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|Friday 30th March 2012|
|Salford City Reds 20 Wigan Warriors 40|
|Salford City Stadium, Salford|
|Stobart Super League 17 - Round 9 of 27|
|Kick Off 8:00pm|
|1||Sam Tomkins||T2||1||Luke Patten||T|
|2||Josh Charnley||T||G4||25||Josh Veivers|
|3||Darrell Goulding||T2||4||Joel Moon|
|4||George Carmont||T||3||Sean Gleeson|
|27||Matty Russell||T||5||Danny Williams||T|
|6||Brett Finch||6||Daniel Holdsworth||T||G2|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||7||Matty Smith|
|8||Paul Prescott||8||Lee Jewitt|
|9||Michael McIlorum||24||Stuart Howarth|
|10||Lee Mossop||10||Ryan Boyle|
|11||Harrison Hansen||11||Matty Ashurst|
|12||Gareth Hock||27||Vinnie Anderson|
|16||Liam Farrell||T||13||Stephen Wild|
|14||Jeff Lima||16||Luke Adamson|
|17||Chris Tuson||17||Iafeta Paleaaesina|
|23||Ben Flower||21||Jordan James||T|
|25||Joe Mellor||23||Gareth Owen|
This one was a job done effort really with some class at times, but you could see at other times that their was half an eye on the big derby next week.
Even coach Wane had an eye on the derby with Pat Richards and Sean O'Loughlin sitting out with niggling injuries. Those absences saw Matty Russell and Joe Mellor come in for their second first team appearances. Russell replaced Pat on the left wing with Mellor coming onto the subs bench whilst Liam Farrell was promoted to start at Loose Forward.
Pretty packed away stand for this one so we half jokingly asked a steward could we sit down in the big touchline stand and he say yeah, so off we toddled. I'm getting on now (25 soon) so need to rest these long legs when I can! :)
No sooner had we sat down, we were on our feet with a 3rd minute try for Darrell Goulding out on the right. Harrison Hansen sent him in and back up kicker Josh Charnley booted a touchline conversion over for a perfect 6-0 start.
Salford hadn't touched the ball though until the 6th minute and once they did, it looked ominously bad for us. They targeted 18 year old Russell's wing and got over for two scores in quick succession from first Daniel Holdsworth and then Danny Williams. Holdsworth could convert neither try and perhaps Wigan had got off lightly to only trail 8-6.
After that though, Wigan turned up the gas and just blew Salford away with some scintillating attack. Goulding went in for a second with a replay move of his first really, before more attacking down our right saw Sam Tomkins send in Charnley.
Josh missed the first but kicked the second conversion for a 16-8 lead and the roll on just continue. Next set saw Sam complete the try of the night for me. Lovely burst up the middle from Gareth Hock and he timed his offload to the supporting Sam perfectly. Further tries from George Carmont and the Ginger Pearl Liam Farrell put Wigan in a commanding lead of 30-8 at the break, even though Josh had failed to convert those last two tries of the half.
Again, I say it every week that the first try of the second half is important. It often sets the tone. First try here was the difference between lifting Salford towards a possible comeback or killing them off. The try went our way with Sam claiming his second on 45 minutes, with a Charnley conversion making it 36-8.
Wigan shut up shop really after that. They accepted job was done I think. They knew they had this match well run. Luke Patten scored for Salford on 55 minutes but Wigan briefly stepped up a gear to respond with a try for Russell just four minutes later.
Last twenty minutes went very sloppy and that is a bit of a concern for me because if you look at the site stats centre we are trailing off for try scoring in all games during the final quarter. Still, the try scored by Jordan James on the hooter was reward for Salford's effort. They looked play off worthy at times I thought but they are not the first club this season to suffer when Wigan find a red hot twenty minute spell to blow teams away in, like we did in the quarter before half time. Final Score - Salford 20 Wigan 40.
Super League 17 - Round 9 Results
|Fri 30 Mar||Castleford Tigers 34 Hull Kingston Rovers 30||6,396|
|Fri 30 Mar||Hull FC 24 Bradford Bulls 18||11,673|
|Fri 30 Mar||Leeds Rhinos 12 Huddersfield Giants 22||15,408|
|Fri 30 Mar||Salford City Reds 20 Wigan Warriors 40||6,774|
|Fri 30 Mar||Warrington Wolves 16 St Helens 28||15,000|
|Sat 31 Mar||Catalan Dragons 76 Widnes Vikings 6||9,156|
|Sat 31 Mar||London Broncos 36 Wakefield Wildcats 0||2,268|
Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
|8||Salford City Reds||9||4||0||5||218||268||-50||8|
|10||Hull Kingston Rovers||9||3||1||5||226||234||-8||7|