Well done to Wigan I say. On a night dominated
by off field rumours (my phone has been mental today), the lads
turned up at The Willows and got the job done pretty comfortably
without ever really needed to come out of first gear.
I said in my match preview that Wigan needed to
get control of the contest early to get the win, and that's exactly
what they produced.
Less than two minutes on the clock and right on
cue in front of me, as I was up the other end going into the
Willows Variety Club for a pint, Harrison Hansen sent over by
Thomas Leuluai for his third try of the season close to the posts.
Poor tackling let Hansen free for that and Deacon converted to make
Second try was a simple one from Tommy himself.
He collected a poor pass from the floor, spun out of weak defence,
and touch down from close range. Deacon couldn't convert so it was
just a 10-0 lead after 11 minutes.
Salford were certainly not poor tonight. They
should plenty of effort but it lacked quality. However Luke
Patten's break on 17 minutes help send Ashley Gibson over for a
score, which when converted by Stefan Ratchford made it 10-6.
Not once though was I thinking that we may have
a sweat on to win this. We were in total control whatever the
score, as long as we stayed ahead.
We got our ten point lead back on 25 minutes.
Deacon put a bomb up right under the cross bar and Leuluai leaped
to bat the ball back into the grateful arms of Lee Mossop. He
claimed his first try since the opening round of last season, right
under the posts which made an easy conversion for Deacon - 16-6 the
Time easily ticked towards half time. It wasn't
a pretty game but Wigan were not breaking much sweat. They will
have been disappointed though to let Salford back in the contest
just before half time. Rob Parker dived over in the left corner,
but Ratchford's missed conversion left Wigan with a 16-10 half time
Similar pattern second half. Plenty of Salford
effort but Wigan in full control, especially after Leuluai claimed
his second try of the night just three minutes after the restart.
Typical Tommy effort again. Ten metres out he went on the scoot and
reached over for the score. Deacon converted to make it 22-10.
Salford never collapsed into a heap. They showed
plenty of heart but the game was over as a contest when Josh
Charnley went over for a simple score on 58 minutes. Just quick
hands created an overlap for his try in the left corner. Deacon's
conversion made it 28-10.
Wigan shut up shop in the final quarter. Salford
did hit back again with a try after Patten send Chris Nero over
with 12 minutes to go. Marc Sneyd converted to make it 28-16.
Final ten minutes and Wigan had two attacks on
the Salford line. I'm thinking why not make this easy and slot over
a simple drop goal to make it a 13 point lead? They'd have killed
the match dead. Instead they left Salford with a little glimmer of
Didn't make much difference because it was
comfortable stuff for the Warriors. In fact Darrell Goulding
rounded off an easy night's work with a try two minutes from time.
Deacon missed the conversion, leaving the final score 32-16.
So whatever comes of these Martin Gleeson being
sacked rumours will be. Balls to him I say if he's been a pillock.
It'll open the door for Josh Charnley and he deserves a chance. Let
the club make their own statement on that!
What is more relevant is Wigan are now one of
only two sides remaining unbeaten this season and that they have
seen off the World Club Challenge distraction to be above St
Helens, Warrington and Leeds tonight for 22 hours at least. Well
done to the lads. Job done so far. Let's see how we now do in the
rest of this month, with a tasty trio of games against
Huddersfield, Warrington and Leeds to follow our home opener