MATCH REPORT – LEIGH LEOPARDS 40-12 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 11)

Salford Red Devils were well beaten by Leigh Leopards this evening.

Injury trouble has hit Paul Rowley’s squad once again, but our Head Coach was able to recall King Vuniyayawa, Amir Bourouh and Chris Hankinson on the interchange bench.

The Leopards set the tone from kick-off, with the likes of Tom Amone and Robbie Mulhern making big metres downfield.

It set the platform for Leigh’s first try of the evening. Matt Moylan skipped across the line and slipped in Umyla Hanley to stroll under the posts.

Lachlan Lam was causing problems with his sharp running game, but it was his neat grubber kick which allowed Josh Charnley to extend the lead by slamming down in the left corner.

Despite a disappointing opening 20 minutes, skipper, Kallum Watkins dragged his team back into the contest with a string of brilliant plays.

The first forced a drop-out when he broke the line and sent a short kick towards Ethan Ryan, but the other did lead to us putting points on the board.

Marc Sneyd found his halfback partner, Chris Atkin and his short ball, followed by Watkins’ offload, allowed Ryan Brierley to stroll in.

Momentum was starting to swing and Sneyd pinned a 20-40 to put us within range once more.

After some inventive play from Ryan, Nene Macdonald grounded the ball for Salford in the right corner, but play was pulled back for an offside.

That – and maybe Leigh’s try just before half-time – was a big moment in the game. Lam had ball in hand and lofted a pass out wide to Hanley, who crashed over for his second of the evening.

Salford needed to return from the break and gain control of proceedings, but it did start to slip away when Charnley went 70 metres from a kick return to score in the corner.

Minutes later, Lam was the architect again with the boot – this time it was Matt Davis who capitalised to score.

Leigh looked comfortable and all-but made sure of the two points when Brad Dwyer cut inside to slide under the sticks.

It was the same source who created the next try; piercing a gap in the Salford line to tee-up Lam for a try of his own.

There was time at the end for Tim Lafai to make a break and add a consolation to take Salford’s tally up to double digits, but it was an all-round disappointing night for the Red Devils, who will have a short break before welcoming Wigan Warriors to the Salford Community Stadium.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Chris Atkin, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Cade Cust, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Amir Bourouh, King Vuniyayawa, Ben Hellewell, Chris Hankinson.

Tries: Ryan Brierley, Tim Lafai.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (2/2)

Leigh Leopards line-up: Matt Moylan, Umyla Hanley, Zak Hardaker, Ricky Leutele, Josh Charnley, Ben McNamara, Lachlan Lam, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape, Robbie Mulhern, Kai O’Donnell, Frankie Halton, Owen Trout.

Interchanges: Jack Hughes, Matt Davis, Brad Dwyer, Ed Chamberlain.

Tries: Umyla Hanley (2), Josh Charnley (2), Brad Dwyer, Lachlan Lam, Matt Davis.

Conversions: Matt Moylan (1/2), Zak Hardaker (5/5)

HT: 16-6

MATCH REPORT – HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 16-18 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 10)

Salford Red Devils survived a late fightback from Huddersfield Giants to claim a seventh Betfred Super League victory of the season.

Paul Rowley welcomed back prop, Brad Singleton from a two-month injury, with Sam Stone the only other change to the starting 13, in place of Shane Wright.

The Giants began the contest on the front foot and were certainly winning the territory battle. Tui Lolohea was the first to try his luck with a grubber kick, but his effort was far too strong for any Giants player to capitalise.

A knock-on from Ethan Ryan allowed the hosts another full set on the Salford line, but a moment of genius from Nene Macdonald broke the game wide open.

Jake Connor attempted a cut-out pass on the left edge, but Macdonald intercepted and raced almost 80 metres to open the scoring.

A few minutes later, from a scrum, some nice feet from Marc Sneyd and even better hands from Kallum Watkins sent Macdonald rampaging through the Giants line again.

This time he had Ryan in support to collect an offload and race away towards the jubilant Salford faithful behind the sticks.

Ian Watson’s side were stunned, but almost found a route back into the contest via Harry Rushton. His hard carry broke the Salford line, but Ryan Brierley was on-hand to get under the ball and stop the grounding.

Sneyd was starting to pull the strings and forced a couple of drop-outs with his grubber kicks, which were skidding awkwardly along the surface.

