MARC SNEYD SIGNS NEW TWO-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to reveal Marc Sneyd has signed a new two-year contract with Salford Red Devils.

Including a four-year stint between 2010-14, Sneyd’s new deal means he will have spent nearly a decade of his illustrious career at the club.

He recently created history by overtaking the legendary Steve Blakeley to become Salford’s all-time top points scorer in the Super League era (625).

Currently topping the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel leaderboards, fans and pundits alike have claimed Sneyd could be currently playing the best rugby of his career.

So far in 2024, our star halfback has contributed with one try, ten try assists and 31 goals.

Along the way, he has picked-up five consecutive Man of the Match medals and was voted Super League’s Player of the Month for March.

In reaction to extending his stay, Sneyd said: “I am delighted to extend my stay at Salford.

“My family are really settled and I am enjoying playing rugby alongside these group of lads – so long may that continue!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “I am very happy that Marc will continue his journey with Salford. We have a very trusting relationship and he has performed consistently to a high standard since joining us.

“I believe he is the sort of character and technician that doesn’t come along too often, so when you have that person in your club, you don’t let them go.

“The whole group will be pleased to hear this positive news.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I am thrilled to secure Marc at this club for another two years.

“He is one of the competition’s best players and securing his long-term signature was something we saw as vitally important.

“Marc continues to set the standard on and off the field, becoming a real leader amongst the dressing room, and certainly someone younger players can look up to

“I would like to congratulate Marc on his extension and look forward to seeing him continuing to play his best rugby!”

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Marc on his new deal and look forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next two years.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V WARRINGTON

The Red Devils celebrated their return to the Salford Community Stadium for a home fixture, on Saturday, with a most impressive and much deserved victory over near neighbours, Warrington Wolves.

Almost as if to underline the unity which Paul Rowley has created within his group of players, he had provided them, in the form of a game plan, with a blueprint to put the Wolves to the sword, which they carried out, if not for the full eighty minutes, at the most crucial points of the game.

For the second week in succession, this was based on the domination of his pack over their opponents, and in this respect he must have been extremely pleased, and indeed proud, of the way they undertook this, from the very first carry, right through to the final whistle, with prop, Jack Ormondroyd leading the way, in what might be argued to have been his best performance in a Salford jersey.

His hit-ups were tremendous, and the last two of the first half were significant in themselves, with the first setting-up the position for Marc Sneyd’s drop-goal, and then after the restart, a strong carry forward in which, Warrington’s second rower, Joe Philbin received some collateral damage, which necessitated his brief withdrawal for attention.

Alongside him, mention must also be given to the rejuvenated Andrew Dixon, who appears to have made the move from second-row to prop in great style, but uses the running skills of his former position to great effect in the middle, whilst winger Ethan Ryan was positively involved throughout the game in both attack and defence.

What more can one say about Tim Lafai?  Every time he takes the field he pulls out something out of the ordinary, and Saturday was no exception, with his twice handing-off of opposite centre, Stefan Ratchford on his thirty metre race to the line, on nine minutes, for the opening try.

A second one, giving them back-to-back scores, might well have followed, when a change of tactics saw slick passing open up a gap for Ryan Brierley to go through from Kallum Watkins’s off-load, only for the fullback to be stopped ten metres from the line.

Not for the only time, however, the game was to swing away from them, a few minutes later, when Warrington had three back-to-back sets from a penalty and a touch-in-flight, leading to the son of former Salford Head Coach, Karl Harrison, James Harrison’s simple try by the posts, which put them ahead with their successful goal kick.

It was George Williams’s in-goal end-of-set kicks, however, on which the Wolves relied most, though with a somewhat checkered overall outcome.  There were four of them throughout the first half, with both first and last rolling dead, and giving Salford two seven-tackle sets from the twenty-metre restart.  The second, whilst being better in itself, brought no result as fullback, Matt Dufty, was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, giving the Reds another seven-tackle restart.

The third, however, was absolutely on target, giving the impression of rolling dead but holding up long enough for the kicker to get around Brierley to register their second try for a 4-10 lead. 

Something as simple as a penalty from the subsequent kick-off, though, brought another swing in momentum, with the Red Devils gaining chance to attack the visitors’ line, thereby giving Joe Mellor his first try for Salford, under the posts direct from a play-the-ball, with Sneyd’s kick thus bringing the scores level, for a brief ten minutes.

