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Pre Season Match Report: Salford 24 Wigan 30
Posted by Bilko on January 16 2011 - 20:24

Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 16th January 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at The Willows.

First moan of the season - the lack of bars open at the away end of the ground! The excuse? "We didn't expect so many people!" Deary me - beer manager at the Willows  - go to your room!

That's my only moan though. It was quite a good hard fought contest between Wigan and Salford. I think two late tries flatters the full time score for Salford but they didn't seem to be the roll over and die side that they have consistently been over the past few years. They looked impressive in defence, with one particularly good stand to hold out Wigan in the second half.

Wigan played in the blue away strip with Jeff Lima and Ryan Hoffman making their first appearances for the club. The late withdrawal of Stuart Fielden added to the absences of Pat Richards, Sam Tomkins, Brett Finch and Martin Gleeson. Youngster Dom Crosby came in to replace Fielden.

Salford played in their 2010 white away strip, which really didn't flatter ex Warrior Feka Paleaaesina. Moobs everywhere from him in that kit. He seems to have put a lot of weight back on. He got a good reception from the Wigan fans today. The other ex Wiganer from last year, Phil Bailey, didn't play.

Wigan began the season with a successful tactic that completed the old one just gone.  They swung the ball out right and Darrell Goulding found himself crashing over from close range, with no one to stop him. Paul Deacon converted off the touchline to make it 6-0 after 5 minutes.

From the restart though, Salford hit straight back, thanks to a fumble at the restart. It was very wet conditions so a bit of an excuse their for Thomas Leuluai.

Salford immediately replied with ex Bradford and Huddersfield man Chris Nero scoring down the left. Conversion from Daniel Holdsworth levelled the scores at 6-6.

Five minutes later Wigan were in again, with the same try scorer. Goulding finished off a move having been sent over by Sean O'Loughlin. Deacon failed to convert this time, leaving the score at 10-6.

Salford should have hit back soon after. Luke Patten had broke clear up the right wing but Wigan did well to scramble back. Really, Salford should have shifted left and got over quite easily but blew the opportunity in the end. Credit the scrambling Wigan defence though.

The game then withdrew into a midfield battle. It certainly wasn't boring, big hits were on display and at times Salford struggled against Wigan's high defensive standards. However it was looking like 10-6 would remain the score up until the break. Their was a good bit of biff on 33 minutes, but Phil Bentham resisted the temptation to shuffle his cards.

Vicious rumour gone round that I had retreated to the bar area when Wigan scored again right on half time. Simply not true. Honestly! I know for a fact Joel Tomkins scored and Karl Pryce hit a beauty conversion off the touchline which went over off the post. Joel had been playing left centre during this phase of the game with Carmont on the left wing after Josh Charnley had been rotated. That try right on the break sent Wigan into the sheds with a 16-6 lead.

Wigan came out very strong early second half and perhaps should have claimed two or three tries in that spell but in the end they had to settle for a gift effort on 43 minutes. 40 Metres out Salford were desperately offloading and the ball went straight into the hands of Joel Tomkins who claimed an easy second try. Simple conversion as well for Deacon who was back on the field to make it 22-6.

Despite constant Wigan pressure, Salford hung on into the game and hit back themselves on the hour with a try from Stefan Ratchford from close range. Holdsworth's conversion making it 22-12.

But Wigan didn't give them hope for long. They soon retook control of the match after Liam Farrell had cut Salford up with a break right up the middle. Quickly swinging the ball left, George Carmont had the overlap to score. Minutes later on the same left wing Karl Pryce was sent in for an easy try. Deacon couldn't convert either though but a 30-12 lead was showing that with 7 minutes to go, Wigan were just that bit more clinical than Salford on the day.

However Salford did score two late tries which will leave Michael Maguire with something to work on. The first came from a kick that was fumbled again by Amos Roberts in the wet conditions. It fell simply for Rob Parker and his try was converted by Matty Smith to make it 30-18 with 3 minutes to go.

