Easy. Far too easy this for Wigan against the returning Brian
Noble's Salford side. An absolute training session of a match
which should not be gracing "Super" League.
had to go through the motions and the tries easily came. First one
was in the second minute. Quick Hands got Darrell Goulding away,
from half way, down the right and he had outside support to send
Charnley over. Josh had full back Marc Sneyd to beat, but his
tackle attempt was woeful to say the least. With Pat Richards being
rested, Matty Smith was on goal kicking and failed to convert.
Second try came on 9 minutes. Smith's pass got Ben Flower bursting
through a missed tackle by Andrew Dixon and their was no stopping
his 25 dash to the line. Extras missed again though by Smith - 8-0!
Five minutes later came our third try. Great hands for this one.
Blake Green to Sam Tomkins to Iain Thornley who gave it back to Sam
who sent Anthony Gelling over in the left corner. Third missed
conversion left it at 12-0.
Salford did manage to hold Wigan for
a good 15 minutes after that during a spell which had seen Gelling
left the field injured. Jack Hughes replaced him with Thornley
moving to the wing and him going at centre.
Wigan also introduced
Eric Lauaki for his first appearance of the season and he had a
great game I thought. Certainly contributed towards Wigan getting
two more scores before half time. First Sam Tomkins scored after
Sneyd missed another tackle in defence. Then that popular move from
this season saw Green chiming left and sending Ginger Farrell over
from close range. After Smith had missed a fourth conversion,
Charnley took over the kicking for the Farrell try and we finally
added extras to make the half time score 28-0.
Ten minutes into
the second half came Wigan's sixth try. Smith, O'Loughlin and Sam
combining to get Josh over for his second before he nailed a
beautiful sideline conversion for 34-0.
I'd like to say Salford
offered something to the contest but it really wasn't forthcoming.
Not their fault I suppose, they had a terrible off season and this
showed how much work is needed at that club, and for me it is not
going to be as simple as getting the chequebook out! To get to
Wigan's level they'll need years of patience!
Two further tries
came on 56 and 62 minutes. First Mike McIlorum sent Lee Mossop over
for a barge over. First try of the season for Moose, in fact his
first for exactly twelve months since he scored against Hull KR on
May 4th last season. Then Charnley sent Sam over for his second and
with Josh converting both it was now 40-0.
The big worry ahead of
next weeks cup clash with Hull KR was Smith departing with a
shoulder injury around this point. It didn't look good.
back partner Green however was on hand to score what turned out to
be Wigan's final try of the night on 72 minutes with a neat show
and dummy helping get over some more poor Salford defending.
Conversion made it 46-0 but Salford managed to avoid the nil with a
try from Adam Walne in the 79 minute. Very soft and disappointing
but at this point in the season, getting the win is all that
matters for me!