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Pre Season Match Report: Salford 16 Wigan 34
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 19 2013 - 10:24

Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Thursday 17th January 2013
. Kick Off 7:45pm at Salford City Stadium.

Match Report

The first run out for the "big guns" this season saw them win far more comfortably than the final score of 34-16 suggests. A good run out I thought with new signing Blake Green certainly catching the eye.

Wigan hit Salford straight from the off after the home side allowed the kick off to go dead for a drop out. It was quickly punished as Sean O'Loughlin sent Jack Hughes over. Pat Richards converted for 6-0.

Salford were all over the place in these early stages and Wigan got a second try in the eight minute. O'Loughlin again the architect. In at dummy half, he showed great vision in throwing a pass right to Darrell Goulding that took out three defenders. Goulding then just had to draw in the winger and send Josh Charnley over in the corner. Pat's conversion missed - 10-0 Wigan.

You feared for Salford at this point. They were defending dreadfully and Wigan looked full of vitality. But three penalties and a lucky bounce of the ball helped them score in the 15th Minute and that settled them down a bit. The luck came after Marc Sneyd's woeful daisy cutting pass from dummy half was somehow not gobbled up by Wigan defenders. It just fell kindly onto Chris Nero's foot and he hacked on for an easy try. Sneyd couldn't convert though - 10-4 Wigan.

Wigan though soon got control of the game back with three tries scored before the half hour. First try saw Wigan attacking left. Blake Green got the ball, but rather than throwing right towards Pat Richards on the wing, he flicked a lovely ball back inside to send O'Loughlin over. Lovely skill! Pat converted for 16-4.

On the next set Wigan scored again. Green again the provider as Salford fell for his dummy and that allowed him to send Jack Murphy over towards the left wing again. Conversion missed - 20-4.

Then the third try saw Charnley claim his second as Goulding got a brilliant offload away despite two men tackling him. Pat failed to convert again. So 24-4 and that's how it stayed till half time.

Into the second half and it was two individual tries that saw Wigan increase the lead before the hour, as many substitutes began to come into force. First on 50 minutes Jack Hughes got Iain Thornley away on the half break down the left wing. but Salford put in two missed tackles on him and he strode over just to the left of the sticks. With Pat subbed off, Charnley was now goal kicking and somehow managed to skew it wide from bang in front. This is not the first time Charnley has done this and to be frank, he should not be goal kicking if that is the standard. Absolutely pathetic!

The 57th Minutes saw Matty Smith score against his old side. Paul Prescott made the initial break from half way and Smith was in support to finish it off. Difficult conversion from bang in front for Charnley but he kicked this one for a 34-4.

The only surprise for me was that Wigan didn't get further scores in the final quarter. Perhaps this was down to Logan Tomkins now being in the hooking role and for me he is lacking the spark required for that role. A bit too predictable at times.. It ended up being Salford who got two late tries to, like I said, make the final result seem closer than it was.

Salford got lucky again when a loose pass created a scramble for the ball. Question of forward pass from me but instead referee Steve Ganson gave "back to one" and Gareth Owen fell over the line for the score. Sneyd converted for 34-10. Then with four minutes to go Theo Fages scored through disappointing defence from Logan Tomkins and Jack Murphy. Sneyd converted to complete the scoring at 34-16.

All in all though it was a good workout, but I do feel the opposition was on the weak side. The trip to Warrington next weekend will obviously provide a much tougher test. Neither Gil Dudson or Scott Taylor caught my eye again, in fact it was young prop Greg Burke who showed most promise on this cold night.

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan 1
17 Niall Evalds Full Back Jack Murphy 28
2 Jodie Broughton Winger Josh Charnley 2
3 Jon Ford Centre Darrell Goulding 3
18 Ashley Gibson Centre Jack Hughes 4
5 Danny Williams Winger Pat Richards 5
26 Theo Fages Stand Off Blake Green 6
22 Marc Sneyd Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
20 Ben Gledhill Prop Paul Prescott 19
23 Gareth Owen Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
12 Shannon McPherson Prop Ben Flower 15
14 Chris Nero 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
6 Andrew Dixon 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
13 Stephen Wild L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
10 Ryan Boyle Substitute Chris Tuson 16
16 Will Hope Substitute Iain Thornley 17
19 Adam Neal Substitute Gil Dudson 20
25 Adam Files Substitute Scott Taylor 21
27 Jordan James Substitute Anthony Gelling 22
28 Jordan Walne Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
29 Jack Holmes Substitute Sam Powell 24
- - Substitute Rhodri Lloyd 25
- - Substitute Greg Burke 29
- Phil Veivers Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 16 --- Wigan Warriors 34
Tries (3):
Chris Nero
Gareth Owen
Theo Fages
--- Tries (7):
Jack Hughes
Josh Charnley 2
Sean O'Loughlin
Jack Murphy
Iain Thornley
Matty Smith
Marc Sneyd 2/3
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/5
Josh Charnley 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Salford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Jack Hughes
- Salford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
8th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Josh Charnley
- Salford 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
15th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 10 Try: Chris Nero
- Salford 04 Wigan 10 M.Sneyd Missed Conversion (0/1)
20th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 14 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Salford 04 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
23rd Minute Salford 04 Wigan 20 Try: Jack Murphy
- Salford 04 Wigan 20 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/4)
29th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 24 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Salford 04 Wigan 24 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/5)
Half Time Salford City Reds 04 Wigan Warriors 24
50th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 28 Try: Iain Thornley
- Salford 04 Wigan 28 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (0/1)
57th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 32 Try: Matty Smith
- Salford 04 Wigan 34 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/2)
66th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 34 Try: Gareth Owen
- Salford 10 Wigan 34 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (1/2)
76th Minute Salford 14 Wigan 34 Try: Theo Fages
- Salford 16 Wigan 34 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (2/3)
Full Time Salford City Reds 16 Wigan Warriors 34


Steve Ganson

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Sleet. Cold.

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