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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Hull ease to victory at Salford

Albert Kelly scored two tries as a weakened Hull FC moved back into the top four with a 34-10 win at second-placed Salford Red Devils. Hull were without Danny Houghton, Marc Sneyd and Gareth Ellis but they hit the ascendancy in the first half as Fetuli Talanoa and Kelly’s brace saw them move into a 16-point lead within 30 minutes. Danny Washbrook touched down FC’s fourth…

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Evalds yet to make a decision on his future beyond 2017

This story first appeared in Monday’s League Express. To open your digital subscription to get the paper delivered to your smart device every Sunday, click here. Salford winger Niall Evalds admits that while he’s not made a final call on where he will be playing next year, a decision should be made soon. The 23-year-old has excelled in the Salford side…

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Watson backs Salford to respond following Wakefield setback

Salford head coach Ian Watson believes his side lost to the more clinical team after the Red Devils lost to Wakefield. Their seven-game winning streak came to an end as they went down 34-24 to Chris Chester’s in-form side. Watson claimed his side had dominated periods of the game but ultimately couldn’t make the most of their opportunities. “In the…

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Top four is “certainly achievable”, says Wakefield’s Chris Chester

Wakefield coach Chris Chester has promised nobody at Trinity is getting carried away by their phenomenal season so far – but he believes an unlikely top-four finish is “certainly achievable” in 2017. Trinity, along with Sunday’s opponents Salford, are the surprise packages of the season so far, sitting fourth going into this weekend’s fixtures. However, while the Wakefield coach is…

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TotalRL’s Team of the Round: Bank Holiday Monday edition

Fullback: Gareth O’Brien (Salford) Salford’s Million Pound Man remains in superb form this year; and he was crucial in helping the Red Devils keep in touch with league leaders Castleford after their thumping win over Warrington on Monday afternoon. An outside bet for Man of Steel, perhaps? Wing: Ryan Ince (Widnes) It has been quite the start to life in…

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