Warrington Wolves 12-38 Salford Red Devils

Warrington Wolves 12-38 Salford Red Devils


In form Salford, led superbly by halves Todd Carney and Robert Lui, extended their winning run to seven in all competitions with an emphatic 38-10 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium against a woeful Warrington Wolves.

The visitors earned all the superlatives thrown at them with a dominant win that saw them temporarily return to the top of the table, with questions having to be asked about the future of Tony Smith following yet another heavy loss which saw Salford gain their first win in Warrington since 2011.

After a steady start with both sides completing their sets, Salford grabbed the opening score on 14 minutes through young centre Jake Bibby.  A quick play the ball caught Warrington offside, with the resulting play seeing Ben Murdock-Masila offload to Lui who sent Bibby diving in at the corner. A successful Gareth O’Brien conversion gave Salford a 6-0 lead.

This lead was doubled straight from the kick off, with Todd Carney throwing an outrageous dummy which bamboozled the Wire defence.  Carney found Junior Sau in support who supplied Evalds to cross in front of a raucous away support.

Things got even better for Salford on the 22-minute mark, taking advantage of a Warrington defence at sixes and sevens.  A perfect bullet pass from Todd Carney sent Niall Evalds through the defensive line, with the winger rounding Stefan Ratchford and passing inside to send Junior Sau in for a walk-in try.

A third successive O’Brien goal saw the visitors extend their impressive lead to 18-0. Warrington’s day deteriorated further minutes later with Benjamin Jullien sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.

The hapless Wolves wasted a good opportunity to put some points on the board in the closing stages of the half following a good break from Joe Westerman however the Salford defence stood firm.

Under pressure for the first time however, Weller Hauraki found himself given 10 mins for another professional foul on Ratchford, making the game even at 12-a-side.  The penalty gave Warrington another chance to test the Salford line, with Brad Dwyer eventually breaking their duck, burrowing over next to the posts.

Unwilling to return to the dressing rooms on the back foot, Salford hit back with a clinical try albeit against a paper-thin Wolves defence.  A clever break from Robert Lui found him searching for a support runner. The pass to Murdock-Masila was knocked back by a Warrington hand, giving the visitors a full set on the opposition line.

The ball was spread wide with good hands from the Salford halves to send Junior Sau over for his second try of the afternoon.  O’Brien’s conversion attempt unluckily bounced out off the uprights, with Salford returning to the dressing rooms with a well-deserved 22-6 lead.

The Red Devils began the second half as they ended the first, through an early try from Evalds – his second of the game.  Again, suspect defence from Warrington allowed Junior Sau to waltz through like a hot knife through butter, passing to Evalds to pile further misery on a Wolves side devoid of confidence and ideas.

The red-hot Red Devils continued their rout on 56 minutes, with Robert Lui instrumental in the build up. The half back ghosted through the home defence once again, and two plays later, Todd Carney was given an eternity to place a pin point kick to the corner for Evalds to claim a fully deserved hat-trick. O’Brien’s reliable boot added the extras, giving Salford a now unassailable 32-6 lead.

The Wolves finally added to their solitary first half try through winger Tom Lineham on 64 minutes. After having a try disallowed minutes earlier for knock from Kevin Brown, Warrington did well to dust themselves down and come back.  The ball was shifted out wide for Lineham, who used his pace to finish acrobatically in the corner.

This purple patch was soon extinguished on 73 minutes after a super O’Brien 40/20. Yet again, more abject Wolves goal line defending allowed Kris Brining to crashes over from dummy half, triggering a mass exodus from the home fans. O’Brien’s successful conversion brought the scores to 38-12.

The end of the game saw contrasting emotions, with the remaining Wire supporters greeting their players with a chorus of boos, and the Salford faithful deservedly rewarding their players with a round of ‘I see the Salford Reds are rising’, with their unexpected title charge continuing to gain momentum.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Stefan RatchfordFull Back000000
4Ryan AtkinsCentre000000
5Matty RussellWing000000
6Kevin BrownStand Off000000
8Chris Hill 10Prop000000
9Daryl Clark 15Hooker000000
12Jack HughesCentre000000
13Joe WestermanLoose Forward000000
14Mike CooperProp000000
22Declan PattonScrum Half020000
23Joe Philbin 16Second Row000000
24Benjamin Jullien 18Second Row000000
10Ashton Sims 8Interchange000000
15Brad Dwyer 9Interchange100000
16George King 23Interchange000000
18Andre Savelio 24Interchange000000
2Tom LinehamWing100000
 Total 220000

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Gareth O’BrienFull Back050000
4Junior Sa’uCentre300001
5Niall EvaldsWing200000
6Robert LuiStand Off000000
11Ben Murdoch-MasilaSecond Row000000
12Weller Hauraki 32Second Row000000
13Mark FlanaganLoose Forward000000
14Lama Tasi 16Prop000000
20Kriss Brining 19Hooker100000
21Greg JohnsonWing000000
24Jake BibbyCentre100000
29Todd CarneyScrum Half000000
30James Hasson 8Prop000000
8Craig Kopczak 30Interchange000000
16Olsi Krasniqi 14Interchange000000
19Josh Wood 20Interchange000000
32Daniel Murray 12Interchange000000
 Total 750001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 29, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Monday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Warrington Wolves6612
Salford Red Devils221638