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Salford 12 – 30 Wigan


The Warriors held a narrow half-time lead with Harry Smith scoring the only try in a half that lacked quality; however, Wigan improved their game in the second half and managed to score five tries in 20 minutes, before Salford moved late; Warriors are now second in the table

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Highlights from the Super League match between Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors

Highlights from the Super League match between Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors

Bevan French scored a second-half hat-trick as Wigan won 30-12 at Salford to climb to second place in the Betfred Super League.

The Warriors held a narrow half-time lead, with Harry Smith scoring the only try in a half that lacked intensity but lacked quality.

However, Wigan improved their game in the second half and managed to score five tries in 20 minutes, before Salford moved late.

The visitors opened the scoring against the run of play, capitalizing on a Salford error and eventually handing the ball over to Liam Marshall. The winger then went inside and sent Smith on – and the halfback converted his own try.

Salford 12 – 30 Wigan

Harry Smith celebrates after scoring Wigan’s first try against Salford

Brodie Croft, Ryan Brierley and Marc Sneyd were showing glimpses of class for the hosts but struggled to break through a very solid Wigan defence.

Salford’s best chance came after a poor first kick in the fifth, the ball ended up with Joe Burgess and he sent his own kick but was unable to put the ball on the ground.

Liam Farrell has almost celebrated his new three-year contract with Wigan with a trial. He somehow found a gap and got past the Red Devils defense before Burgess and Brierley came back to bring him down.

Salford Red Devils: Tries: Cross, Watkins; Goals: Sneyd (2)

Wigan Warriors: Tries: Smith, Marshall (2), Frenchman (3); Goals: Smith (3)

Wigan were awarded a penalty in their own half which saw them drive the length of the pitch to extend their lead to 10-0 five minutes after the break.

They attacked down their left again and Jake Bibby delivered a delicate kick, with Marshall close at hand to pick up the ball expertly before it rolled into touch and scored in the corner. Smith was unable to convert.

Salford 12 – 30 Wigan

Wigan’s Liam Byrne is tackled by Salford’s Sitaleki Akauola

Wigan looked set to register back-to-back tries when Thomas Leuluai intercepted on his own line and launched into a run. He sent Jai Field on his own break and he found the Frenchman in space but Kallum Watkins put in a huge shot which saw the winger drop the ball.

A few minutes later, Field and French exchanged passes before the latter hit the ground in the corner. Smith added the extras and the visitors looked comfortable at 16-0.

Salford 12 – 30 Wigan

Bevan French lands in the corner for Wigan

Salford was becoming their worst enemy. After forcing a retirement following a fine break from Tyler Dupree, they dropped the ball on the first tackle to let Wigan clinch.

The game ended as a contest in the 57th minute when Willie Isa found French in space on the right and he went over for his second try.

The visitors seemed to score with every attack and Marshall grabbed his second try as French and Isa combined to dispatch the winger. French then scored his hat trick after picking up a grubber from Marshall.

Salford added some respectability to the scoreline with two late tries. After Deon Cross grounded a kick from Croft, Watkins did the same.

What the coaches said…

Wigan manager Matt Peet: “There are a lot of people who contributed to this performance. I thought Ethan Havard’s performance was exceptional if you want to look at someone who turned the tables.

“You all know the forwards decide who wins and the backs decide how much. Credit to our central unit, both back rowers were relentless. You always have to look at the midfield first, and if you win that battle, the others players who have exceptional talents can show what they can do.”

Salford manager Paul Rowley: “We played against the best team in the league. It probably reflects where we are and where they are. We would like to get to where they are and that’s why we keep working hard.

“I thought we weren’t clinical with the ball in hand. It’s not usual to say our team aren’t clinical, we’re normally quite good. We were gone. We tried to put on a needle instead of being a bit more direct.”

And after?

Salford are at home again with Wakefield Trinity the visitors on Sunday June 26 (kick-off 3pm), while Wigan host Toulouse on Friday June 24 (kick-off 8pm).




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