Warriors down Red Devils

  • Match report as Wigan win away to Salford on Easter Monday

  • Last-gasp try from Hardaker gives the Warriors the two points

  • FT: Salford 26-30Wigan

A last gasp Zak Hardaker try gave Wigan Warriors a win on the road against Salford Red Devils on Easter Monday in the Betfred Super League.

A rip—roaring start to the game swung in Wigan’s favour in the eighth minute as their left edge purred once again this season. Oliver Gildart committed his opposite number and Salford right wing to then find Joe Burgess who finished acrobatically in the corner.

Interference in a tackle from Salford brought about a Wigan penalty 30 metres out in the 11th minute. . The Warriors chose to kick and Hardaker converted easily.

Wigan added another try in the 15th minute through prop-forward Joe Bullock, combining with fellow prop Ben Flower, whose short pass found Bullock to run in from 15 metres under the posts. Hardaker added the extras.

Salford grabbed their first try of the afternoon in the 27th minute through second-row George Griffin who powered home from 5 metres.

The 31st minute saw the introduction of Wigan academy product Amir Bourouh, making his first appearance for the Cherry and Whites.

After a bright opening in the second half from Wigan, it was the home side that grabbed the first points of the half in the 45th. A break down the centre of the field from Jackson Hastings set up Naill Evalds to touch down under the posts. Krisnan Inu added the extras.

The scores didn’t stay at 12-16 for long, as Wigan grabbed a third try of the afternoon through Joe Greenwood, smashing through two defenders and using his long leavers to reach over the line to touch down in the 49th. Hardaker converted to take the scores to 12-18.

Salford grabbed another in the 55th minute through prop Adam Walker who powered over from 5 metres. Inu added the extras to bring the score to 18

The home side took the lead in the 66th minute through interchange Joey Lussick, running from dummy-half to touch down Inu converted to take the scores to 24-20.

Wigan replied quickly as Greenwood struck again in the 72nd minute for the Warriors, latching onto a short ball from George Williams. Zak Hardaker hit the left upright to leave the scores at 26-24.

However, Hardaker wasn’t finished for the afternoon, grabbing what would prove to be the winning try in the 77th minute. A excellent move down the right edge, started by Williams lead to Hardaker crossing the whitewash. Hardaker added the extras to take the scores to 26-30.

Wigan Warriors: Morgan Escare, Liam Marshall, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Jake Shorrocks, Ben Flower, Tommy Leuluai, Joe Bullock, Willie Isa, Joe Greenwood, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Taulima Tautai, Morgan Smithies, Chris Hankinson, Amir Bourouh.

Tries: Burgess (8’), Bullock (15’), Greenwood (49’, 71’), Hardaker (77’`)

Conversions: Hardaker (4/5)

Penalties: Hardaker (1/1)

Salford Red Devils: Naill Evalds, Jake Bibby, Krisnan Inu, Junior Sa’u, Derrell Olpherts, Josh Wood, Jackson Hastings, Adam Walker, Logan Tomkins, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Greg Burke.

Interchanges: Joey Lussick, Daniel Murray, Ben Nakubuwai, Tyrone McCarthy.

Tries: Griffin (27’), Evalds (45’), Walker (55’), Lussick (66’)

Conversions: Inu (4/4)

Penalties: Inu (1/1)

Attendance: 4,770