Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos Preview
8th Jul 2017 by TSZ
SALFORD RED DEVILS
- Salford responded well to their last-gasp defeat at St. Helens by producing a composed performance to beat Huddersfield last weekend to rise back to 2nd place in the Super League table.
- Ian Watson has been forced into a triple change as he brings in Josh Wood, Jake Bibby and Dan Murray with Mark Flanagan, Todd Carney and Logan Tomkins all missing.
- Salford's home form has been impressive and they have won seven of their last nine Super League encounters on home soil. Extending that run against Leeds would see them cement their place in 2nd whilst opening up a two-point gap on the Rhinos.
Head Coach: Ian Watson
Squad: Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, George Griffin, James Hasson, Weller Hauraki, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Craig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dan Murray, Gareth O'Brien, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Kris Welham, Josh Wood
Unavailable: Todd Carney (Injured), Mark Flanagan (Injured), Logan Tomkins (Injured), Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop, Ryan Lannon
- Leeds were pushed all the way but managed to cling on to defeat St. Helens at Headingley last week as the Rhinos improved their impressive home record.
- Brian McDermott has made a host of changes as he welcomes back Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan from suspension with Alex Sutcliffe and Josh Walters added to the squad.
- Leeds will head to the AJ Bell Stadium full of confidence as they come up against a Salford side that they have only failed to defeat on one occasion in their last 17 meetings in all competitions.
Head Coach: Brian McDermott
Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Adam Cuthbertson, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Alex Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Jack Walker, Josh Walters, Kallum Watkins
Unavailable: Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Brett Delaney (Knee), Rob Burrow (Shoulder), Brett Ferres (Knee), Liam Sutcliffe (Leg)
What to expect?
It's 2nd vs 3rd to conclude the weekend as Salford host Leeds on Sunday. With both sides sitting on 26 points in the Super League table, a win for either side here would all-but confirm their place in the top 4 and mean they have an extra home game in the Super 8s. The loser will still be in a decent position to secure a spot in the top 4 too but both will be looking for a win to build some momentum heading into the Super 8s as well as their respective Challenge Cup semi-finals. Leeds' record against Salford is hugely impressive but this is a much different Red Devils side to previous years and they can just snatch a win here.
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