RESERVES TO KICK OFF WEEKEND OF RUGBY

As a prelude to Sunday’s double header featuring our women’s and men’s first, teams, Saturday afternoon will see our reserve side, in the opener of the three home fixtures, taking on the London Broncos, with a 2pm kick off.

This fixture comes off the back of two extremely good results for the Salford lads, having defeated Wakefield Trinity 23-16, in their last home match, and then having travelled to Robin Park to give the Wigan Warriors a tremendous fight before succumbing to two late, converted tries which brought the Warriors a somewhat flattering 34-20 win.

That performance was most commendable to the extent that coach, Stuart Wilkinson, was really disappointed at the outcome, as he explains:

“With only five minutes to go, we were really in with a chance of winning with the score at 22-20, but unfortunately the lads got over excited and started drifting away from everything that, to that point, they had done so well.  As a result, Wigan sensed their opportunity and took advantage of it.”

Nevertheless, the closeness of all but the final score, coupled with the victory over Wakefield, will have given the team a great uplift in confidence on which to build for this weekend’s encounter, though he warns

“Despite that, however, we cannot afford to be over-confident, because this London side actually beat Wigan in a previous match between the two.  We must concentrate on our own performance and ensure that everything we do is up to scratch.”

Teamwise, Salford fans can look forward to seeing the debuts of two of our promoted academy players.  Jim Shields is a Salford-born player who plays in the second-row, while Sean Murray is a scrum-half from Wigan.

Why not, therefore, get along to the Salford Community Stadium both days this weekend to enjoy what could prove to be a festival of rugby league.

MATCH REPORT – SALFORD RED DEVILS 6-26 WIGAN WARRIORS (ROUND 12)

Salford Red Devils showed plenty of spirit in tough conditions, but were beaten by world champions, Wigan Warriors this afternoon.

With Amir Bourouh and Cade Cust both missing through injury, Joe Shorrocks was operating at hooker, with Shane Wright replacing Jack Ormondroyd at prop.

Errors were aplenty in the first ten minutes, with Salford forced on their own try line by the strong running of Junior Nsemba and Luke Thompson.

The Warriors were first on the board when Miski created a gap in the Salford line to race clean through on fullback, Ryan Brierley.

He flicked a pass back inside to Wigan’s number three, Adam Keighran, who finished the job.

One quickly became two when another quick move from Wigan opened up Salford’s defence. Nsemba was the man who ran a hard line for the Warriors and powered through Sneyd to score the try.

Marc Sneyd was shown a green card after receiving some treatment in back play and with Salford down to 12 for two minutes, the visitors struck again.

Warriors hooker, Brad O’Neill ran strong and squeezed through the Salford defence to score, despite the best efforts of Brierley to hold him up.

A positive moment for Salford in the first-half came via Kallum Watkins, who ran a fantastic line to break through, but some expert scramble defence held the skipper up.

A second chance came when Nene Macdonald darted from dummy-half to crash through, but the video referee confirmed the on-field decision of no try.

Going into the break 18 points down, Salford needed a positive start to the second forty – and that’s just what they did.

The Salford faithful sensed an opportunity was on the horizon after Gil Dudson took a strong carry just five metres out.

Some fast reactions from Joe Mellor gave Ollie Partington the the opportunity to exploit a gap to exploit, and he sliced straight through the Wigan defence to narrow the deficit.

A period of Salford pressure followed, but a high tackle from Mellor allowed Keighran to add the two points.

Torrential conditions made the ball slippy and French took advantage of a tired Salford defence to scramble through and seal a Warriors win.

Next up for Rowley’s side are the visit of London Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Chris Atkin, Marc Sneyd, Brad Singleton, Joe Shorrocks, Shane Wright, Sam Stone, Kallum Watkins, Ollie Partington.

Interchanges: Chris Hankinson, Joe Mellor, Matty Foster, Gil Dudson.

Tries: Ollie Partington

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (1/1)

Wigan Warriors line-up: Jai Field, Abbas Miski, Adam Keighran, Jake Wardle, Liam Marshall, Bevan French, Harry Smith, Luke Thompson, Brad O’Neill, Mike Cooper, Junior Nsemba, Liam Farrell, Ethan Havard.

Interchanges: Tyler Dupree, Patrick Mago, Harvie Hill, Kruise Leeming

Tries: Abbas Miski, Junior Nsemba, Brad O’Neill, Bevan French.

Conversions: Adam Keighran (5/5)

HT: 0-18

Photo credit: Steve McCormick & James Giblin

TEAM NEWS | SHORROCKS STARTS AT NINE AGAINST FORMER CLUB

Paul Rowley has made two enforced changes to his starting thirteen for this afternoon’s Round 12 clash against Wigan Warriors.

