Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford Red Devils

Friday 18th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 3

42-6 FT

HT: 26 0

Official: C Kendall

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Sean O'Loughlin, Joe Burgess 2, Liam Farrell, Sam Powell, George Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Liam Marshall,

  • Goals
    George Williams 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds,

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors warmed up for next week's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final with an eight-try demolition of Salford Red Devils to keep them in the hunt for a top-four place in the Super 8s.

The Warriors produced one of their best halves of rugby for some time as they led 26-0 at the break with Joe Burgess scoring twice and Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Sam Powell also getting in on the act as they outplayed Salford for 40 minutes.

Tries from George Williams and Frank-Paul Nuuausala saw the Warriors lead 38-0 and it was game over by the 54th minute, although Salford did grab a consolation through Niall Evalds before Liam Marshall got his name on the scoresheet to secure a 42-6 success.

Leeds Rhinos' victory over St Helens meant champions Wigan ended the night level on points with their bitter rivals and just one behind fourth-placed Wakefield Trinity.

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane said: "We won't get carried away. Salford were a bit busted and a lot of things went our way but very happy to get the win.

"I was happy with a lot of things we did, having a decent lead at half-time and it can be hard to stay mentally focused but we finished sets in the areas we wanted.

"We were quite patient and that was the most pleasing thing."

Asked when Wigan last played as well as that, Wane replied: "A few years I would say, a good few years. In terms that nothing aggravated me."

Salford head coach Ian Watson said: "We had a little bit of possession on their tryline at the start and we probably needed to just take a couple of points there to try and turn the tide.

"It would have given us a foothold in the game, but we didn't and they marched us the full length.

"I thought their middles were outstanding. They absolutely dominated us to be fair. We have not done ourselves any favours by putting in that kind of performance.

"I think we met Wigan on a good day. What we wanted to do was rectify the semi-final defeat but they were just too good for us."

  • 72: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Marshall
  • 67: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 67: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 54: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 54: TRY! scored for Wigan by Frank-Paul Nuuausala
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 48: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 36: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Powell
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 24: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 16: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Farrell
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 9: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 7: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sean O'Loughlin
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • Key Performers

    Liam Farrell

    Metres 152
    5 5

    Anthony Gelling

    Metres 212
    5 5

    John Bateman

    Offloads 5
    5 5

    Joe Burgess

    Clean Breaks 3
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 16
    Salford Red Devils 2

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 10
    Salford Red Devils 2

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1556
    Salford Red Devils 1018

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 194
    Salford Red Devils 160

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 316
    Salford Red Devils 367

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 12
    Salford Red Devils 10

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 5
    Salford Red Devils 8

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 12
    Salford Red Devils 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Burgess 2 0 4 0 2 2 2 10 120 12.00 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Powell 1 1 20 4 0 0 1 6 39 6.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 1 0 14 4 0 0 0 6 33 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Farrell 1 0 27 5 1 1 2 16 152 9.50 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 1 0 24 3 0 1 0 10 60 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    George Williams 1 2 18 2 1 3 3 11 79 7.18 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0
    Liam Marshall 1 0 4 1 0 5 1 18 130 7.22 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    William Isa 0 0 30 6 0 1 0 10 72 7.20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 29 6 1 2 0 12 117 9.75 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 34 8 0 1 0 10 70 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    John Bateman 0 0 42 9 1 4 2 17 126 7.41 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 14 4 2 1 0 7 97 13.86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McIlorum 0 0 14 3 1 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 16 1 2 1 1 6 38 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 2 12 2 1 2 2 14 145 10.36 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Anthony Gelling 0 1 10 2 1 5 1 26 212 8.15 2 4 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Tomkins 0 2 4 0 0 5 6 12 48 4.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Niall Evalds 1 0 8 0 1 2 1 11 62 5.64 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 0 0 10 1 1 2 0 12 76 6.33 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Greg Johnson 0 0 4 0 2 1 0 15 90 6.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jake Bibby 0 0 21 3 5 0 1 10 69 6.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manu Vatuvei 0 0 5 0 1 2 0 14 100 7.14 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Todd Carney 0 0 13 2 0 1 2 9 43 4.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Dobson 0 1 23 3 3 1 7 7 42 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Adam Walne 0 0 23 2 1 0 0 12 76 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 25 1 1 0 0 5 33 6.60 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 38 6 3 0 0 14 105 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 40 6 7 1 0 10 60 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 25 3 3 0 0 8 47 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 38 7 0 0 0 14 75 5.36 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 9 2 1 3 1 5 28 5.60 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 26 5 3 0 0 5 36 7.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    George Griffin 0 0 29 8 1 0 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Brining 0 0 30 5 1 0 0 2 33 16.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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