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Match Report – Salford 14 – 13 Wakefield



Salford Red Devils secure third win of Super League season, edging a nervy encounter with bottom-of-the-table Wakefield Trinity 14-13; Marc Sneyd kicks the game-clinching drop-goal in the fourth minute of golden-point extra-time

Last Updated: 19/03/23 6:19pm

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Highlights of the Super League match between Salford and Wakefield

Highlights of the Super League match between Salford and Wakefield

Marc Sneyd kicked a drop-goal in the fourth minute of golden-point extra time as Salford condemned Wakefield to a fifth Super League defeat of the season.

The Red Devils half-back kept his cool after a frantic finish at the AJ Bell Stadium where drop-goals from Sneyd and Wakefield Mason Lino’s had sent the game into extra-time.

But it was Paul Rowley’s men who ultimately prevailed 14-13 winners, leaving Wakefield still rooted to the bottom of the Super League table as the only team left without a win after five rounds.

Salford came into the game high on confidence following a 60-14 hammering of Hull FC last weekend, while Wakefield had failed to register a point in each of their last three games.

Danny Addy was named on the bench for his first appearance in eight months for the hosts after being sidelined with an Achilles injury, but Tim Lafai was absent after failing a late fitness test, meaning a rare start for Matty Costello.

Wakefield welcomed Harry Bowes back to their 17 and Sam Hewitt – a recent loan signing from Huddersfield – was named on the bench.

Marc Sneyd is mobbed by his Salford Red Devils team-mates after kicking the winning drop-goal against Wakefield Trinity Marc Sneyd is mobbed by his Salford Red Devils team-mates after kicking the winning drop-goal against Wakefield Trinity

Marc Sneyd is mobbed by his Salford Red Devils team-mates after kicking the winning drop-goal against Wakefield Trinity

Despite Trinity’s winless start to the season, they led for much of the first half, even though Salford enjoyed the majority of possession.

Salford had taken the lead in the fourth minute when Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley combined on the left edge to send Costello racing through for a try which Sneyd converted. But the scores were level in the 12th minute when Wakefield finally ended their long wait for a try.

The home side had conceded a drop-out following a risky pass by Rhys Williams on his own tryline and the visitors attacked the left edge with Lino and Liam Kay linking well before Jorge Taufua’s pass sent Corey Hall over for a try which Lino converted.

Wakefield then took the lead in the 24th minute when Lino’s kick to the corner was spilled by Williams and Reece Lyne was able to gather the ball and score. Lino missed the conversion but Wakefield led 10-6.

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Salford had more of the play as half-time approached and, three minutes before the break, Sneyd chose not to take the relatively-simple shot at goal and moments later was vindicated as Chris Atkin spied a gap from dummy half and shot through from five metres to score. Sneyd converted to give Salford a 12-10 lead just before the break.

It was a scrappy start to the second half with both sides struggling to create a clear scoring chance through unforced errors.

The hosts had a great chance on the hour mark when a move from the scrum almost ended with Williams scoring in the corner but he could not ground the ball under pressure from some desperate scrambling defence.

The first points of the second half arrived with 11 minutes remaining as a late hit by Shane Wright on Lino after a high kick was penalised and Lino kicked the goal to make it 12-12.

With five minutes remaining, Salford edged in front again when Sneyd sent over a drop-goal only for Lino to reply from the restart with one of his own to make it 13-13.

Lino sent another drop-goal wide from distance with three minutes remaining and Sneyd did the same in the next set as a second half that had stuttered along suddenly sparked into life.

Yet another Lino attempt at a one-pointer faded wide with a minute left and Sneyd was denied another attempt after the referee called a knock on, sending the game into golden point extra-time.

It was Salford who chanced their arm first, with Sneyd’s long-range attempt sailing through to give his side a third win of the season.

What’s next?

The next live Super League action on Sky Sports sees Huddersfield Giants host St Helens on Thursday night; coverage begins at 7.30pm on Sky Sports Arena, with kick-off at 8pm.

Wakefield Trinity are next in action on Friday, hosting Hull KR from 8pm as they look to secure their first win of the season, while Salford Red Devils head to Wigan Warriors at the same time on Friday night.


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England Women: Sarina Wiegman recalls goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and defender Esme Morgan | Football News



Sarina Wiegman has handed recalls to Hannah Hampton and Esme Morgan while uncapped Lucy Parker also returns to the fold as the Lionesses prepare for back-to-back fixtures against Brazil and World Cup co-hosts Australia in April.

Dropping out from February’s squad are the injured Emily Ramsey along with Lotte Wubben-Moy, Katie Zelem and Ebony Salmon.

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby continues to be absent as she recovers from a knee injury, while Bethany England also misses out despite scoring five goals in six appearances for new club Tottenham.

Katie Zelem has been omitted from Sarina Wiegman’s latest England squad

Wiegman said: “We are getting closer to the World Cup and I can’t think of two better games to assess our progress. After these games, there will be less than three months until we fly to the tournament and we must make every second on and off the pitch count.

“For us as a technical staff this will be the last chance to see the players within our England environment before we come together for the final preparation phase in June. And these two matches will be two real tests to see where we are at.”