Against his former club, Joe Shorrocks returns from a knee injury to operate at hooker, with another returnee, Joe Mellor an option off the bench for our Head Coach in that position.

Jack Ormondroyd was forced off the field nearly a fortnight ago with a rib problem and he hasn’t recovered in time for this one. Shane Wright is his replacement at prop.

Gil Dudson is also an option off the interchange bench, with Matty Foster also set to be given an opportunity to impress.

Check out the line-up below and head to social media to give your reaction:

MATCH PREVIEW – SALFORD RED DEVILS VS WIGAN WARRIORS (ROUND 12)

After a short break, Salford Red Devils host the reigning world champions, Wigan Warriors for the second time in 2024.

With a third of the Betfred Super League season now complete, Paul Rowley’s side return home after back-to-back away fixtures against Huddersfield Giants and Leigh Leopards.

The Warriors are in flying form and recently booked their place at Wembley Stadium with a convincing victory over Hull KR in the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final.

Matt Peet’s men will be the toughest of tasks for Salford, with strike players like Bevan French and Jai Field able to cause problems from anywhere on the field.

All the way back in Round 5 however, the Red Devils showed plenty of heart to come within five minutes of a famous win. Tim Lafai and Sam Stone were on the scoresheet, but two late Warriors tries snatched the two points.

So will it be repeat or revenge? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this one:


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

We’re back home and it was a closely fought contest last time we faced the Warriors, so we’d love to see you at the Salford Community Stadium backing the boys.

Our ABK fan zone is also in full swing, so come down and try some of the food and drink vendors we have on offer.

Click here to buy tickets; including options in the West, South and iHeat Community East stand.

Alternatively, the Salford Community Stadium ticket office will be open in the morning to pay-on-the-day or collect pre-purchased season tickets.


SQUAD NEWS

With a week to rest and recharge, there’s a few changes to the squad for Round 12.

Shane Wright, Joe Shorrocks, Gil Dudson and Joe Mellor are all back in contention after recovering from their respective injuries – a massive boost for our Head Coach.

However, Cade Cust, Jack Ormondroyd, Ben Hellewell and Adam Sidlow are all struggling with knocks of their own and miss out this week.

There is potential to see new signing, Harvey Wilson in action, as the youngster is named for the first time since his move from Wigan Warriors.


LAST TIME OUT

The final score certainly doesn’t paint a fair reflection of when these two sides last met.

Rowley’s side – inspired by another fantastic Marc Sneyd performance – kept a potent Warriors outfit at bay until Liam Marshall’s try just before half-time.

Tim Lafai and Sam Stone fired Salford back into the contest – just after Abbas Miski had extended the visitors lead – but disaster struck just five minutes from the final hooter.

An attempted short drop-out backfired and Jake Wardle took advantage of a bobbling ball to steal the points – confirmed via a Bevan French try shortly after.

Check out the highlights from that game by clicking below.


HOW TO WATCH

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Sunday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on the Warriors.

Coverage is also available on Sky Sports Mix from 2:55pm.


ROWLEY NAMES ROUND 12 SQUAD TO FACE WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has named his squad to face Wigan Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

After a short break, Salford Red Devils are back in Betfred Super League action, as the world champions come to town for the second time in 2024.

With a third of the season completed, seven wins from our first 11 games signals a positive start, but the team will be eager to bounce back from defeat against Leigh Leopards in our last outing.


SQUAD NEWS

With a week to rest and recharge, there’s a few changes to the squad for Round 12.

Shane Wright, Joe Shorrocks, Gil Dudson and Joe Mellor are all back in contention after recovering from their respective injuries – a massive boost for our Head Coach.

However, Cade Cust, Jack Ormondroyd, Ben Hellewell and Adam Sidlow are all struggling with knocks of their own and miss out this week.

There is potential to see new signing, Harvey Wilson in action, as the youngster is named for the first time since his move from Wigan Warriors.

Check out the squad below and head to socials to give your reaction.

HARVEY WILSON SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the signing of Harvey Wilson from Wigan Warriors.

The 20-year-old has joined the club immediately for the remainder of 2024 and will also be part of Paul Rowley’s playing squad for 2025.

Wilson is a young forward who started his career at Clock Face Miners, Orrell St James and Siddal, before signing for Wigan in 2020.

Since his move into the Warriors Scholarship programme, Wilson has enjoyed loan spells at Oldham Roughyeds, Widnes Vikings and most recently, Bradford Bulls.

The youngster has already linked-up with his new teammates for training and will continue his exciting development under our coaching staff.

In reaction to joining Salford Red Devils, Wilson has said: “I am really looking forward to joining Salford.

