Sam Stone’s golden point try earned Salford Red Devils a HUGE two points in the race for the playoffs.

It was a scrappy, nail-biting contest for everybody involved, but it was Paul Rowley’s men who leave the Salford Stadium with a massive boost going into the final two Betfred Super League fixtures.

The tone was set early on, with Joe Burgess spilling Josh Drinkwater’s high bomb and Matty Nicholson picking up the pieces to send Wire into the lead.

Errors were aplenty for both sides and a strong tackle from a host of Salford bodies forced an error from Matty Ashton – handing us a full set in dangerous territory.

Deon Cross danced past the Wire line with some neat footwork, but an ankle tap and a grab of the boot constituted a completed tackle for referee, Liam Moore, despite the centre jumping back up to slide over.

A similar situation arose down the other end just minutes later, when Paul Vaughan reached out an arm to try and ground the ball, but lost his grip on the stretch.

It was end-to-end stuff, with Peter Mata’utia the next penalty culprit via an incorrect play-the-ball.

From the resulting scrum, Danny Addy – who was outstanding across his two stints on the field – flicked a pass to Marc Sneyd, who released Ben Hellewell to skip past his man and slide over.

The atmosphere was cranked up another notch and went even louder when Chris Atkin and King Vuniyayawa dislodged the ball from Stefan Ratchford’s hands with a big hit.

Ackers picked up the loose ball and launched a looping pass to the wide-open Brodie Croft, who gleefully fired us into a half-time lead.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 12-6 Warrington Wolves

It was déjà vu for Salford early in the second-half, with Ken Sio this time spilling a high bomb and allowing Ben Currie to steal a match to level proceedings.

There was some good goal-line D to follow that error, but just when everyone felt like we were gaining territory, a high tackle allowed Ratchford to knock over a penalty-goal.

Croft was so often the architect of our attacking play this afternoon and broke the line with a lightening bit of footwork, to dig us out of another hole.

That move – despite Ackers almost releasing Brierley – ultimately came to nothing, but it was certainly a catalyst for a bit of pressure on the Wire line.

On the last, the same source tried to stab a grubber kick which fortunately ricocheted back into his path for an easy stroll over the line.

Sneyd sent over the extras and Salford held a four point lead with 25 minutes remaining.

It wasn’t long until we had the next twist, with George Williams breaking his challenge to crash over under the posts.

The Reds began to probe again and had five minutes to effectively keep their playoff hopes alive.

Wire handed us a lifeline when some confusion on their own line meant a forward pass was played and Sneyd brought the game back level with the kicking tee.

In the process, our incredible number seven notched his 2000th Super League point – a phenomenal achievement.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 20-20 Warrington Wolves

To golden point we went and Sneyd was the first in range to try a drop-goal.

His effort – despite looking destined to sail straight through – crashed off the left post and back into play.

Wire failed to make much ground; but neither did Salford and on the fourth play, a moment of magic from Burgess won us the game.

Brad Singleton, who went from villain to hero, threw a cut-out pass to Tim Lafai, who quickly got it out the back to our flying winger.

His silky footwork sold Thewlis and despite another attempted ankle tap by Drinkwater, he managed to stay on his feet and tee up the supporting Sam Stone to send the South Stand into raptures.

Two massive points, with another cup final to come next weekend against fellow playoff chasing Hull KR.

END OF GOLDEN POINT: Salford Red Devils 24-20 Warrington Wolves

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Too many errors ultimately cost Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium this evening.

Wigan Warriors went top of the Betfred Super League, as we slipped out of the top six with a 26-8 defeat in Round 24.

Paul Rowley was able to name an unchanged line-up for a fourth consecutive fixture and his side were aiming to earn a third win on the bounce.

After trading the first few sets, Ken Sio was bundled into touch by four Wigan players and the host began their first meaningful charge on the Salford line.

Despite conceding a six-again, some good D – particularly from Ollie Partington – forced a loose pass from Harry Smith, which bobbled into touch.

