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Salford Red Devils reach first Challenge Cup final in over 50 years!

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After reaching the Grand Final last season, many thought that underdog’s Salford would struggle to reach such heights again this year. Even though a Grand Final spot is unfortunately out of reach this season, the Red Devils managed to make history again by reaching another major final, as they overcame adversity numerous times to defeat Warrington Wolves, in a hotly contested Challenge Cup semi- final at the Totally Wicked stadium on Saturday night.

Match Report

Warrington took advantage of Salford being a man down (Tyrone McCarthy had been sent to the sin bin) as Toby King dived over in the far corner to open the scoring. Stefan Ratchford added the extras and then a penalty minutes later, to put the home side 8-0 ahead after 13 minutes.

Despite still being a man down, Salford managed to get back in the game, as Tui Lolohea’s kick tore through the Warrington defence and Watkins chased and touched it down. Krisnan Inu followed up with the conversion to cut the home side’s lead to two points.

The Wolves restored their lead in the 36th minute as Blake Austin went over with the try and Gareth Widdop added the extras. Salford reduced the deficit again right before half-time as Inu dispatched a penalty, with Warrington leading 14-8 at the break.

The away side again reduced the gap to two points three minutes into the second half, as Kevin Brown’s brilliant crossfield kick found Inu, who leaped to claim the ball and score.

The rollercoaster nature of the game continued as Warrington went into a ten-point lead with Gareth Widdop scoring a penalty and Ben Murdoch- Masila getting a try ten minutes later, with Widdop following up with the extras again.

The Red Devils refused to stop hunting down the Wolves as another defence splitting kick from Kevin Brown found James Greenwood, who clawed the ball down to score dramatically, just as it was spinning from the field of play. Inu added another two points, with only four points separating the sides with under 15 minutes to play.

Joey Lussick proved to be the hero of the night for the Red Devils, as he charged between the sticks to draw his side level and Inu made no mistakes with his kick, to put Salford in front in the final five minutes.

Salford made sure there were no twists left in the tie, as Team Morson’s Red Devils reached the Challenge Cup final in a historic night, that will be remembered by players and fans for years to come.

Match Reaction:

Salford head coach, Ian Watson shared his delight of reaching another major final with Red Devils TV:

“We’ve got plenty of players in there who’ve played in cup finals and know what it takes to win. It will be absolutely huge for the city of Salford as well on the back of what we did last year. This kind of cements some of the players’ legacies going forward and what a way to finish for people like Mark Flanagan and potentially Kris Welham, to finish playing Super League in a Wembley final”

Everyone at Morson will be supporting Salford on October 17th as they face Leeds Rhinos with a chance to bring home the Challenge Cup.