Wigan 42 Salford 6
Match report as Wigan Warriors put in dominant ease past Salford Red Devils in the third round of the Super 8s at the DW stadium on Friday night.
Man of the match performance by George Williams inspires the Cherry and Whites to a 42-6 victory
- Joe Burgess (2), Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell, Sam Powell, George Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Liam Marshall with Wigan’s tries.
Wigan Warriors edged closer to the top four with a dominant display at home against the Salford Red Devils.
The home side took an early lead with tries coming on the left side through Sean O’Loughlin and Joe Burgess. Liam Farrell and Burgess again went over with the score at 20-0 with just 24 minutes played. Sam Powell added a fifth try four minutes before half time.
Before the hour mark the Warriors were 38-0 in front, as they raced away with tries from George Williams and Frank-Paul Nuuausala.
Salford did, however, produce a conciliation effort when Niall Evalds went over. Liam Marshall completed the 42-6 thrashing in the 74th minute with eight tries seeing off the Red Devils.
Star George Williams contributed 14 points on his 100th Super League appearance for Wigan, as the vital win lifts his side above tonight’s opponents and up to sixth place, just one point behind Wakefield in fourth.
There was one change for Wigan to the side that beat Huddersfield last week, as Tom Davies was out due to injury and Liam Marshall came in to replace him.
For the visitors, Robert Lui, Ben Muroch-Masila and Daniel Murray all dropped out with Michael Dobson, Tyrone McCarthy and Gareth O’Brian returning for the Red Devils.
Despite Salford’s early pressure on the Wigan line it was the home side who opened the scoring with Sean O’Loughlin darting over. A neat grubber kick by Sam Tomkins allowed the captain to chase and touch down to put his side ahead. George Williams added the extras to make it 6-0 with seven minutes gone.
Minutes later, the Warriors were in again as Joe Burgess went over. It was a clever offload by Oliver Gildart that set up the winger to collect and outpace Salford winger Greg Johnson on the left wing. Williams converted and the Cherry and Whites led 12-0.
Wigan then went 16-0 in front with a try from Liam Farrell. Williams assisted the second rower with a flat pass and that led to Farrell dodging three Red Devils’ players to eventually muscle his way over.
The Warriors got their fourth try of the game in the 24th minute with Burgess getting his second and 18th of the Super League season. Williams again caused havoc in the Salford line, as his long looping pass over to Burgess on the left resulted in the England international diving over the whitewash. Williams failed with his attempt but Wigan had a 20-0 advantage.
Hooker Sam Powell rounded off a terrific first half for the Cherry and Whites as he scored his side’s fifth. Another kick into the in-goal area by Tomkins was not dealt with by the Red Devils and Powell was able to go over underneath the sticks. Williams made it 26-0 at the break with the comfortable kick.
Wigan Warriors 26-0 Salford Red Devils
It was a blistering start to the second 40 for the Warriors, as Williams turned from provider to try scorer. A break from Farrell and Burgess set up Oliver Gildart on the second tackle to run at the depleted Salford defence and find Williams who crossed over. The stand-off converted his own try and extended Wigan’s lead to 32-0.
The two points looked to be assured for Shaun Wane’s men in the 54th minute with Frank-Paul Nuuausala getting on the scoresheet. A simple offload by Williams found the prop and he bulldozed his way past the weak Red Devils line to go over and score. Williams made it 38-0 with the extras.
Salford finally got on the scoreboard with Niall Evalds touching down beside the posts. A high bomb by Michael Dobson seemed to trouble the Warriors defence, as Evalds nicked the ball and scored a conciliation try for the away side. The score was now 38-6 with Gareth O’Brian adding the two points.
Liam Marshall rubbed salt into Salford wounds with just six minutes remaining as he dived over on the right side. The try came from a well-worked move that allowed Anthony Gelling to set up Marshall who was free to pace down the wing and add more points to the Wigan tally. Williams missed the kick but Wigan were worthy winners, 42-6. Next stop, Wembley!
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors - 42
Tries: Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Burgess 2, Liam Farrell, Sam Powell, George Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Liam Marshall
Goals: George Williams 5/8
Salford Red Devils - 6
Tries: Niall Evalds
Goals: Gareth O’Brien 1/1
Wigan Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 35. Liam Marshall, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Micky McIlorum, 15. Tony Clubb, 14. John Bateman, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 20. Willie Isa, 19. Ryan Sutton, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai
Salford Red Devils: 5. Niall Evalds, 21. Greg Johnson, 3. Josh Jones, 24. Jake Bibby, 31. Manu Vatuvei, 29. Todd Carney, 7. Michael Dobson, 17. Adam Walne, 9. Logan Tomkins, 16. Olsi Krasniqi, 15. Ryan Lannon, 32. Tyrone McCarthy, 12. Weller Hauraki
Interchange: 1. Gareth O’Brien, 8. Craig Kopczak, 10. George Griffin, 20. Kriss Brining
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