults, £15 for Over 60s and Students, and just £5 for Under 18s.

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.

A reminder of our ticket office opening times can be found below.

Please note opening hours on Good Friday will be between 9am-12pm.

ROUND 8 FIXTURE AMENDMENT – LONDON BRONCOS (A)

We can confirm our Round 8 clash against London Broncos will now take place on Saturday 20th April, at 3pm.

This has been rearranged from the previously scheduled Sunday 21st April; due to the complexities surrounding the London Marathon.

In Round 1, the newly-promoted side were beaten convincingly by reigning World Champions, St Helens, but there was certainly a lot of positives to take from their performance.

A trip to the capital is one I’m sure supporters are looking forward to, so put the date in your diary and get excited:


CONFIRMED DETAILS:

London Broncos vs Salford Red Devils.

Saturday 20th April.

3pm KO.

Cherry Red Records Stadium.


“I’m enjoying my rugby” – Rhys Williams extends contract

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that winger Rhys Williams has extended his contract until at least the end of the 2023 season. 

The Welshman joined the club from London Broncos ahead of the 2020 season and helped Salford reach their first Betfred Challenge Cup Final in 51 years, scoring one of the most standout Wembley tries in the history of the competition.

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In 38 appearances, Williams has scored 11 tries for Salford and has been one of the most consistent players in the squad since his arrival last year.

Speaking on why he decided to extend his stay, Williams said: “I’m enjoying my rugby. As long as I’m happy and I’m enjoying being around the team and working hard for them, then that’s good enough for me.

“I pride myself on my consistency and professionalism, and I aim to continue bringing that every week to put in a good performance come game day.”

The 31-year-old has had little experience of the Salford faithful before COVID-19 hit, so Williams is looking forward to playing in front of unrestricted crowds again.

I’m very excited. It was hard times with no crowds, especially at Wembley, so to get out on front of the fans is such a buzz and another reason why I wanted to commit to another 2 years.”

Speaking on Rhys’  contract extension, head coach Richard Marshall said: “I’m delighted to have Rhys extend his stay here at Salford, as one of my main goals for 2022 and onwards is to keep the core of our squad together.

“Rhys is an established international player and is consistently good on the wing each week. I’m looking forward to building on the great relationship I already have with him.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “I am delighted in getting Rhys to agree a new deal with the Salford Red Devils. Rhys has been up there as one of our best players for the last few years and has been a tremendous acquisition for the club since we signed him.

“An ultimate professional with ambition to win every game, he is a player with an exemplary attitude, with total and absolute commitment for our club.  I am so pleased that I’ve been able to agree the deal that will keep Rhys at the club for the next two years.”

Join Rhys at the The Salford Stadium on Friday 13th August when we host Huddersfield Giants for Round 19 of the Betfred Super League. Buy your tickets HERE.

Tickets | You can now buy tickets for our April trip to London

Tickets are now available to purchase for our trip to the Capital to face London Broncos on Saturday 27th April.
Salford Red Devils fans can purchase their tickets for this huge Betfred Super League clash from the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of your purchase if you buy in advance from the The Salford Stadium.
Tickets for this game are available from the The Salford Stadium up until 5pm on Friday 26th April.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £23
Over 65s, students and forces: £18
Junior: £5
Junior Swaps: Available in advance from the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office.
There is also coach travel available to book for this fixture and this can be done at the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £28 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 9:05am
Royal Sovereign: 9:15am
Eccles Town Hall: 9:30am
Dog & Partridge: 9:35am
The Salford Stadium: 9:55am
Salford Red Devils retain 100% of your coach booking fee. Supporters are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.

Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 24-0 London Broncos

Salford Red Devils earned a second consecutive win to start the 2019 Betfred Super League season with a 20-0 triumph over London Broncos and we’ve taken a look at the talking points from the game. 
Defiant defence
Salford kept London to nil on Sunday afternoon and this is the first time the Red Devils have managed to keep a team scoreless in the Betfred Super League since March 2007 with a 10-0 victory over Catalans Dragons at The Willows. The last time they nilled a side came in a 2008 victory over Batley Bulldogs however this was in the Championship.
There were times when the Red Devils were under pressure from London, but some resilient goal-line defence kept the Broncos at bay most notably when Salford defended back-to-back sets on their own try-line in which London went close on a number of occasions.

Full-back Niall Evalds got the plaudits from Head Coach Ian Watson in the post-match press conference as the ‘leader’ of the defence. The Red Devils have only conceded two tries in their opening two games of the 2019 Betfred Super League season and currently have the best defence in the league.
Competitive home debuts 
Gil Dudson made his 200th career appearance on his home debut for Salford Red Devils and he put in a big shift in his first competitive game at the The Salford Stadium. Dudson arrived in pre-season from relegated Widnes Vikings and has been impressive thus far.
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Ken Sio also made his competitive home debut and much like his debut at Huddersfield Giants last week the Australian winger crossed for a try. Sio finished well in the corner after a neat offload from Josh Jones in the second half. 
Crowd on the up
Yesterday’s attendance was confirmed as 3236 which sees a rise on the average attendance from the 2018 Betfred Super League season.


As always, the Salford Red Devils supporters were vocal throughout the game and helped the lads to victory.
Salford welcome Leeds Rhinos to the The Salford Stadium next up on Sunday 17th February, 3pm kick-off, and tickets are now available to purchase for this game from the Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 and online here.
 
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. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis.

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