From one of the restarts, some nice shape sent Brierley racing through a gap, but the referee blew his whistle and penalised Sam Stone for obstruction.

Just minutes later, Brierley was sent to to sin-bin for a high shot on Esan Marsters.

The start of the second forty was an important period for Salford with a man down, but a big play from Tim Lafai regained possession 30 out from our own line.

Sneyd was the architect of a lovely break down the centre, with Cade Cust also involved and Ryan almost sent racing under the sticks.

Salford kept the pressure on and Macdonald was able to crash over for his second of the night. Sneyd added the extras to extend the lead to 0-18.

A few errors from the restart gifted the Giants a six-again, but young winger, Elliot Wallis dropped a golden opportunity just as the hosts created an overlap.

After a scuffle involving a few players near the touchline, Wallis put his head on Lafai and was shown a red card.

It was actually when down a man where Huddersfield found the most joy.

Gaining territory, looking for a route back into the game, a Giants attacker trying to latch onto a chipped kick was blocked by Chris Atkin.

The halfback was the latest to be shown a yellow card by Tom Grant.

A break on the left side allowed Adam Swift to open the Giants’ account for the evening, with another effort from Lolohea making the scoreline a little tense.

It was even tighter when Jake Bibby went over with 60 seconds to play, but the Red Devils held on for a third consecutive victory, and one which moves them currently joint-top.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Chris Atkin, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Joe Mellor, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Cade Cust, Joe Shorrocks, Gil Dudson, Shane Wright.

Tries: Nene Macdonald (2), Ethan Ryan.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (3/3)

Huddersfield Giants line-up: Jake Connor, Adam Swift, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Elliot Wallis, Tui Lolohea, Adam Clune, Olly Wilson, Adam Milner, Joe Greenwood, Harry Rushtown, Sam Halsall, Luke Yates

Interchanges: Ashton Golding, Matty English, Seb Ikahihifo, Jake Bibby, Hugo Salabio.

Tries: Adam Swift, Tui Lolohea, Jake Bibby.

Conversions: Jake Connor (2/3)

HT: 0-12

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 17-12 WARRINGTON WOLVES (ROUND 9)

Salford Red Devils recorded a sixth win in nine after a hard-fought contest with Warrington Wolves.

Paul Rowley’s side have continued their fine start to 2024 by beating one of the division’s most in-form teams and now move joint 2nd on the Betfred Super League table.

The hosts started the game with a high intensity, maintaining great pressure in both defence and attack. Tim Lafai shot off the defensive line to put pressure on Stefan Ratchford, forcing him to throw a forward pass and cause the first error of the game.

It was the same source who opened the scoring moments later, with a run perhaps typical of the quality Lafai brings to the team.

Some quick hands from Marc Sneyd got the centre free on the left edge. Deon Cross was outside him, but the Samoan produced a stunning, tackle-busting run to open the scoring.

From the restart, Salford were straight back on the offensive and Ryan Brierley was the next to go bursting through the Warrington defence.

One-on-one with Matt Dufty, Brierley was taken down and couldn’t accurately flick the offload, which bobbled out of play.

Building back upfield, Salford conceded a set restart and prop, James Harrison consequently darted through the line to level the scores, with Ratchford adding the extras.

Wire were soon on the board again when Brierley – chasing back a deft grubber – misjudged the bounce and allowed George Williams to sneak around the back and score – confirmed by the video referee.

But just when it looked like the visitors were in the ascendency, Joe Mellor – who had an outstanding game at hooker – scurried from dummy-half to crash over, right next to the posts.

With half-time looming, some neat set-up play allowed Sneyd to nail a drop goal from around 30 metres to put Salford in front.

A nip-and-tuck start to the second-half, with both sides trading sets, ended with Ratchford punishing a string of Salford penalties to kick a penalty-goal.

It was certainly an eventful afternoon for the video referee, and he was called into action again when the on-field call of no try went against Brierley for a double-movement.

It was Mellor who made a break up the middle and Brierley was denied by a last-ditch Toby King tackle.

There was a similar situation up the other end, with Paul Vaughan thinking he’d crashed over for a crucial try, but the on-field call of no try was upheld by the video referee.

Sneyd tried his luck from the tee after a high tackle from Vaughan, but his effort, although catching the wind, was just to the right of the sticks.

Then, the game-winning moment, courtesy of a lung-bursting run from Nene Macdonald down the right wing.