Despite early Salford pressure, it was the visitors who opened the second half scoring with a penalty goal, which swung the single-point lead in their favour.  Credit to the Salford players, they promptly refocused themselves upon putting matters to rights.

Probably the most overworked official for the match was the video referee, who was brought into action on no less than five occasions, each time confirming the on-field decision of the referee.  Consequently, the game’s final and decisive try, which came on 71 mins, did just that.

Three times Brierley came close to scoring throughout the game, and three times he was thwarted – the third time by an off-the-ball tackle as it rolled around in the in-goal area.  The video ref has only two buttons as options to press – TRY & NO TRY, which relate as to whether a try has been scored or not.  Because there had been no try actually scored on the field, the big screen indicated that, but verbally it was confirmed to the referee that Brierley should be awarded a penalty try.

With a five point lead then to protect, Salford most effectively managed the game for the remaining seven minutes, just as they had done for twenty-five, at London, the week before, to become only the second team to have inflicted defeat on this high-flying Warrington side.

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.

MARC SNEYD WINS GLEN’S VODKA SUPER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Marc Sneyd has been crowned Glen’s Vodka Betfred Super League Player of the Month for March.

In recognition of an outstanding start to the season, our number seven was handed the accolade live on Sky Sports News.

On an individual level, Sneyd has been influential in every victory.

Across March, he was named Man of the Match in each of our Super League fixtures; including wins against Hull KR, St Helens and Leigh Leopards.

In particular, his display of leadership at the Totally Wicked Stadium guided the team to Salford’s win at Saints for over 44 years.

As he adds yet another accolade to his collection, we would like to send huge congratulations to Sneydy!

Check out his best bits from the month below.

MARC SNEYD WINS MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Marc Sneyd has been voted March’s Player of the Month.

A driving force behind our positive start to the season, the England international has beaten stern competition from teammates, Nene Macdonald and Tim Lafai to pick-up back-to-back accolades.

Across five games, Sneyd was chosen as Man of the Match in four. An outstanding individual achievement which sees him sat top of the current Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel rankings.

Until last weekend against Castleford Tigers, our number seven was also perfect from the kicking tee – adding the extras on 35 consecutive occasions.

In play, he has led Salford to big wins over Hull KR, St Helens and Leigh Leopards in March, with fans and pundits alike raving about his world class performances.

In reaction to winning the club’s award for February, Sneyd has said: “Thanks again to the fans who voted for me.

“It’s been a good start to the season, but we want to continue improving as a team”

As ever, we would like to congratulate Sneydy on another fantastic award.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: CASTLEFORD V SALFORD

It is the unpredictability in sport, especially the result, which makes it so enthralling for so many of us.  The fact that the underdog might just win is what sparks our interest, while to be there for the odd occasion when that actually happens is absolutely thrilling, as all our fans, who travelled to the Totally Wicked Stadium for our recent victory over St Helens, will testify.

Not so, however, when you happen to be the side which had been expected to win, as was the case for Salford’s fixture at the Mend-A- Hose Jungle, against Castleford, last Friday evening, which proved to be a disappointment not only for those who made the trip over, but also those who watched it on tv.

In fairness to all connected with the team, the very fact that they were actually expected to win the encounter is a great testament to the progress they have made in recent seasons.  It was not that long ago that the thought of winning any match in Yorkshire, let alone at Castleford, proved to be somewhat fruitless, but the more successful a team is the more that this sort of disappointment is likely to happen.  If it can happen to St Helens, it can happen to anyone.

There had been some little warning in the games in which the two sides were involved the previous round, but it can also be argued that the seeds for this outcome were sown back in Round 2, when an extremely similar encounter, which also saw the game swing back and forth between the two sides ended with the Red Devils running out 26-22 victors.

The Tigers had been really disappointed at this, feeling that they had done enough to have won it themselves, and probably consoled themselves by briefly earmarking the return fixture as one to look forward to.  Certainly, once they got in control in the last quarter, on Friday, they were always going to find enough energy and endeavour to try and hold on, which they managed to do.

