Reds v Broncos: Teams

At Salford City Stadium, Friday March 2, kick-off 8pm

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Reds v Broncos: Teams

Rob Powell: Eyeing first points of the campaign in Friday's clash against Salford

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London Broncos head to Salford City Reds on Friday looking for their first Stobart Super League points of the campaign.

Broncos head coach Rob Powell has made one change to his squad, with Tony Clubb missing the clash after his jaw was dislocated during the 30-16 defeat to Huddersfield Giants last week.

Hooker Julien Rinaldi is back in the squad after he missed out against the Giants due to concussion but Shane Rodney, Karl Temata and Dan Sarginson remain unavailable.

Powell told the club's official website: "Tony Clubb needs a medical review on his jaw and isn't available for selection.

"It's a blow for the team as he has been playing well for us. There is lots of strike in our 19 and we are looking to build on last week's dominant performance."

Powell has identified the dangermen in the Reds' ranks, highlighting the contributions of half-backs Matty Smith and Daniel Holdsworth, but is confident his side can match them.

"We know what Salford's threats are," he said. "They've got some good footballers - Matty Smith's a good player, Daniel Holdsworth's a good player and Luke Patten does some good stuff out the back for them.

"But those guys are people we think, if we defend well, we can handle. We think we've got enough strike in our team to hit them and we think we're going to give them a good game."

Winning run

Salford go into the clash on the back of a two-match winning run - the latest a narrow 24-22 victory over Hull FC - which has seen Phil Veivers' side rise to seventh in the table.

Veivers has made one change from his squad last time, bringing in centre Joel Moon for winger Jodie Broughton.

Moon, a 23-year-old former Brisbane and New Zealand Warriors utility back, has returned earlier than expected from a broken hand after he was given the all-clear by a specialist this week.

"It's a boost for us," said Veivers. "He's probably back a week early.

"I was a bit disappointed for the kid because in his last game in Australia he broke an ankle and he worked pretty hard to get back to where he was at."

Veivers is anticipating a difficult test, despite London failing to pick up a point this term.

"They're a tough outfit," he said. "They've played all the top sides and I feel they've been a bit unlucky. We really need to be on our mettle if we are to get a win."

Wayne Godwin (rib) and Ben Gledhill (knee) remain sidelined for Salford.

Salford City Reds squad: Patten, Moon, Gleeson, Gibson, Williams, Holdsworth, Smith, Jewitt, Sidlow, James, Ashurst, McPherson, Wild, Nero, Adamson, Owen, Howarth, Paleaaesina, Boyle.

London Broncos squad: Bailey, B. Bolger, Bryant, Caro, Colbon, Cook, Dixon, Dorn, Golden, Gower, Howell, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Melling, O'Callaghan, Randall, Rinaldi, Robertson, Witt.

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