Then in the last minute with Wigan on the attack, Jodie Broughton intercepted and raced the full length of the field to score under the post. Smith's conversion making the final score 30-24.

In the end it's always hard to judge pre season but I think both sides will be happy. It was good defence from both, especially given the wet conditions. A good game all round that (pardon the pun) whets the appetite for the season ahead.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Michael Maguire: "It was a good work out for us, there was alot of intensity in the game and our boys will improve from that. It's always good to have the right score on the board, there are areas we definitely need to improve on and kick on and over the next few weeks, we need to do that to be ready for the first game at Cardiff. From a defence point of view we leaked in a couple of tries and we need to be spot on with. (Ryan Hoffman and Jeff Lima) came through well, I know they can improve, I know what they are capable of. Once they get to know the combinations they will get better. It was also pleasing to see Amos play the way he did, he showed enthusiasm and it was also great to see Lee Mossop who had problems last year with injury come through unscathed. Everyone came through OK from the game. Stu Fielden had a slight niggle in his knee so we gave Dom Crosby a go, he has impressed in pre-season. (Sam Tomkins and Martin Gleeson) are not too far away so we will have some good players soon coming back into the team.

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan -
1 Luke Patten Full Back Amos Roberts 19
5 Ashley Gibson Winger Darrell Goulding 2
20 Sean Gleeson Centre Stefan Marsh 24
4 Chris Nero Centre George Carmont 4
2 Jodie Broughton Winger Josh Charnley 25
7 Daniel Holdsworth Stand Off Paul Deacon 6
14 Matty Smith Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Ray Cashmere Prop Andy Coley 10
9 Wayne Godwin Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
19 Ryan Boyle Prop Paul Prescott 14
18 Adam Sidlow 2nd Row Ryan Hoffman 16
15 Luke Adamson 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 12
13 Stephen Wild L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
3 Mark Henry Substitute Harrison Hansen 11
6 Stefan Ratchford Substitute Jeff Lima 15
10 Lee Jewitt Substitute Lee Mossop 21
16 Rob Parker Substitute Liam Farrell 22
17 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Chris Tuson 23
25 Jack Spencer Substitute Karl Pryce 26
- - Substitute Dom Crosby 29
- Shaun McCrae Coach Michael Maguire -

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 24 --- Wigan Warriors 30
Tries (4):
Chris Nero
Stefan Ratchford 2
Rob Parker
--- Tries (6):
Darrell Goulding 2
Joel Tomkins 2
George Carmont
Karl Pryce
Daniel Holdsworth 2/2
Matty Smith 2/2
--- Goals:
Paul Deacon 2/5
Karl Pryce 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Salford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/1)
8th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 06 Try: Chris Nero
- Salford 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (1/1)
13th Minute Salford 06 Wigan 10 Try: Darrell Goulding (2)
- Salford 06 Wigan 10 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (1/2)
40th Minute Salford 06 Wigan 14 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Salford 06 Wigan 16 Conversion: Karl Pryce (1/1)
Half Time Salford City Reds 06 Wigan Warriors 16
43rd Minute Salford 06 Wigan 20 Try: Joel Tomkins (2)
- Salford 06 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Deacon (2/3)
62nd Minute Salford 10 Wigan 22 Try: Stefan Ratchford
- Salford 12 Wigan 22 Conversion: Daniel Holdsworth (2/2)
67th Minute Salford 12 Wigan 26 Try: George Carmont
- Salford 12 Wigan 26 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (2/4)
73rd Minute Salford 12 Wigan 30 Try: Karl Pryce
- Salford 12 Wigan 30 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (2/5)
77th Minute Salford 16 Wigan 30 Try: Rob Parker
- Salford 18 Wigan 30 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
80th Minute Salford 22 Wigan 30 Try: Stefan Ratchford (2)
- Salford 24 Wigan 30 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
Full Time

Salford City Reds 24 Wigan Warriors 30


Phil Bentham

Penalties Conceded

Salford 10 Wigan 7

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