Stats Pack: Salford Red Devils
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Tonight sees Leeds Rhinos welcome Salford Red Devils to Emerald Headingley Stadium in round 15 of the Betfred Super League, kick off 7:45pm.
Friday’s game will be the first time since March 2020 that Emerald Headingley has hosted a full crowd so make sure you don’t miss out by buying your tickets here. 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
If Leeds earn the two points tonight they will jump into the top six Play Off places for the first time this season, should Hull KR also lose out to St Helens, while Salford, who have won their last two games, can edge to within two points of the Rhinos with a favourable result at Emerald Headingley.
Leeds have won 44 out of the 49 meetings with the Red Devils in Super League since Salford entered the top tier in 1997. That run includes a 22 game winning streak for Leeds between 1997 and 2007, until the Red Devils beat Leeds for the first time in 2009 at Emerald Headingley. Since then, Salford have notched up four more wins, including two in 2019, but last season saw the Rhinos beat the Red Devils three times in all competitions, including the Challenge Cup Final.
This season, statistically, both sides are relatively even having both played 13 games. Leeds continue to be among the league’s top scorers with 54 tries but the Red Devils are close behind with 49, courtesy of Ken Sio. In attack, the Rhinos have been more damaging with ball in hand compared to Salford, making 175 more carries and 1,372 more metres than tonight’s opponents as well as going out of dummy half more often with Brad Dwyer and Kruise Leeming (194 dummy half runs compared to Salford’s 143).
The Red Devils though have led with the boot instead, making 123 attacking kicks (fifth in the league) thanks to former Rhino Tui Lolohea, compared to Leeds who have made 111 (tenth in the league). Defensively too, the Red Devils have made the fifth least tackles in the league (4446), but they are fourth for tackles missed (716), along with Leeds, Wakefield and Leigh.
Salford’s Top Performers
7 Tries (15th in SL)
21 Goals (10th in SL)
188 Carries (7th in SL)
359 Tackles (20th in SL)
14 Errors (13th in SL)
Key Head to Head
This Friday sees Tom Briscoe and Krisnan Inu go head to head for the first time in 2021 and both could be set for a busy night up against each other.
Briscoe comes into this game off the back of a two try performance in the defeat to Catalans last week. Rotating back to his usual position of winger, he was busy with the ball, making 12 carries and 85 metres. He has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers over the course of 2021 and sits in the top three players in the league for clean breaks, along with team mate Jack Broadbent. Last time he faced Salford four weeks ago, playing at centre, he scored a try before assisting both Broadbent and Luke Gale to further Leeds’ lead in the 38-12 display. Since moving to centre against Castleford, he has produced seven assists for his team mates, which is the most for Leeds behind Richie Myler this season.
Inu will line up against Briscoe tonight and is dangerous when going for the try line and when he is kicking at goal. The 34 year-old, who was a NRL Grand Final winner with Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012, has been a key figure in Salford’s recent success, including getting them to the Grand Final in 2019 and Challenge Cup Final last year and finishing as the leading points scorer in both those seasons. Yet again, in 2021 he is amongst Salford’s leading scorers with two tries and 21 goals in four appearances and combined with either Rhys Williams or Ken Sio, he could cause damage.
Stats Standout from Round 10: Leeds Rhinos
When Leeds and Catalans faced off in their rearranged round ten fixture last week, one performance that stood out was from centre Harry Newman. After ten months on the sidelines due to a double leg break, Newman returned to action last Friday and looked like he’d never missed a beat, taking on the likes of Matt Whitley and Dean Whare and impacting the game.
Over the course of the 78 minutes he featured (only going off in the closing stages of the match), the centre made more carries than any Rhinos player (15) and finished in the top three for carries during the match behind Tom Davies and Ben Garcia. He was only behind Konrad Hurrell in metres made too, making over 100 along with Hurrell and Luke Briscoe. He also managed ten tackles – only missing one -, busted out of tackles three times and offloaded the ball twice (only Hurrell and Leeming making one more). This week’s clash with Salford will be another opportunity for the 21 year-old to continue his development back in the first team.
Stats Standout from Round 12: Salford Red Devils
Salford’s stand out player in 2021 has been winger Ken Sio, who has continued to excel despite some of the Red Devils’ results. Since returning from the NRL in 2019, the former Hull KR player leads Richard Marshall’s side in attack, along with fellow winger Rhys Williams, who has been equally as dangerous.
Against Wakefield, it was an evening for the wingers as Sio, Williams, Innes Senior and Lee Kershaw all made over 100 metres. Sio topped all of them with 192 overall (his third highest total in a match this season) and extended his try tally to seven, scoring for the second time in consecutive weeks. He carried the ball 19 times (his joint highest tally this season) and also produced two tackle busts and a clean break going forward. Overall for the season, he has made the third most metres out of any player in Super League (behind Tom Davies and Liam Farrell) and along with Williams, the two have made the joint most carries for Salford (seventh and eighth in the league).
Leeds captain Luke Gale could play his 250th Super League game tonight. The half back, who has played 23 times for Leeds since signing in 2020, also featured 100 times for Castleford, 58 times for Bradford Bulls and 68 times for Harlequins.
Prop Ryan Lannon can make his 100th career appearance tonight against Leeds. The prop has played in 82 games over six years at Salford, having previously featured eight times for Hull KR, twice for Oldham, four times for Halifax and three times for North Wales Crusaders throughout his career.
Wales international winger Rhys Williams can also hit 100 Super League appearances; the winger previously playing for Crusaders, Castleford Tigers, Warrington Wolves, London Broncos and the Red Devils in Super League.
Should Salford winger Krisnan Inu score 15 points against the Rhinos tonight, he will reach 500 Super League points. A major threat during his three years at the Red Devils, Inu has scored nearly 370 points but also previously scored points for Catalans Dragons and Widnes Vikings.