Super League preview: Salford City Reds v Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:40pm
Salford will be hoping for a repeat of their last home game against Warrington when the two sides meet on Friday night.
The City Reds pulled off a major upset in 2012 when they recorded a 48-24 triumph over the Wolves at the Salford City Stadium.
If they manage to do the same again this season then Warrington will have lost three Super League games in a row, their worst run for four years.
The hosts got into the contest off the back of a 23-23 draw away at Wakefield in the first game under the stewardship of interim head coach Alan Hunte, who took over following the sacking of Phil Veivers.
Shannon McPherson is ruled out for Salford with a knee injury, so Hunte drafts in prop Adam Neal to his 19-man squad.
As for Warrington, Ben Harrison, who is still recovering from a hernia operation, and fellow forward Trent Waterhouse have both been ruled out.
Coach Tony Smith has recalled half-back Gareth O'Brien from a loan spell at Castleford Tigers in the continued absence of Lee Briers with a neck injury.
Despite the Wolves losing to Hull KR and St Helens in their last two outings, Hunte knows his side will be up against it when they face last year's beaten Grand Finalists.
"Defensively we were better (against Wakefield) but there are still improvements to be made there and we are under no illusions that Warrington are going to test that," the former Great Britain international said.
"We can also be a lot smarter with the ball. We headed in the right direction last week and our job is to try to keep on that path."
Salford: Murphy, Broughton, Gibson, Gleeson, Griffin, Fages, Sneyd, Jewitt, Godwin, Mauro, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild, Howarth, Foran, Boyle, James, Neal, Owen
Warrington: Atkins, Bridge, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, Laithwaite, McCarthy, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, Riley, Westwood, Wood
What they said...
Warrington coach Tony Smith
"We're concentrating on what we need to do and the areas we need to work on to try and find some consistency of form ourselves."
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round seven
St Helens hooker James Roby is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines because of an ankle injury sustained last week.
Tony Rea was satisfied following his team's 26-12 win at Castleford which moved the Broncos off the foot of the table.
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls beat Hull KR.
- Broncos off the bottom
- Rampant Bulls see-off Rovers
- Betts: Dragons blew us away
- Anderson remains grounded
- Catalan cruise past Widnes
- McDermott - A frustrating win
- Smith hails Warrington defence
- Brown: Monkey off our back
- Saints enjoy home comforts
- Warriors wounded by Rhinos
- Rampant Wolves maul Salford
- Bulls v Rovers: Teams
- Tigers v Broncos: Teams
- Burrow on air
- Dragons v Vikings: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Giants v Hull FC: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- St Helens v Wildcats: Teams
- Paterson eager to beat Bulls
- Purtell almost set for return
- Evans on comeback trail
- Goulding set to boost Wigan