Not that there was any sign of this through the opening fifteen minutes, when Salford swept to an eight-point lead, from Deon Cross’s try and two goals from Marc Sneyd, and they looked as though they were capable of scoring with regularity.  The sinbinning of Amir Bourouh was an impediment but could not be said to have been a turning point, as the Tigers had already given clear warning of their capability and determination, through the first of Ines Senior’s tries down the left wing.

By the time Bourouh returned, the home side, with numerical advantage, had taken charge, but there was still time for the Red Devils to hit back then and to narrow the half-time score to 14-18, with Tim Lafae’s converted try.

With the slope in their favour and a half-time discussion to spur them on, Salford really stepped up a gear with two excellent tries from Nene Macdonald and Ryan Brierley to take the score to 18-24.

Probably the really big turning point of the game was the over-ruling by both referee and video ref of Cade Cust’s attempted score on 53 mins, owing to a knock-forward in the contest for possession, prior to the grounding.  So often, we have seen in televised matches, teams, which regain possession in such circumstances, launch a counter-attack ending with a try at the other end of the pitch, and it was with Senior’s second score that Castleford started their come-back.

It was the confidence this rekindled in the home side, which was the most telling factor, allied to their sheer desperation for the win.  The difference from then on between the two sides was that Salford really wanted to win, but Castleford so badly needed it, and were determined not to let this one slip in the way that they felt they had done at Salford, back in February.

MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES REVEALED

It’s time to vote for your March Player of the Month.

It was another busy period for Paul Rowley’s side, with Salford Red Devils securing three wins from five games across all competitions.

The first of which came courtesy of a 17-10 home victory over Hull KR. Deon Cross and Chris Hankinson were on target, with Marc Sneyd’s kicking in-game, and from the tee proving a big difference.

Another was a memorable night at the Totally Wicked Stadium, where we recorded our first victory away at St Helens for over 44 years.

Deon Cross scored a 75th minute try to send the Salford faithful into raptures and complete a stunning, late fightback.

The task didn’t get any easier a week later, with recently-crowned world champions, Wigan Warriors in town for Round 5.

Putting together another fantastic team performance, the Red Devils were leading for a large portion of the contest, but two late efforts from Jake Wardle and Bevan French stole the points.

A week later, an off-night at Craven Park saw our Betfred Challenge Cup journey come to an end, but we soon bounced back with a solid Rivals Round display against Leigh Leopards.

Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan and Marc Sneyd were all scorers in a 32-22 victory.

However, across the month, three candidates stood out above rest.

The first, of course, was Marc Sneyd – who picked up the Man of the Match medal in each of our Super League contests across March.

Influential every week with both ball in hand and flying off his left boot, our number seven is currently sitting top of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel charts.

The second candidate is Tim Lafai, who continues to show his brilliance week-on-week.

His consistency has been instrumental in our early-season form, but a standout moment has to be his magical assist to set-up Deon Cross’ winner against St Helens.

Receiving the ball in one hand, he moved it into the other and produced his trademark flick out the back to send Cross strolling over in the corner.

Nene Macdonald has also earned back-to-back nominations after a flying start to his career in red and white.

The PNG international has quickly became a fan favourite with his displays at centre, scoring his second try for the club in our match against Saints earlier this month.

So, who is your winner this month? Make sure to vote below and head to our social channels to give your reasons!

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MARC SNEYD NOMINATED FOR SUPER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The accolades continue to role in for our number seven.

On the back of some stellar, individual performances, Marc Sneyd has been nominated for the Glen’s Vodka Super League Player of the Month.

Across March, Sneyd has been influential in two big victories.

The first of which was our first win away at St Helens in over 44 years, where he was named Man of the Match after a classy all-round display.

Despite late defeat in Round 5 against Wigan Warriors, Sneyd was again named Man of the Match and made it three in a row when we beat Leigh Leopards last Saturday.

He scored his first of the season, notched another try assist and kicked six goals in our Rivals Round success.

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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V LEIGH

A final fifteen-minute fightback by the visiting Leigh Leopards, in last Saturday’s aptly titled Rivals’ Round, at the Salford Stadium, proved insufficient in overturning what had seemed a comfortable twenty-point margin, following a game which, apart from the occasional blip, the Red Devils had dominated from quite early in the proceedings.

With the added impetus, had it been needed, of its being Ryan Brierley’s three hundredth professional appearance, after a somewhat tame opening stanza, the home side took control upon the sinbinning of Leigh’s Lachlan Lam, on six minutes.

