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Match Report: Salford 20 Wigan 40
Posted by cherryandwhite on March 31 2012 - 08:55

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Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 9.
Friday 30th March 2012. Kick Off 8:00pm at Salford City Stadium.

Match Report

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 40.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "It was a good performance because we've had a tough week with a couple of minor injuries. I'm happy with two points. We scored some great tries and in the last 20 minutes of the first half we completed 100% of our sets. Jeff Lima and Harrison Hansen were outstanding. Salford are a good team and have scored a lot of points over the last few weeks. We dropped our intensity in the last 20 minutes which was disappointing but in the end we were just waiting for the final whistle. Sean O'Loughlin was 50-50 for this game so we decided not to risk him, but both him and Pat Richards should be okay for the St Helens game next Friday."

Salford Coach Phil Veivers: "There were a lot of penalties and I felt it was a bit inconsistent. We can play a bit when we have the ball but we were the manufacturers of our own downfall and got a bit sloppy. We have a lot of hard work to do ahead next week's game at Huddersfield."

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan 1
1 Luke Patten Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
25 Josh Veivers Winger Josh Charnley 2
4 Joel Moon Centre Darrell Goulding 3
3 Sean Gleeson Centre George Carmont 4
5 Danny Williams Winger Matty Russell 27
6 Daniel Holdsworth Stand Off Brett Finch 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Lee Jewitt Prop Paul Prescott 8
24 Stuart Howarth Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Ryan Boyle Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Matty Ashurst 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
27 Vinnie Anderson 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
13 Stephen Wild L.Forward Liam Farrell 16
16 Luke Adamson Substitute Jeff Lima 14
17 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Chris Tuson 17
21 Jordan James Substitute Ben Flower 23
23 Gareth Owen Substitute Joe Mellor 25
- Phil Veivers Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 20 --- Wigan Warriors 40
Tries (4):
Daniel Holdsworth
Danny Williams
Luke Patten
Jordan James
--- Tries (8):
Darrell Goulding 2
Josh Charnley
Sam Tomkins 2
George Carmont
Liam Farrell
Matty Russell
Daniel Holdsworth 2/4
--- Goals:
Josh Charnley 4/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Salford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Salford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
7th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 06 Try: Daniel Holdsworth
- Salford 04 Wigan 06 D.Holdsworth Missed Conversion (0/1)
12th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 06 Try: Danny Williams
- Salford 08 Wigan 06 D.Holdsworth Missed Conversion (0/2)
16th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 10 Try: Darrell Goulding (2)
- Salford 08 Wigan 10 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/2)
21st Minute Salford 08 Wigan 14 Try: Josh Charnley
- Salford 08 Wigan 16 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/3)
23rd Minute Salford 08 Wigan 20 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Salford 08 Wigan 22 Conversion: Josh Charnley (3/4)
29th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 26 Try: George Carmont
- Salford 08 Wigan 26 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (3/5)
36th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 30 Try: Liam Farrell
- Salford 08 Wigan 30 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (3/6)
Half Time Salford City Reds 08 Wigan Warriors 30
45th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 34 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Salford 08 Wigan 36 Conversion: Josh Charnley (4/7)
55th Minute Salford 12 Wigan 36 Try: Luke Patten
- Salford 14 Wigan 36 Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (1/3)
59th Minute Salford 14 Wigan 40 Try: Matty Russell
- Salford 14 Wigan 40 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (4/8)
80th Minute Salford 18 Wigan 40 Try: Jordan James
- Salford 20 Wigan 40 Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (2/4)
Full Time Salford City Reds 20 Wigan Warriors 40

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Harrison Hansen
2nd: Jeff Lima 3rd: Gareth Hock 4th: Darrell Goulding 5th: Paul Prescott


James Child

Penalties Conceded

Salford 13 Wigan 5

Match Attendance



Dry Night.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 9

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 9 7 0 2 273 156 +117 14
2 Hull FC 8 6 1 1 224 134 +90 13
3 Warrington Wolves 9 6 1 2 255 176 +79 13
4 Wigan Warriors 9 6 0 3 310 167 +143 12
5 Catalan Dragons 8 6 0 2 266 168 +98 12
6 Leeds Rhinos 8 5 0 3 220 168 +52 10
7 St Helens 9 4 1 4 248 177 +71 9
8 Salford City Reds 9 4 0 5 218 268 -50 8
9 Bradford Bulls 9 4 0 5 178 235 -57 8
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 9 3 1 5 226 234 -8 7
11 London Broncos 9 2 0 7 214 276 -62 4
12 Wakefield Wildcats 8 2 0 6 146 208 -62 4
13 Castleford Tigers 9 2 0 7 156 296 -140 4
14 Widnes Vikings 9 2 0 7 145 416 -271 4

Round 9 Results
Fri 30 Mar Castleford Tigers 34 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 6,396
Fri 30 Mar Hull FC 24 Bradford Bulls 18 11,673
Fri 30 Mar Leeds Rhinos 12 Huddersfield Giants 22 15,408
Fri 30 Mar Salford City Reds 20 Wigan Warriors 40 6,774
Fri 30 Mar Warrington Wolves 16 St Helens 28 15,000
Sat 31 Mar Catalan Dragons 76 Widnes Vikings 6 9,156
Sat 31 Mar London Broncos 36 Wakefield Wildcats 0 2,268

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