July 11th, 2019

Preview: Warrington v Salford

 

Warrington welcome Salford to The Halliwell Jones Stadium for the second time this season on Friday night, 7.45pm.

Ian Watson’s men stunned the Wire on Good Friday and came away with a 12-36 win.

Warrington bounced back from defeat to St Helens with victory away at London in the capital last weekend.

Steve Price’s men sit in second place six points ahead of Hull FC and two points on Friday will help keep the chasing pack at bay.

Salford have been an inconsistent side in 2019 and have picked up nine wins from their 21 Super League games so far.

The Red Devils have fallen to defeats to Wigan and Huddersfield in the last fortnight and will be determined to bounce back.

Squad news

Steve Price has named an unchanged 19-man squad for Friday’s trip.

Wire squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Luther Burrell, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Pat Moran, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Lama Tasi, Danny Walker.

Man in the middle

Chris Kendall will officiate Friday’s clash.

Danger men

Following Robert Lui’s mid-season departure, more emphasis has been placed on Jackson Hastings to guide Salford in the final months of the season.

Their marquee man has set up 25 tries in 2019 and sits second behind Blake Austin in the overall Man of Steel standings.

Joey Lussick was on the scoresheet on Good Friday and has impressed in 2019 scoring 10 tries and setting up 11.

The hooker is also the competition’s fourth top tackler with 742 tackles.

Josh Jones is the club’s second biggest metre maker behind Hastings with 2367.

He is also the competition’s third biggest offloader with 40 and will be determined to make the play-offs with the Red Devils before his switch to Hull FC in 2020.

Words from the boss

Steve Price: “We were embarrassed by Salford last time we met and that doesn’t sit well with us.

“They are a really good attacking team. They throw some really good shape at you. Our challenge this week is to back up with another strong performance.”

Player’s perspective

Josh Charnley: “They’ve got a lot of decent strike players who can cause us some hassle. We’ve got to be focused again this week.

“They embarrassed us last time we faced them on this pitch and we need to put that right.”

Match day entertainment

As part of Super League’s ‘Health and Wellbeing Round’ there will be a number of activities helping to raise the profile of Mental health and Physical wellbeing issues.

A bitesize interactive mental health lesson and quiz will take place on the pitch in the build-up to kick off.

Our Learning Disability Rugby League side will playing on the pitch both before the game and during half-time.

Furthermore, the Movember Man Van will be based outside the ground with a host of activities for fan interaction.

Local musician Metal Mickey will be performing an acoustic set in the Brian Bevan corner of the stadium.

As always the Wire Flyer will be racing his latest opponent at half-time, the C4 Wirettes will be performing and everyone’s favourite mascot Wolfie will be making his way around the ground.

Ticket info

Tickets are available from the official club store, by calling 01925 248888 or online. Save on the increase in match day ticket prices and buy online before midnight Thursday.

Tickets will be available on cash turnstiles in the South and West Stands and from the ticket office windows in the North and East Stands.

Bucket collection donations and a percentage of ticket sales will help fund the award winning Offload programme for a season.

Turnstiles open at 6.15pm. The official club store will be open from 9am and closes at kick-off.

Rivals watch

Hull FC v London (Thurs), Huddersfield v Catalans (Fri), Leeds v Hull KR (Fri), St Helens v Wigan (Fri), Wakefield v Castleford (Fri).

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