Super League Match Preview: Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos

Date: Friday, July 25

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

Kick Off: 8:00PM


Salford Red Devils: Theo Fages, Steve Rapira, Niall Evalds, Junior Sa’u, Greg Johnson, Lama Tasi, Rangi Chase, Jordan Walne, Jason Walton, Kevin Locke, Francis Meli, Mason Caton-Brown, Matty Ashurst, Tony Puletua, Harrison Hansen, Adrian Morley, Josh Griffin, Logan Tomkins, Darrell Griffin.

Leeds Rhinos: Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Jeol Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Paul Aiton, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Tom Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Brad Singleton, Elliott Minchella, Josh Walters.


Salford Red Devils will be looking to make it a fourth consecutive league success tonight when the title hopefuls Leeds Rhinos visit the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Red Devils are starting to show what they are capable of and owner Marwan Koukash’s heavy investment is beginning to pay off following good wins over Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and Hull KR in the last few weeks.

Despite this upturn in form, Koukash is realistic with his expectations, explaining that he feels Salford are still five years behind the Rhinos in terms of development, however, head coach Iestyn Harris will no doubt be confident they can upset the odds against a Leeds Rhinos side who have been suffering some patchy form of late.

Leeds convincingly overcame the Red Devils 32-4 at Headingley in April, although Salford have strengthened since with adding New Zealand star Kevin Locke to their ranks, while Mason Caton-Brown and Josh Griffin have proven to be useful additions.

Caton-Brown has continued his impressive try-scoring from his time with London Broncos while Griffin was key to the hosts’ win over play-off rivals, Hull KR, while Locke is expected to be fit after missing out through injury last Sunday.

The New Zealand international scored on debut against the Giants, but has been unavailable for the last two weeks due to a groin strain.

The Red Devils, who are just four points adrift of eighth-placed Widnes Vikings in the race for the playoffs, are without suspended duo Gareth Hock and Tommy Lee. Lama Tasi is back after serving a two-game ban.

Leeds will be without captain Kevin Sinfield for their away trip after he picked up a two-match ban for a headbutt last week so Danny McGuire will take the captain’s armband and he looks likely to joined in the halves by Liam Sutcliffe.

Fellow youngsters Brad Singleton, Elliot Minchella and Josh Walters have also been brought into the initial 19 man squad and two look likely to feature off the bench.


Leeds by 12.

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