RED DEVILS RESERVES OVERCOME SETBACKS TO SECURE WIN

Salford 23  Wakefield 16                         Match Report

Two first half tries, one from fullback, Nathan Connell and the other by centre, Josh Wagstaffe, put the Salford Red Devils Reserves on their way to a home victory over Wakefield Trinity Reserves, last Saturday, after they had weathered early pressure from the visitors in the initial arm-wrestle.

The first of these came in the fifteenth minute when Wagstaffe scythed through the defence to put Connell, over, go round towards the posts, and give scrum-half, Kai Morgan, a straight forward kick at goal.

Seven minutes later, it was Wagstaffe’s individual skill which enabled him to spin round and wrong-foot the Trinity defence, after the ball had been moved to the left of the field, this time too far out for the conversion attempt to be successful.

The Red Devils dominance was by now so evident that they were able to force a Wakefield knock-on under their own posts, on thirty minutes, which resulted in the Reds gaining further possession from the resultant goal-line drop-out, and then as the clock was running down towards the final moments of the half, Morgan took advantage of having possession near Trinity’s line to drop a goal, and take the half-time score to 11-0.

It is almost inevitable, in by far and away the majority of games, that the momentum will suddenly swing away from one team to the other, and Saturday’s encounter was no different in this respect, upon the resumption.

Still taking the game to their opponents it was a well-intended pass, after only five minutes, which was intercepted by a Wakefield three-quarter, on his own twenty metre line, who sped down the left wing to open his team’s account with a converted try under the posts.

Dramatic turnaround as this was, things got a whole lot more unsettling as the visitors exploited this new-found scoring potential on their left flank, and, in their very next set, succeeded in launching yet another, almost identical, clean break down this wing.  This time, Connell was in position to stall the approach with a well-executed tackle, but a quick play-the-ball set the visitors off on a continuation of the attack to score by the posts and, with the added goal, take an 11-12 lead.

Now on the crest of a wave, Trinity revelled in a surfeit of possession, and on 51mins Connell was called upon again to snuff out another Wakefield break.  Four minutes later, however, there was no denying them as they crossed for a third try, this time in the right-hand corner, to stretch their lead to five points.

Things were beginning to look quite bleak for the Red Devils, especially when Jamie Pye, who alongside fellow prop, Jordan Brown, had been quite magnificent, had to retire with injury.  

Under such setbacks, many a team would have cracked, but step forward John Hutchings who had come off the bench to the second-row, and who now moved to prop to fill the gap.  Add, also the return to the fray of Ben Hellewell, and, credit to the Salford players they all stuck to their task of making the hard yardage up the field, completing their sets.

All of this consequently turned the game around in their favour, on 60 mins, when stand-off, Joe Purcell, fooled the Wakefield defence into thinking he was about to pass the ball to Brown, but instead shot through the gap that had opened up, to score under the posts.  Morgan made no mistake in putting Salford back in front, at 17-16.

Indeed, they came very close to scoring again, on 68 mins, only for the try in the corner to be disallowed for a forward pass, but the highly talented youngsters, Morgan and Connell, combined to put the game to bed, on 71 mins. 

On the last tackle of the set, Morgan showed great vision to notice that the Wakefield fullback had been sucked out of position, so he carried the ball forward to put in an overhead kick to just short of the try line, and Connell appeared from nowhere to dive onto the ball, and, despite the best efforts of a couple of Wakefield defenders, roll sideways over the try-line to ground it.  Just for good measure, Morgan added the goal-points from one of his more difficult kicks.

They then had just one more scare to overcome, when an end-of-set Wakefield kick to the left corner was taken by one of their chasers, close to the Salford line, but Ethan Fitzgerald, who had come onto the wing to counter the Trinity threat on their left wing, was equal to the task and forced the carrier into touch with a magnificent try-saving tackle.

SALFORD:

Connell, Egan, Hammond, Wagstaffe, Nofoaluma, Purcell, Morgan, Brown, Yates, Pye, Davies, McCurrie, Hellewell

Interchanges

Fitzgerald, Hutchings, Appleby, Wells

18th Man: Davidson

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 20-0 WAKEFIELD TRINITY (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 23)

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

Photo credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS WAKEFIELD TRINITY (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 23)

With just five Betfred Super League games remaining, Paul Rowley’s side face Wakefield Trinity in Round 23.

After a period of tough results, Salford Red Devils returned to form in style last Friday, with a resounding victory over Huddersfield Giants.

Ryan Brierley, Sam Stone, Ken Sio and Chris Atkin were all on the scoresheet at the John Smith’s Stadium, where two crucial points edged us back into the winner’s circle.

This weekend’s opposition – despite sitting rock bottom – will be no pushovers, as we found out back in June, when they came out 32-6 winners at the Be Well Support Stadium.

With key bodies now fully integrated back into the squad after injuries, rhythm is slowly returning – maybe at the most crucial point of the season.

