Warrington Wolves 12-38 Salford Red Devils

Monday 29th May 2017
KO: 15:00 - Round: 16

12-38 FT

HT: 6 22

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Brad Dwyer, Tom Lineham,

  • Goals
    Declan Patton 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Jake Bibby, Niall Evalds 2, Junior Sa'u 3, Kris Brinning,

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Winger Niall Evalds ran in a hat-trick of tries as Salford Red Devils kept the pressure on Betfred Super League leaders Castleford Tigers with a resounding 38-12 win over struggling Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Ian Watson's red-hot Devils scored seven tries to two to make it 10 wins from their last 11 league games.

Salford avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last year but this victory keeps them firmly on course for a first ever semi-final as they go past the halfway mark in the 2017 season.

Warrington made the brighter start but were unable to breach the tight-knit Salford defence apart from when hooker Daryl Clark was turned onto his back over the line.

The visitors struck with two tries in three minutes  - centre Jake Bibby producing a clinical finish and Evalds finishing off a break by Todd Carney for his first try.

Evalds put centre Junior Sa'u over for a third and it looked a hopeless cause for the home side when Benjamin Jullien was sin-binned for delaying a quick re-start, although the 12 men pulled a try back when Brad Dwyer forced his way over.

Warrington conceded again when a break through the middle by Robert Lui set up the position for Sa'u and Salford strengthened their grip when the ever-threatening Sa'u sent Evalds over before he swooped on Carney's clever kick to complete his hat-trick.

Tom Lineham scored a consolation try for the home side but Salford had the final say when Kriss Brining forced his way over.

Warrington coach Tony Smith, who is in his ninth season in charge of the Wolves, said at the post-match press conference: "As unpleasant as it is, I don't give in easily.

"I'm just disappointed with the way we're playing, it's not about how I feel. We as a group are not playing well enough over the weekend.

"I thought we started with some promise but we didn't convert that into points and our heads dropped."

Salford coach Watson said: "That was a big one for us. It's a great result. It's about six years since we last won here and we've done the double as well. It will be a long time since that happened in Salford's history.

"We're doing great at the moment but we won't get carried away. We know where we want to be and what we want to achieve but we'll take every week as it comes."

  • 75: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 75: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Brinning
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 64: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 59: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 50: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 38: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 34: TRY! scored for Warrington by Brad Dwyer
  • 34: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 23: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 17: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 15: TRY! scored for Salford by Jake Bibby
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • Key Performers

    Ryan Atkins

    Offloads: 4

    Gareth O'Brien

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Brad Dwyer

    Offloads: 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wolves 2
    Red Devils 7

    Goals:

    Wolves 2
    Red Devils 5

    METRES:

    Wolves 1371
    Red Devils 1414

    CARRIES:

    Wolves 171
    Red Devils 173

    TACKLES:

    Wolves 353
    Red Devils 358

    OFFLOADS:

    Wolves 20
    Red Devils 6

    PENALTIES:

    Wolves 3
    Red Devils 5

    BREAKS:

    Wolves 4
    Red Devils 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matthew Russell 0 0 2 0 2 4 0 16 171 10.69 1 7 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Andre Savelio 0 0 28 6 0 8 0 15 134 8.93 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Lineham 1 0 3 0 3 3 0 14 115 8.21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 38 6 3 0 0 13 105 8.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Atkins 0 0 26 4 0 4 0 10 98 9.80 1 1 5 0 0 0 4 0
    Mike Cooper 0 0 40 7 1 3 0 13 96 7.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Stefan Ratchford 0 0 7 0 0 1 2 12 91 7.58 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Daryl Clark 0 0 32 2 2 2 0 8 89 11.13 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Jack Hughes 0 0 16 2 2 0 0 11 69 6.27 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Philbin 0 0 27 6 2 0 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ashton Sims 0 0 20 4 1 0 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Dwyer 1 0 13 3 0 1 0 9 62 6.89 0 8 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Joe Westerman 0 0 28 2 2 3 0 7 61 8.71 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 21 3 1 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 0 23 3 3 1 5 6 43 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Declan Patton 0 1 16 1 0 1 7 5 33 6.60 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1
    George King 0 0 13 6 0 0 0 4 19 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Junior Sau 2 2 17 0 3 4 0 14 148 10.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 1 20 2 2 4 1 9 130 14.44 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Bibby 1 0 11 0 1 2 0 17 129 7.59 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 3 1 6 2 0 2 1 18 129 7.17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Johnson 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 13 122 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 34 4 0 1 0 16 119 7.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 22 4 1 0 1 14 108 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 28 8 2 1 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Hasson 0 0 33 10 1 2 0 10 69 6.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Murray 0 0 23 7 1 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 17 3 2 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 22 4 2 1 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Todd Carney 0 2 19 1 3 2 5 4 53 13.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 34 7 2 0 0 6 45 7.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Kris Brining 1 0 34 6 3 0 0 4 36 9.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 28 7 5 1 0 7 36 5.14 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 7 0 2 1 2 6 34 5.67 0 0 1 1 5 2 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