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Match Report: Salford 28 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on March 04 2006 - 01:16

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Friday 3rd March 2006
Salford City Reds 28 Wigan Warriors 10
The Willows, Salford
Engage Super League 11 - Round 4 of 28
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Salford    
29 Chris Ashton       1 Karl Fitzpatrick    
5 Brett Dallas       2 David Hodgson  T   G4 
3 Pat Richards  T      19 Stuart Littler    
4 David Vaealiki       4 Aaron Moule    
2 Mark Calderwood       16 John Wilshere  T   
6 Danny Orr  T      6 Andrew Dunnemann  T   
7 Dennis Moran       7 Luke Robinson    
17 Jerry Seuseu       22 Simon Baldwin    
18 Wayne Godwin       9 Malcolm Alker    
8 Scott Logan       14 Paul Highton    
15 Danny Tickle    G    8 Andy Coley  T   
19 Harrison Hansen       23 Andrew Brocklehurst    
14 Kevin Brown       11 Simon Finnigan  T   
9 Mick Higham       10 Sean Rutgerson    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       15 Junior Langi    
16 Bryn Hargreaves       17 Gareth Haggerty    
22 Joel Tomkins       20 John Clough    


Any hope that last seasons struggle was a one off has been extinguished tonight as Wigan went down miserably to Salford on a snow covered Willows pitch.

1:12am and I've just got in from seeing us being thoroughly outclassed by Salford. It's as simple as that. No excuses. Salford had better ideas than us. Which wasn't difficult to be fair as we had none.

I built this up as Wigan's better attack against Salford's better defence. Well Wigan's attacking game just didn't turn up. I lost count the amount of times that Salford really tested us with a bomb in the air. Not once did Wigan try this. Every one of our fifth tackle kicks were chips into the corner which generally turned into nothing.

After the match coach Millward fumed: "We had 77% completion rate in the first half and 42% in the second half, and that tells you a bit of a story."

Thats the story of this club since Andy Farrell left. Simply no leadership.

To me our boys turned up and thought - oh god theres snow on the pitch, we don't want to play in this. The Salford lads revelled in the conditions.

Millward added that "(Salford) did everything better than us. They ran harder, they tackled harder and they chased harder than we did. And that sums it all up really.

So after being in doubt all afternoon due to the snow the match was given the go ahead after a 5pm pitch inspection.

Millward recalled Danny Orr and left out Sean O'Loughlin as they didn't want to risk his old knee injury on the hard pitch. Kevin Brown replaced him at loose forward.

Salford welcomed back winger John Wilshere after a one-match suspension, while Luke Robinson was back in the side to face his old club after recovering from shin splints.

Wigan had started all there previous two games well but not this one. It was the Reds who opened the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock, as former Warrior Luke Robinson hoisted a bomb towards Wigan winger Mark Calderwood into the in-goal area and Simon Finnigan touched down.

Another ex Wigan player David Hodgson kicked the conversion from the sideline, and added a penalty three minutes later to extend the home side's advantage to 8-0.

Wigan hit back with a similar try to Salford's. Dennis Moran hit a bomb in the air which was fumbled by John Wilshere into the hands of Danny Orr, whose long ball out right was touched on by Mark Calderwood into the hands of Pat Richards who scored.

Danny Tickle's conversion attempt hit the post before Hodgson's restart went out on the full. However Wigan failed to capitalise on that error from the man we used to call dodgy.

Wigan had a good spell of pressure at this point. Props Iafeta Paleaaesina and Scott Logan both went close before Brett Dallas was denied by a great tackle from Wilshere.

Wigan went on to force two drop outs but our last tackle options were poor and Salford's strong defence survived.

So after all that pressure Wigan fell to a sucker punch three minutes before half time. The impressive Andy Coley crashed over in the right-hand corner for a try which Hodgson converted. 14-4 to Salford at the break.

Wigan came out second half fired up after a clear half time rollicking. They knew they needed the first try of the second half and got it after 7 minutes.

