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Match Report: Salford 24 Wigan 50
Posted by Bilko on April 28 2007 - 00:33

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Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XII Round 12.
Friday 27th April 2007. Kick Off 8:00pm at The Willows.

Thoughts on the Match

Can you score 50 points having played poorly? Because this was far from Wigan's best performance of the season.

It didn't need to be because Salford's defence was woeful. It seemed like every time we attacked, bang, we were over the tryline. They couldn't repel anything, probably not even an attack from 13 grannies!

The reason I say we played poorly is because our own defense, whilst not as bad as Salford's, was also poor. First half they cut us to ribbons on three occasions and that will have to improve next week in Cardiff.

In attack our half backs had a great night although it really was like picking apples off a tree against this defence.

Pat Richards goal kicking was again superb. He has missed just 10 of his 63 kick attempts now this season and until he missed the last two attempts here, he had kicked 15 in a row!

Story of the Match

You got the feeling it was going to be our night after just 5 seconds. From a Chris Ashton kick off the ball hit the cross bar and Wigan got the possession. It was quickly whipped out wide for Phil Bailey to score in the corner. 24 seconds that took and the scoreboard read "Salford 0 Wigan 4 - 0 minutes".

It's amazing you go years without seeing a freakish thing like that and then it happens twice in  8 months. Last September at Harlequins Wigan hit the crossbar then and Bryan Fletcher scored. It's definetly a good tactic which is working.

That bad start didn't seem to affect Salford as they hit back on 8 minutes. They were breaking through the Wigan defensive line with ease and apparent Wigan transfer target Andy Coley took advantage as he charged over the line. John Wilshere converted - 6-6.

Wigan retook the lead on 12 minutes as Trent Barrett scored a try he made all by his self. Sheer class. Richards made it 12-6.

Coley then scored a second for the Reds in pretty much similar circumstances. They broke clear and eventually Coley finished off with a charge over the line. Wilshere converted - 12-12.

For a third time Wigan took the lead on 25 minutes and it was Barrett again. He made a diagonal run to the line and Richards again converted to make it 18-12.

Then for a third time Salford hit back, this time with a bit of luck. A poor kick from Stuart Littler kindly bounced into the hands of Kevin McGuinness who sent Simon Finnigan over. The conversion from Wilshere made it 18-18.

Wigan try, Salford try, Wigan try, Salford try, Wigan try, Salford try - hmmm no surprise that Wigan scored next and it was a crucial one right on half time. Thomas Leuluai scored it and Richards conversion sent us into the sheds 24-18.

It was great entertainment this but really poor defending. Pretty much a case of Wigan struggling to defend from deep whilst Salford couldn't defend on their own line. We all know though Wigan improve and step up after half time and again this was the case.

Just 2 minutes after the restart, Mick Higham sent Harrison Hansen in and the two tries either side of half time had taken us from 18-18 and in a scrap to 30-18 and in control as we took a two score lead for the first time in the match.

It was clear that Wigan's defense had tightened up whilst Salford were continuing to demonstrate why they have the leagues worst defensive record. We were far from our best but they just couldn't repel anything we threw at them.

The game was pretty much sealed as Trent Barrett completed his hatrick on 53 minutes. He took the pass from Tommy Leuluai for what was only his second career hatrick - His first was way back on August 1st 1998 in a 28-26 Illawarra win at Newcastle.

Salford did managed to get 1 second half try when Aaron Moule scored on 57 minutes. 24-36 with 23 minutes to go - I suppose it was still game on but you just felt we would score more tries.

Salford's efforts pretty much summed up soon after as Luke Robinson for some reason tried to get distance on a penalty kick despite already being in Wigan's half. He comically spooned it straight to a Wigan player and Wigan would go on to take advantage with 3 more tries. Two from Shane Millard and then the final try from Darrell Goulding. Millard's tries both came as he darted over from dummy half and Goulding wrapped it up with 7 minutes to go. I think I cursed Pat Richards in the end as I confidently said "We'll get 60 here" just before he failed with his last two conversion. Ah well 50 will have to do.

Strangely I fell we played better when we won 25-6 at Salford last month because they defended so much better than night. Wigan have got to sort their own defense out but I suppose I should be greatful that we didn't get a sin binning away from home - for once!

Game Breaking Moment

Well perhaps the ball hitting the cross bar from the kick off after 5 seconds?. Probably the two tries either side of half time. It took us from 18-18 to 30-18 and Salford defense was never going to be good enough to allow them to fight back.

Top Player

Trent Barrett - First hatrick since 1998 including some classy solo tries.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It was a little like touch and pass in the first half but I just knew if we looked after the ball we had enough quality in our attack to trouble them. I thought Trent Barrett looked sharp but all four half-backs looked dangerous."

