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Match Report: Wigan 20 Salford 12
Posted by Hogan on July 15 2006 - 10:57

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Friday 14th July 2006
Wigan Warriors 20 Salford City Reds 12
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 21 of 28

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Salford    
29 Chris Ashton       2 David Hodgson    
2 Mark Calderwood       15 Junior Langi    
1 Kris Radlinski       3 Kevin McGuinness    
35 Nathan McAvoy       4 Aaron Moule  T   
5 Brett Dallas  T      16 John Wilshere    
6 Danny Orr  T      21 Stephen Myler    G2 
20 Michael Dobson    G4    7 Luke Robinson    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       27 Danny Lima    
9 Mick Higham       9 Malcolm Alker    
37 Stuart Fielden       10 Sean Rutgerson    
11 Gareth Hock       19 Stuart Littler    
12 Bryan Fletcher  T      8 Andy Coley    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Chris Charles    
8 Scott Logan       14 Paul Highton    
15 Danny Tickle       17 Gareth Haggerty    
18 Wayne Godwin       24 Ryan Clayton  T   
19 Harrison Hansen       26 Luke Adamson    


Not a vintage match this was it? But we won and that's all that matters.

Salford have lost 8 matches this year by 8 points or less. Not a good record for them to have, but it shows that they are very competitive thanks to their strong defence. So now the dust as settled we can look back and say this was a good hard fought win to get under our belts.

We did see signs though that we'd gone back into our old shell of being nervous and being unable to convert good territory. First twenty minutes we should have been at least three or four tries up.

The two tries we did get were perhaps a bit lucky. Good kicks but the bounce of the ball for the first try went our way and the unfortunate slip from Junior Langi allowed Dallas in for the second. I suppose we are beginning to get the luck at this vital moment in our season.

"Well done on winning your cup final" said one Salford fan to me after the game. Days gone by we'd snarl at only beating Salford by 8 points but this result moved us out the relegation zone for two days at least. Not bad for a side that kicked off against Catalan 27 days earlier, 8 points from safety.

What about about Stuart Fielden. Comedy moment went he got hurt in a tackle, got up limped around and then shrugged off the water carrier as if to say "f*** off, I'm ain't coming off". If only more players had attitudes like that. You just fear that like the great Andy Farrell, playing on whilst injured might take its toll as he reaches the latter part of his career. Hopefully not.

If you read the match preview you'll know the five match curse is over. People were having a right go at me for bringing up this point but as it turns out I didn't put the mockers on them. :)

Wigan started well dominating the early territory as Salford knocked on twice in there own half. But it was Salford who had the first chance but the video referee denied Andy Coley in the 10th minute.

That would have been unjust and when Wigan finally took the lead in the 14th minute it was well deserved. A grubber from Danny Orr just managed to keep in play as it awkwardly bounced for Bryan Fletcher to touch down. He has now scored in the last four home matches. Michael Dobson converted to make it 6-0.

Again it was Wigan pressing and they increased the lead in the 25th minute. Wayne Godwin broke down centre field, swung the ball to the left, Dobson kicked to the corner and Brett Dallas took advantage as Junior Langi slipped. In the corner he scored but Dobson failed with the extras, 10-0.

Wigan almost scored again when Orr got Dallas away down the right but Salford full-back David Hodgson chased him down and his inside pass went straight to John Wilshere and not the two Wigan players in support. So frustrating.

Salford hit back with former Wigan player Luke Robinson being key as he broke and then chipped for Ryan Clayton to score under the sticks in the 32nd minute. Stephen Myler had an easy conversion to make it 10-6.

Before half time Michael Dobson kicked a two pointer to make it 12-6 at the break.

Into the second half and Wigan continued to dominate possession and territory but Salford to work hard and deny us. Another Dobson grubber looked to have sent Nathan McAvoy over but he knocked on over the line.

Moments later Reds hooker Malcolm Alker limped off. Perhaps a crucial moment in the game. He could have been the game breaker after the Reds came back with a try from Aaron Moule in the 52nd minute. Robinson was again the creater of that try but Myler couldn't convert. He did however level the scores with a penalty on the hour.

This was looking ominous for Wigan. Earlier in the season, certainly at the JJB, we had dominated some first halfs but failed to convert that dominance into a good lead and eventually end up with a tough narrow loss. It was looking like Salford would inflict that punishment to us again but Wigan are stronger more resilient now and it was they who finished well despite looking awfully nervous.

Like so often in the last two matches it was a two point penalty from Dobson which settled the nerves. Gareth Haggerty nailed a high shot on Orr and Dobson maintained his focus to curl in a 30-metre penalty that restored Wigan's lead.

Then with ten minutes to go the game was sealed, much to our relief. Great work from Gareth Hock down the left was pivitol. He fended off two tackles to make some good yards. The play the ball was swung towards the centre. Fletcher found the gap went through and went inside to the supporting Orr who strolled under the sticks. Dobson's conversion made it 20-12 and game over.

13mins:47 Wigan 04 Salford 00 Try: Bryan Fletcher
- Wigan 06 Salford 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
24mins:08 Wigan 10 Salford 00 Try: Brett Dallas
- Wigan 10 Salford 00 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (1/2)
30mins:51 Wigan 10 Salford 04 Try: Ryan Clayton
- Wigan 10 Salford 06 Conversion: Stephen Myler (1/1)
34mins:58 Wigan 12 Salford 06 Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (2/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Salford City Reds 06
51mins:57 Wigan 12 Salford 10 Try: Aaron Moule
- Wigan 12 Salford 12 S.Myler Missed Conversion (1/2)
57mins:43 Wigan 12 Salford 12 Penalty Goal: Stephen Myler (2/3)
64mins:39 Wigan 14 Salford 12 Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (3/4)
68mins:47 Wigan 18 Salford 12 Try: Danny Orr
- Wigan 20 Salford 12 Conversion: Michael Dobson (4/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 20 Salford City Reds 12

Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)



Super League 11 - Round 21 Results
Fri 14 July Bradford Bulls 30 Catalan Dragons 16 10,388
Fri 14 July St Helens 30 Harlequins 24 7,950
Fri 14 July Wigan Warriors 20 Salford City Reds 20 13,630
Sat 15 July Hull FC 36 Warrington Wolves 24 9,247
Sun 16 July Huddersfield Giants 26 Wakefield Wildcats 20 4,848
Sun 16 July Castleford Tigers 31 Leeds Rhinos 30 11,016

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 21 18 0 3 645 318 +327 36
2 Leeds Rhinos 21 16 0 5 675 388 +287 32
3 Hull FC 21 16 0 5 588 446 +142 32
4 Bradford Bulls 21 12 2 7 566 400 +166 26
5 Warrington Wolves 21 10 0 11 565 488 +77 20
6 Salford City Reds 21 10 0 11 453 388 +65 20
7 Castleford Tigers 21 8 1 12 491 729 -238 17
8 Huddersfield Giants 21 8 0 13 471 575 -104 16
9 Harlequins 21 7 1 13 405 644 -239 15
10 Wigan Warriors 21 7 0 14 444 588 -144 14
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 6 0 15 446 584 -138 12
12 Catalan Dragons 21 6 0 15 495 686 -191 12

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