Though Salford Red Devils have secured their play-off spot, it’s still up in the air whether they’ll finish sixth or fifth.
A win against Warrington this afternoon would secure fifth place and see the Red Devils head over to Catalans next Friday. Whilst a defeat would open the door for Leeds and possibly Castleford – dependant on a massive turn around in terms of points difference – to jump over them into fifth spot which would leave Salford sixth and set to meet former boss Ian Watson next week on Saturday.
It seems Paul Rowley is very open to meeting Watson next week by the team he’s named with six debutants named in Josh Rourke at fullback, Joseph Coope-Franklin at centre, Myles-Dalton Harrop on the wing and Jack Stevens, Daniel Spencer-Tonks and Henry Davies on the bench.
The most interesting thing is the switch in position for Sitaleki Akauola. A prop by trade, he’ll be making some sort of history today as a rare centre to wear the number eight shirt.
He’s not devoid of outside back experience having played a lot of his career on the wing bizarrely and tonight he moves to centre against his former club with Rhys Williams on his outside.
Morgan Escare starts in the halves with second-row Harvey Livett as reserve hooker Amir Bourouh starts at nine. Recent signing and regular first teamer Tyler Dupree is on the bench.
Here’s Salford’s team in full:
As for Warrington, young halfback Leon Hayes replaces the injured Stefan Ratchford at stand-off as young Tom Whitehead makes his debut off the bench.
Here’s Warrington’s team in full:
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Tom Whitehead will make his first appearance from the bench this afternoon with Leon Hayes starting at scrum-half
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