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Match Report: Wigan 60 Salford 10
Posted by Bilko on July 09 2010 - 21:32

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Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds - Engage Super League XV Round 21.
Friday 9th July 2010. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

What a dream night, and result, this was for Wigan. A comprehensive 60-10 victory to take us 6 points clear at the top of the table (for 42 hours at least) and we've been given two cherries on top of our cake with defeats for both St Helens and Leeds elsewhere. Could not have been any better - only defeat for Warrington on Sunday could complete a perfect weekend.

On the pitch Wigan did the job they needed to do with some style. The sending off of Ryan Boyle on 21 minutes totally killed the match dead but in truth Wigan were already in total control with an 18-0 lead already having been built up.

Having said that it was a sloppy first half I felt from Wigan. They lacked patience and were pushing the pass far too often. They knew though that Salford didn't have enough to handle us and it was just a case of picking them off when we could.

Despite losing Andy Coley (suspended) and Mike McIlorum (ankle injury), Wigan were in my view strengthened by the return of Amos Roberts and Sean O'Loughlin to the substitutes bench.

First try came just as I reached my seat on 6 minutes. From a scrum Mark Riddell made the break to send Sam Tomkins charging over the line. Easy conversion for Richards making it 6-0. Pat actually converted every try tonight, didn't matter if it was bang in front or out wide, he was nailing them!

Three minutes later the lead was doubled. Nice effort saw Riddell, Sam and Thomas Leuluai combine to get Darrell Goulding over for his 20th try of the season, against the team he played against on loan last season. That made it 12-0.

I was making the point at the game to "Dick and Dom" sat next to me how much we have benefited from players going out on loan. I was actually making the point about Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell and Chris Tuson but also Darrell Goulding has benefited from going out on loan elsewhere and we are reaping the rewards now. Apparently Josh Charnley had an excellent debut for Hull KR tonight with one Rovers fan on our board asking "can we keep him?" - More evidence if needed that our strength in depth is immense.

Wigan always looked like they could score for fun but like I said they were going through periods of rushing the pass, which created errors. A third try was scored though on 19 minutes, nice chip kick from Paul Deacon was collected by Martin Gleeson who claimed his 7th try in his last 9 appearances. The conversion made it 18-0.

Then came the red card for Salford prop Ryan Boyle after he hit Stuart Fielden with a high shot. Might have got away with it had Andy Coley not been red carded for us last week, but that dismissal set the current standard and Boyle had to go. That standard will probably continue until it comes to a referee sending off an Adrian Morley or Jamie Peacock type player and of course they'll get away with it. :)

That red card was never going to affect the result but clearly it made the night easier for Wigan. It actually took us 13 minutes to break down the 12 men of Salford, but again a lot of that was Wigan forcing the pass too often. They did have the luxury of bringing Sean O'Loughlin and Amos Roberts off the bench at this point, Amos going out to Full Back with Sam Tomkins reverting to the halves and Thomas Leuluai switching to alternative hooker. A fourth try eventually came with Joel Tomkins reaching over to score from just a metre out. Easy conversion making it 24-0.

Then on 37 minutes a fifth try was scored. Lovely move for this effort. Sam Tomkins went on an arching run and he hit Carmont with a pass that saw him show great pace to burn off defenders in the act of scoring down the left wing. Fifth conversion made the half time score 30-0.

Being located on the back row of the Billy Boston (East) Stand its not often I choose to sit down during games but when I do it's a sign that Wigan are in total control and this was one of those occasions. I walked around the concourse at half time, bumping into familiar faces on way to the toilet, and their was a buzz with news of Catalans beating Saints and Leeds losing to Hull KR - whilst we had a very comfortable lead.

That buzz was increased just three minutes into the second half with our sixth try of the match. Liam Farrell burst clear to send Sam Tomkins over under the posts, easy conversion again making it 36-0. What a player Farrell is looking by the way, brilliant again tonight.

