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Salford Red Devils v London Broncos Preview

London Broncos face Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the Championship club looking to stay in contention for a spot in the Million Pound Game. Salford are currently fifth in the league while London sit one place below them. The Red Devils got back to winning ways last weekend when they dismantled Featherstone Rovers. London were heavily beaten against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Salford Red Devils conquered Featherstone Rovers 70-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium as Ian Watson’s men dominated proceedings in professional fashion. The hosts were 44-12 up at half-time following a brace from Junior Sa’u as well as scores from Weller Hauraki, Josh Jones, Daniel Vidot, Niall Evalds, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Logan Tomkins. Featherstone got on the scoresheet through Jordan Baldwinson and Jack Ormondroyd. After the restart, Olsi Krasniqi, Hauraki and Dobson all notched prior to the final quarter which saw just two more tries. Murdoch-Masila and Jones were the try-scorers for the Red Devils who will be wanting to put in a repeat performance when London arrive at the AJ Bell on Saturday.

London Broncos were defeated 58-18 by Hull Kingston Rovers at Trailfinders Sports Ground. The capital club were only 24-12 down at the interval but the Super League side showed their strength in the second period to take the game away from the Broncos. The Robins scored four tries inside 15 minutes as they got off to a storming start. Thomas Minns scored two tries before Ben Cockayne and Kieran Dixon got in on the act with a score apiece. Alex Walker and James Cunningham replied for the Broncos as they cut the deficit to 12 points. James Greenwood and Matty Marsh both got on the scoresheet in the opening stages of the first half before William Barthau replied for Andrew Henderson’s London side. James Donaldson, Marsh, Will Jubb and Minns all crossed the whitewash in the final quarter as the Robins strolled to victory.

Salford coach Ian Watson has opted to go with the same squad that beat Featherstone in round five. The Red Devils, whose Director of Rugby Tim Sheens will be leaving at the end of the season, will be aiming for a second consecutive win after breaking a three game losing streak last weekend.

Salford’s squad is as follows..

Burgess, Dobson, Evalds, Flanagan, G Griffin, J Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Krasniqi, Lannon, Lui, Murdoch-Masila O’Brien, Sa’u, Tomkins, Vidot, Walne,

London coach Andrew Henderson has made three changes from the 19 man squad that was picked against Hull KR. Two academy graduates, Kam Pearce-Paul and Sadiq Adebiyi have come into the squad as well as Scott Leatherbarrow. Alex Walker, Iliess Macani and Jon Magrin have made way for the trio.

London’s squad is as follows..

Ackers, Adebiyi, Barthau, Battye, Bussey, Cunningham, Eliab, Garside, Harrison, Hellewell, Ioane, Kear, Leatherbarrow, Offerdahl, Pearce-Paul, Slyney, Soward, Thackray, Williams

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.


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