Down the other end, Chris Atkin was on the receiving end of a nasty tackle from Bevan French, with Ryan Brierley knocking over two points from the resulting penalty-goal.

It wasn’t long until the Warriors hit back, however. Liam Farrell skipped past three Red Devils’ players on the left edge to slide over.

Errors hampered Salford’s attacking play; like one instance a few minutes later where no-one was at dummy-half when Danny Addy had the ball just a metre from the Wigan line.

Brierley pulled us level just before the half-hour mark – with the boot again when Farrell was penalised for leaving the scrum too early.

The hosts were straight back on the attack and when Tim Lafai pulled back Kai Pearce-Paul on the last, another full set to defend on our own line ultimately proved costly.

Some quick hands on the right edge released Abbas Miski and the Lebanese international did the rest.

That try put Wigan right on top and Jai Field’s neat cut-out pass just minutes later allowed Jake Wardle to crash over.

Salford needed the half-time hooter to regroup, but it was their last off-the-cuff play that perhaps sealed defeat.

Sneyd tried a high bomb, with multiple Salford bodies in pursuit, but Field was underneath to claim and race the full length with open grass.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Warriors 20-4 Salford Red Devils

There were some promising moments in attack throughout the contest, but our execution was just off.

Chris Atkin’s break early in the second-half was one example, with Croft almost finishing the job before a few Wigan bodies managed to claw the Aussie back.

The job got even harder when King Vuniyayawa was sent to the sin bin. Sam Stone lost possession and when it looked like French was making a quick break, the Fijian caught him high.

Wigan took advantage of the numbers and Field’s probing attack allowed French to flick a creative pass out to Toby King, who strolled over and under the sticks.

That was Wigan’s only points of the second half, with a tired-looking 13 working really hard to keep the danger-men from inflicting any more damage.

Going the other way, Brierley’s double-pump sent Sio away in the corner, for our only try of the evening.

The full-time hooter signalled defeat, but attentions will now quickly turn to a vital home clash with Warrington Wolves next Sunday, live on Channel 4.

FULL-TIME: Wigan Warriors 26-8 Salford Red Devils

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Salford Red Devils nilled Wakefield Trinity as we picked-up two crucial competition points at the Salford Stadium.

Paul Rowley had the rare privilege of naming an unchanged side for just the third time this season, with Ken Sio and Sam Stone both hitting significant 100-appearance landmarks.

The Red Devils made the best possible start on three minutes; but it came from a slight bit of fortune.

Danny Addy’s loose pass was picked-up by Kallum Watkins, who drove through a gap to tee-up the supporting Brodie Croft.

The Aussie baited Wakey’s fullback with a weaving run and allowed Ryan Brierley to take the ball, race the remaining 30 yards and score under the sticks.

Marc Sneyd added the extras, but that was the only real highlight of what turned out to be an error-filled next half-hour.

The same source nudged us further into the lead when the visitors were penalised for offside, but missed a drop-goal attempt on the half-time hooter.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 8-0 Wakefield Trinity

After a few mistakes by both sides to kickstart the second forty, it was a bit of grit from our forwards which earned our next try.

King Vuniyayawa – who was outstanding all evening – forced a drop-out with a strong, driving tackle and Luke Gale’s attempted short restart proved costly.

An awkward bounce fell kindly to Andy Ackers, who raced towards the South Stand in open field to slide over and all-but confirm victory.

Croft almost did wrap it up it when he latched onto Sneyd’s grubber kick, but the halfback’s juggle nudged the ball just out of his grasp.

Wakefield had to go for broke and some off-the-cuff attacking play led to our final try of the evening.

Sio with a trademark interception put the wheels in motion and some nice support play by – of course – Brierley allowed the winger to bide his time and slip his teammate in at the perfect opportunity.

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FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 20-0 Wakefield Trinity

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Salford Red Devils produced arguably their best all-round performance of the season in a 8-32 victory over Huddersfield Giants.

Travelling to face a direct playoff rival after seven successive defeats was always going to be a tricky test, but Paul Rowley’s side were outstanding in all areas of the field.

