Smith drop goal seals remarkable Saints comeback over Salford

Matty Smith slotted an 80th minute drop goal as St Helens came from 24-8 behind to seal a remarkable 25-24 victory over Salford Red Devils. Todd Carney gave Salford the lead with a penalty goal but Smith crossed midway through the half to put the hosts in front, with two Mark Percival goals making it 8-2. Niall Evalds crossed on…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (8pm, Sky Sports) Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan return to the fray for Leeds as they take on league leaders Castleford this weekend. The experienced duo missed last week’s victory against Featherstone due to injury, but both are included here. Ashton Golding also has a chance of returning. There is a blow for Castleford with captain Michael…

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Carvell praises Red Devils spirit

Salford Red Devils player welfare manager Garreth Carvell has said that the club’s experience in last year’s Million Pound game has seen them develop a mental toughness that has sparked this season’s turnaround in form. Last October the Red Devils needed a golden point extra time drop goal to secure their Super League survival. But ever since they have been…

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Watson eyes up Wembley appearance following Challenge Cup victory

Ian Watson admitted the prospect of taking Salford to Wembley was massive for Salford after they booked a place in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time in 19 years. The Red Devils defeated Wakefield 30-6 to advance to the last four after a strong performance on the back of consecutive defeats. Watson was left delighted with his side’s…

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Salford v Wakefield: Three key battles in tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final

Ahead of tonight’s first Challenge Cup quarter-final between Salford and Wakefield, TotalRL takes a look at where the game could be won and lost for the Devils and Trinity.. Robert Lui v Liam Finn Both Lui and Finn have been the standout half-back for their teams in recent weeks – and you suspect whichever of the two gets the upper…

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Salford hopeful of counting on the community’s support for Wakefield clash

Salford Red Devils coach Ian Watson is hopeful that the club can attract plenty of fans to cheer them on into the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup tonight. Watson’s men take on Wakefield at the AJ Bell Stadium in a mouthwatering quarter-final between two of the competition’s surprise packages this season. However, it is no secret that Salford have struggled…

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RFL refuses to intervene in Salford dispute

This story first appeared in Monday’s League Express. The Rugby Football League has backed off from trying to influence any decision to rebrand Salford Red Devils that owner Marwan Koukash may be planning to make. Dr Koukash has expressed his frustration at the poor crowds his club are attracting, and he has nagered some supporters by suggesting that he would be…

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Look how far we’ve come, says Chester ahead of Salford trip

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester believes the reaction to last weekend’s narrow defeat to Leeds Rhinos shows just how far his club have come over the past 12 months. Trinity’s winning run which had seen them charge into Super League’s top four was halted by the Rhinos, but only by a narrow two-point margin, Wakefield losing 18-16. However, Wakefield have already…

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