Stats Pack: Salford Red Devils
RFL SL. Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils. 29th Aug 2020 © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
This Sunday sees Leeds Rhinos travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to take on Salford Red Devils in round 11 of the Betfred Super League, kick off 1pm.
Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Richard Marshall’s sides.
Team Head to Head
Salford come into Sunday’s game having played two more matches than the Rhinos. A win for either side is vital as the Red Devils look to join the Rhinos, Huddersfield and Wakefield on six points while Leeds are aiming to close the gap on Castleford in seventh place on ten points.
This will be the 25th time that Leeds have made the trip to Salford in Super League ,and they have won 21 times since 1997. Since winning 33-20 in that first meeting, the Rhinos held an 18 game winning streak over Salford until 2016, when a try by current Leeds half back Robert Lui helped guide Ian Watson’s side to a 14-10 win. Overall in the league, Leeds’ dominance extends to 43 wins in 48 games while Salford only have five wins. With the exception of a 30-20 win at Emerald Headingley in 2009, the Red Devils’ other four wins have come in the last five years, including back to back wins in 2019 (Rnd 14: 28-16 at AJ Bell, Rnd 28: 20-12 at Emerald Headingley).
Salford’s Top Performers
5 Tries (19th in SL)
9 Goals (14th in SL)
326 (13th in SL)
11 Errors (15th in SL)
31 (8th in SL)
Key Head to Head
This Sunday sees two of Super League’s top kickers go head to head in second rowers Harvey Livett and Rhyse Martin.
Signed from Warrington on a permanent contract after two season long loan spells with Hull KR, Salford second rower Harvey Livett has settled into the squad easily and has been one of Richard Marshall’s best players, contrary to where the Red Devils lie in the Super League table. With the exception of one game, he has been ever present so far and is one of the club’s leading the points scored in 2021 with four tries and nine goals. He will be out to extend his try scoring tally against the Rhinos too, having scored a hat trick to help the Wolves to a 33-22 win in 2018 and also a try in Hull KR’s 32-16 win (both of which were at Emerald Headingley).
Martin comes into the clash off the back of a good performance against Castleford. He was solid with the boot, kicking eight out of eleven goals and also set up Luke Briscoe with a nice ball over the top. Like Livett, Martin is the Rhinos’ top goal kicker with 21 in the league so far this season and after improved performances since the golden point extra time win over Wakefield, he will be one to watch going up against a Salford pack without Pauli Pauli in it’s ranks, due to his selection for Tim Sheen’s Combined All Stars side. Since he first played against Salford in 2019 at Emerald Headingley too, the Papua New Guinean captain has kicked nine goals, even though he missed out on the trip to the AJ Bell in 2020.
Stats Standout from Round 10: Salford Red Devils
The match winner to help the Red Devils beat Huddersfield last time out, hooker Andy Ackers had his best game in a Salford shirt in round 10. In the tight contest, that was decided by Ackers’ drop goal three minutes from full time, the hooker made his highest number of tackles this year (51) and was only beaten by Giants prop Luke Yates (53) and full back Ashton Golding (56) in the match.
He also grabbed his third try for Richard Marshall’s side since he joined the club in June 2020 from Toronto Wolfpack, which proved to be crucial as the match was low scoring. He was active out of acting half too, making eight dummy half runs (his most in 2021) and 89 metres, which is his most since his first appearance of the season against Hull FC. Since Salford lost influential hooker Joey Lussick to NRL side Parramatta Eels, after his performances so far in 2021, Salford fans would say that Ackers has been a good replacement.
Stats Standout from Round 8: Leeds Rhinos
On his return to the starting lineup along with Zane Tetevano, Richie Myler was at his best, influencing five of Leeds’ eleven tries. Scoring one himself in the first half, the full back also helped set up Jack Broadbent, Konrad Hurrell and Tom Briscoe (twice) to cross the whitewash in a thorough performance by Richard Agar’s side.
Back at the more familiar role of full back, which he has become accustomed to over the last two seasons, Myler connected up nicely with captain Luke Gale against the Tigers and was also more free to roam with ball in hand, making 100 metres from 14 carries and one clean break. Facing his old club Salford on Sunday will be a different challenge but without Gale, Myler will be one of Leeds’ more senior players in Richard Agar’s 21 man squad.