The PNG international backed his pace to beat one man, but then sent a stellar kick back infield for Brierley and Chris Atkin to chase.

The former was brought down off the ball by Danny Walker when he looked certain to ground, and after some forensic analysis by the video referee, he agreed with the on-field call of penalty-try.

Sneyd added the extras and rounded-off a huge scalp for the Red Devils, who will now travel to face another in-form team, Huddersfield Giants in Round 10.

MATCH FACTS:

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

Interchanges: Cade Cust, Joe Shorrocks, Andrew Dixon, Gil Dudson.

Tries: Tim Lafai, Joe Mellor, Ryan Brierley.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (2/4)

Drop Goals: Marc Sneyd (1/1)

Warrington Wolves line-up: Matt Dufty, Josh Thewlis, Stefan Ratchford, Toby King, Matty Russell, George Williams, Leon Hayes, James Harrison, Danny Walker, Paul Vaughan, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Matty Nicholson, Ben Currie.

Interchanges: Sam Powell, Joe Bullock, Joe Philbin, Jordy Crowther.

Tries: James Harrison, George Williams.

Conversions:  Stefan Ratchford (2/3)

HT: 11-10

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

MATCH REPORT – CASTLEFORD TIGERS 36-24 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 7)

Salford Red Devils were beaten by Castleford Tigers at the Jungle this evening.

Paul Rowley recalled David Nofoaluma into the starting line-up, with Amir Bourouh also replacing Joe Mellor at hooker.

Looking for a fifth win of the Betfred Super League season, Salford started on the front foot and notched the first points of the contest via a Marc Sneyd penalty-goal.

It wasn’t long until we were on the board again, with the in-form Ryan Brierley supporting a nice line break by Deon Cross to receive and stroll over.

Marc Sneyd added the extras to make it 0-8, but the momentum soon shifted in Cas’ favour.

Shifting the play left, Jack Broadbent found Innes Senior, who received the ball and shrugged off Cade Cust to make a break.

An ankle tap from Ryan Brierley tripped the winger, but with no other retreating Salford body nearby, Senior was able to regain his balance and go over.

Things for worse for the Red Devils when Amir Bourouh was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous lift; and the hosts capitalised just minutes later.

Another penalty placed Cas in prime position to hurt Salford’s defensive line, and it was Sam Hall who made the bust up the middle to crash over.

Sneyd was trying to wrestle back control and started to complete sets with smart kicks into touch, maybe with Bourouh’s sin-binning in mind.

However, from the next set, Liam Horne’s line break proved crucial. His neat offload to Namo was quickly closed down, but a quick play-the-ball and a chipped kick into the corner from Jacob Miller found Senior for his second of the night.

Salford got back into the contest just before the break, with Tim Lafai on the end of a nice passage of play involving Joe Shorrocks, Sneyd and Brierley to go over unopposed.

Sneyd narrowed the deficit to just four with his conversion, but big changes were certainly needed in the second forty.

That period was started in emphatic fashion, with Nene Macdonald racing 70 metres to score a stunning individual try in front of the travelling Salford faithful.

We went further in front a few minutes later, with Shorrocks this time the architect of a quick bust up the middle.

He was stopped by Broadbent, but managed to find a pass to the supporting Brierley, who slid over in the left corner.

However, Sneyd, for the first time this season, dragged his kick wide, ending an incredible run of 35 consecutive conversions.

In almost a carbon copy of the first-half, the game flipped on its head following a break from Senior.

He received the ball on halfway, skipped past a few Salford challenges before crossing for his hat-trick.

That was quickly followed by another breakaway try, this time from Brad Martin, who burst up the middle and crashed over the scrambling Brierley to score.

A penalty-goal further added to Salford’s woes and made it a two-score contest, before Senior made sure of the points by scoring his fourth.

There’s now a weeks’ break for Rowley’s men before we return to Betfred Super League action with a trip to newly-promoted London Broncos in Round 8.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, David Nofoaluma, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Shane Wright, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Chris Atkin, Joe Shorrocks, Joe Mellor.

Tries: Ryan Brierley (2), Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/5)

Castleford Tigers line-up: Jack Broadbent, Josh Simm, Josh Hodson, Sam Wood, Innes Senior, Danny Richardson, Jacob Miller, Sam Hall, Liam Horne, Liam Watts, Alex Mellor, Elie El Zakhem, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges: Sylvester Namo, Brad Martin, Samy Kibula, Cain Robb.

Tries: Innes Senior (4), Brad Martin, Sam Hall

Conversions: Danny Richardson (6/7)

HT: 18-14

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin.

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 32-22 LEIGH LEOPARDS (ROUND 6)

Ryan Brierley starred on his 300th career appearance, as Salford Red Devils beat Leigh Leopards on Rivals Round.

It’s now a fourth win in six Betfred Super League games to start 2024 for Paul Rowley’s side, who sit joint third with four other clubs.

Joe Mellor made his Red Devils debut, with Ollie Partington and Shane Wright also coming into the starting line-up for a highly-anticipated fixture between two entertaining teams.

Salford started on the front foot and earned the first chance of the game after Leopards half, Lachlan Lam was sent to the sin bin for a foul on Brierley.

There was a brief video referee check for a penalty-try, but that was waved away and Sneyd took the opportunity to knock over two points.

We were soon back, camped on the Leopards try-line and Brierley kickstarted his memorable night with a lovely dummy to slide over for his first of the season.

Mellor was the next to break through with a mazy run down the centre, but his chip and chase was thwarted by the Leigh backline, who gained possession and pushed upfield.

Their first real foray forward instant brought results when Kai O’Donnell was slipped through a gap to bare down on the try-line.

Brierley and Partington brought down the back-rower superbly, but a few tackles later, Umyla Hanley was the spare man to stroll over on the right.

As ever, the setback barely fazed the Salford spine, and they were all involved for a superb try just minutes later.

Sneyd dug into the line and flicked a perfect pass to Cade Cust, whose reverse pass was on the money for Brierley to charge through the line, step O’Brien and slide over.

It wasn’t long until we were over again, with Ethan Ryan scoring his first in Salford colours.

Sneyd was at the heart of the move, playing a well-executed cut-out pass to Lafai, whose tip allowed Ryan to step inside and crash over.

Just before the break, Brierley was sent to the bin for a foul on Hanley when the winger was looking to race through and try to ground Lam’s grubber kick.

Moylan – with just 20 seconds on the clock – decided to kick for goal and close the gap.

A big period after half-time may have ultimately been the difference. Some resilient defence repelled the Leopards and intelligent kicking from Sneyd going forward meant we completed high.

Brierley returned to the field and Salford got back on the front foot.

After probing for a few tackles, Partington’s charging run caused chaos, and his offload somehow found Sneyd yards from the line to scurry over.

Two tries in quick succession for Leigh followed, with Lam supporting Ed Chamberlain for one and Hanley linking up with Moylan for the other, but Salford would soon wrap up proceedings with our fifth try of the night.

Sneyd’s high bomb was claimed by Ryan and he dived over for a brace of his own.

Hanley secured his hat-trick late-on for the Leopards, but it wasn’t enough to worry the hosts, who ran the clock down and celebrated another big two points in front of the Salford faithful.

MATCH FACTS:

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

Interchanges: Amir Bourouh, King Vuniyayawa, Chris Atkin, Joe Shorrocks.

Tries: Ryan Brierley (2), Ethan Ryan (2), Marc Sneyd.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (6/6)

Leigh Leopards line-up: Gaz O’Brien, Umyla Hanley, Zak Hardaker, Ed Chamberlain, Josh Charnley, Matt Moylan, Lachlan Lam, Dan Norman, Brad Dwyer, Robbie Mulhern, Kai O’Donnell, Jack Hughes, Owen Trout.

Interchanges: Matt Davis, Ben Nakubuwai, Ben McNamara, Lewis Baxter.

Tries: Umyla Hanley (3), Lachlan Lam.

Conversions: Matt Moylan (3/5)

HT: 20-6

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin.

MATCH REPORT – ST HELENS 20-24 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 4)

Salford Red Devils won away at St Helens for the first time in 44 years.

On a famous, famous night for Paul Rowley’s side, Deon Cross scored a 75th minute winner to complete a stunning comeback at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Ryan Brierley was back in the Salford team who travelled to Merseyside, looking to win a third consecutive Betfred Super League fixture.

The first ten minutes saw Saints on the front foot, with some brave goal-line defence denying the hosts on multiple occasions.

Pressure eventually told, however. Jonny Lomax moved the ball right and Jack Welsby sold a dummy to find some space and slide over in the right corner.

