Friday 15th July 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 22

24-32 FT

( 12-12 HT )

Attendance: 4,636

Official: G Hewer

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Matt Whitley 2, Patrick Ah Van, Corey Thompson,

  • Goals
    Lloyd White 3, Corey Thompson,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Mason Caton-Brown 3, Justin Carney, Josh Jones,

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien 5, Michael Dobson,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Mason Caton-Brown scored a hat-trick of tries as Salford Red Devils beat Widnes Vikings 32-24 in a thrilling encounter at the Select Security Stadium. 

The former London Broncos winger scored the first try of each half before sealing Salford's third consecutive win over the Vikings with just two minutes remaining. 

Caton-Brown's second-minute opener was cancelled out when Matt Whitley went over and, after Justin Carney squeezed in at the corner, Widnes went in at half-time level at 12-12 courtesy of Patrick Ah Van's try following a Charly Runciman offload.  

A smart Robert Lui pass helped Caton-Brown edge Salford six points ahead in the 53rd minute, only for Whitley to level things up with his second score that was converted by Lloyd White. 

A Josh Jones effort was followed by two Gareth O'Brien penalties, shortly after both Jack Buchanan and Craig Kopczak were sin-binned following a scuffle, edged Salford ahead with five minutes to go. 

Corey Thompson's coverted try set up a nervy finish, reducing the gap to two points, but Caton-Brown crossed at the death and Michael Dobson took over kicking duties from O'Brien, who booted five conversions, to seal the win for the visitors.   

Salford coach Ian Watson hailed Caton-Brown, saying: "Mason's speed caused Widnes all sorts of problems. He was brilliant."

Watson added: "We were disappointed with a 7-1 penalty count against us in the first half and we had to do plenty of defending but showed plenty of grit and determination.

"We wanted to be in the top six this season and we would have had a great chance without the six-point deduction but now we have to take this sort of performance into the Middle Eights." 

Widnes coach Denis Betts admitted he was left frustrated.

"It summed up my year. It is so frustrating because we were the better side but needed more composure and patience," he said. 

"We did so many good things, scoring some well constructed tries. But we made one of two stupid errors.

"Salford had plenty of enthusiasm and are chasing ninth spot for that extra home game."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 78: TRY! scored for Salford by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 76: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 68: TRY! scored for Salford by Josh Jones
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 61: TRY! scored for Widnes by Matt Whitley
  • 54: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 53: TRY! scored for Salford by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 35: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 27: TRY! scored for Salford by Justin Carney
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 17: TRY! scored for Widnes by Matt Whitley
  • 3: TRY! scored for Salford by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 3: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • Key Performers

    Mason Caton-Brown

    Tries 3
    4 4
    Metres 208

    Josh Griffin

    Metres 153
    4 4

    Kevin Brown

    Forty Twenty 1
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Salford Red Devils 5

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Salford Red Devils 6

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1246
    Salford Red Devils 1268

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 193
    Salford Red Devils 168

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 297
    Salford Red Devils 366

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 9
    Salford Red Devils 7

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 5
    Salford Red Devils 9

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 5
    Salford Red Devils 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matt Whitley 2 0 20 2 1 5 0 16 112 7.00 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Patrick Ah Van 1 0 7 0 1 2 0 15 99 6.60 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Corey Thompson 1 0 7 0 2 1 0 6 40 6.67 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 23 5 2 1 0 15 89 5.93 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Connor Farrell 0 0 13 5 0 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Hep Cahill 0 0 31 9 2 0 0 18 120 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 14 0 1 1 0 9 76 8.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 31 5 0 0 0 14 74 5.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Chris Dean 0 0 37 13 1 0 0 8 48 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Buchanan 0 0 14 4 2 0 0 13 85 6.54 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Lloyd White 0 1 27 4 0 1 0 11 102 9.27 0 7 1 0 3 0 2 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 13 2 1 0 0 10 51 5.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Mellor 0 1 27 6 0 2 2 12 45 3.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Kevin Brown 0 0 6 0 0 1 11 5 34 6.80 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 1 12 1 2 0 0 17 89 5.24 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Stefan Marsh 0 1 13 2 2 1 0 5 39 7.80 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 15 118 7.87 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mason Caton-Brown 3 0 5 0 1 6 0 15 208 13.87 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Carney 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 15 115 7.67 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 1 0 30 7 1 3 0 14 86 6.14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
    Josh Griffin 0 1 11 2 0 0 0 18 153 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Junior Sau 0 2 20 2 0 2 0 9 100 11.11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 1 9 1 2 1 0 13 69 5.31 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 25 4 2 1 1 10 56 5.60 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Michael Dobson 0 1 13 0 1 0 2 14 65 4.64 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 30 8 0 1 0 8 70 8.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 42 8 2 0 1 5 20 4.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    George Griffin 0 0 30 5 0 0 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 32 8 4 1 0 6 46 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 48 5 0 0 0 8 37 4.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Niall Evalds 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 35 8.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 24 1 2 2 0 8 69 8.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 22 4 2 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sean Kenny 0 0 22 3 0 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties