Salford Red Devils 22-30 Wigan Warriors

Sunday 24th March 2019
KO: 15:00 - Round: 7

22-30 FT

HT: 16 18

Attendance: 4,770

Official: C Kendall

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Josh Jones, Derrell Olpherts, Niall Evalds, Adam Walker,

  • Goals
    Ed Chamberlain 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    George Williams 3, Thomas Leuluai, Joe Greenwood,

  • Goals
    Zak Hardaker 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

England stand-off George Williams scored a hat-trick of tries to help Wigan Warriors to a much-needed 30-22 victory in a Super League thriller against Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The reigning champions went into the round seven clash on the back of four straight defeats but coach Adrian Lam will be breathing more easily after a hard-fought second win of the season.

Wigan looked to be well in command after running in three tries in an eight-minute spell from Williams, Thomas Leuluai and Joe Greenwood to lead 18-6. 

But the Red Devils showed their danger by scoring three of their own either side of half-time through Derrell Olpherts, Niall Evalds and Adam Walker to go in front for the second time.

However, Wigan always looked to have the edge and Williams, whose form so far this year amid rumours of a move to the NRL had been a matter of concern for Lam, showed his class to put the result beyond doubt.

Wigan were also boosted by the return to fitness of wingmen Joe Burgess and Dom Manfredi, who were reunited for the first time since the 2015 Grand Final.

Interim head coach Lam said: "It’s been an emotional week. I’m exhausted now purely off the back of the win today and (his son) Lachlan making his debut yesterday.

"It was a pretty special moment and I’ve just got to make sure I don’t get emotional because they’re all bagging me for being an emotional father."

On his future, Lam added: "I haven’t talked about it at all, to be honest. I’m here for 12 months at the moment and I’ve got my focus on doing the best I possibly can here and then moving home." 

 Salford coach Ian Watson said: "Defensively we were not good enough. We let our standards drop.

"I felt once we got the lead again, Wigan were vulnerable but they did the basics well and we didn’t."

Watson says he expects winger Ken Sio to be sidelined for more than a month with a groin injury, while Wigan prop Tony Clubb is facing a fortnight out with medial knee ligament damage.

  • 62: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 61: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 49: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 42: TRY! scored for Salford by Adam Walker
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 40: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 37: TRY! scored for Salford by Derrell Olpherts
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 32: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Greenwood
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 29: TRY! scored for Wigan by Thomas Leuluai
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 25: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 5: TRY! scored for Salford by Josh Jones
  • Key Performers

    George Williams

    Tries: 3
    Metres: 169

    Joe Burgess

    Clean Breaks: 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Red Devils 4
    Warriors 5

    Goals:

    Red Devils 3
    Warriors 5

    METRES:

    Red Devils 1375
    Warriors 1370

    CARRIES:

    Red Devils 216
    Warriors 175

    TACKLES:

    Red Devils 310
    Warriors 351

    OFFLOADS:

    Red Devils 14
    Warriors 9

    PENALTIES:

    Red Devils 6
    Warriors 6

    BREAKS:

    Red Devils 2
    Warriors 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jackson Hastings 0 0 19 3 1 2 8 27 176 6.52 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Derrell Olpherts 1 1 4 1 5 5 0 18 131 7.28 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 2 0 0 5 1 17 129 7.59 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 0 0 4 0 2 4 0 13 125 9.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 1 0 34 6 2 7 0 20 113 5.65 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 1 19 5 5 4 1 16 93 5.81 0 2 0 0 3 2 2 1
    Robert Lui 0 1 14 0 6 2 6 17 90 5.29 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Bibby 0 0 14 3 2 0 0 12 87 7.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 34 2 2 0 0 10 78 7.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Daniel Murray 0 0 21 4 2 0 0 11 65 5.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Walker 1 0 16 2 2 0 0 13 63 4.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    George Griffin 0 0 33 4 5 0 0 12 62 5.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 28 2 3 1 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 12 1 1 0 0 7 51 7.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joey Lussick 0 0 33 5 3 0 0 6 30 5.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jansin Turgut 0 0 23 5 5 2 0 8 26 3.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Lawton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
    George Williams 3 0 12 0 0 4 5 15 169 11.27 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 23 3 3 5 0 22 145 6.59 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 9 1 2 3 0 13 132 10.15 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 9 1 0 7 0 15 131 8.73 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 0
    Joe Burgess 0 2 4 0 4 8 0 10 108 10.80 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Bullock 0 0 23 6 1 0 0 12 91 7.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 3 0 1 9 0 13 83 6.38 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 35 8 0 0 0 11 81 7.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    William Isa 0 0 42 8 4 0 0 11 79 7.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Greenwood 1 0 26 4 2 6 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Jarrod Sammut 0 1 30 5 5 2 3 10 69 6.90 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 16 3 1 0 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gabriel Hamlin 0 0 29 8 1 1 0 10 51 5.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 34 7 5 0 0 7 48 6.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 11 2 2 1 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 1 1 31 2 0 0 0 3 22 7.33 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Shorrocks 0 0 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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