Salford tried to rebuild when Saints were penalised for holding down, but Cade Cust’s chip and chase was just too strong for the halfback to apply any pressure.

In a matter of seconds, Saints went coast-to-coast, with Sione Mata’utia piercing a gap and flicking the ball to Lewis Dodd, who raced away in open field into the left corner.

As has been the case so far this season, Marc Sneyd’s quality with the boot turned the tide in Salford’s favour, with a swirling kick-off bouncing back into the hands of Joe Shorrocks.

Despite being denied a potential penalty-try when Alex Walmsley tripped a chasing Brierley, the same source was the architect of our opening score of the night, sending Cross into the corner with a lovely cut-out pass.

That move did come at a cost however, as Cust – involved in an earlier collision – was taken from the field and failed his HIA.

Saints scored another just before half-time, with Lomax again the man to send through his teammate – this time Percival – to stroll under the sticks.

The Red Devils came out for the second half with an eight-point deficit, but were given a huge boost when Percival saw red for a high shot on Jack Ormondroyd.

However, Paul Wellens’ side were next on the board following a highly controversial moment.

Building from our own line, some inventive play sent Hankinson charging down the right flank, but referee, Tom Grant pulled the play back for a forward pass.

Dodd capitalised on the chance, spotting a gap to score his second of the evening.

Such is the character of this team, that setback didn’t faze them and a well-worked move saw Lafai set the platform for our next attack with a bustling run.

Working it right, Nene Macdonald managed to spin away from his man to ground and score his second in a Salford shirt. Sneyd – who was again, perfect from the boot – added the extras from out wide.

The momentum was really with Salford and Atkin – who was actually in his natural position of halfback for the first time in a while – darted bravely through the Saints middle to cut the deficit and set-up a grandstand finish.

Arise Tim Lafai.

In amongst all the tension, the Samoan World Cup finalist produced a moment of pure brilliance; receiving a pass with one hand before flicking the ball out the back with the other, sending Cross over for his second of the night.

The Salford faithful on the opposite end of the ground erupted. They knew they were just minutes from a piece of history.

Work was still to be done in the last five minutes and Walmsley threatened to break hearts with his burst up the middle, but some heroic D forced the error and Salford hung on to a memorable two points.

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MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: Chris Atkin, King Vuniyayawa, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell.

Tries: Deon Cross (2), Nene Macdonald, Chris Atkin.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/4)

St Helens line-up: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Waqa Blake, Mark Percival, Jon Bennison, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, Daryl Clark, Sione Mata’utia, Matt Whitley, Curtis Sironen, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Moses Mbye, James Bell, Jake Wingfield, George Delaney.

Tries: Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd (2), Mark Percival.

Conversions: Mark Percival (1/3), Lewis Dodd (1/1)

HT: 14-6

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 17-10 HULL KR (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 3)

Marc Sneyd was at his thrilling best as Salford Red Devils secured a huge victory over Hull KR.

Round 3 threw Paul Rowley’s side perhaps their toughest test so far; a Robins’ side who came into the contest with a 100% record.

A last minute change – as the team’s came back in from their warm-up – saw Chris Atkin replace the injured Ryan Brierley at fullback.

Kai Morgan was promoted to the interchange bench, making his Salford Red Devils and Betfred Super League debut.

Salford were straight on the front foot from the beginning. Marc Sneyd set the tone, forcing a string of repeat sets from his magical left boot.

A brilliant few carries opened up Rovers and Sneyd’s neat nudge allowed Deon Cross to dart through, touch the ball down and open the scoring.

KR tried to wrestle back momentum via a Mikey Lewis chipped kick, but Chris Hankinson was brave, and claimed the ball before being tackled in the air.

The visitors continued to probe and tried their luck again with a grubber in behind the Salford defence. Stand-in fullback, Atkin cleaned up very well and killed the Rovers attack dead.

A highlight throughout the contest, but particularly in the first forty, was Salford’s dogged goal line D.

Repeat set after repeat set had the Red Devils camped on their own line, but after showing excellent character, the ball was fumbled by Tyrone May.

It was quickly shifted downfield, and some powerful running allowed skipper, Kallum Watkins to open up KR on their own 10 metre line.

A quick play the ball and some instinctive play-making from Cade Cust allowed Chris Hankinson to dive over the right corner for his first try in Salford colours.