Here is everything you need to know before this one:


SQUAD NEWS

An unchanged 21-man squad.

That’s something Paul Rowley has rarely had the pleasure of naming across 2023, but it must be a welcome boost at such a crucial time.

Here is the personnel available for today’s clash:


ROWLEY’S PREVIEW

Previewing today’s clash, Rowley was quick to remind everyone what happened the last time we met back in June.

When asked how different it is to prepare for an opposition who are desperate for points, he said: “I think the teams at the top are where they are because they’re consistent; so in terms of preparation, there is familiar traits that are repeated time and time again, to a high standard.

“The difference in dealing with Wakefield; they’ve had a lot of different personnel and they’ve been inconsistent as well.

“But from past experience, we have been well-beaten by them on one occasion, and then we got a golden point win on another.

“It’d be foolish to disrespect Wakefield and it’s something we won’t be doing.

“On paper, they’re a quality side, they’ve got a lot of good personnel, they’re a healthy squad and they’ll certainly be very motivated considering the predicament that they find themselves in.”

Watch the Head Coach preview the game in full by clicking HERE!


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FIXTURE AMEDNMENT – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Our Betfred Super League clash against Wakefield Trinity, at the Salford Stadium has been moved to Friday 25th August, at 7:45pm.

In what is turning out to be the closest regular season in history, every result is vital and Paul Rowley’s side will be targeting a top six spot come the end of September.

The Red Devils were beating by the side currently bottom of the Super League table a fortnight ago, so it will be a chance to bounce back when they make the trip over the Pennines.

In our previous meeting at the Salford Stadium, Marc Sneyd’s drop-goal in golden point was the difference in a 14-13 victory.

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MATCH REPORT – WAKEFIELD TRINITY 32-6 SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 17)

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

Photo credit: Steve McCormick

BOUROUH – “I’VE COME ON A LOT!”

Amir Bourouh says Salford Red Devils are expecting a desperate Wakefield Trinity side and states the team need to be at their best if they want the win. 

Bourouh, who joined around this time last season, spoke to us before a Round 17 clash against Wakefield Trinity.

“We are expecting a team who are going to come out, desperate for a win, we need to be the best versions of ourselves if we want to get the win,” he said.

Bourouh arrived at the Red Devils from Wigan Warriors in 2022.

He has developed his skills over the past 12 months and is becoming a key player in the squad.

He says he’s still got a lot of work to do but he’s been getting better every game. 

“I think I’ve come on a lot and Krissy (Inu) has been working a lot with me during pre-season,” he continued.

The youngster says he has started to feel more like a hooker lately and has been learning with regular first-teamer Andy Ackers – someone who has been at the top for a while and been in the England camp at last summer’s World Cup.

With Ackers out injured after consecutive failed HIA assessment’s, Bourouh is hopeful he can get in the team this week after going in and out on loan during the year to both Swinton and Barrow, where he enjoyed successful spells.

Wakefield were winless for almost the entire first-half of the season; however, a recent win against Leeds has certainly boosted their Betfred Super League survival hopes.

Being at home this week – where they defeated the Rhinos 24-14 – should be a big confidence for the side sat rock bottom of the table.

Bourouh stated that the home side will show that they are desperate for the two points and that Salford need to be at their very best if they want to stop that from happening. 

MATCH PREVIEW – WAKEFIELD TRINITY VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 17)

Salford Red Devils travel to face Wakefield Trinity at the Be Well Support Stadium later tonight.

Paul Rowley’s side are looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, but spirits are high and optimism is in the air for what this squad can achieve in 2023.

Trinity have struggled to gain any momentum this season and sit rock-bottom of the Betfred Super League table.

However, by beating Leeds Rhinos just over a fortnight ago, Mark Applegarth’s team have shown they are no pushovers and will be a tricky test for any team visiting West Yorkshire.

Here’s everything you need to know before this one:


SQUAD NEWS

A wave of injury trouble has hit Paul Rowley’s squad at a crucial point in the campaign.

After failing a HIA in last weekend’s defeat, Ryan Brierley is missing for this one, with Andy Ackers still not passed fit to feature after consecutive head knocks.

Brodie Croft is nursing a hand injury and is still not available, while Sam Stone is the latest casualty in the now-20-man squad.

However, there is positive news that Alex Gerrard is back available for selection after struggling with a knee problem.


INU’S PREVIEW

Ahead of Round 17, Assistant Coach, Krisnan Inu spoke to the media and brought us up to speed on the health of full-back, Ryan Brierley.

On his medical condition, Inu said: “He’s alright. He doesn’t mind having a rest. He’s probably been our best player this year.

“His head is alright, medically he’s ticked all the boxes that could have let him play, but the rules are the rules, so he misses out this week.

“It’s a refresh button for him at a good time of the year. He can get his body sorted for the rest of the season to come.”

You can watch the press conference in full by clicking HERE.


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Tickets are still available for purchase and collection from the Salford Stadium until midday today – click HERE.