Ryan Brierley and Brodie Croft forced an early drop out with a nice chase.

A promising move – involving the same pair – nearly opened the scoring, but the referee pulled play back for an obstruction.

Our metres through the middle caused Huddersfield a whole host of problems. Ken Sio, Joe Burgess and Brad Singleton all with charging runs push us upfield.

We had our chances to put points on the board, but it was the Giants who struck first, with Jake Bibby capitalising on a loose ball to slide over.

Oliver Russell added the two, but that was the only time they’d cross across the entire contest.

Salford responded instantly. Some slick play from Croft – a beautiful delayed pass – set Brierley away in front of the travelling faithful.

Russell scored a penalty-goal on the 30 minute mark after a high tackle, but Luke Yates’ loose carry allowed us a full set on the Giants’ line.

Sam Stone – who was outstanding across the contest – span away from his marker to stick out an arm and hand us a half-time lead.

HALF-TIME: Huddersfield Giants 8-12 Salford Red Devils

The first 10 minutes of the second period was a bit of an arm wrestle.

Huddersfield were certainly winning the territory battle, but a few handling errors were delaying any progress.

Their real, repeated pressure was elevated when Stone made a BIG tackle. A set later, Salford took control via the same source.

A high bomb on the last bounced to Kallum Watkins, who’s neat flick pass set Andy Ackers away.

An inventive kick skidded past Chris McQueen and Stone got his hands to the ball for his second of the night, at such a pivotal time.

It put the Red Devils firmly in the driving seat and what came next was a moment of history for a true modern day great.

When another neat, skidding grubber kick went racing into the right corner, there was only one man who was getting to that ball.

Sio slammed down to score number 77 in a Salford Red Devils shirt, and number 100 in Super League.

Two points were almost confirmed, but it still didn’t alter the effort and enthusiasm in defence.

Brierley and then Croft both made try-saving efforts in the right corner to deny Sam Halsall.

We transitioned defence into attack, with the champagne rugby we’ve seen so often under Rowley come to the fore once more. Watkins flicked a neat pass inside and Cross teed up Atkin for a stroll over.

One of the final plays of the game perhaps summed-up our dogged performance. Burgess stopped Esan Marsters in his tracks, with a whole host of Salford bodies flooding in to power the centre out of play.

With Connor kicking a drop-out, out on the full, Sneyd took the opportunity to nudge another two points onto the total, right on the hooter.

FULL-TIME: Huddersfield Giants 8-32 Salford Red Devils

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Salford Red Devils were beaten by World Champions, St Helens this afternoon.

Much like our previous two home fixtures, narrow margins have cost Paul Rowley’s side, with some controversial moments certainly taking centre stage.

Saints got on the board early via a penalty-goal, but from that point on in the first 40, it was all Salford.

A combination of Oliver Partington and Tim Lafai forced an error, with Ryan Brierley’s neat grubber kick allowing us another full set just 20 out.

Sam Stone’s fantastic charging run got us into prime position and some quick hands down the right set through the returning skipper, Kallum Watkins to crash over.

The atmosphere was electric and it got even louder when Joe Burgess chased down a skidding grubber kick from Marc Sneyd to force a drop-out.

From the restart, a chipped kick caught Saints off-guard and Brierley was one step ahead of everyone on the field to collect, and slide under the sticks.

Sneyd added the extras and then two more ten minutes later via a penalty-goal.

There was some resolute defending by Brodie Croft to deny Saints under the sticks and just before the hooter, Sneyd slotted a drop-goal to extend our advantage.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 15-2 St Helens

Five minutes into the second period, a crazy passage of play completely turned the tide.

Tee Ritson made a break down the left and Croft’s superman, try-saving tackle seemed to bundle the Saints winger out of touch.

The referee disagreed, waved play-on and Deon Cross was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, after pulling back Jonny Lomax.

Salford had to defend tough and for the most part did.

