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Match Report: Salford 0 Wigan 42
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 02 2013 - 01:00

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Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 1.
Friday 1st February 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at Salford City Stadium.

Match Report

Salford obviously have a bigger picture to look at after this result, but from a Wigan point of view this was an excellent professional job to open up the league season.

Those that weren't at the game will just look at 42-0 and assess that Salford were simply poor, but it wasn't exactly like that. Salford in the first half showed plenty of vigour and enthusiasm but our defence was just too good! I said it was the positive from the Warrington friendly and it continued here.

The home side certainly didn't roll over and die and Wigan had to grind them down. We did so with good processes, decent last tackle options and a good set completion. Whilst I was disappointed our early pressure wasn't converted into points, it was perhaps only luck that had stopped us scoring in the opening ten minutes.

First try did come on 13 minutes though with Blake Green sending Liam Farrell bursting through an almighty gap and Sam Tomkins was in support to finish off. Easy conversion for Pat Richards made it 6-0.

Salford then had a good spell of consistent pressure for the next ten minutes. Wigan however were strong and it was only really on the last tackle that Salford could make us really sweat. They did so on a few occasions, particularly from French half back Theo Fages, but Tomkins and Josh Charnley both made excellent defensive saves.

You felt as the interchanges came into effect that Wigan just stepped up a gear and that was reflected on the scoreboard with a quick fire double.

First on 28 minutes, Matty Smith completed a good individual effort from close range. Questions of double movement apparently but it was opposite end of the ground from us Wigan supporters. Try was given and Pat converted for 12-0.

Jack Murphy, on loan at Salford from Wigan, was being peppered with kicks by now and to be honest he had a mixed night. One big error saw Wigan punish with quick hands getting Charnley over in the right corner. Conversion was missed - 16-0.

After two quick tries you perhaps would have expected Salford to be hanging on for half time but it ended up the opposite way round. Wigan had a bad spell of penalty conceding which saw James Child issue a team warning in the new fashion of winding his arm round in a circular motion. This replaces the necessity of calling the captain out. I like it. Nice and simple, everyone knows what the situation is and it was rightly given in my view after Wigan had been twice penalised for high shots.

Salford couldn't score before the break but that warning still carried into the second half and "Henderson" Gil Dudson was the fall guy with a sin bin just a minute after the restart.

The fact Wigan scored with 12 men during that sin bin period ended the contest and it was Iain Thornley who touched down a lovely grubber from substitute Sam Powell. Pat converted that for 22-0.

As time wore on it became increasingly evident that Salford had no legs to get up the field and the final quarter saw all the action at our end of the field, the end Wigan were attacking. Our class came through with four excellent tries to wrap up this performance.

First Pat Richards was sent in the right corner by Tomkins, then the second try saw Pat breaking down the left wing from inside his own half. In support was the Ginger Pearl to finish off the move, a try he thoroughly deserved for an excellent performance. I've a lot of faith in Farrell that he'll soon have us forgetting all about Gareth Hock! Two missed conversions - 30-0.

The last two tries fell to Sam Tomkins and this was amazing stuff considering he hadn't played a minute of rugby in pre season. His first effort saw him show great pace and footwork to get over in the left corner, before his second effort saw him mesmerising the Reds defence in a try close the posts. All quality. What a joy to witness! Two conversions from Pat wrapped up a 42-0 victory and a very satisfactory start to the campaign.

Obviously tougher opponents to come next week in Warrington but I think this was the perfect warm up for that. Like I said the processes were good, and the kicking game did create some pressure. We just need to crank it all up a gear next week and maintain this standard of defence. Good signs from the new half back duo, particularly Blake Green who looks a very good organiser. All in all I came out of this game far more positive about this year than I was, but the litmus test is next Friday. That is a proper test of our potential this season!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I heard all those comments about us but I know we can play. That wasn't a complete performance - too many penalties and a little loose in contact. Once we fix that up we will be okay this year. It blew the cobwebs out. We had a few players a bit rusty but I'm happy with the performance. I knew it was going to be a test in the early period and all credit to them for sticking at it, but I thought we were quite good today. The front rowers were outstanding today. Sam is a great player and the work the middles (forwards) did was outstanding."