After this time, pay on the day is the only option, with the remaining tickets taken to the Be Well Support stadium for collection.


TRAINING GALLERY – BOUNCING BACK!

After a disappointing result against Wigan Warriors, Salford Red Devils will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday evening.

We take on Wakefield Trinity at the Be Well Support Stadium, where two points could see us climb as high as third in the Betfred Super League table.

The lads have been training hard this week and we spoke to Amir Bourouh earlier. Click HERE to hear our full chat.

Here’s some of our favourite shots from Captain’s run, courtesy of our club photographer, Steve McCormick:

WAKEFIELD TRINITY VS SALFORD RED DEVILS – TICKET INFORMATION

We travel to face Wakefield Trinity in the final fixture of our packed June schedule.

Kick-off on Friday 30th June is at 7:45pm, with the Red Devils looking to keep pace with the leading pack as the season ticks towards crunch time.

Mark Applegarth’s side are struggling at the foot of the Betfred Super League table, but picked up a hugely-impressive two points against Leeds Rhinos last week and will want to build on that momentum.

Last time we faced Trinity, Marc Sneyd’s dramatic drop-goal in golden point was the difference, so Paul Rowley will know just what type of test awaits his side.

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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V WAKEFIELD

There is nothing more surprising than outcomes and results in any sport, and the only thing which we should be surprised by is our own surprise at unexpected results, because they happen so often, all of which is what makes it so fascinating to watch.  That was certainly the case, this weekend, for Salford Red Ded Devils when they took on the visiting Wakefield Trinity, with their visitors languishing without a victory at the foot of the table, whilst the Reds themselves were on the back of a sixty-point scoreline from the previous week.

Expectations for this encounter, therefore, had the sky as the limit in the minds of many, and when Matty Costello crossed for a converted try, in the fourth minute, thanks to a considerable overlap that their signature, slick handling had forged, a few more, rathermore guarded individuals will have joined their ranks.

It has been said, on previous occasions in these pages. that scoring too early and too easily can become something of a double-edged sword, by encouraging over-confidence in a team’s ranks, which leads to a small but important drop in their intensity, which in turn feeds into a growth in self-confidence among their opponents.

Factor in the desperation at Wakefield’s current plight, which must be eminent throughout their ranks, coupled with the fact that they had obviously done a very thorough job in their preparation for the game so that every strike player for Salford had been identified and was carefully marshalled.  Kallum Watkins, for example, found, in opposite number Matty Ashurst, an almost ever-present obstacle to his breaking clear.

So the longer the Red Devils went without scoring again, the more the visitors grew in self-belief, and they found themselves getting to those try-saving tackles which kept their deficit to manageable proportions.  For their part the home side started to show signs of frustration with themselves at their further lack of success, and a wild pass on their own line caused a goal-line drop-out, from which Wakefield opened their account, after ten minutes, to draw level.

A thwarted opportunity to score through Deon Cross, in the 23rd minute, as often happens in these circumstances led to the opposition going to the other end and taking a 6-10 lead with an unconverted try in their right corner.  Fortunately, Salford still had one more try left in them before the interval, from a simple, basic scoot by Chris Atkins which was sufficient to get him over to restore a two-point half-time lead.

It would appear that discussions over half-time had shifted the Reds’ focus for the second half to establishing midfield dominance by the forwards, and for the first twenty minutes this went well with the pack gaining good field position and keeping the visitors penned in their own half.   Tyler Dupree might not have made any eye-catching clean breaks, but he certainly made the Wakefield six struggle to contain him.

It was similarly great to see the now-returned, Adam Sidlow, rolling back the years by a decade since his last spell here, and wearing the opposition down using his power and size to grand effect, as he has done against us so many times during the interim period.

The nearest the home side were to come to scoring though was on 59 mins, when Rhys Williams got over the line, only to lose the ball in a last-ditch tackle, and, when Wakefield did eventually get to the other end, they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which tied the score at twelve all, ten minutes from time.

It is at times like these that someone has to emerge to set their seal on the game, and, on this occasion, it was man-of-the-match, Marc Sneyd.  He had been one of the Salford players, throughout the game, to have been able to trouble the Trinity defence, but drop-goals, after all, are one of his specialities. How reassuring it was, therefore, to watch him take complete control of the situation in the final five minutes, and through extra time.

His first, with five minutes remaining, was promptly wiped out by Wakefield, who were gifted possession from the restart, by Salford’s failing to take the ball before it went into touch, his second attempt was a rushed affair which went wide and his third was successful in itself but with it being disallowed for an incorrect play-the-ball immediately before. There was no such doubt over his final kick which won the match, much to everyone’s relief.

Disappointing as the performance might have been, however, the benefit of going through a dour, tough encounter, not to mention experiencing golden-point extra time, will undoubtedly stand them in good stead for the future, for it is not just having players who have gone through these experiences elsewhere themselves, but the whole group going through it together and learning from one another how to do so, successfully.

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