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Match Report: Wigan 38 Salford 6

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Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds - Stobart Super League XVII Round 25.
Monday 20th August 2012. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report - Archived from Wigan Official Website

Pat Richards marked his return from a 17-week injury lay-off with a brace of tries and 5 goals as Wigan took a step further to securing the League Leaders' Shield on Monday night with a 38-6 win.

The Warriors now need one more win from the remaining two regular season fixtures to go into the play-offs as League Leaders for the second time in three years and to make it a third season in succession the Warriors players have brought silverware to the DW Stadium.

Wigan's first half points all came in the second quarter of the half as Salford's defence stood its ground despite Wigan's dominance of the territorial battle.

The first try from the man the Wigan fans call Superman came after 13 minutes. Richards returned a Daniel Holdsworth kick to run 30 metres before being brought down. From the resulting play, Richards got back into position to take a George carmont pass and slide in at the corner despite the attentions of Danny Williams to open Wigan's account.

Straight from the kick-off the Warriors were attack was once again led by Richards who broke free and could probably have scored himself but he chose to make sure of a second Wigan try by handing on to the supporting Sam Tomkins who has now scored in the last three consecutive home games against the City Reds.

Five minutes later, Richards added his second try as a Matty Smith cross field kick found the waiting winger who managed to ground it just before tumbling over the dead ball line for Wigan's 200th try of the 2012 campaign.

In the remaining 20 minutes of the half, the Warriors struggled to make attacking moves stick as they continued to pile pressure on the visitors, with the best scoring chance coming in the last minute of the half when from a scrum, Finch and Hock linked to make a gap but Tomkins overran the final ball which could've seen him through for a second try.

It took nine minutes of the second half for Wigan to resume the scorning as Salford withstood more pressure on their own line. Matty Smith eventually found a way through after having to regain his feet after a slip and the former Salford half managed to wriggle free enough to pop the ball up to Darrell Goulding who wasn't going to be stopped despite having two defenders on his back as he crossed the line.


As the hour-mark approached Jack Hughes was rewarded for good support play with his first try since June's away trip to Catalan. Brett Finch looked to take on the Salford line and was confronted with little else but space which enabled him to easily send the youngster over for his third first team try.

The Warriors continued to probe as Salford rarely got out of their own half, and George Carmont looked to find a way for Richards to return with a hat trick with 15 minutes to go but his pass was forward.

Instead, Harrison Hansen was next to score two minutes later, and Sean O'Loughlin added to this when Jeff Lima made a break up the middle from 40 metres out before passing to his captain to race clear for Wigan's last try.

The City Reds were undeterred though and even in the last minute were prepared to push for a try which they were rewarded with when Jordan James scored in front of the away fans for the final try of the game.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Salford 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Luke Patten 1
2 Josh Charnley Winger Jodie Broughton 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Sean Gleeson 3
4 George Carmont Centre Josh Veivers 25
5 Pat Richards Winger Danny Williams 5
6 Brett Finch Stand Off Daniel Holdsworth 6
38 Matty Smith Scrum Half Stuart Howarth 24
14 Jeff Lima Prop Ryan Boyle 10
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Vinnie Anderson 27
10 Lee Mossop Prop Adam Sidlow 15
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Luke Adamson 16
12 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Matty Ashurst 11
23 Ben Flower L.Forward Stephen Wild 13
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16 Liam Farrell Substitute Jordan James 21
21 Epalahame Lauaki Substitute Adam Neal 22
23 Ben Flower Substitute Gareth Owen 23
26 Jack Hughes Substitute Adam Walne 28
- Shaun Wane Coach Phil Veivers -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 38 --- Salford City Reds 6
Tries (7):
Pat Richards 2
Sam Tomkins
Darrell Goulding
Jack Hughes
Harrison Hansen
Sean O'Loughlin
--- Tries (1):
Jordan James
Goals:
Pat Richards 5/7
--- Goals:
Daniel Holdsworth 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

12th Minute Wigan 04 Salford 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 04 Salford 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
15th Minute Wigan 08 Salford 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 10 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
21st Minute Wigan 14 Salford 00 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 14 Salford 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 14 Salford City Reds 00
46th Minute Wigan 18 Salford 00 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Wigan 20 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/4)
52nd Minute Wigan 24 Salford 00 Try: Jack Hughes
- Wigan 26 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
64th Minute Wigan 30 Salford 00 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 32 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/6)
70th Minute Wigan 36 Salford 00 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 38 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/7)
78th Minute Wigan 38 Salford 04 Try: Jordan James
- Wigan 38 Salford 06 Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (1/1)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 38 Salford City Reds 06

Video Highlights

Referee

Tim Roby

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 7 Salford 8

Match Attendance

13,703

Weather

Dry.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 25

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 25 20 0 5 934 387 +547 40
2 Warrington Wolves 25 18 1 6 803 519 +284 37
3 St Helens 25 15 2 8 739 462 +277 30
4 Catalan Dragons 25 16 0 9 716 559 +157 30
5 Leeds Rhinos 25 15 0 10 753 602 +151 30
6 Hull FC 25 13 2 10 590 605 -15 28
7 Huddersfield Giants 25 13 0 12 645 586 +59 26
8 Bradford Bulls* 25 14 1 10 601 636 -35 23
9 Wakefield Wildcats 25 11 0 14 569 712 -143 22
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 25 10 1 14 675 639 +36 21
11 Salford City Reds 25 8 1 16 572 756 -184 17
12 London Broncos 25 6 0 19 540 818 -278 12
13 Castleford Tigers 25 6 0 19 518 866 -348 12
14 Widnes Vikings 25 6 0 19 500 1008 -508 12

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 6 points for entering administration.

Round 25 Results
Fri 17 Aug London Broncos 62 Warrington Wolves 18 2,261
Fri 17 Aug St Helens 44 Castleford Tigers 12 12,224
Sat 18 Aug Catalan Dragons 38 Leeds Rhinos 34 10,269
Sat 18 Aug Widnes Vikings 42 Hull FC 16 5,008
Sun 19 Aug Huddersfield Giants 12 Bradford Bulls 34 7,477
Sun 19 Aug Hull Kingston Rovers 30 Wakefield Wildcats 31 8,726
Mon 20 Aug Wigan Warriors 38 Salford City Reds 6 13,703

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