On a last tackle, wide on the right, Moran ran down the short side and fed Harrison Hansen, who helped the ball onto Richards, and the Australian kicked intelligently inside for Orr to score.

Tickle's goal made the score 14-10 and the game was ours for the taking. Wigan threw everything at Salford but again our last tackle options were poor. Mark Calderwood was particularly impressive in making four consecutive tackles from the play the ball, but sadly we saw little of him in attack.

Wigan had thrown so much at Salford it was a killer blow when they scored in the 62nd Minute. John Wilshere squeezed in at the corner. I felt he was in touch but with the snow masking the pitch markings it was a difficult call from referee and touch judge. Giving benefit to the attack side is only fair, the try was given. Hodgson missed the conversion.

20-10 down with 16 minutes to go, its not game over is it? But to Wigan that try seemed to resign the players to defeat. Reason why was that there was no lift in the huddle behind the sticks whilst the conversion was being made. No one was talking. No inspiration, no one standing up and being the teams leader. Bryan Fletcher will be that voice I hope, when he is fit. Dennis Moran was captain on this night.........apparently.

Wigan were already resigned to defeat when the game was settled eight minutes from time.  Wilshere jinked through magically on the last tackle and kicked through for Andrew Dunemann to follow up score.

Hodgson landed his easiest kick of the night to make the score 24-10, and went over from 40 yards in the dying stages to round off a super night for the jubilant Reds.

The fact Hodgson scored the last try was an extra kick in the teeth.

8th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 00 Try: Simon Finnigan
- Salford 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: David Hodgson (1/1)
12th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: David Hodgson (2/2)
17th Minute Salford 08 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Salford 08 Wigan 04 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (1/2)
37th Minute Salford 12 Wigan 04 Try: Andy Coley
- Salford 14 Wigan 04 Conversion: David Hodgson (3/3)
Half Time Salford City Reds 14 Wigan Warriors 04
45th Minute Salford 14 Wigan 08 Try: Danny Orr
46th Minute Salford 14 Wigan 10 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/2)
62nd Minute Salford 18 Wigan 10 Try: John Wilshere
- Salford 18 Wigan 10 D.Hodgson Missed Conversion (3/4)
71st Minute Salford 22 Wigan 10 Try: Andrew Dunnemann
- Salford 24 Wigan 10 Conversion: David Hodgson (4/5)
78th Minute Salford 28 Wigan 10 Try: David Hodgson
80th Minute Salford 28 Wigan 10 D.Hodgson Missed Conversion (4/6)
Full Time Salford City Reds 28 Wigan Warriors 10

Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)



Super League 11 - Round 4 Results
Fri 3 Mar Hull FC 6 Harlequins 10 8,250
Fri 3 Mar Salford City Reds 28 Wigan Warriors 10 5,494
Fri 3 Mar Warrington Wolves 10 St Helens 18 13,024
Sat 4 Mar Catalan Dragons 18 Bradford Bulls 50 9,373
Sat 4 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 16 Huddersfield Giants 18 4,110
Sun 5 Mar Leeds Rhinos 66 Castleford Tigers 14 16,650

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 4 4 0 0 115 38 +77 8
2 Bradford Bulls 4 3 1 0 122 54 +68 7
3 Leeds Rhinos 4 3 0 1 114 55 +59 6
4 Salford City Reds 4 3 0 1 72 50 +22 6
5 Hull FC 4 2 0 2 112 88 +24 4
6 Huddersfield Giants 4 2 0 2 76 92 -16 4
7 Harlequins 4 1 1 2 50 90 -40 3
8 Warrington Wolves 4 1 0 3 82 92 -10 2
9 Wakefield Wildcats 4 1 0 3 70 84 -14 2
10 Wigan Warriors 4 1 0 3 92 110 -18 2
11 Catalan Dragons 4 1 0 3 84 130 -46 2
12 Castleford Tigers 4 1 0 3 74 180 -106 2

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