Indeed, it was Brierley, who, determined to make his mark on the match continually throughout the first half, was obstructed by the Leopard’s stand-off, whilst chasing Mark Sneyd’s end-of-set kick-in-goal, and the Reds made good use of the benefit of the extra man, over the following ten minutes.

Sneyd gratefully accepted the opportunity to kick his side into the lead with the first of his, once again, hundred percent success goal kicking rate, from the resultant penalty, and then six minutes later Brierley again came to the fore with the first of his brace of tries.

Three back-to-back sets – so indicative of the Red Devils’ domination – set up the position, and continued pressure, on the Leigh line, which he eventually broke, much to the delight of the two hospitality-box full of his friends and family, with the combination of a dummy and clever step inside as the ball was being moved towards the right wing.

Although he might have had some success in gaining the video referee’s judgement in his earlier collision with Lam, Joe Mellor, on his Salford debut, possibly felt rather hard done to, on eighteen minutes, when, not for the first time for Salford this season, his collision with Gareth O’Brien was not passed on for further scrutiny.

As a consequence, Leigh were inspired to more determined effort which paid off, on twenty-six minutes, with Hanley’s try, virtually out of nothing, in the corner, eroding the Salford lead to four points.

Not for long, though, for within minutes of the restart, the Red Devils had stretched it even further, as a result of a great passing move involving both half backs.  Starting with Sneyd’s pass to him, Cade Cust showed how far their partnership has developed by pirouetting round and slipping the ball to the oncoming, man of the moment, Brierley, to zig-zag his way to the line, for his second try of the evening.

Even then there was still time for another score, this time from Ethan Ryan to mark his first try in a Salford jersey, on 35 mins, which Sneyd improved to notch up a 20-4 lead further underlining Salford’s dominance.

Oh, that that had been the end of events for the half, but unfortunately that was not the case, as things turned rather more sour for Brierley as he was sinbinned twenty seconds from time for a late tackle on Hanley which prevented the winger scoring, but with Lam kicking the resultant penalty.

A man down for the first nine minutes of the second half made for a rather fraught opening spell for the Red Devils, especially in the first couple of back-to-back sets, when the visitors threw the ball around with much greater sense of purpose and forced gaps in the Salford defence which they exploited, though, thankfully, without a score.

In fact, credit to them, the Salford players grew in stature throughout the remainder of the sinbinning, controlling possession and territory with fine game management, which continued throughout most of the remaining time, and they gained the rewards for this on 55 mins.

A long Leopards’ pass to the right wing went clearly forward, and from the resultant possession Sneyd crossed close to the posts thanks to Oli Partington’s incredible slipped pass backwards, whilst in the act of being tackled.

The restoration of their twenty-point lead seems possibly to have produced a sense of comfort to the Reds performance, which Leigh were quick to exploit five minutes later, and though Ryan’s second, 71st minute try in the corner extended their score to 32 points, it was sandwiched between two further scores by Hanley to complete his hat-trick on the back of a first from Lam on 60 mins, as the Leopards threw caution to the wind with slick, fast, entertaining handling to cross on 67 and 76 minutes.

Although making no difference to the actual outcome, the visitors’ ascendency, over the final quarter, did make for a scoreline which bore little resemblance to the greatest portion of the game, but hopefully this will sound as a warning to the Salford players of the importance of finishing teams off completely, whilst still in a position to do so.

MARC SNEYD WINS FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Marc Sneyd has been voted February’s Player of the Month.

Our number seven has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, at his influential best with both ball in hand, and from his magical left boot.

Throughout February, Sneyd was one of the standout performers across the competition.

For this award, he has fought-off fierce competition from Nene Macdonald, Kallum Watkins and Sam Stone, who have all enjoyed positive starts to the season on an individual basis.

He currently tops the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel standings and his composure from the kicking tee has been a real asset so far this season.

In the first two games, Sneyd notched four try assists, with three of them coming in our opening home fixture of the season – a 26-22 victory over Castleford Tigers.

Sneyd, in reaction to winning this month’s award, has said: “It’s been a good start to the season for me and the team.

“Hopefully, we can carry that on throughout the season!”

Want to ask Marc a question? Head to our socials to submit and you could be involved in our next video!

A huge congratulations to Sneydy on this well-deserved award.

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