This one was a job done effort really with some class at times, but
you could see at other times that their was half an eye on the big
derby next week.
Even coach Wane had an eye on the derby with Pat Richards and
Sean O'Loughlin sitting out with niggling injuries. Those absences
saw Matty Russell and Joe Mellor come in for their second first
team appearances. Russell replaced Pat on the left wing with Mellor
coming onto the subs bench whilst Liam Farrell was promoted to
start at Loose Forward.
Pretty packed away stand for this one so we half jokingly asked
a steward could we sit down in the big touchline stand and he say
yeah, so off we toddled. I'm getting on now (25 soon) so need to
rest these long legs when I can! :)
No sooner had we sat down, we were on our feet with a 3rd minute
try for Darrell Goulding out on the right. Harrison Hansen sent him
in and back up kicker Josh Charnley booted a touchline conversion
over for a perfect 6-0 start.
Salford hadn't touched the ball though until the 6th minute and
once they did, it looked ominously bad for us. They targeted 18
year old Russell's wing and got over for two scores in quick
succession from first Daniel Holdsworth and then Danny Williams.
Holdsworth could convert neither try and perhaps Wigan had got off
lightly to only trail 8-6.
After that though, Wigan turned up the gas and just blew Salford
away with some scintillating attack. Goulding went in for a second
with a replay move of his first really, before more attacking down
our right saw Sam Tomkins send in Charnley.
Josh missed the first but kicked the second conversion for a
16-8 lead and the roll on just continue. Next set saw Sam complete
the try of the night for me. Lovely burst up the middle from Gareth
Hock and he timed his offload to the supporting Sam perfectly.
Further tries from George Carmont and the Ginger Pearl Liam Farrell
put Wigan in a commanding lead of 30-8 at the break, even though
Josh had failed to convert those last two tries of the half.
Again, I say it every week that the first try of the second half
is important. It often sets the tone. First try here was the
difference between lifting Salford towards a possible comeback or
killing them off. The try went our way with Sam claiming his second
on 45 minutes, with a Charnley conversion making it 36-8.
Wigan shut up shop really after that. They accepted job was done
I think. They knew they had this match well run. Luke Patten scored
for Salford on 55 minutes but Wigan briefly stepped up a gear to
respond with a try for Russell just four minutes later.
Last twenty minutes went very sloppy and that is a bit of a
concern for me because if you look at the site stats centre we are
trailing off for try scoring in all games during the final quarter.
Still, the try scored by Jordan James on the hooter was reward for
Salford's effort. They looked play off worthy at times I thought
but they are not the first club this season to suffer when Wigan
find a red hot twenty minute spell to blow teams away in, like we
did in the quarter before half time. Final Score - Salford 20 Wigan