There will be a battle of the roses clash at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night as Leeds Rhinos entertain Salford Red Devils in Round 18 of Super League.
The faltering Rhinos have lost seven in a row, sitting at the bottom of the table. Brian McDermott’s side will be hoping their fortunes have changed and they can get the positive result needed to turn their season around.
However, Salford are on a decent run, winning two of their last three games and were unfortunate not to beat Wigan the previous week. They haven’t got the greatest record at Headingley and will be hoping that can change.
Three to Watch
Justin Carney: An explosive winger known as ‘the beast’, Carney boasts a great try scoring record. The former Castleford Tigers star strength, power and speed agility are among his greatest qualities and will certainly be a dangerous opponent.
Michael Dobson: The Aussie half back known to his team-mates as ‘the general’ can orchestrate the play at any given moment. With lots of Super League and NRL experience, his goal-kicking ability is outstanding and can be a match winner.
Rob Lui: a stand-off in his own right, you are able to spot his presence on the field. Once as Johnathan Thurston understudy, he can find a gap that no-one else can see and can score the odd try.
Devils’ season in Numbers
10 - The Red Devils are currently into their tenth season in the First Utility Super League.
4,500 - They play at the AJ Bell Stadium which can hold 12,000 spectators, but Salford average attendance is around 4,500.
6 - The club were docked six points this season for breaching the salary cap.
12 - Junior Sau is currently the top try scorer with 12.
10 - Rob Lui has the most try assists with 10.
2,445 - Justin Carney has gained the most metres in the Super League this season with 2,445.
536 - George Griffin and Logan Tomkins have both made 536 tackles.
30 - The Red Devils biggest margin of victory so far came with a 38-8 home scalp over Wakefield Trinity.
In quotes - Salford owner Marwan Koukash
“Very shocked and hugely disappointed with the outcome of 6 points deduction. This could only happen with a Tribunal associated with the RFL.” commenting on his club’s six-point deduction for breaching the salary cap.
“The future of the sport rests in the hands of 12 chairmen of Super League. If the RFL can’t monitor a salary cap, they are not fit for purpose. I’m probably the most experienced chairmen and I’d like to have more in-depth discussions with my senior colleagues.” commenting on the future of Super League.
Salford will be aiming to do the double over the Rhinos after their hard fought 14-10 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium earlier this season. They have only won twice at Headingley Carnegie in 39 meetings, the last being a 30-20 win back on April 13, 2009.
However, their heaviest defeat was 70-6 last season with Niall Evalds scoring the only try and Cory Paterson kicking the goal.
Salford have the better form as they have won two of their last three games in the Super League this season, while the Rhinos have lost seven in a row.