Full Time From The Willows
Salford City Reds 24
Tries: Coley (2), Finnigan, Moule
Goals: Wilshere (3)
Wigan Warriors 50
Tries: Bailey, Barrett (3), Leuluai, Hansen, Millard (2), Goulding.
Goals: Richards (7)
In a high scoring encounter at the Willows, Wigan recorded an away double over the Salford City Reds with a nine try display. Having won a closer affair back in March the Warriors were too strong once more for the City Reds side.
Trent Barrett crossed for a hat-trick, Shane Millard for two and although it was nip and tuck in the first forty, Wigan somewhat ran away with things after the interval.
It took Wigan just 20 seconds to take the lead. Chris Ashton with the kick off which came back off the posts, the Warriors got possession and spread the ball to the right and Phil Bailey crashed in at the corner. Richards struck a conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0.
The Reds hit straight back with a great spell of pressure. On 7 minutes it was prop Andy Coley who ducked under a tackle to cross for the home side’s first try. A simple conversion from John Wilshere leveled the scores at 6 all.
Five minutes later and Wigan were in again, this time individual brilliance from Trent Barrett with a shimmy and dummy to elude the Salford defence for the try. Richards made it two from two, 6-12.
The see-saw rhythm of scoring continued on 17 minutes with Andy Coley some how managing to ground the ball despite having three Wigan defenders around him. Wilshere’s goal made it 12-12. Coley thought he had managed a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes only to be denied his third try by a forward pass soon after.
On 24 minutes, Trent Barrett was in for his second try. Wigan winning a penalty close to the line, Korkidas holding down. The Warriors from the tap penalty spread the ball to the right and Barrett again caused havoc in the Reds defence and spotted a gap to dive over. Richards goal made it 12-18.
The you score we score pattern was to continue on 28 minutes. A cruel bounce allowed Salford to get in a position for their third try. Simon Finnigan the scorer from a McGuinness break. A Wilshere goal made it 18-18.
Right on the stroke of half time the Warriors got their fourth try, this time from scrum half Thomas Leuluai who managed to squeeze under David Hodgson, Richards goal put Wigan into the lead again, 18-24 at the interval.
On 42 minutes Wigan seized an advantage, a cross field run from Mickey Higham sent Harrison Hansen powering through for his first try of the season. Richards added the extras and Brian Noble’s side had opened up a 12 point lead, the first time in the game there had been more than one score between the two sides.
Leuluai and Barrett combined on 53 minutes to open up the home defence again, Barrett in for his hat-trick and with the conversion 18-36 it was just about the two points in the bag for the cherry and whites. That was Barrett’s eighth try for the club
Salford were not done, Aaron Moule with a try on 58 minutes, Wilshere’s goal made it 24-36.
Shane Millard hit back with Wigan’s seventh try of the night and Richards continued his 100% success, 24-42.On 65 minutes, Millard found his way through again with two tries in as many minutes and the Warriors were romping away with the win. From out wide this time Pat Richards missed.
The Warriors brought up the 50 points with a Darrell Gouding try in the corner with five minutes remaining.
Salford City Reds: David Hodgson, Gray Viane, Kevin McGuinness, Aaron Moule, John Wilshere, Luke Dorn, Luke Robinson, Andy Coley, David Berthezene, Michael Korkidas, Stuart Littler, Ian Sibbit, Simon Finnigan.
Subs: Jordan Turner, Luke Adamson, Lee Jewitt, Mark Edmondson
Wigan Warriors were unchanged from the side that defeated Wakefield last Friday night.
Chris Ashton, Mark Calderwood, Phil Bailey, David Vaealiki, Pat Richards, Trent Barrett, Thomas Leuluai, Stuart Fielden, Shane Millard, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Gareth Hock, Bryan Fletcher, Sean O'Loughlin.
Subs: Mickey Higham, Paul Prescott, Darrell Goulding, Harrison Hansen.
Referee - Richard Silverwood
Attendance - 6,603