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Match Report: Wigan 40 Salford 16
Posted by Bilko on August 31 2007 - 22:49

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Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds. Engage Super League XII Rd 25.
Friday 31st August 2007. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

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 from it.

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 time.

Second Half Wigan did what they have done all season, stepped it up and comfortably took control, mainly thanks to Trent Barrett.

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.

Story of the Match

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.

Game Breaking Moment

3 tries in an 8 minute spell from 59-67 minutes made the final score a bit flattering to Wigan.

Top Player

Iafeta Paleaaesina - A try and fight! Good old school rugby! :D

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "I was pleased with the effort in the second half tonight. Trent Barrett was big again for us but the whole team in the second half did what we've been practising all week. It's going to go down to the last game for a lot of teams, so all we can do is take that second-half performance to Hull KR next week."

Salford Coach Shaun McCrae: "We need Hull KR to get beat by Hull FC. But my old club can do us a favour. We've shown in 80 minutes against St Helens and in 40 minutes tonight that we've got wins in us - but if Hull KR win on the weekend it's all over. We'll worry about that after the result on Sunday, but we've got two games left and four points to play for. But we are getting down to ifs and buts at the moment. I was very happy with the first half, I thought we played some really good football. We defended well, ran some good plays, asked them plenty of questions, and deserved to be in front at half-time. Unfortunately, in the second half I can't give a lot of credit to our players."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Salford -
5 Pat Richards Full Back Karl Fitzpatrick 1
2 Mark Calderwood Winger David Hodgson 2
3 Phil Bailey Centre Kevin McGuinness 3
14 David Vaealiki Centre Aaron Moule 4
23 Liam Colbon Winger John Wilshere 5
6 Trent Barrett Stand Off Stefan Ratchford 26
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Luke Robinson 7
8 Stuart Fielden Prop Philip Leuluai 31
16 Shane Millard Hooker Malcolm Alker 9
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Prop Michael Korkidas 10
19 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Andy Coley 8
12 Bryan Fletcher 2nd Row Ian Sibbit 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Simon Finnigan 13
- - - - -
9 Mick Higham Substitute Luke Dorn 6
20 Darrell Goulding Substitute Paul Highton 14
24 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Stuart Littler 19
? Danny Hill Substitute David Gower 20

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 40 --- Salford City Reds 16
Tries (7):
Trent Barrett
Mark Calderwood 2
David Vaealiki
Iafeta Paleaaesina
Pat Richards
Sean O'Loughlin
--- Tries (3):
Karl Fitzpatrick
Paul Highton
Kevin McGuinness
Pat Richards 6/8
--- Goals:
John Wilshere 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Salford 00 Try: Trent Barrett
- Wigan 04 Salford 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
18th Minute Wigan 04 Salford 04 Try: Karl Fitzpatrick
- Wigan 04 Salford 04 J.Wilshere Missed Conversion (0/1)
32nd Minute Wigan Sin Bin David Vaealiki (Fighting Incident)
32nd Minute Wigan Sin Bin Iafeta Paleaaesina (Fighting Incident)
32nd Minute Salford Sin Bin Stuart Littler (Fighting Incident)
32nd Minute ON REPORT Fighting Incident
35th Minute Wigan 06 Salford 04 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/2)
36th Minute Wigan 06 Salford 08 Try: Paul Highton
- Wigan 06 Salford 10 Conversion: John Wilshere (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Salford City Reds 10
46th Minute Wigan 10 Salford 10 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Wigan 12 Salford 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
49th Minute Wigan 16 Salford 10 Try: David Vaealiki
- Wigan 18 Salford 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
53rd Minute Wigan 18 Salford 14 Try: Kevin McGuinness
- Wigan 18 Salford 16 Conversion: John Wilshere (2/3)
59th Minute Wigan 22 Salford 16 Try: Iafeta Paleaaesina
- Wigan 24 Salford 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
63rd Minute Wigan 28 Salford 16 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 30 Salford 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
66th Minute Wigan 34 Salford 16 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 36 Salford 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
78th Minute Wigan 40 Salford 16 Try: Mark Calderwood (2)
- Wigan 40 Salford 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (6/8)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 40 Salford City Reds 16


Ashley Klein

Match Attendance


League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 25

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 25 18 0 7 735 386 +349 36
2 Leeds Rhinos 25 17 1 7 695 466 +229 35
3 Bradford Bulls* 25 16 1 8 728 532 +196 31
4 Hull FC 25 12 2 11 536 537 -1 26
5 Huddersfield Giants 25 12 1 12 590 496 +94 25
6 Warrington Wolves 25 12 0 13 643 674 -31 24
7 Wigan Warriors** 25 13 1 11 561 491 +70 23
8 Wakefield Wildcats 25 11 1 13 570 644 -74 23
9 Harlequins 25 9 3 13 459 590 -131 21
10 Catalans Dragons 25 9 1 15 532 631 -99 19
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 25 9 0 16 442 659 -217 18
12 Salford City Reds 25 6 1 18 433 818 -385 13

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 2 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.
**Wigan Warriors Deducted 4 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.

Round 25 Results
Fri 31 Aug St Helens 32 Harlequins 10 7,939
Fri 31 Aug Warrington Wolves 22 Huddersfield Giants 34 8,843
Fri 31 Aug Wigan Warriors 40 Salford City Reds 16 13,611
Sat 1 Sept Catalan Dragons 38 Wakefield Wildcats 20 7,325
Sun 2 Sept Hull FC 6 Hull Kingston Rovers 42 23,004
Sun 2 Sept Bradford Bulls 16 Leeds Rhinos 16 18,195

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