The pressure eventually told; albeit in – again – very controversial fashion. Morgan Knowles spilled the ball after a strong tackle and the ricochet bounced kindly for Matty Lees to claim and slide under the sticks.

There was no faulting Salford’s defensive efforts. Brierley in particular cleaned up a lot of testing kicks and Sneyd’s 40-20 was a huge pressure-reliever at a crucial time.

Cross returned to the field, but the ten minutes of pure graft was starting to show and despite Stone somehow keeping out Jack Welsby, quick hands on the next play allowed Tommy Makinson to go over in the right corner.

The World Champions took control of the contest and Welsby was over again ten minutes later when he spotted a gap in the Salford line – a try that proved to be the difference come the full-time hooter.

Rowley’s men will dust themselves down and go-again against an in-form Huddersfield Giants in just under a fortnight.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 15-18 St Helens


Salford Red Devils were beaten by Betfred Super League leaders, Catalans Dragons in Round 20 this afternoon.

It was one to forget for Paul Rowley’s men, who remain in seventh place – two points behind Hull KR in the final playoff spot.

Despite holding our own for large periods of the opening exchanges, it was Adam Keighran who began the scoring on 19 minutes.

Working the short side, a neat grubber kick allowed the Aussie half-back to slam down.

Ben Hellewell made a nice break – as the Red Devils attempted to regroup – but after a few offloads, Brodie Croft’s high kick was well-claimed by the Catalans defender.

They powered forward and – via a few set restarts – sent Keighran on the end of another grubber kick.

There were flashes throughout the game that suggests Salford could have got some points on the board at crucial times.

Chris Atkin’s spiral bomb and Ryan Brierley’s quick chase forced Sam Tomkins into the error – allowing us a full set on the hosts 10 metre line.

Trying to pick up the pace, Atkin’s short pass was too low for Hellewell to steal a march.

Catalans were getting some joy from the boot and this time it was the league’s top try-scorer, Tom Johnstone, who managed to ground in the very left corner.

There was still time left in the half for another, with Tyrone May skipping inside his man to crash over.

HALF-TIME: Catalans Dragons 22-0 Salford Red Devils

Keighran began the second-half by slotting a penalty-goal after Dixon hit his man high.

The same source turned creator for the next try; working the numbers and releasing Johnstone to slide over in the corner.

It was 6 & 7 – Mitchell Pearce and May – who combined next, with Tiaki Chan in support to flick a pass and extend the advantage.

Croft was showing signs of life and made a darting run through the defence to set up Burgess. He was caught, but Tom Davies was penalised and sent to the sin bin for holding down.

Sam Tomkins added two more – with Keighran off the field – after Salford were penalised in front of the sticks.

Romain Navarrete was the final one to break through on 75 minutes, setting up Tomkins to slide over under the sticks.

Next up for Paul Rowley’s men is the visit of World Champions, St Helens on Sunday afternoon.

FULL-TIME: Catalans Dragons 42-0 Salford Red Devils


Two Rhyse Martin penalty-goals were the difference, as Salford Red Devils fell to a narrow defeat against Leeds Rhinos.

In what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Betfred Super League campaigns in years, just eight points separates Catalans Dragons at the top, and Hull KR in eighth.

Paul Rowley was able to recall Ryan Brierley, Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers after their respective knocks, but lost skipper, Kallum Watkins to a injury of his own.

Deon Cross started really lively and put in a strong tackle that got Salford on the front foot. A few tackles later, Marc Sneyd tried to threaten the Rhinos line, but his short pass was spilled by Jack Ormondroyd.

Leeds took advantage of the metres and opened the scoring. Cameron Smith jogged across the line and darted into a wide-open gap to score.

Salford tried to respond and Sneyd’s high bomb was batted back by Cross. Brierley picked up the loose ball and made a dash for the corner, only to be nudged out of play by Richie Myler.

The Red Devils were starting to find their groove and Tim Lafai’s combination with Joe Burgess was proving a nightmare for the Rhinos to deal with.

