Having not seen that match fans will probably look at the final
score of 40-16 and think, hmmm good performance but this was far
Wigan were poor and Salford were even worse and really
this scoreline comes as no bigger a condemnation to their hopes of
Super League survival.
Quite frankly Salford's defence was pathetic, as it was when we
played them away at The Willows in April. A trip into their half
resulted in a try on most occasions, if we didn't score it was
because we had knocked on.
Our inability to hold onto the ball kept Salford in the game
first half and that was a big factor in them leading 10-6 at half
Second Half Wigan did what they have done all season, stepped
it up and comfortably took control, mainly thanks to Trent
Salford had brought the score back to 18-16 but Trent unleashed
a 40-20 kick on 57 minutes which led to a try for Feka. That was
soon followed up by another try so in affect that 40-20 kick sent
Wigan from 18-16 up to 30-16 and the game was dead and buried.
Great stuff but that's what we bought him for.
Wigan though were generally poor in defence. Salford broke
clear on many occasions in the first half but didn't have the
class to make it pay. That lack of class is why they are going
down. Luke Robinson is not the class act that he thinks he is and
National League 1 is probably his level.
Salford's slim hopes of avoiding relegation lay in ruins after a
devastating 20-minute five-try blitz by Wigan at the JJB Stadium.
Two tries from Mark Calderwood, David Vaealiki, Iafeta
Paleaaesina, Phil Bailey, Sean O'Loughlin and Trent Barrett sealed
the points for Wigan.
Salford had gone into the interval 10-6 up after first-half
tries from Karl Fitzpatrick and Paul Highton.
The loss means Hull KR need to win one of their final three
games to stay up.
The game was marred by a first-half brawl when Liam Colbon was
tackled behind his own line for a Wigan drop out.
Referee Ashley Klein produced yellow cards for Wigan pair
Vaealiki and Paleaaesina, along with Salford's Stuart Littler.
Both sides were back to full strength four minutes after the
interval and Wigan immediately took advantage with scores from
Calderwood and Vaealiki.
Salford soon hit back through a fantastic solo try from Kevin
McGuinness, with Luke Wilshere reducing the deficit to two points.
However the class of Barrett took the game beyond the visitors
when he set up Paleaaesina with a 40/20 before kicking through for
Pat Richards to touch down on 63 minutes.
Captain Sean O'Loughlin added another four points minutes later
before Calderwood scored his second late in the game.
Pat Richards added 12 points with the boot.