Salford Coach Phil Veivers: "We didn't help ourselves throughout the game. In the first half we conceded two really poor tries. We came out in the second half and didn't get a lot of the ball. We were very poor with our skill levels, our execution of the skill and some decisions made defensively were poor. But I have always said we are probably three months behind every other club because we haven't had a pre-season. In that side were three bodies who haven't really trained with us. There might be some mitigating circumstances but at the end of the day you go on the field and you are able to make a tackle and pass a ball. That let us down tonight."

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan 1
32 Jack Murphy Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Jodie Broughton Winger Josh Charnley 2
33 Rhys Williams Centre Darrell Goulding 3
3 Ashley Gibson Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Danny Williams Winger Pat Richards 5
23 Ryan McGoldrick Stand Off Blake Green 6
21 Theo Fages Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
10 Shannan McPherson Prop Paul Prescott 19
14 Wayne Godwin Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
8 Lee Jewitt Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Matty Ashurst 2nd Row Jack Hughes 4
12 Andrew Dixon 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
13 Stephen Wild L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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17 Ben Gledhill Substitute Ben Flower 15
19 Jordan James Substitute Gil Dudson 20
24 Gareth Owen Substitute Scott Taylor 21
25 Chris Nero Substitute Sam Powell 24
- Phil Veivers Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 0 --- Wigan Warriors 42
Tries (0): --- Tries (8):
Sam Tomkins 3
Matty Smith
Josh Charnley
Iain Thornley
Pat Richards
Liam Farrell
--- --- Goals:
Pat Richards 5/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

13th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Salford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
28th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Matty Smith
- Salford 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
32nd Minute Salford 00 Wigan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
- Salford 00 Wigan 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
Half Time Salford City Reds 00 Wigan Warriors 16
42nd Minute Wigan Sin Bin Gil Dudson (Offence after Team Warning)
46th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 20 Try: Iain Thornley
- Salford 00 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
60th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 26 Try: Pat Richards
- Salford 00 Wigan 26 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/5)
63rd Minute Salford 00 Wigan 30 Try: Liam Farrell
- Salford 00 Wigan 30 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/6)
70th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 34 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Salford 00 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/7)
75th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 40 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Salford 00 Wigan 42 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/8)
Full Time Salford City Reds 00 Wigan Warriors 42

Video Highlights

Referee

James Child

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Salford 1 lll Wigan 9
Offloads:   Salford 3   Wigan 8
Penalties Conceded:   Salford 10   Wigan 12
Errors:   Salford 13   Wigan 8
Set Completion:   Salford 71%   Wigan 86%

Match Attendance

5,383

Weather

Dry, nippy wind.

League Table after Super League 18 Round 1

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 1 1 0 0 42 0 +42 2
2 Huddersfield Giants 1 1 0 0 40 4 +36 2
3 Bradford Bulls 1 1 0 0 40 6 +34 2
4 Leeds Rhinos 1 1 0 0 36 6 +30 2
5 Warrington Wolves 1 1 0 0 40 24 +16 2
6 Widnes Vikings 1 1 0 0 28 14 +14 2
7 Catalan Dragons 1 1 0 0 32 24 +8 2
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 1 0 0 1 24 32 -8 0
9 London Broncos 1 0 0 1 14 28 -14 0
10 Castleford Tigers 1 0 0 1 24 40 -16 0
11 Hull FC 1 0 0 1 6 36 -30 0
12 Wakefield Wildcats 1 0 0 1 6 40 -34 0
13 St Helens 1 0 0 1 4 40 -36 0
14 Salford City Reds 1 0 0 1 0 42 -42 0

Round 1 Results
Fri 1 Feb Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull FC 6 15,297
Fri 1 Feb Salford City Reds 0 Wigan Warriors 42 5,383
Sat 2 Feb St Helens 4 Huddersfield Giants 40 12,003
Sun 3 Feb Bradford Bulls 40 Wakefield Wildcats 6 10,263
Sun 3 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Catalan Dragons 32 7,864
Sun 3 Feb London Broncos 14 Widnes Vikings 28 2,856
Sun 3 Feb Warrington Wolves 40 Castleford Tigers 24 10,721

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