Sneyd, from an almost impossible angle, converted in style, extending Salford’s lead to 12 points.

Back for the second forty, ex-Red Devils’ winger, Joe Burgess fumbled the ball on his own goal line, with a further penalty allowing Sneyd to knock over a penalty-goal.

Another two was added by Sneyd shortly after when Lewis hit the halfback late.

Their was still time for a twist in this one, with Cross sent to the bin for Salford when he tried to interfere with Burgess’ quick tap on the 20.

With 12 men on the field, it wasn’t long before Peta Hiku was over in the corner, after selling Lafai a dummy on the right edge.

Rovers came back again for a second time, with Lewis dribbling the ball along the floor before being brought down by Joe Shorrocks.

The on-field call of penalty-try was overturned by the video referee, with multiple KR bodies offside from the original kick.

Hiku was also sent to the bin shortly after, this time giving Salford the man advantage with Cross back on the field.

Things got a bit more tense when Jez Litten scored for KR, but Sneyd – capping off a Man of the Match performance – sunk a drop-goal in front of the sticks to secure the victory for Salford.

Next up for Rowley’s men is a trip to face St Helens.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Chris Atkin, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell, Kai Morgan.

Tries:  Deon Cross, Chris Hankinson.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/4)

Drop-goal: Marc Sneyd (1/1)

Hull KR line-up: Peta Hiku, Joe Burgess, Tom Opacic, Oliver Gildart, Ryan Hall, Tyrone May, Mikey Lewis, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Jai Whitbread, Kelepi Tanginoa, James Batchelor, Elliot Minchella.

Interchanges: Sauaso Sue, George King, Matt Parcell, Sam Luckley.

Tries: Peta Hiku, Jez Litten.

Conversions: James Batchelor (1/2)

HT: 12-0

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 26-22 CASTLEFORD TIGERS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 2)

A Nene Macdonald-inspired Salford Red Devils recorded their first win of 2024 this afternoon.

Back home after a narrow Round 1 defeat, Paul Rowley’s side were determined to get their first Betfred Super League points of the season, against Castleford Tigers.

Joe Shorrocks for the injured Ollie Partington was the only change, with Chris Atkin and Ryan Brierley reaching significant personal landmarks.

The Red Devils started on the front foot and Marc Sneyd’s boot was straight into action, pinning the Tigers into their own in-goal on multiple occasions.

Pressure upon pressure finally told when Sneyd slipped in Sam Stone on the left edge with a beautifully-timed short pass.

It was two in quick succession with another solid set down the middle of Cas’ line. Brad Singleton drove forward and flicked an offload to Amir Bourouh, who scampered over for his first in Salford colours.

Momentum swung with a couple of repeat sets for the visitors.

Innes Senior was denied a try by some great scramble defence, but Sam Wood was sent through minutes later by Miller to cut the deficit.

A missed Danny Richardson conversion kept Salford in the lead on the half-hour mark, after Cas worked the hands and sent Jack Broadbent diving over in the right corner.

Salford were slowly getting back into their groove and a nice chase from Shorrocks forced a repeat set – and we crucially took advantage.

Sneyd’s high bomb on the last was charged down from almost halfway by Macdonald, who leapt high into the air and over the challenging Hooley to score.

A crucial try, at a crucial point in the game – with Sneyd adding the extras.

Coming out for the second-half with a healthy lead, the pivots were straight back to work and Cade Cust almost sent Kallum Watkins barraging through a gap with a neat short ball.

It wasn’t long until Sneyd had another say in this contest, sending through a pinpoint grubber for the chasing Stone to ground his second of the contest.

It looked like the Red Devils might run away with proceedings, but Joe Westerman cut the lead when he spotted a gap and scampered over to the left of the posts.

Salford were made to work even harder when Jack Ormondroyd was sent to the sin-bin, but it highlighted the ever-growing importance of Sneyd’s kicking, who sank a penalty-goal from the 40 to allow some breathing room.

It was certainly needed, with Liam Horne spinning away from his man to cut the lead to just four, late on.

Despite some frantic closing exchanges, Salford held on for a crucial two points and will be looking to build on that when Hull KR visit the Salford Community Stadium next Saturday.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: King Vuniyayawa, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell, Chris Atkin.

