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Match Report: Wigan 28 Salford 6
Posted by Bilko on May 29 2009 - 21:50

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Friday 29th May 2009
Wigan Warriors 28 Salford City Reds 6
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Salford    
21 Cameron Phelps       2 John Wilshere    G 
2 Amos Roberts       15 Stuart Littler    
22 Martin Gleeson       14 Jordan Turner    
4 George Carmont       4 Willie Talau    
5 Pat Richards  T3   G4    3 Mark Henry    
20 Sam Tomkins       19 Stefan Ratchford    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Richard Myler    
15 Andy Coley       8 Ray Cashmere    
9 Mark Riddell       9 Malcolm Alker    
19 Paul Prescott       10 Craig Stapleton    
11 Gareth Hock  T2      20 Luke Adamson  T   
12 Phil Bailey       12 Rob Parker    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Luke Swain    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       11 Ian Sibbit    
14 Joel Tomkins       16 Phillip Leuluai    
16 Harrison Hansen       17 Robbie Paul    
17 Michael McIlorum       18 Lee Jewitt    


Well I've got to be honest I was wary about this match because I expected Salford to come and have a right go at us and cause us problems.

Truth was apart from the first 20 minutes when they benefited from a early 4-0 penalty count off French referee Thierry Alibert they offered very little going forward all game. Wigan defended with ease and in attack, without ever sparkling, they completed sets more often than not.

Salford in contrast didn't complete sets that well - at least two kick attempts going into touch on the full summed that up.

The weather was in stark contrast to our last home game against Hull KR, which was played in torrential rain. It was a beautiful warm night with the sun having dipped away sufficiently to not cause any problems on the field the play.

Wigan came out and scored after just 2 minutes. Thomas Leuluai passed to Gareth Hock who stepped past Salford full back John Wilshere for the try. Pat Richards converted to make it 6-0.

It continued to be all Wigan possession early doors and Salford must have taken great heart, just like Warrington last week, from the scoreline being just 6-0.

Even more so when they equalised on 11 minutes. A penalty marched they up field for their first attack of the game and Ray Cashmere got an offload away to Richard Myler. He found Luke Adamson who in turn sent Jordan Turner over for the four pointer which became six when Wilshere converted. Superb effort of keeping the ball alive which levelled the scores at 6-6.

Now I know I do these reports from a Wigan point of view but for me that was the last real attack Salford had on Wigan's line. They had brief moments after that but no sustained pressure on us and a disticnt lack of quality was evident. I do recall a drop out forced in the second half but that came to nothing.

To be fair both sides defended well and it wasn't a case of it being all out Wigan attack but we always had the slight edge in the territorial battle.

Wigan regained the lead on 26 minutes with the penalty count beginning to even out a bit. George Carmont somehow got an offload away to send Richards over for an easy try in the corner. Pat couldn't convert but that try would send Wigan into half time with a 10-6 lead. Wigan did have two chances late into the first half to increase that lead but errors cost them close to the line. Couldn't help feeling that we might be punished in the second half for leading only by four points when we'd played a lot better than that.

As poor as Salford had been the first try of the second half was always going to be crucial  - especially with Wigan's record of losing tight games at the JJB this season. It almost came for Salford when a massive scramble in the in goal saw Wigan just about get the ball dead. The drop out came to nothing from that after nine minutes in the second half Wigan got a penalty given bang in front and Pat kicked in to make it 12-6. Some distain amongst Wigan fans for not going for the try but I was saying - how often have we been in a position at home this season where the opposition has to score twice to win? Well twice is the answer and we won both of those games - so a correct call for me.

Ok hindsight helped prove that when four minutes later Pat collected his second try of the game. Leuluai, Sean O'Loughlin and Carmont were all involved in helping Pat squeeze over to make it 16-6 after he converted off the touchline.

Two score second half leads always look formidable against Super League opposition and so it proved. The Mancunian side never gave up but in truth they didn't look like a side that could come back.

The match was sealed with 10 minutes to go. Mike McIlorum went close to scoring but quick hands got Richards in for his hatrick - his second in Wigan colours after a trio of tries against Hull in May 2007.

That was game up and Wigan could have gone further ahead after a harsh looking double movement given against Sam Tomkins but Gareth Hock got over for his second to make the final score 28-6. In truth I think this flattered Salford but a good nights work for Wigan which puts them into Sunday's Semi Final draw. Long wait till those Semi's now so it's time we start to buck up in the league - hopefully with a repeat performance next week when Salford revisit the JJB in the league.

2nd Minute Wigan 04 Salford 00 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wigan 06 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
11th Minute Wigan 06 Salford 04 Try: Luke Adamson
- Wigan 06 Salford 06 Conversion: John Wilshere (1/1)
25th Minute Wigan 10 Salford 06 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 10 Salford 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Salford City Reds 06
49th Minute Wigan 12 Salford 06 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/3)
53rd Minute Wigan 16 Salford 06 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 16 Salford 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/4)
70th Minute Wigan 20 Salford 06 Try: Pat Richards (3)
- Wigan 22 Salford 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
76th Minute Wigan 26 Salford 06 Try; Gareth Hock (2)
- Wigan 28 Salford 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/6)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Salford City Reds 06

Thierry Alibert




2009 Challenge Cup Quarter Finals

Friday 29th May 2009
Wigan 28 Salford 6

Saturday 30th May 2009
Gateshead 6 St Helens 66
Hull KR 24 Warrington 25 (Live on BBC 2)

Sunday 31st May 2009
Huddersfield 16 Castleford 14 (Live on BBC 2)

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