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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