“I can’t wait to get into it and take any opportunity I can to help the club. I am looking forward to playing with the lads and in front of the fans!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “I am pleased to welcome Harvey to the club. He’s a very determined young player who will be a great addition to our group.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would like to welcome Harvey and his family to Salford Red Devils.

“Harvey will now get the opportunity to position himself within our team and bolster our forward pack for the remainder of this season, and next.

“Harvey comes in off his growing reputation within the game, and I am really excited to see how he grabs this opportunity.

“Finally, I would like to say thank you Kris Radlinski and the Wigan club for allowing Harvey to take up this position at the Red Devils!”

Everyone at Salford would like to welcome Harvey to the club and look forward to seeing his progression over the next 18 months.

ERRORS COST RED DEVILS DEARLY

Wigan 34  Salford 20                 Match Report

Two brief spells, at the end of each half, saw the Wigan Warriors Reserves grab enough points to record a victory which appeared rather more emphatic than it actually was, in their home fixture with the Salford Red Devils.

In a concluding ten minutes of the first half, they succeeded, with two tries and a conversion, in overturning their visitors’ 14-6 lead to take a two-point advantage into the half time interval, and then in the final five minutes of the game stretched that tentative 22-20, two-point lead to fourteen, by means of two further, converted tries.

All of which was most dismaying for a brave Salford team that had not only matched their illustrious opponents for the remaining sixty-five minutes, but in many respects had been the better side. 

One aspect, however, in which they were second best, was in the number of handling errors they made, each of which presented the Warriors with more possession with which to gain momentum.  Add to that the fatiguing amount of defending this consequently incurs, and it becomes clear as to why the home side were able to secure the game towards the end of each half.

In every other aspect of their performance, though, the Reds  were outstanding, particularly in defence, but not only that, also with the power of their carries, their support for the ball carrier, their kicking game, and their exceptional commitment on a day in which temperatures rose continually throughout, thereby sapping energy levels well above the norm.

As if to show just how evenly balanced the two sides were, it took up to fifteen minutes for Wigan to open the scoring, and even then it came against the run of play, with an excellent Salford end-of-set kick turning fullback Hodkinson around, but, in so doing, enabling him to wrong-foot his nearest chaser and set up an eighty yard try, down the right edge, finished by scrum-half Farrimond, who added the goal.

Two minutes later, an extremely clever restart, by Nathan Connell, caused havoc in the Wigan ranks, giving possession to the Red Devils, which in turn led to their being awarded a penalty.  From the ensuing assault on the Wigan line, Charlie McCurrie took Jack Gatcliffe’s slick, short pass on the burst, and through a gap, for Salford’s first try.

The sin-binning of Wigan’s Eseh for interference with an injured player, in the twenty-first minute proved significant, with a great thirty metre scoot by hooker, Finley Yates, being finished off by the supporting Jordan Brown, who scored between the posts, and Gatcliffe adding the extras.

The introduction of Bardyl Wells into the fray, at this point, added significantly to the Red Devils’ effort, and, always someone to reckoned with, he, nevertheless, proceeded to have his best game in a Salford shirt, invariably needing three or more defenders to eventually bring his progresses to a halt.

On the back of this renewed vigour, the visitors proceeded to notch back-to-back tries, when the ever-improving, Connell, put up a high kick, which he chased and caught, to then race over for an unconverted try on the right putting the Reds in the lead at 6-14.

It was one of those Salford errors, however, on 30 mins, which gave possession to Wigan to score in the right-hand corner, and then, on 36 mins, after four back-to-back sets, they took that half-time lead with a converted try near the posts.

Twenty minutes of scoreless play, from the start of the second half, was broken by the Warriors, after Salford had been unable to take advantage of a kick-in-goal, and from the restart, with the Reds briefly down to twelve men due to on-field treatment to one of them, Wigan added another six points to move their score on to 22-14.

Even then, within five minutes,Salford had eradicated that score.  A magnificent wide pass out to the right wing, from Connell, found the unmarked Dan Harrison, who scored in the corner.  Gatcliffe landed the goal with his kick from the touchline.

From then on, right up to the seventy-fifth minute, the game could have gone either way, and indeed the Red Devils had the greater number of opportunities, but a combination of good Wigan defence and careless handling errors prevented this, with the Warriors’ counter-attacks proving decisive.

SALFORD

Ethan Fitzgerald, Daniel Harrison, George Charnock, Joshua Wagstaffe, Scott Egan, Nathan Connell, Jack Gatcliffe, Jordan Brown, Finley Yates, Alex Davidson, Charlie McCurrie, Henry Davies, John Hutchings

Substitutes

Bardyl Wells, Lewin Hough, George Hough, James Shields

RED DEVILS SPIRIT REMAINS UNDIMINISHED

Salford Red Devils 0  Barrow Raiders 46      Match Report

As if turning out to face their third consecutive Super League opposition in four weeks, when the Red Devils themselves are a team still in the infancy of their development, were not demanding enough in itself, the new-look ladies’ side had the added challenge of starting the match playing into the teeth of a raging gale accompanied by driving rain.