Salford though hit back with a try on 46 minutes which was a neat effort. Matty Smith put a grubber in towards the right, Steven Tyrer hacked on and collected to hit Daniel Holdsworth with a perfect pass to send him over. Holdsworth then converted to make it 36-6.

Quite disappointing that Salford had found a score but it at least was a hard worked effort that needed some scoring, rather than a soft try. Wigan though hit them back with a perfect response, that being another try just three minutes later. A Paul Deacon pass sent Sean O'Loughlin over for an easy score. He had a three man overlap to his left but didn't need any of them - Pat converted to make it 42-6.

On 56 minutes Darrell Goulding claimed his second in the right corner. Quick passing was too hot for Salford to handle and Goulding squeezed over to score. Richards conversion off the touchline made it 48-6.

I remember remarking how slow the half was going. It's was enjoyable to watch Wigan in this mood and they still had 20 minutes to create more damage. They did just that on 62 minutes with Harrison Hansen and Sam Tomkins exchanging passes to see the former marking his recent return from long term injury with a try. Conversion making it 54-6.

Salford then got a second consolation score. This one came from a wild pass from Amos Roberts towards the right wing, it fell straight into the hands of Jodie Broughton and he raced 90 metres to score, despite Sam Tomkins best efforts to catch him. Sam, and a couple of others, got a round of applause for still making the effort despite the huge scoreline. Holdsworth couldn't convert so it was 54-10.

Roberts made up for that error by sending Goulding over for his hatrick in the 74th minute. Pat converted to complete his perfect night of goal kicking and bring up the 60 point mark for Wigan. Goulding's hatrick was his third of the season and 11th scored by Wigan players overall. In comparison the whole of the Brian Noble era saw 14 hatricks in three and half years, never mind not even a full season.

So we are left six points clear of Warrington (who play on Sunday), eight clear of Saints and eleven clear of Leeds. If Warrington fail we can sit back relaxed for our so called crunch games to come with a perfect pressure relieving cushion. Should be an interesting Sunday afternoon at Halliwell Jones Stadium. Yes it is a perfect weekend so far for Wigan but it could also be a perfect weekend for Warrington as well. We shall have to wait and see.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Michael Maguire: "I'm very pleased with the effort the boys put in," added Maguire. They showed a lot of professionalism when we won at Catalans last week and it was the same again. They performed well in the first half, it was good to see them keeping the try line safe, and the group are hard enough on themselves so taking their foot off the pedal was never an issue. We've still got Eamon O'Carroll and Cameron Phelps to come back and create a bit of pressure amongst the boys. It's a good position to be in and we've just got to get through the next six weeks. (Darrell Goulding) can find the line all right but there's a lot of guys inside who are helping him out. Daz is getting a lot of pats on the back at the moment, as is Pat, but it was another clinical performance from all the boys."

Salford Coach Shaun McRae: "I haven't seen (the red card) again and the referee's in a better position than me. But you've got to give credit where it's due - they started well and we didn't. We were very passive, maybe they got off to a flyer and we couldn't go with them, and it was game over after the sending off. We're disappointed with the result but not overly disappointed by our effort. We tried hard but were outclassed. I'm full of admiration for the way Wigan are playing and everything I see with them indicates they're the best team in the competition."

Team Sheets

-WiganPositionSalford-
6Sam TomkinsFull BackKarl Fitzpatrick1
24Darrell GouldingWingerJodie Broughton2
3Martin GleesonCentreMark Henry3
4George CarmontCentreAshley Gibson5
5Pat RichardsWingerSteven Tyrer20
19Paul DeaconStand OffMatty Smith14
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum HalfDaniel Holdsworth21
8Stuart FieldenPropRyan Boyle19
9Mark RiddellHookerMalcolm Alker9
14Paul PrescottPropPhillip Leuluai16
11Harrison Hansen2nd RowIan Sibbit11
12Joel Tomkins2nd RowStuart Littler15
29Chris TusonL.ForwardLuke Swain13
-
2Amos RobertsSubstituteJeremy Smith7
13Sean O'LoughlinSubstituteRob Parker10
23Lee MossopSubstituteLuke Adamson12
25Liam FarrellSubstituteAdam Sidlow17
-Michael MaguireCoachShaun McRae-

