Match Report: Salford 16 Wigan 32
Posted by Bilko on March 04 2011 - 22:44
Good effort from Salford but in truth, Wigan never needed to get out of first gear to claim the two points.

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Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XVI Round 4.
Friday 4th March 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at The Willows.

Match Report

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 it 6-0.

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 score.

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 lead.

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 hope.

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 against Hull.

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "I'm very pleased. It's been a tough couple of weeks, leading into a massive game, and we worked hard to make sure this was a positive week. I'm really happy the boys came through the way they did. It was good to see us defending the way we can. Thomas Leuluai has kicked on from last year. He is really willing to learn and he's reaping the rewards for his hard work."

Salford Caretaker coach Steve Simms: "Losing two players in two days didn't help and then we lost Stefan Ratchford at half-time when I thought we were still in the game.  We had a few opportunities we didn't take in their quarter, we lacked a bit of composure in their areas. We're certainly proud of the performance. A lot of teams could have thrown the towel in against the second best team in the world, but they tried things and some of them came off."

Team Sheets

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

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 16 --- Wigan Warriors 32
Tries (3):
Ashley Gibson
Rob Parker
Chris Nero
--- Tries (6):
Harrison Hansen
Thomas Leuluai 2
Lee Mossop
Josh Charnley
Darrell Goulding
Stefan Ratchford 1/2
Marc Sneyd 1/1
--- Goals:
Paul Deacon 4/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Salford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Salford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/1)
11th Minute Salford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Salford 00 Wigan 10 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (1/2)
17th Minute Salford 04 Wigan 10 Try: Ashley Gibson
- Salford 06 Wigan 10 Conversion: Stefan Ratchford (1/1)
25th Minute Salford 06 Wigan 14 Try: Lee Mossop
- Salford 06 Wigan 16 Conversion: Paul Deacon (2/3)
39th Minute Salford 10 Wigan 16 Try: Rob Parker
- Salford 10 Wigan 16 S.Ratchford Missed Conversion (1/2)
Half Time Salford City Reds 10 Wigan Warriors 16
43rd Minute Salford 10 Wigan 20 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Salford 10 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Deacon (3/4)
58th  Minute Salford 10 Wigan 26 Try: Josh Charnley
- Salford 10 Wigan 28 Conversion: Paul Deacon (4/5)
68th Minute Salford 14 Wigan 28 Try: Chris Nero
- Salford 16 Wigan 28 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (1/1)
79th Minute Salford 16 Wigan 32 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Salford 16 Wigan 32 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (4/6)
Full Time Salford City Reds 16 Wigan Warriors 32

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Thomas Leuluai
2nd: Harrison Hansen 3rd: Lee Mossop 4th: Mike McIlorum 5th: Joel Tomkins


James Child

Penalties Conceded

Salford 3 Wigan 7

Match Attendance


Match Highlights

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Not warm, not cold.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 4

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Castleford Tigers 3 3 0 0 85 46 +39 6
2 Huddersfield Giants 4 3 0 1 78 56 +22 6
3 Warrington Wolves 4 3 0 1 107 92 +15 6
4 Harlequins 4 3 0 1 77 66 +11 6
5 Wigan Warriors 3 2 1 0 92 42 +50 5
6 St Helens 4 2 1 1 112 79 +33 5
7 Leeds Rhinos 4 2 0 2 114 122 -8 4
8 Bradford Bulls 4 2 0 2 108 120 -12 4
9 Hull FC 4 1 0 3 92 104 -12 2
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 1 0 3 88 104 -16 2
11 Catalan Dragons 4 1 0 3 65 89 -24 2
12 Salford City Reds 4 1 0 3 82 136 -54 2
13 Crusaders* 4 1 0 3 104 104 - -2
14 Wakefield Wildcats* 4 1 0 3 82 126 -44 -2

*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.

Round 3 & 4 Results
Fri 25 Feb Leeds Rhinos 26 Harlequins 36 14,350
Fri 25 Feb St Helens 18 Warrington Wolves 25 10,514
Sat 26 Feb Crusaders 26 Bradford Bulls 30 2,615
Sun 27 Feb Huddersfield Giants 20 Hull FC 10 8,822
Sun 27 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Catalans Dragons 31 8,092
Sun 27 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 6 Salford City Reds 32 6,823
Sun 27 Feb Wigan v Castleford - Match Postponed -

* Wigan v Castleford was postponed due to World Club Challenge

Fri 4 Mar Harlequins 10 Huddersfield Giants 18 2,624
Fri 4 Mar Hull FC 42 Crusaders 18 10,422
Fri 4 Mar Salford City Reds 16 Wigan Warriors 32 6,266
Sat 5 Mar Catalans Dragons 16 St Helens 22 7,095
Sat 5 Mar Warrington Wolves 40 Leeds Rhinos 24 11,438
Sun 6 Mar Bradford Bulls 40 Wakefield Wildcats 18 12,835
Sun 6 Mar Castleford Tigers 27 Hull Kingston Rovers 14 8,537