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Salford and Wigan collide as play-off hopes hurt

Two teams who enjoyed very different Challenge Cup quarter-finals last week met on today.

A week removed from their brilliant win over Warrington Wolves with just 12 men, Wigan journey over to Salford.

The Red Devils, favourites for their clash with Hull KR in the last eight last week, were soundly beaten by the Robins ending their Wembley dreams.

Their play-off dreams are still well and truly alive and they go into this game above Wigan in the table.

However, they were without Brodie Croft. The reigning Man of Steel’s absence exacerbates the on going absence of Andy Ackers at nine and will prompt a new look spine.

That said the Red Devils made Wigan work with the score still locked at 0-0 after 22 minutes until a grubber kick was grounded by Joe Shorrocks to make it 4-0.

However, their lead only lasted 10 minute when a short ball allowed Ben Hellewell to score and give Salford the lead coupled with Marc Sneyd’s goal.

But just before the break, a Jai Field break led to a Liam Farrell try to make it 8-6.

That lead was added to when Abbas Miski finished from a scrum move making it 14-6 after 47 minutes.

In control, a second for Liam Farrell propelled Wigan to 20-6 in front.

Inside the last 10 minutes, any hope for a comeback was quashed when Liam Farrell ran 90 metres to make it 26-6.

A massive boost for Wigan’s play-off hopes but the result certainly hurts Salford’s chances especially with Hull KR putting on the pressure with a win.

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