Thursday 22nd May 2014, 20:00 - Round:14

Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils

4 (0)

VS.

Wigan Warriors

(6) 25

Wigan Warriors
Francis Meli,

T John Bateman, Sam Powell, Joe Burgess 2,

 

G

Matty Smith 4,

  DG Matty Smith,

Attendance: 3,706  Official: P Bentham  Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

TRIES:
1
4
TRIES:
GOALS:
0
4
GOALS:
METRES:
1094
1315
METRES:
CARRIES:
191
188
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
355
338
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
6
3
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
8
11
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
1
4
BREAKS:

Injury-hit Wigan Warriors made it a miserable night for their former assistant coach Iestyn Harris with a clinical victory at the AJ Bell Stadium that lifts them to within a point of First Utility Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos.

The Warriors went into the game without nine regulars and lost hooker Michael McIlorum midway through the first half with a knee problem, but Shaun Wane's youngsters came up with the goods to secure an impressive 25-4 win over a disappointing Salford Red Devils, who have now gone seven matches without a victory.

Teenage winger Joe Burgess led the way with two of his side's four tries while former Salford scrum-half Matty Smith kicked four goals and a drop goal.

The first try did not come until just before half-time but the outcome was never seriously in doubt.

There was a surprise re-appearance of Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, one of four ex-Wigan players in the Salford line-up, along with on-loan hooker Logan Tomkins, but he was never able to make his mark on the game.

The video referee Ben Thaler ruled out early tries to Francis Meli (Salford) and Ryan Hampshire (Wigan) for obstruction and, while Salford had the majority of possession, Wigan always looked the more likely scorers, with 19-year-old Burgess and fellow winger Dominic Manfredi going close to touching down kicks from Sam Powell and Smith.

On a rare foray to the Wigan line, former Warrior Gareth Hock had a try disallowed for a double movement while Thaler also denied Wigan centre Dan Sarginson for an obstruction.

The only try of the first period eventually came on the stroke of half-time when Smith, a one-time Everton apprentice, showed his dribbling skills to set up the score for second rower John Bateman, who outpaced full-back Greg Eden to get the touchdown.

Smith's successful conversion made it 6-0 and he was again on target five minutes into the second half after Powell had taken his pass to jink over for Wigan's second try.

Salford lacked the kicking game to get them out of their own half and it was no surprise when the visitors extended their lead on 52 minutes, with Burgess accepting Hampshire's pass following his weaving run to slide over for his first try.

Salford forward Matty Ashurst had a try disallowed by Thaler for a ball steal and Wigan extended their lead with a Smith drop goal and a 70-metre try from Burgess.

The Red Devils finished a well-beaten side but they at least avoided the embarrassment of being nilled when Meli went over for a consolation try 90 seconds from the end.

Francis Meli 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 16 97 6.06 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Greg Eden 0 1 2 0 2 4 0 18 125 6.94 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Williams 0 0 9 3 2 0 0 18 139 7.72 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Gleeson 0 0 19 2 0 0 0 4 24 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Junior Sau 0 0 15 1 2 1 0 4 27 6.75 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rangi Chase 0 0 14 2 3 1 6 10 20 2.00 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0
Tim Smith 0 0 26 6 4 1 2 17 72 4.24 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
Tony Puletua 0 0 24 3 0 0 0 10 55 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Logan Tomkins 0 0 29 5 2 0 0 11 50 4.55 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
Lama Tasi 0 0 26 2 2 0 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Harrison Hansen 0 0 31 4 4 0 0 11 49 4.45 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Gareth Hock 0 0 21 2 2 3 0 13 68 5.23 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
Steve Rapira 0 0 32 5 1 0 0 14 64 4.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Adrian Morley 0 0 33 6 0 1 0 11 78 7.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tommy Lee 0 0 27 4 2 0 0 8 26 3.25 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
Darrell Griffin 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 10 101 10.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mat Ashurst 0 0 23 4 2 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (FB) G. Eden
  • (W) D. Williams
  • (U) M. Gleeson
  • (U) J. Sa'u
  • (W) F. Meli
  • (SO) R. Chase
  • (SO) T. Smith
  • (SR) T. Puletua
  • (H) L. Tomkins
  • (P) L. Tasi
  • (SR) H. Hansen
  • (SR) G. Hock
  • (P) S. Rapira
  • (P) A. Morley
  • (SR) D. Griffin
  • (H) T. Lee
  • (U) M. Ashurst

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Danny Williams

Metres: 139

Player

Rangi Chase

Forty Twenty: 1

Player

Harrison Hansen

Tackles: 31

Player

Steve Rapira

Tackles: 32

Player

Adrian Morley

Tackles: 33

Player

Ryan Hampshire

Metres: 145

Player

Joe Burgess

Metres: 203

Player

John Bateman

Tackles: 32

Player

George Williams

Tackles: 38

Salford Red Devils 4-25 Wigan Warriors 2013.superleague.co.uk