April 18th, 2019

Preview: Wire v Salford

 

Warrington welcome Salford Red Devils to The Halliwell Jones Stadium this Good Friday, 3pm.

The Wire are determined to return to winning ways following last Friday’s defeat to St Helens.

Ian Watson’s side made a very strong start to 2019 winning three of their opening four games but have faltered away in recent weeks picking up just one league win in their last six.

The Red Devils did pick up a resounding Challenge Cup win last weekend, however, easing to a 76-6 win over Rochdale Hornets in the fifth Round.

The last time the sides met on Good Friday was back in 2011 when the Wire romped to a 0-60 win at the Willows.

Warrington boast a strong record over Salford in recent years having won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the sides.

Squad News

Steve Price has named a strong 19-man squad for the game.

Bryson Goodwin and Bennie Westwood return to the squad. Tom Lineham will serve a one-match suspension.

Wire squad: Ryan Atkins, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Lama Tasi, Ben Westwood.

Opposition watch

Jackson Hastings is one of the most dangerous half-backs in the competition and has been a revelation for the Red Devils since joining the club towards the end of last year.

The Australian has formed a strong partnership in the halves with Robert Lui and is a maverick, off the cuff player with plenty of creativity in the middle.

Joey Lussick has been a workhorse in defence this season making 383 tackles so far – only second to Hull FC’s Danny Houghton.

The hooker has also grabbed four tries and set up five.

Niall Evalds has been in form so far in 2019 grabbing eight tries from the opening 10 rounds and creating three.

Man in the middle

Gareth Hewer will officiate the Good Friday clash.

Words from the boss

Steve Price: “Last weekend we had a blip in our performance and as a team we understand it wasn’t one we are happy with.

“We addressed it quick smart though, the day after the game, the players were hurting. We have a good opportunity to turn it around this week and are looking for a positive response out of the playing group.”

Player’s perspective

Mike Cooper: “Obviously we were really disappointed after the last match but we were straight back into training and have hit the ground running to respond.

“We’ve got to keep learning. Every time we get a defeat we need to learn from it.

“It’ll be a tough game against Salford. Over Easter it’s important to get high competition rates and keep hold of the ball. We need to make sure we don’t give away penalties and give ourselves more work to do. Our focus is on Friday’s game first and then we’ll go from there.”

Match day entertainment

Warrington’s Super League clash with Salford won’t be the only battle to be won at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wire Flyer will race against former Red Devils owner and businessman Marwan Koukash at half time.

The Ultimate Party People will be in face painting, entertaining the little ones and giving away Easter treats. There will be an Easter egg hunt around the ground so keep your eyes peeled!

As always the C4 Wirettes will be performing and everyone’s favourite mascot Wolfie will make his way around the ground.

Ticket info

Tickets are available from the official club store, by calling 01925 248888 or online.

There will be cash turnstiles in the South and West Stands and tickets available from the ticket windows in the North Stand for the North and East Stands.

The club store will be open from 12pm and then up until one hour after kick off.

Turnstiles open at 1.30pm.

Rivals watch

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

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