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 60---Salford City Reds 10
Tries (10):
Sam Tomkins 2
Darrell Goulding 3
Martin Gleeson
Joel Tomkins
George Carmont
Sean O'Loughlin
Harrison Hansen
---Tries (2):
Daniel Holdsworth
Jodie Broughton
Goals:
Pat Richards 10/10
---Goals:
Daniel Holdsworth 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

6th MinuteWigan 04Salford 00Try: Sam Tomkins
-Wigan 06Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
9th MinuteWigan 10Salford 00Try: Darrell Goulding
-Wigan 12Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
19th MinuteWigan 16Salford 00Try: Martin Gleeson
-Wigan 18Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
21st MinuteSalford Red CardRyan Boyle (High Tackle)
34th MinuteWigan 22Salford 00Try: Joel Tomkins
-Wigan 24Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
37th MinuteWigan 28Salford 00Try: George Carmont
-Wigan 30Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 30 Salford City Reds 00
43rd MinuteWigan 34Salford 00Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
-Wigan 36Salford 00Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
46th MinuteWigan 36Salford 04Try: Daniel Holdsworth
-Wigan 36Salford 06Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (1/1)
49th MinuteWigan 40Salford 06Try: Sean O'Loughlin
-Wigan 42Salford 06Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
56th MinuteWigan 46Salford 06Try: Darrell Goulding (2)
-Wigan 48Salford 06Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)
62nd MinuteWigan 52Salford 06Try: Harrison Hansen
-Wigan 54Salford 06Conversion: Pat Richards (9/9)
64th MinuteWigan "On Report"Paul Prescott (Tackling with Undue Pressure)
65th MinuteWigan 54Salford 10Try: Jodie Broughton
-Wigan 54Salford 10D.Holdsworth Missed Conversion (1/2)
74th MinuteWigan 58Salford 10Try: Darrell Goulding (Hatrick)
-Wigan 60Salford 10Conversion: Pat Richards (10/10)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 60 Salford City Reds 10

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Martin Gleeson 3rd: Stuart Fielden 4th: Pat Richards 5th: Mark Riddell

Referee

Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 4 Salford 5

Match Attendance

12,221 (334 Away Supporters)

Weather

Mainly dry but light drizzle on occassions. Overcast but Humid.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 15 Round 21

-TeamPWDLFADiffFormPts
1Wigan Warriors211803746328+418W336
2Warrington Wolves211605702359+343W232
3St Helens211407702447+255L228
4Hull FC211308457434+23L126
5Leeds Rhinos211218553467+86L125
6Huddersfield Giants211119544376+168W123
7Hull Kingston Rovers211119474476-2U423
8Wakefield Wildcats219012453503-50W118
9Castleford Tigers219012482586-104L118
10Bradford Bulls218112394503-109L717
11Crusaders207013359580-221L314
12Harlequins206014375620-244W112
13Salford City Reds216015342632-290L112
14Catalans Dragons214017304577-273W18

Round 21 Results
Fri 9 JulyHarlequins 35 Bradford Bulls 183,152
Fri 9 JulyHull Kingston Rovers 25 Leeds Rhinos 68,406
Fri 9 JulySt Helens 20 Catalans Dragons 308,442
Fri 9 JulyWigan Warriors 60 Salford City Reds 1012,221
Sat 10 JulyWakefield Wildcats 29 Hull FC 65,366
Sun 11 JulyHuddersfield Giants 30 Crusaders 125,339
Sun 11 JulyWarrington Wolves 54 Castleford Tigers 3010,577

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