The Lionesses have not faced Australia since October 2018 when Kirby scored in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The last meeting with Brazil was in October 2019 at the Riverside Stadium when Debinha scored twice for the visitors, before England’s late consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

England squad in full

England's Chloe Kelly celebrates after scoring her second goal against Belgium
Chloe Kelly has been in excellent club form for Man City this season

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck, Hannah Hampton

Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Esme Morgan, Lucy Parker, Leah Williamson

Midfielders: Laura Coombs, Jordan Nobbs, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh

Forwards: Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Jess Park, Alessia Russo, Katie Robinson

Upcoming fixtures

April 6: England vs Brazil – kick-off 7.45pm, Women’s Finalissima (Wembley Stadium)

April 11: England vs Australia – kick-off 7.45pm, friendly (Gtech Stadium)

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Anthony Barry: Chelsea and Bayern far apart in agreeing compensation for assistant to join Thomas Tuchel’s staff | Football News



Chelsea and Bayern Munich remain far apart over agreeing compensation for Anthony Barry to join Thomas Tuchel’s coaching staff.

Bayern have approached Chelsea about taking their assistant coach after Tuchel expressed an interest in bringing him into his new set-up.

Chelsea have made their position and expectations clear to Bayern for Barry to be released from his contract, and nothing has yet been agreed between the clubs.

But amid the uncertainty, Barry and Chelsea have agreed that he will not attend Cobham until the situation is resolved either way.

Chelsea have a list of potential replacements should he ultimately leave for the Bundesliga champions.

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Speaking at his first press conference since becoming Bayern Munich boss, Tuchel said he wasn’t expecting to be in his position, but believes his squad is one of the most talented groups in Europe

The Chelsea players return to training on Tuesday following international duty ahead of their clash with Aston Villa on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Barry is a highly thought-of coach who has also worked with Robert Martinez and the Belgium national team, the Republic of Ireland team under Stephen Kenny, and Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic before joining Chelsea in 2020.

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WPL has changed landscape of women’s cricket forever, says Phoebe Graham | Cricket News



The WPL has changed the landscape of women’s cricket forever says Thunder player and Sky Sports blogger Phoebe Graham, as she reflects on bumper contracts, big crowds, high-pressure games and Mumbai Indians winning the title…

​​​What a tournament the Women’s Premier League has been.

High scoring, exceptional overseas talent and great crowds. India put on a spectacular competition which not only captured their nation but the globe.

After the inaugural auction weeks before the tournament, we knew the WPL was going to be a showcase event. Overnight, it became the highest-paid franchise tournament in women’s sport with the best players in the world up for selection.

Smriti Mandhana was bought for £340,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural WPL auction

India’s Smriti Mandhana (£340,000) and Australia’s Ashleigh Gardener (£320,000) were the highest earners. That life-changing money is more than their national contracts and showed the direction of travel women’s cricket is going in.

Having just come back from a pre-season tour to Dubai and Mumbai with North West Thunder, I was lucky enough to attend two WPL games. The sheer number of fans in the stadium and the noise that they were making took my breath away.

At the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Mumbai, we watched a group game with 35-40,000 fans. The atmosphere was electric – you could feel the energy before even walking into the stadium. It added an extra level of pressure and intensity, one that only India can provide.

That pressure and intensity is exactly what the women’s game needs.

This tournament helps grow India’s domestic game and adds to the heritage of Indian cricket but also provide overseas cricketers a heightened stage to perform on and be a catalyst for growth for women’s cricket globally.

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Mumbai beat Delhi by seven wickets in Sunday’s final at Brabourne Stadium

‘WPL will stimulate growth for other leagues’

The level of energy and excitement added to Sunday’s final.

Delhi Capitals posted a low-scoring total of 131-9. Their strong top order crumbled under pressure with soft dismissals for Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey and Jemimah Rodrigues.

It could have been a roll over without a last-wicket stand of 52 between Shikha Pandey and Radha Jadav but with runs on the board in a final, low-scoring totals can often cause headaches.

Mumbai Indians looked in trouble at times and it ended up being a nail-biting game going down to the last over. Nat Sciver-Brunt was the star of the show, playing a beautiful and timely innings of 60 off 55 balls to get her team over the line.

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Check out Issy Wong’s incredible hat-trick for Mumbai against UP Warriorz in the WPL Eliminator

What an achievement for Mumbai! English stars Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong have become rockstars overnight, while Charlotte Edwards adds to her silverware collection as one of the most successful women’s coaches of all time.

This experience for players to play under such intense pressure and in front of big crowds and big expectations is second to none. It will dramatically improve India’s national team and overseas talent such as Wong and Sciver-Brunt will shine.

The WPL will stimulate growth for other leagues as well, like the PSL and in the Caribbean, and we will also see the impact on player choice. For example, the Australians can enjoy the break in their schedule in August or play in The Hundred.

The WPL is the most lucrative women’s tournament in the world and the sheer investment has changed the landscape of women’s cricket forever. It’s such an exciting time for the game and I can’t wait to see how it evolves over the next few years.

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