Even in a closely matched encounter those conditions would have held great sway in the probable outcome with the energy sapping difficulties they provide especially when facing them in the first forty when the opposition are still completely fresh.  This, however, was not an evenly matched encounter against a side which has clearly played together over a number of seasons at different levels and whose understanding of one another was evident from the outset.

Playing only their fourth match of the season there has been little opportunity for the Red Devils to jell together in such torrid circumstances as fixtures against Wigan Warriors and Cardiff Demons, the latter of which required a four-hour journey in each direction.

Two back-to-back penalties to Barrow at the very outset of this latest encounter, the first because the strength of the wind prevented Salford’s kick-off from crossing the ten-metre line, and the second caused by their incorrect play-the-ball after the Raiders’ opening attack had been repulsed, had the inevitable result of the visitors crossing for their opening, converted try in the second minute.

The wind was causing havoc for the Reds’ kicking game, but, after the Raiders had gone further ahead on 11mins, despite some resilient defensive efforts which had seen them held up over the line, amidst a posse of determined Salford players, kicker Demi Jones had most sensibly reverted to low kick-offs, the next three of which, quite remarkably were recovered by the Red Devils.

The first of these was an angled kick to the right, where winger, Emily Webb, did extremely well to get around a couple of Raiders to secure possession for the home side.  The second was an even more impressive effort from Jones herself when she put the ball through a gap between, and behind, two Barrow defenders, to chase through and collect the ball, and then on the third occasion placed her kick into space on the left and then into touch, thereby regaining them both possession and good field position.

And this was indicative of the Salford team, as a whole.  All the players within it are talented athletes who know their roles and, with ball in hand, can, as individuals, produce good elements of play.  Unfortunately, they have not yet gained sufficient understanding of one another’s ploys and skills to be able to put these together effectively enough to trouble opposition defenders, often losing possession early in the tackle count as a result of misunderstandings and poor execution.

Their best set of six, by far, came on 70 mins, when three great individual carries from Jadine McVernon who, not for the first time, relinquished her second-row berth to help out at centre, Lydia Egan who had been delivering such carries throughout the match, and Emily Bagguley who is proving to be a most reliable and dependable player in so many aspects of her game.

Having set up the position well inside the Barrow half, stand-off, Michelle Davis, then took over and made a fine break through the somewhat scattered defence, side-stepping and accelerating past various individuals before being brought down five metres from the line, by the fullback. 

Five or six games on, she should find that her teammates will have recognised her ability in this respect and will ensure they have someone alongside her to take what will be a well-executed pass to finish off the move.  It most certainly is a strong facet of her game, as she showed on 76 mins with another fine break, this time from close to her own try-line, to relieve some considerable pressure the team had been enduring.

Defending, on the other hand, was quite the opposite, with players always ready to get into the tackles to help each other out.  Consequently, a total of some ten points was saved by their forcing the Raiders to move the ball to the edges, where spaces were more easily found and one-on-one tackles more difficult to make effective, but which also made conversions from the touchline far more difficult for the visitors’ goal-kicker..

But what will ultimately prove to be the team’s greatest asset is the considerable team-spirit they have already built up despite all the problems they have encountered, so far.  This was most evident in the final five minutes of the game when sundry waves of Barrow attacks were repulsed by the Red Devils’ determined, and successful, efforts to keep their line intact and the score below fifty.

Hopefully, a return to Championship opposition in the form of Bradford Bulls, next Sunday, will enable the players some little time and space to start building up their partnerships with one another.

SALFORD:

Alex Simpson, Emily Webb, Sam Evans, Jadine McVernon, Marnie-Lee Kelly, Michelle Davis, Demi Jones, Emerald Hickey, Alice Connolly, Lydia Egan, Summer Harris, Abi Collins, Emily Bagguley

Interchanges:

Darcey Price, Hannah Wicks, Natasha Routh, Holly Grimes

CLUB 13 MATCHDAY BUSINESS CLUB EVENT

We are delighted to announce our first Club 13 matchday Business Club event of the season, joined by Super League royalty.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to enjoy first class hospitality alongside a networking event like no other.

Enjoy a meal prepared by Michelin star winning caterers, Heathcoates & Co, in the comfort of the Willows Suite.

We’ll be joined by Ellery Hanley MBE, for an informative talk focussed on high performance, before watching the Red Devils take on the World Club Champions; Wigan Warriors.

To book, click below, or contact commercial@salfordreddevils.net for further information.

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