Date: Thursday February 12 2015
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Salford Red Devils team: 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Josh Griffin, 5. Greg Johnson, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Michael Dobson, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Lama Tasi, 11. Harrison Hansen, 13. Gareth Hock, 14. Theo Fages, 15. Darrell Griffin, 16. Scott Taylor, 17. Jordan Walne, 18. Mason Caton-Brown, 19. Niall Evalds, 20. Adam Walne, 22. Jay Walton, 31. Cory Paterson.
St Helens team: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Thomas Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Lance Hohaia, 17. Mark Percival, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Paul Wellens, 21. Joe Greenwood, 25. Andre Savelio.
Salford will be without new recruit Weller Hauraki for the visit of St Helens on Thursday night. The second rower was found guilty of a grade B offence by the RFL match review panel after making dangerous contact on Ben Currie and given a one match ban.
A groin injury means that Kevin Locke isn’t in Iestyn Harris’ 19 man squad, so 22 year-old Niall Evalds will continue at full-back against the champions.
Prop Jordan Walne and centre Jason Walton are drafted into the squad as the Red Devils look to bounce back from their 22-8 defeat away at Warrington last Saturday.
Ben Jones-Bishop – who scored both tries in Saturday’s defeat – will make his home debut at the AJ Bell Stadium, as will Michael Dobson, Scott Taylor and Cory Paterson.
Saints head coach Kieron Cunningham has named an unchanged 19 man squad for their last game before playing South Sydney Rabbitohs in the World Club Challenge match next Sunday.
Sean Long returns to the AJ Bell Stadium as Kieron Cunninghams’s assistant, after previously spending 18 months as assistant coach at Salford. Long returned to the Red Devils in a consultancy role last March but left eight months later.
St Helens have won the last nine Super League matches against Salford, with the Red Devils last victory over their local rivals coming back in May 2010.