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Our latest club review for the Super League season focuses on the Salford Red Devils. See how Andrew Ferguson assessed their 2020 campaign.
Salford had 2 storylines in 2020 - the side struggling to crack into finals contention in Super League and the side who very nearly snatched their second ever Challenge Cup title and first in over 80 years, but went down to Leeds 17-16.
Salford lost their opening 5 games before finally snaring a victory against Wigan, their 8th in 51 Super League contests between the two. They won all bar 5 of their remaining games but two off field matters eventually ensured they wouldn't play finals football. Their third last game of the year against Warrington saw Salford unable to compete. It would've been their 4th game in 11 days and as such, they only had 9 regular players available, as well as 2 loan players and 2 academy players, leaving them 4 short of the 17 required. Warrington were handed a 24-0 win.
Four days later, the Super League deducted 3 wins from Salford due to a "failure to meet the terms of a financial commitment agreed to in 2013." The decision saw the Reds drop from 7th to 9th and out of the Premiership race.
The resumption of the competition. Salford had 1 win and 5 losses when the competition locked down, but after it resumed they had 8 wins and 5 losses, as well as making it all the way to the Challenge Cup Final.
Their ability to win tight games. 8 of the Reds wins in 2020 were by a margin of 8 points or less, while they lost just 4 games of the same margin. This clutch nature of the club makes them a difficult opponent for whoever they come up against…except Leeds. The Rhinos racked up big wins of 50-12 and 22-8 as well as the 1 point win in the Challenge Cup final.
Defence. This was a huge problem for the side in 2020. Salford had the third worst defence and third worst points difference, yet still managed to win 8 of 18 games. If they can improve this area of their game, they will become a huge threat.
Krisnan Inu had a strong season, scoring 10 tries in as many games and averaging over 10 points per game. He was at his absolute best on the wing where his finishing was a key part to Salford's ability to win tight games.
Salford debuted 2 new players this year. Connor Aspey who played just 1 game off the bench and winger Luis Roberts., who appeared in 2 games.
Salford have made a number of signings already, picking up Wigan trio Morgan Escare, Joe Burgess and Jack Wells, as well as Huddersfield pair Sebastine Ikahihifo and Oli Roberts who will both be on loan. Harvey Livett will also join the club alongside free agent Sam Luckley. Departing the club are Niall Evalds, Gil Dudson, Kris Welham as well as Mark Flanagan who has decided to retire.
They've really bolstered their depth for 2021 and could well improve across the park next year, potentially building as a threat to the top sides.
|SL R1||Jan 31st||St Helens||L||8 - 48||Watson||Mossop||Totally Wicked|
|SL R3||Feb 14th||Huddersfield||L||10 - 12||Watson||Mossop||AJ Bell|
|SL R4||Feb 22nd||Leeds||L||8 - 22||Watson||Flanagan||AJ Bell|
|SL R5||Mar 1st||Wakefield||L||12 - 22||Watson||Mossop||AJ Bell|
|SL R6||Mar 7th||Catalans||L||14 - 30||Watson||Mossop||Stade Gilbert Brutus|
|SL R7||Mar 13th||Wigan||W||18 - 14||Watson||Mossop||AJ Bell|
|SL R8||Aug 9th||Hull FC||W||54 - 18||Watson||Mossop||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R10||Aug 29th||Leeds||L||12 - 50||Watson||Flanagan||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R11||Sep 3rd||Castleford||L||30 - 37||Watson||Flanagan||Emerald Headingley|
|CC QF||Sep 18th||Catalans||W||22 - 18||Watson||Flanagan||Totally Wicked|
|SL R13||Sep 24th||Hull FC||W||28 - 22||Watson||Flanagan||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R14||Sep 29th||Warrington||W||20 - 18||Watson||Mossop||AJ Bell|
|CC SF||Oct 3rd||Warrington||W||24 - 22||Watson||Mossop||Totally Wicked|
|SL R15||Oct 8th||Huddersfield||W||24 - 16||Watson||Mossop||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R16||Oct 13th||Hull KR||L||22 - 24||Watson||McCarthy||Halliwell Jones|
|CC Final||Oct 17th||Leeds||L||16 - 17||Watson||Mossop||Wembley Stadium|
|SL R17||Oct 23rd||Wigan||L||12 - 58||Watson||Mossop||Totally Wicked|
|SL R18||Oct 26th||St Helens||W||12 - 10||Watson||Mossop||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R19||Oct 30th||Warrington*||L||0 - 24|
|SL R2||Nov 2nd||Catalans||W||42 - 24||Watson||Mossop||AJ Bell|
|SL R21||Nov 6th||Wakefield||W||28 - 20||Watson||Mossop||Emerald Headingley|
* Round 19 saw Salford unable to field a side and were thus handed a 24-0 loss to Warrington from the Super League.