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Match Report: Wigan 34 Salford 18
Posted by Bilko on June 05 2009 - 21:26

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Friday 5th June 2009
Wigan Warriors 34 Salford City Reds 18
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 14 - Round 15 of 27
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Salford    
21 Cameron Phelps       2 John Wilshere    G3 
2 Amos Roberts       3 Mark Henry  T   
22 Martin Gleeson       15 Stuart Littler    
4 George Carmont  T      14 Jordan Turner    
5 Pat Richards  T2   G5    29 Darrell Goulding    
6 Tim Smith  T      19 Stefan Ratchford    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Richard Myler    
15 Andy Coley       8 Ray Cashmere    
9 Mark Riddell  T      9 Malcolm Alker  T   
19 Paul Prescott       10 Craig Stapleton    
11 Gareth Hock       20 Luke Adamson    
14 Joel Tomkins       12 Rob Parker    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Luke Swain  T   
8 Stuart Fielden       6 Jeremy Smith    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       11 Ian Sibbit    
16 Harrison Hansen  T      16 Phillip Leuluai    
17 Michael McIlorum       18 Lee Jewitt    


Last week we watched these two play basking in the sunshine, this week it was a cold, cold night with a blustery wind making it feel more March than June.

But Wigan got off to a hot start scoring four tries in the opening 15 minutes. The first came after just three minutes. Thomas Leuluai broke through and George Carmont finished off. Pat Richards converted to make it 6-0.

In the match preview this week I commented on our poor last tackle options but the second try came from a neat kick from Sean O'Loughlin. Attacking down the right he dinked a neat kick which bounced kindly for Amos Roberts who passed inside for Tim Smith to claim his first try since August last year against Wakefield. Richards converted to make it 12-0 in 5 minutes.

Wigan just kept hammering at Salford's line and after forcing a drop out. That came after a Leuluai kick was almost touched down by Carmont. From the drop out it was Carmont who got Richards away down the left and he touched down to make it 16-0 but he couldn't convert off the touchline.

Then it was Mark Riddell who scored and this try was embarrassing. It was pat-a-cake defending from the visitors and Riddell eased through to score close to the posts and Richards conversion made it 22-0 after 15 minutes.

So a fantastic start from Wigan which had seen some excellent attacking play but we couldn't keep it up after that. Maybe it was coincidence but the introduction of Stuart Fielden and Feka Paleaaesina saw us step down a gear rather than up.

Also I think it's fair to say we had a hefty weight of possession in our favour early door, highlighted by us forcing four drop outs first half, and once it evened out Salford competed well. Sadly for them it came too late, the game was lost.

They did hit back on 20 minutes after receiving a penalty. Malcolm Alker broke through so soft Wigan defence which eventually saw Luke Swain score despite Wigan scrambling back well. John Wilshere converted to make it 22-6.

At this point I'm thinking we've started well but another try for Salford would waste all that early effort. Salford had a couple of attempts at Wigan's line but we managed to hang on and perhaps crucially in the context of the match Pat Richards claimed a second try late in the half. It was a simple ball swung out wide and he walked in the corner. Richards was attacking the wing defended by Salford's Wigan loanee Darrell Goulding and he had a busy night in defence. Richards nailed a conversion off the touchline to make it 28-6 at the break.

Wigan's discipline had been superb first half but the second half was a stark contrast. Ian Smith went from anonymous to whistle happy and perhaps an early second half barney between Gareth Hock and Malcolm Alker forced his hand? He didn't shuffle his cards but Hock was the man to be penalised but it came to nothing for the Reds.

9 minutes into the second half though they gave themselves hope. Richard Myler put a bomb up which was plucked out the air by Mark Henry. Wilshere converted to make it 28-12.

Salford sense a comeback and had another good spell attacking Wigan's line but our defence held pretty firm.

But Wigan should have had a further try when Amos Roberts touched down diving in the corner. The touch judge stuck his flag up but most of the East Stand had a perfect view to see that he touched it down before taking the flag out.

It didn't matter though because Wigan put any comeback beyond doubt 11 minutes from time. O'Loughlin, who was probably my man of the match, broke through and sent Harrison Hansen over for his third try of the campaign. Richards converted to make it 34-12.

The game was over but Salford scored the games last try with Malcolm Alker touching down with a minute to go. Wilshere converted to make it 34-18 which after the first 15 minutes was a bit disappointing from our point of view. Shaun McCrae says himself below that we would have been entitled to put 50-60 points past them but, as we seem to have done all season, we make our performances harder work than perhaps they should be.

Anyway the win takes us into the top eight and lets hope we can hammer Celtic next weekend despite the absence of Hock and O'Loughlin. Ahead of a week off that would be a perfect tonic to send us into the crunch end of the season.

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Salford 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 06 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
5th Minute Wigan 10 Salford 00 Try: Tim Smith
- Wigan 12 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
11th Minute Wigan 16 Salford 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 16 Salford 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
15th Minute Wigan 20 Salford 00 Try: Mark Riddell
- Wigan 22 Salford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
20th Minute Wigan 22 Salford 04 Try: Luke Swain
- Wigan 22 Salford 06 Conversion: John Wilshere (1/1)
35th Minute Wigan 26 Salford 06 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 28 Salford 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 28 Salford City Reds 06
49th Minute Wigan 28 Salford 10 Try: Mark Henry
- Wigan 28 Salford 12 Conversion: John Wilshere (2/2)
68th Minute Wigan 32 Salford 12 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 34 Salford 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
79th Minute Wigan 34 Salford 16 Try: Malcolm Alker
- Wigan 34 Salford 18 Conversion: John Wilshere (3/3)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 34 Salford City Reds 18

Ian Smith



Super League 14 - Round 6 Result
Sat 30 May Celtic Crusaders 6 Wakefield Wildcats 50 2,089

Super League 14 - Round 15 Results
Fri 5 June Huddersfield Giants 22 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 6,346
Fri 5 June Hull FC 6 St Helens 30 12,009
Fri 5 June Wigan Warriors 34 Salford City Reds 18 11,550
Sat 6 June Harlequins 26 Celtic Crusaders 6 2,245
Sat 6 June Castleford Tigers 18 Warrington Wolves 34 5,628
Sat 6 June Catalan Dragons 32 Leeds Rhinos 30 7,913
Sun 7 June Bradford Bulls 36 Wakefield Wildcats 22 8,387

Engage Super League 14 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 15 12 0 3 441 262 +179 24
2 Hull Kingston Rovers 15 10 1 4 362 257 +105 21
3 Leeds Rhinos 15 10 0 5 379 237 +142 20
4 Huddersfield Giants 15 10 0 5 370 249 +121 20
5 Harlequins 14 9 0 5 349 259 +90 18
6 Wakefield Wildcats 16 8 0 8 376 373 +3 16
7 Wigan Warriors 16 7 0 9 374 321 +53 14
8 Castleford Tigers 15 7 0 8 335 371 -36 14
9 Hull FC 15 7 0 8 294 334 -40 14
10 Warrington Wolves 15 7 0 8 345 392 -47 14
11 Catalans Dragons 15 6 0 9 352 418 -66 12
12 Bradford Bulls 14 5 1 8 305 365 -60 11
13 Salford City Reds 15 5 0 10 252 433 -181 10
14 Celtic Crusaders 15 1 0 14 218 481 -263 2

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