Tries: Sam Stone (2), Amir Bourouh, Nene Macdonald.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (5/5)

Castleford line-up: Luke Hooley, Jason Qareqare, Jack Broadbent, Sam Wood, Innes Senior, Danny Richardson, Jacob Miller, George Lawler, Liam Horne, Nixon Putt, Elie El-Zakhem, Charbel Tasipale, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges: Rowan Milnes, Sam Hall, Muizz Mustapha, Sammy Kilbula.

Tries: Sam Wood, Jack Broadbent, Joe Westerman, Liam Horne.

Conversions: Danny Richardson (1/2), Luke Hooley (2/2)

HT: Salford Red Devils 18-10 Castleford Tigers

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

MATCH REPORT: LEEDS RHINOS 22-16 SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 1)

A battling Salford Red Devils were narrowly beaten by Leeds Rhinos at AMT Headingley.

Cade Cust and Oliver Partington were both on the scoresheet, but Sam Lisone’s late effort was enough for Rohan Smith’s team to take the two points.

Salford were the ones to attack first and had a brilliant set that took them just 10 metres out.

Another chance was presented for Salford when Marc Sneyd lifted a bomb just in-front of the Rhinos try line. Tim Lafai forced the error and Luis Roberts knocked-on.

The pressure paid off as Jack Ormondroyd was stripped of the ball when setting for the tackle. Sneyd converted the penalty-goal to put Salford into a two point lead.

A solid Salford defensive set followed, but a high tackle from Ryan Brierley led to a yellow card for the fullback, with Rhyse Martin converting the penalty-goal.

Sneyd – who was lethal with the boot – put a second bomb swirling into the air, which led to another fumble and another brilliant chance for Salford to capitalise.

Cade Cust, on debut, ran a brilliant line through the Leeds middle to latch onto Sneyd’s deft grubber kick and slam down.

Sneyd added the extras and Salford led 2-8.

Salford managed to nudge the ball deep into opposition territory a few minutes later, but the hosts quickly fired it left to find Ash Handley, who charged the full length to power Leeds level.

Nene Macdonald earned Salford a scrum with seven minutes to go in the half and, on the fourth tackle, Oliver Partington stepped away from the ruck and spotted a gap to power over.

Salford went close again with another great kick by Sneyd into Leeds’ left corner, but Cross was a fraction late with his run and spilled the ball out of play – bringing a frantic first 40 to a close.

Early in the second-half, Leeds had a dangerous set on the Salford 10m line and were denied twice by a solid defensive effort.

Skipper, Kallum Watkins was the first to halt the Rhinos with a sprawling tackle, with Sam Stone the next to thwart what looked a certain try from Andy Ackers’ grubber.

Leeds run the ball wide and force a 3-on-2, drawing the final Salford man to release Ash Handley, who touched down in the corner for his second of the evening.

A lovely dummy-half run from Cust put Salford on the front foot. His pass to Brierley was popped out the back to Chris Atkin, who was hit by a Paul Momirovski shoulder charge, resulting in a yellow card.

That allowed Sneyd to kick for another two points, putting the Reds back into a 14-16 lead.

It was soon back level again when Amir Bourouh was sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements and Martin called for the kicking tee to nudge over two more.

Then, with just nine minutes left to play, Leeds’ Sam Lisone crashed right through the middle of Salford’s fatigued defensive line to score the match-winning try.

A few opportunities for Salford in the closing exchanges threatened a potential golden point decider, but the hooter was a welcome sound for the Rhinos, who hung on to a Round 1 victory.

Next up for the Red Devils is our return to the Salford Stadium. Join us back home for Round 2 against Castleford Tigers on Sunday 25th February by clicking here.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Chris Hankinson, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Cade Cust, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Amir Bourouh, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Joe Shorrocks, Shane Wright, Ben Hellewell, Chris Atkin.

Tries: Cade Cust, Oliver Partington.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (4/4)

Leeds’ line-up: Lachlan Miller, Luis Roberts, Harry Newman, Paul Momirovski, Ash Handley, Brodie Croft, Matt Frawley, Mikołaj Olędzki, Andy Ackers, James Donaldson, Mickael Goudemand, Rhyse Martin, Cameron Smith.

Interchanges: Justin Sangare, Sam Lisone, James Bentley, Jarrod O’Connor.

Tries: Ash Handley (2), Sam Lisone.

Conversions: Rhyse Martin (4/4)

HT: Leeds Rhinos 8-14 Salford Red Devils.

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

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