A quick move from right to left allowed Croft the space to stab a grubber kick through to Lafai, who took his time to collect and ground.

Ten minutes later, Leeds hit back when Myler found Ash Handley in some space to charge past his man and slide over in the left corner.

Martin failed to convert, but made no mistake with his penalty-goal when Salford were penalised for one of eleven penalties across the contest.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 4-12 Leeds Rhinos

After the interval, Salford came out fast and cut the deficit with the exact same combination as our first try.

Croft cut the Rhinos defence open with a deft grubber kick and Lafai latched onto the bobbling ball to ground. Brierley – taking over kicking duties – added the extras from out wide.

It was only a few minutes later until we were over again. Croft’s high bomb was claimed well by Ken Sio and he raced over for career try number 98 in Super League.

A scuffle between both sets of players ended with Chris Atkin and Mikolaj Oledzki seeing yellow, but it was two further penalties that ultimately hurt Salford.

Martin had the simple task of converting from under the posts – twice – and handed his side a crucial two points.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 14-16 Leeds Rhinos

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Salford Red Devils were beaten by Wakefield Trinity in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League.

With injuries to some key personnel, Paul Rowley was forced to shake the pack, with Ken Sio at full-back and Chris Atkin at six.

The first set was promising one, with a few half-breaks, but Trinity gained possession and seized the initiative.

Max Jowitt skipped past the line and turned on the afterburners to evade the chasing Atkin. He had Liam Kay in in support to flick a pass and stroll under the sticks.

Salford tried to respond and almost did via the creativity of Deon Cross. The centre made a nice dart through the Trinity line, but his pass to Williams – flicked on by Atkin – was behind Rhys Williams.

On 17 minutes, Will Dagger extended the lead with a penalty-goal after Marc Sneyd was penalised for dissent.

That created another period of Wakefield pressure, where Liam Hood broke the line and slipped in Dagger to slide under the posts.

The hosts were well on top and another penalty-goal from Dagger added to the woes after an infringement in the ruck.

On the stroke of half-time, Trinity scored again.

A ball steal on Burgess by Tom Lineham created the break and – despite the ankle tap – he was able to flick a pass to Reece Lyne to stroll under the sticks.

HALF-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 22-0 Salford Red Devils

Trinity came out for the second forty stronger and Dagger added two more via a penalty-goal.

They quickly added more points when Jack Croft created the numbers and slipped in Lee Kershaw to stroll over and towards the posts.

Wakefield made sure of the two points with a fourth penalty-goal a few minutes later and a tired, depleted Salford were out on their feet.

Alex Gerrard scored a consolation on his return to the team, stretching out an arm to get us on the board, but it was ultimately defeat at the Be Well Support Stadium.

FULL-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 32-6 Salford Red Devils

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Wigan Warriors went home with the two points in Round 16 of the Betfred Super League.

On a day where we broke our club attendance record, Salford Red Devils came up short on the field; a result which sees us drop to 5th on points difference.

After the loud bang of the field gun, it was the atmosphere that deafened the Salford Stadium, right from the first whistle.

Marc Sneyd’s kick-off caused a bit of confusion, but after a few bobbles, Liam Marshall claimed and got his side powering upfield.

The first twenty minutes was nip-and-tuck, trading sets on halfway and neither side making much progress in the final third.

A half-break and a few Salford penalties later, Joe Shorrocks made the breakthrough for Wigan.

Harry Smith – who’s kicking was a nightmare all afternoon – sent through a teasing grubber for the back-rower to slam down and open the scoring.

The visitors were firmly on top and some scramble defence minutes later prevented a second try – this time via the leap of Abbas Miski.

Bevan French threatened a breakaway with an intercept, but Joe Burgess managed to claw the halfback down before he could make any progress.

A knock-on one play later handed us possession and some smart play from Sneyd cut the Warriors wide open.

Stepping inside the defensive line, our number seven delayed his pass and slipped in Ben Hellewell to slide over for his first in a Salford shirt.

Sneyd’s conversion handed us the lead.

