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22 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Hull KR Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 23rd February, 20:00

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Salford Red Devils vs Hull KR will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salfordreddevils/Events/Index?

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Flanagan, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Nakubuwai, O’Brien, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Ryan Lannon, Manu Vatuvei, George Griffin, Derrell Olpherts

  • Salford were cruelly denied a point away at Wakefield in their last outing with Gareth O’Brien missing a conversion on the hooter to leave his side on the wrong end of a 14-12 scoreline.
  • Head coach Ian Watson is able to recall Mark Flanagan and Greg Johnson to his 19-man squad with George Griffin and Derrell Olpherts making way.
  • Salford have now lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions. They could have had at least a point against Wakefield after outscoring them three tries to two but their failure with the boot let them down and are now converting at just 40% at the start of this season.

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Marsh, Masoe, McGuire, Minns, Mulhern, Oakes, Quinlan, Salter, Shaw, Tickle, Walne

Unavailable: Danny McGuire, George Lawler, Danny Addy, Josh Johnson, James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson

  • Hull KR earned their first win back in Super League with a comfortable victory over Catalans Dragons last week.
  • Head coach Tim Sheens will be hoping to build on that win but has been rocked by the loss of halfback Danny McGuire who has a minor injury. However, Nick Scruton, Andrew Heffernan and James Greenwood all return from the treatment table.
  • Rovers have won just one of their last six meetings with Salford in all competitions but the Red Devils are vulnerable having conceded 20 points or more in 13 of their last 15 matches.

KEY STATS

  • Salford Red Devils have lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions
  • Hull KR have lost 4 and drawn 1 of the last 6 away meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • Salford Red Devils have conceded 20 points or more in 13 of their last 15 matches in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 328 points scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 54.7 per game
  • There has been a total of 56 tries scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 9.3 per game
  • Salford Red Devils' Niall Evalds has scored 5 tries in his last 7 meetings between the two sides in all competitions

THE PREDICTION

Salford’s losing streak continued in their last game despite scoring more tries than their opponents. Gareth O’Brien couldn’t convert with the boot and his side fell short. On the other hand, Hull KR won their first game of the season and would have fancied their chances of winning back-to-back games before the news that influential half Danny McGuire was out through injury. His loss may be too much to overcome for the Robins and Salford can finally get a win on the board here.

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