Warriors topple Red Devils

  • Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium in the Betfred Super League.

  • Tries from Greenwood, Leuluai and a hat trick from Williams the difference for travelling side.

  • Wigan win on the road for the first time in 2019.

A hat trick of tries for George Williams led Wigan to their first win away from home in 2019 as the Warriors beat Salford Red Devils 30-22 in the Betfred Super League on Sunday.

Despite Salford taking a 22-18 lead early in the second half, Wigan showed their quality by battling back to take home the two points.

It was Salford who drew first blood through forward Josh Jones in the fourth minute. With the Warriors defending their goal line, a clever Robert Lui gubber found Jones who crossed the whitewash in plenty of space on the left. Ed Chamberlain failed to add the extras.

The home side increased their lead just seven minutes later through a Chamberlain penalty kick, following Wigan’s left edge being caught offside.

Wigan looked to have picked up their first try of the game in the 17th minute through Tony Clubb, powering over after a short pass from Tommy Leuluai, however it was ruled out for obstruction.

The Warriors finally did add their first points of the afternoon in the 25th minute through a well-crafted George Williams try. A clever dummy from Jarrod Sammut saw the scrum-half break the Salford line. Drawing the tackle of the fullback, the Maltese international found the supporting Williams to his left to run home. Zak Hardaker converted.

The current Super League Champions struck again through Leuluai just five minutes later, taking a quick ball from dummy half to power over from a few yards out. Hardaker added the extras.

The scorer turned provider in the 33rd minute, as a quick ball from Leuluai found Joe Greenwood who powered through two Salford defenders to touch down Wigan’s third try of the game. Hardaker continued his fine kicking and converted his third goal.

Salford battled back before half time through Derrell Olpherts. A quick move through the Red Devils’ left edge found Olpherts in plenty of space to cross in the corner. Chamberlain failed to add the extras.

Momentum shifted the home side’s way further before the break, as they grabbed a third try in the dying seconds of the half. A quick breakaway down the right edge saw Niall Evalds cross in the right corner. Chamberlain added the extras.

Salford picked up where they left off in the second half with a try in the 42nd minute through debutant Adam Walker. The prop reacted quickly to a loose ball in the Wigan in-goal area to touch down. Chamberlain added two more points.

Wigan went back in front in the 51st minute after a brilliantly worked try, finished by Williams. An excellent offload from Greenwood to Joe Burgess, followed by a clever inside ball from the winger to Williams saw the half-back ease over. Hardaker added two more.

Williams completed his hat trick in the 63rd minute, once again running home from the best part of 40 metres and supplied by a skilful inside ball from Burgess. Hardaker continued his ruthless kicking game, adding two more to complete the 30-22 victory.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Dom Manfredi, Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Jarrod Sammut, Tony Clubb, Tommy Leuluai, Romain Navarrete, Willie Isa, Joe Greenwood, Sean O’Loughlin.

Interchanges: Joe Bullock, Ben Flower, Jake Shorrocks, Gabe Hamlin

Tries: Williams (25’, 51’, 63’), Leuluai (30’), Greenwood 33’)

Conversions: Hardaker (5/5)

Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Ed Chamberlain, Jake Bibby, Ken Sio, Robert Lui, Jackson Hastings, Daniel Murray, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, Jansin Turgut, Mark Flanagan.

Interchanges: George Griffin, Petero Nakubuwai, Adam Walker, Adam Lawton.

Tries: Jones (4’), Olpherts (37’), Evalds (39’)

Conversions: Chamberlain (2/4)

Penalties: Chamberlain (11’)

Match Officials: Referee: Chris Kendall, Touch Judges: James Child & Clint Sharrad, In Goal: Craig Smith & Joe Stearne, Reserve Referee: Tara Jones

Attendance: 4,770