We were handed a massive blow on the 35-minute mark, with Ryan Brierley failing a HIA after a collision with French.

Ken Sio shifted to full-back, with Deon Cross on the wing and Matt Costello replacing the missing position at centre.

Just before the break, Wigan struck via the lightening break of Jai Field. He found the gap and had Liam Farrell in support to flick the pass and slide over.

HALF-TIME: Salford Red Devils 6-8 Wigan Warriors

Wigan were the quickest out the blocks in the second forty, and Miski extended the lead following neat move from a scrum.

Despite some valiant defending, the visitors really started to pick up steam and a high tackle from Burgess allowed them to create their next try.

A combination of Jake Wardle and Farrell sent the former over for his second of the afternoon in the left corner.

Some positive running from Burgess tried to claw Salford back into the contest, but Wigan made sure of the points with five minutes to play.

Sneyd sent a high bomb into the right corner which Cross kept alive; Costello tried another desperate kick that deflected kindly for Marshall to grab and sprint 80 metres downfield to score.

FULL-TIME: Salford Red Devils 6-26 Wigan Warriors

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Salford Red Devils were eliminated by Hull KR in the quarter-final of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

As expected, the atmosphere inside a packed Craven Park was intimidating and a classic cup tie was in the offing.

After such a high-scoring affair in the last round, Paul Rowley’s side looked to create scoring opportunities from the opening set, but a nice passing sequence between Sam Stone and Marc Sneyd ended with the ball being stolen from our number seven.

KR made nice metres in their set and a knock-on by Salford allowed the Robins to score their first points of the game.

Ryan Hall crashed over on the left, despite some sprawling efforts by Ryan Brierley and Deon Cross.

The Red Devils tried to respond quickly and a strong tackle from Oliver Partington afforded us a full set just 10 metres out.

Marc Sneyd tried to make things happen – dancing past multiple bodies – but his attempted offload was deflected and Elliot Minchella was first to the loose ball.

After a few half-breaks, George King pierced a hole and bumped off Brierley 20 metres from the try line. Looking certain to score, Kallum Watkins made an incredible, superman dive to deny the forward a certain try.

Back in the team, Joe Burgess was making things happen on the left and almost scored a brilliant try when he shook off a few bodies.

The next play looked promising, but a loose pass presented KR possession.

Brodie Croft was the next to try his look with a high bomb, but the referee almost instantly blew for offside on Brierley.

Going straight down the other end, some neat, short passing between Tom Opacic and Tanguy Zenon sent the former sliding under the sticks.

The next 15 minutes was error-filled for both sides, with Minchella seeing yellow after a scuffle between the two teams.

It presented Salford a golden opportunity, but Chris Atkin’s short pass to Adam Sidlow was knocked-on.

KR – buoyed by their defensive efforts – struck just before half-time. Mikey Lewis scurried from dummy-half and broke the Salford line, but was stopped in stunning fashion by Brierley.

A quick play-the-ball allowed the Robins time to create an overload and Kane Linnett was the one to crash over in the left corner.

HALF-TIME: Hull KR 18-0 Salford Red Devils

Our cup journey was slipping away and we needed a fast start to the second-half.

Croft, Burgess and then Lafai kept the ball alive with some incredible tenacity, creating an opening for the Samoan to power over in the left corner.

Sneyd’s conversion was wide, but our play in attacking areas was now creating KR issues – particularly on the left edge.

Burgess, Croft and Sneyd all tried to carve an opening with the boot, but each one was thwarted by Hull’s defence.

The boot of Adam Milnes was the difference down the other end. His grubber kick was claimed by Shaun Kenny-Dowall to stroll under the sticks and all-but secure progression for the Robins.

It was a try that gave the hosts confidence, with Dean Hadley the next to capitalise on a mistake and cross for the Robins.

Burgess grabbed a consolation with a minute to go, but the full-time hooter signalled the end of our Challenge Cup journey for 2023.

FULL-TIME: Hull KR 28-10 Salford Red Devils

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