INU: “NO DOUBT YOU’LL BE SEEING FIREWORKS”

Krisnan Inu believes our home supporters make a massive difference to the teams’ performance.

Our Assistant Coach has been speaking to the press on a range of different topics, ahead of our Rivals Round clash with Leigh Leopards on Saturday.

Despite suffering elimination from the Betfred Challenge Cup last time out, the Red Devils’ early Super League form has been impressive, winning three of our first five outings.

Head Coach, Paul Rowley and his staff have also welcomed back a few key players to the fold in the last seven days or so – including Ollie Partington and Joe Mellor.

“It’s good to have them boys back,” Inu told reporters.

“They’re footy heads, they’re rugby league players, and they’re good for the team being in and around the mix come game time.

“They’re the players you want to play with and be alongside on the pitch, so it’s good to have them back, and good to have the headache of who we’re going to pick each match.”

The Leopards are Salford’s next task, with the current Challenge Cup holders full of confidence after back-to-back victories in all competitions.

Previewing the clash, Inu said: “They’re a good team, good club. They were successful last year and it showed in the trophy they won.

“There’s a lot of boys that have played there and staff that have coached there. It’s Rivals Round for a reason, it’s a big game for us, big game for them, for the two towns and no doubt you’ll be seeing fireworks.”

On Rivals Round in particular, Inu has described why our home support can make all the difference and revealed his experiences of that during his time here as a player.

“I think whatever team you play for you say your fans are the best.

“For us, I have no doubt our fans are the best. To have their support is awesome and to see them before every game, they build us up and give us a bit of a kick before the game starts.

“To have the boys run out for warm-up and run out to their welcome, and their cheers, and their enthusiasm, I know as a past player I have no doubt it has an effect on them, and how they play.”

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

INU: “YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE IN THEM BIG GAMES”

Former finalist, Krisnan Inu has highlighted the importance of rugby league’s most prestigious cup competition.

Back in 2020, our current Assistant Coach was part of the Salford Red Devils side who booked a date with Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium.

However, due to the COVID pandemic, the final was played behind closed doors, with every kick and every thud echoing around the empty bowl.

Luke Gale’s 76th minute drop-goal was the difference on that day, but it did little to dampen Inu’s feeling towards a competition he first played in during his time with Catalans Dragons.

“For the foreign boys, you sort of learn what it means to the local people to be part of the competition and making a final, but the longer you’re here, the more special it is, ” he told the press.

“You see other teams making finals and you always want to be in them big games; and hearing the history of the Challenge Cup, and what it means each clubs fans, it’s massive, and obviously you want to lift that trophy.”

Round 6 in 2024 pits us against Hull KR, a team the Red Devils have already beaten once at the start of this month – a 17-10 victory at home.

Going away to Craven Park is a different task altogether, and one Inu describes as a ‘different beast’.

“Any time you play Hull (KR) it’s a big game, but going over there (Craven Park) it’s a different beast.

“The crowd is alway louder over there than probably any other team you play, so that’s something we’ll manage as the game goes on and do our speaking on the field.”

Click here to watch Krisnan’s pre-match press conference in full.

INU: “YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST HIM”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROWLEY: “IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’RE PROUD OF”

Paul Rowley has provided his reaction to our Round 1 defeat at AMT Headingley Stadium.

On a breathless evening of Betfred Super League action, Sam Lisone’s late try under the sticks was enough for Leeds Rhinos to claim the first two points of the season.

Before that, however, Cade Cust and Oliver Partington were on target to hand us a first-half lead. Throw in some expert kicking from Marc Sneyd and the Red Devils were starting to disrupt the Rhinos’ opening day party.

Speaking post-match to the media, our Head Coach has offered his reflection on a tight contest, highlighting a key character trait of his side.

“We were resilient last year as well, it’s been a trait of the club, so it’s something that we’re proud of,” he began.

“I think if we improved on the areas looking back on stats from last year; like field position, territory and possession, couple that with resilience, then we become a very dangerous side, because we’re pretty potent statistically when we’re in their quarter.

“That’s a given, it’s a non-negotiable, but nevertheless, to display that sort of character trait is very admirable and I’m very proud of the lads actually.”

On the game itself, Rowley believes it was played in a good spirit, with fatigue from a set of three consecutive penalties costing his side in the last 10 minutes.

“I don’t think there was much in the game, to be honest – I just think it was a good game.

“I don’t think we were hanging in the game at all. I thought for large parts of the game we were comfortable and controlling the game. I think our players felt very confident and like I said I just felt like it was a good quality game.

He continued: “Leeds scored out of yardage on a shift play, right to left when we were a man down.

“It wasn’t a matter of death by a thousand cuts getting us in territory. At the end it was, when they kept turning the ball back inside and what should of been comfortable to defend, fatigue got us,

“But I think that was after a series of three penalties, and throw Amir Bourouh in the bin – that’s when it got us, but I don’t think there was much in the game.”

Ian Watson | “We’re making silly errors”

Head Coach Ian Watson bemoaned his sides ball control and ability to ask questions of Hull FC following their 45-14 defeat at the KCOM Stadium. 
However, Watson did see an improved side after the interval with the Red Devils winning the second half.
Watch Ian Watson’s full press conference below:

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