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John Drake

27/04/13 - Salford City Reds v Castleford Tigers - KO 6.45pm (Sky Sports)

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Referee: T Alibert

Touch Judge: J Cobb

Touch Judge: A Martin

Time Keeper: C Morris

Match Commissioner: K Leyland

Video Referee: R Silverwood

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New coach V no coach with Alibert in charge?

I have no idea what the result will be, maybe a better defensive performance from Salford?

30-30 draw

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As Alibert was the referee for the first Salford victory in this years campaign,at home to Hull KR,his appointment doesn't worry me.He was criticised for the last minute red cards,so I suppose he could be blamed for changing a winning side as prop Jewitt was banned for a game.Salford will obviously change the winning side from the CC game victory in Cheltenham.

Danny Orr seems to have galvanised his players,with a backdrop of new investment arriving,and as they managed the double over Salford last season,a mixture of snow,ice,and defensive frailty from Luke Patten,they will be confident going into this game.

Although Sean Long continued his responsibilities at the game last week I have no idea whether or not he has been with the Salford players in the last few days.Whether Alan Hunte has been helping is also unknown.

I shall just hope for pleasant weather and a decent crowd for 'Ladies Day'.

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I like the sound of the Ladies Day promotion.  It's a good idea to use something a bit extra to try and tempt fans back to watch the team.

 

It's really hard to say who will win this because Salford can play very well or they can be surrender monkeys (although not so much under Hunte as they were under Vievers).  However, if Salford work hard and still show signs of Longy's influence in attack then there is no reason why they couldn't beat Cas. 

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Castleford squad: Justin Carney, Michael Shenton, Kirk Dixon, Rangi Chase, Jamie Ellis, Jonathan Walker, Daryl Clark, Craig Huby, Lee Gilmour, Weller Hauraki, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Oliver Holmes, Jordan Thompson, Jordan Tansey, Dan Fleming, James Clare, Keith Mason, Ryan Boyle.

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Salford squad: Jodie Broughton, Ashley Gibson, Martin Gleeson, Danny Williams, Liam Foran, Matty Ashurst, Andrew Dixon, Stephen Wild, Wayne Godwin, Vic Mauro, Jordan James, Adam Neal, Theo Fages, Marc Sneyd, Ryan McGoldrick, Gareth Owen, Darrell Griffin, Adam Walne, Jake Emmitt.

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Salford can play very well or they can be surrender monkeys (although not so much under Hunte as they were under Vievers).  However, if Salford work hard and still show signs of Longy's influence in attack then there is no reason why they couldn't beat Cas.

I think I should point out that in the time Veivers was in charge,he never had a side that conceded as many as 58 points,as the side put out by Hunte did,at Widnes on the 7th April.

The return of McGoldrick against one of his former clubs is interesting and the pace of their hookers and whether they persist with a prop at loose forward may also cause problems as Salford are injury depleted in the pack.

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I think this will be very physical encounter and Castleford will try to unsettle Reds with a very strong start. With Rangi Chase playing and getting quick ball from Clarke, Cas have a real ace against our weak defence out wide.

Brian Noble is a factor - the new coach 1st game effect? If Salford can withstand an opening barrage, confidence will rise and I think they will win a close game.

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The team with the worst attack and worst defence in the league at home against the team with the second-worst attack and second-worst defence in the league. Not one the purists, I think.

 

The last time I watched this game, the teams were absolutely even-stevens in constant drizzle until about 60 minutes, when Chase produced a 40-20 which led to a try in the next set. He then slotted over a drop goal just to rub our noses in it. I just hope that today is pay-back and we manage a win, and I don't care whether it is a beautiful win or a scruffy one. Chase will be the key player, though; we have to stop him playing to his strengths.

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The team with the worst attack and worst defence in the league at home against the team with the second-worst attack and second-worst defence in the league. Not one the purists, I think.

 

The last time I watched this game, the teams were absolutely even-stevens in constant drizzle until about 60 minutes, when Chase produced a 40-20 which led to a try in the next set. He then slotted over a drop goal just to rub our noses in it. I just hope that today is pay-back and we manage a win, and I don't care whether it is a beautiful win or a scruffy one. Chase will be the key player, though; we have to stop him playing to his strengths.

I have to add to you post Tony, that our record against Cas recently is absolutely abysmal!

Sun 10 Jun 12

Cas Win:

34 - 30

Sat 04 Feb 12

Cas Win:

10 - 24

Tue 05 Jul 11

Cas Win:

15 - 26

Fri 17 Jun 11

Cas Win:

8 - 15

Sun 10 Apr 11

Cas Win:

52 - 20

Surely out time must have come???

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Oh, I do hope so, mate! And soon - like today!

 

Yours in hope,

 

Tony

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BBC making a complete mess of the  commentary on Radio Five Live Sports Extra. 

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Sounds like another cracker. That's 5 games from 5 this weekend that have been super exciting

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Jonathan Walker gets trampled on at a play the ball, ref gives Salford pen and they score. Halibut was a disgrace but 2 poor teams

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Strange to think that some Salford fans are beefing about getting Brian Noble as coach.

 

They'd be better off wishing him the best of luck in finding five new forwards, two backs and a fullback just to get them in contention for the playoffs.

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It wasn't perfect but I enjoyed that game.

I think some people on here would be better off following another sport where their exacting standards are met more consistently.

Personally, as a game between the two lowest ranked teams in the league, that'll do for me.

Ps, who are all these Salford fans "beefing" about Noble? I haven't spoken to one yet

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I thought that was a really entertaining game.  Defences were rubbish but that was partly what made the game entertaining: we actually got to enjoy some attacking rugby, and some of it was pretty impressive too.  I rather like the look of Theo Fages.  He's got some real potential.  I was surprised that Sneyd got the Sky MoM because I thought he had a mix of a game really.  Dixon was good for Salford too.  For Cas, Shenton looked like his old self again.  He's obviously recovered from his misguided venture over to the better side of the Pennines!

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