Wigan come up short at Salford

  • Wigan lose to Salford in their pre-season friendly at the AJ Bell Stadium.
  • Sam Powell with the only try for the Cherry and Whites.
  • FT | Salford Red Devils 20-6 WiganWarriors

Wigan came up short in their pre-season friendly against Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium, losing 20-6.

Despite a solitary first half try from hooker Sam Powell, the Warriors were not able to kick on in the second half to keep up with the scoring of the Red Devils.

The home side were the first to strike through Kallum Watkins in the 21st minute. The centre pounced on a loose ball, dribbling it into the end zone from ten meters to touch down.

Wigan bagged their first of the afternoon shortly after, with quick thinking from hooker Powell taking the ball from dummy half to score under the posts.

It wasn’t long before Salford hit back through Ken Sio. The winger latched onto a grubber from Tui Lolohea in the 31st minute. The score at half time, 12-6 to the Red Devils.

The second half saw plenty of changes for both sides and resulted in some disjointed spells with the ball.

Skirmishes from both Wigan and Salford never materialised into points until the 64th minute, when ex-Wiganer Morgan Escare crossed in the corner.

The Red Devils struck again four minutes from full time through winger Krisnan Inu, diving over in the corner.

Salford Red Devils: Morgan Escare, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Dan Sarginson, Krisnan Inu, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Jack Ormondroyd, Andy Ackers, Sabastine Ikahihifo, Ryan Lannon, Pauli Pauli, Danny Addy.

Interchanges: Chris Atkin, Matty Costello, Josh Johnson, Harvey Livett, Elijah Taylor, Oliver Roberts, Jack Wells, Rhys Williams, James Greenwood.

Tries: Watkins (21’), Sio (31’), Escare (64’)

Goals: Inu (2/4)

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Umyla Hanley, Willie Isa, James McDonnell, Jake Bibby, Tommy Leuluai, Harry Smith, Ollie Partington, Sam Powell, Brad Singleton, John Bateman, Liam Farrell, Ethan Havard.

Interchanges: Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Mitch Clark, Tony Clubb, Sam Halsall, Alex Sutton, Ben Kilner, Matty Nicholson, Brad O’Neill, Aiden Roden, Joe Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies.

Try: Powell (27′)

Goals: Hardaker (1/1)

Referee: Chris Kendall

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