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Pre Season Match Report: Salford 32 Wigan 16
Posted by Bilko on January 24 2016 - 19:22

Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 24th January 2016. Kick Off 3
:00pm at AJ Bell Stadium.

Match Report

Whether it's the right decision to omit all last years test stars from pre season entirely should be judged over the next month or so but regardless of the line up, this was a disappointing final pre season outing.

Salford were impressive to be fair. They had experience in the halves with their new combination of Robert Lui and Michael Dobson combining well to cause Wigan constant problems. It was a tough ask for Wigan's fourth choice and youngest hooker Josh Ganson also against Tommy Lee who has been around a few years now, but I thought he went well during his second spell.

Wigan's disappointment was that they had plenty of territory to retaliate to Salford's early score but the pace of the play was far too slow in comparison to the home side. Salford were keen to play fast and get out wide whilst Wigan played too much one out rugby and only really found the wings in the final quarter of the game when they scored three tries.

The damage had already been done though. Tries to Mark Flanagan, Josh Griffin, Michael Dobson, Robert Lui, Ryan Lannon and Greg Johnson had put them 32-0 up and this proved to be a fair reflection of the contest up to that point.

Whilst 32-0 is impressive for Salford, they didn't half get giddy with it at times and were lucky that Wigan played so poorly in attack that they didn't punish them for pushing the pass. Three times in the first half they gifted us territory in their own quarter and had we found scores this would have been a good even contest. Our attack was too flatulent at that point though.

A combination of a tiring Salford and a quicker Wigan tempo did lead to late scores for Dom Manfredi, Oliver Gildart and Tony Clubb but it was hard to draw any positives from the rest of the game.

The defence early in the second half was particularly low. Stats men will have got sore fingers recording the missed tackles by Wigan but overall I think that whilst the result isn't very impressive, I come back to my view that the slowness of Wigan's play in the first half proved the difference here. Had it been faster, sharper and matched Salford's effort then the whole mood of what followed would have produced a better result. That's the lesson to learn from this one I think.

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan 1
14 Gareth O'Brien Full Back Lewis Tierney 22
2 Justin Carney

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 5
33 Josh Jones Centre Anthony Gelling 3
24 Junior Sa'u Centre Oliver Gildart 20
3 Josh Griffin Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
6 Robert Lui Stand Off George Williams 6
7 Michael Dobson Scrum Half Sam Powell 16
8 Craig Kopczak Prop Ben Flower 10
9 Tommy Lee Hooker Josh Ganson 36

George Griffin


Tony Clubb

11 Ben Murdoch-Masila 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 11
22 Matt Sarsfield 2nd Row Nick Gregson 27
13 Mark Flanagan L.Forward Willie Isa 25
1 Niall Evalds Substitute Lee Mossop 17
15 Adam Walne Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
16 Olsi Krasniqi Substitute Ryan Sutton 21
18 Greg Johnson Substitute Joe Bretherton 29
19 Logan Tomkins Substitute Gabriel Fell 31
21 Ryan Lannon Substitute Kyle Shelford 33
24 Mason Caton-Brown Substitute Jack Wells 34
25 Matty Gee Substitute Macauley Davies 35
26 Josh Wood Substitute
27 Matt Haggerty Substitute
- Ian Watson Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Salford Red Devils 32


Wigan Warriors 16

Tries (6):
Mark Flanagan
Josh Griffin
Michael Dobson
Robert Lui
Ryan Lannon
Greg Johnson


Tries (3):
Dom Manfredi
Oliver Gildart
Tony Clubb

Michael Dobson 3/5
Josh Griffin 1/1
--- Goals:
Sam Powell 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

8th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 00 Try: Mark Flanagan
Salford 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
31st Minute Salford 10 Wigan 00 Try: Josh Griffin
Salford 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
36th Minute Salford 16 Wigan 00 Try: Michael Dobson
Salford 16 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Michael Dobson (2/3)
39th Minute Salford 20 Wigan 00 Try: Robert Lui
Salford 22 Wigan 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/4)
Half Time Salford Red Devils 22 Wigan Warriors 00
44th Minute Salford 26 Wigan 00 Try: Ryan Lannon
Salford 26 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Michael Dobson (3/5)
50th Minute Salford 30 Wigan 00 Try: Greg Johnson
Salford 32 Wigan 00 Conversion: Josh Griffin (1/1)
67th Minute Salford 32 Wigan 04 Try: Dom Manfredi
Salford 32 Wigan 04 Missed Conv: Sam Powell (0/1)
74th Minute Salford 32 Wigan 08 Try: Oliver Gildart
Salford 32 Wigan 10 Conversion: Sam Powell (1/2)
78th Minute Salford 32 Wigan 14 Try: Tony Clubb
Salford 32 Wigan 16 Conversion: Sam Powell (2/3)
Full Time Salford Red Devils 32 Wigan Warriors 16


Phil Bentham

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