Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos: All you need to know

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After a month without a match, Leeds Rhinos return to action on Sunday when they visit Salford Red Devils.

Here all the essential information about the rearranged game.

Competition: Betfred Super League round 11.

Jarrod O'Connor, with ball, could get a Rhinos recall, but Ash Handley, left, misses out. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.Jarrod O'Connor, with ball, could get a Rhinos recall, but Ash Handley, left, misses out. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Jarrod O'Connor, with ball, could get a Rhinos recall, but Ash Handley, left, misses out. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

At: AJ Bell Stadium.

On: Sunday, June 27

Kick-off: 1pm.

Coverage: Our League for season ticket holders.

Tickets: Rhinos have been allocated 400 places, available through the Salford ticket office.

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Salford coach: Richard Marshall is in his first season as Salford boss. He played as a forward for Halidax, Huddersfield, London Broncos, Leigh and Swinton and was head coach of Halifax. He had a successful spell as assistant-coach with St Helens before succeeding Ian Watson at his current club.

Salford star man: Hooker Andy Ackers has been influential for Salford this year and scored their opening try in last week’s win at Huddersfield Giants.

Key battle: Leeds are missing some size in the middle, with Zane Tetevano unavailable and a question mark over whether Matt Prior will back up from Friday night’s international, so Mik Oledzki, if he plays and the returning Tom Holroyd will have a big job to do against the likes of Salford’s pack, particularly Pauli Pauli who could also back up, but showed how dangerous he can be in last year’s Cup final.

Salford form: Salford picked up their second win of the season last Friday, a 9-8 victory at Huddersfield Giants. They are second from bottom on the table.

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Previous meeting: October 17, 2020. Challenge Cup final, at Wembley. Leeds Rhinos 17 (Tries Handley 2, T Briscoe. Goals Martin 2. Drop goal Gale), Salford Red Devils 16 (Williams, Pauli, Greenwood. Goals Inu 2). Referee: Liam Moore.

Last five results (most recent first): Rhinos WLWLL; Salford WLLLL.

Super League head to head: Salford won five, Leeds won 43. Salford’s highest score and widest margin was 38-22 at home in 2018; Leeds’ highest score and widest margin was 70-6 at home in 2015.

Connections: Salford half-back Tui Lolohea and prop Jack Ormondroyd are former Leeds players.

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Rhinos injuries: Jack Walker (foot), Harry Newman (broken leg), Ash Handley (head), Rob Lui (quad), Cameron Smith (hamstring), Callum McLelland (groin).

Unavailable due to Covid: Liam Sutcliffe,. Zane Tetevano.

Team news: Ash Handley suffered concussion playing for England against All Stars so misses out, but the other four Rhinos players on duty in that game are set to back up. Tom Holroyd is available after a fractured leg and Bodene Thompson (hip injury) could return. Salford have included All Stars duo Pauli Pauli and Ken Sio in their squad, but Dan Sarginson and Greg Burke are both suspended following incidents in last week’s win at Huddersfield Giants and Ben Davies, Sebastine Ikahihifo and James Greenwood also drop out. Players in contention for a call-up are Danny Addy, Morgan Escare, Matty Costello, Ryan Lannon, ex Leeds half-back Tui Lolohea, Sam Luckley, Darcy Lussick, Lee Mossop and Pauli.

Leeds Rhinos: from T Briscoe, Hurrell, Handley, Gale, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Dwyer, Myler, Holroyd, Vuniyayawa, Thompson, Walters, L Briscoe, Donaldson, O’Connor, Broadbent, Hall, Gannon.

Salford Red Devils: from Ackers, Addy, Atkin, Burgess, Costello, Escare, Johnson, Lannon, Livett, Lolohea, Luckley, Lussick, Mossop, Ormondroyd, Patton, Pauli, Roberts, Sio, Taylor, Wells, Williams.

Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham).

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Last game: Castleford Tgers 6 Rhinos 60 (May 28), Huddersfield Giants 8 Salford Red Devils 9 (June 18).

Next game: Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions; Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity (both Thursday, July 1, 7.45pm, Super League round 12).

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