Salford coach Karl Harrison: "I can't get my head around what happened in the second half. There were lots of effort with the ball but without it we were a disgrace to be honest. Our defensive structure is pretty good but you can't legislate for people missing one-on-one tackles. It's disappointing because the people who are missing tackles are good players. (Andy Coley) has been struggling with a back injury all week and passed a late fitness test. He had two really big spells and thoroughly deserved the man of the match award."

Team Sheets

-SalfordPositionWigan-
2David HodgsonFull BackChris Ashton1
15Gray VianeWingerMark Calderwood2
3Kevin McGuinnessCentrePhil Bailey3
4Aaron MouleCentreDavid Vaealiki14
5John WilshereWingerPat Richards5
6Luke DornStand OffTrent Barrett6
7Luke RobinsonScrum HalfThomas Leuluai7
8Andy ColeyPropStuart Fielden8
27David BerthezeneHookerShane Millard16
10Michael KorkidasPropIafeta Paleaaesina10
19Stuart Littler2nd RowGareth Hock11
12Ian Sibbit2nd RowBryan Fletcher12
13Simon FinniganL.ForwardSean O'Loughlin13
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11Mark EdmondsonSubstituteMick Higham9
18Luke AdamsonSubstitutePaul Prescott18
23Jordan TurnerSubstituteHarrison Hansen19
24Lee JewittSubstituteDarrell Goulding20

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 24-Wigan Warriors 50
Tries (4):
Andy Coley 2
Simon Finnigan
Aaron Moule
-Tries (9):
Phil Bailey
Trent Barrett 3
Thomas Leuluai
Harrison Hansen
Shane Millard 2
Darrell Goulding
Goals:
John Wilshere 4/4
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Goals:
Pat Richards 7/9

Scoring and Incident Pattern

24 SecondsSalford 00Wigan 04Try: Phil Bailey
-Salford 00Wigan 06Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
8th MinuteSalford 04Wigan 06Try: Andy Coley
-Salford 06Wigan 06Conversion: John Wilshere (1/1)
13th MinuteSalford 06Wigan 10Try: Trent Barrett
-Salford 06Wigan 12Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
18th MinuteSalford 10Wigan 12Try: Andy Coley (2)
-Salford 12Wigan 12Conversion: John Wilshere (2/2)
25th MinuteSalford 12Wigan 16Try: Trent Barrett (2)
-Salford 12Wigan 18Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
29th MinuteSalford 16Wigan 18Try: Simon Finnigan
-Salford 18Wigan 18Conversion: John Wilshere (3/3)
39th MinuteSalford 18Wigan 22Try: Thomas Leuluai
-Salford 18Wigan 24Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Half TimeSalford City Reds 18 Wigan Warriors 24
42nd MinuteSalford 18Wigan 28Try: Harrison Hansen
-Salford 18Wigan 30Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
53rd MinuteSalford 18Wigan 34Try: Trent Barrett (Hat-Trick)
-Salford 18Wigan 36Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
57th MinuteSalford 22Wigan 36Try: Aaron Moule
-Salford 24Wigan 36Conversion: John Wilshere (4/4)
61st MinuteSalford 24Wigan 40Try: Shane Millard
-Salford 24Wigan 42Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
65th MinuteSalford 24Wigan 46Try: Shane Millard
-Salford 24Wigan 46P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/8)
74th MinuteSalford 24Wigan 50Try: Darrell Goulding
-Salford 24Wigan 46P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/9)
Full TimeSalford City Reds 24 Wigan Warriors 50

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Match Attendance

6,603

Match Weather

Dry Night.

Milestones Achieved

Trent Barrett scores his first Wigan hat-trick.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 12

-TeamPWDLFADiffPts
1Leeds Rhinos12903346207+13918
2Bradford Bulls12903392275+11718
3St Helens12804378197+18116
4Wigan Warriors12705287255+3214
5Hull FC12516231238-711
6Wakefield Wildcats12516275320-4511
7Catalans Dragons12516223325-10211
8Huddersfield Giants12507293204+8910
9Harlequins12426232289-5710
10Warrington Wolves12507248345-9710
11Hull Kingston Rovers12408211317-1068
12Salford City Reds12318228372-1447

Round 12 Results
Fri 27 AprHull Kingston Rovers 16 Huddersfield Giants 286,597
Fri 27 AprLeeds Rhinos 54 Catalan Dragons 815,581
Fri 27 AprSalford City Reds 24 Wigan Warriors 506,603
Sat 28 AprWakefield Wildcats 18 Hull FC 207,142
Sun 29 AprBradford Bulls 36 Warrington Wolves 2411,276
Sun 29 AprHarlequins 6 St Helens 444,362

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