Wigan Warriors hammered Salford Red Devils 42-6 at the DW Stadium as Ian Watson’s side had their top four chances severely damaged. Joe Burgess scored two tries in the first half, which ended with the hosts 26-0 up. Salford finally got on the scoresheet during the second half but the match belonged to Wigan, who were the best team throughout.
Sean O’Loughlin broke the deadlock for the hosts after seven minutes. The Warriors captain touched down a Sam Tomkins kick, with George Williams improving the lead to six points from the tee. Things soon got better for Wigan when Burgess and Liam Farrell notched four-pointers within seven minutes of each other. Williams converted one from two to extend his side’s lead to 16-0. Burgess completed his brace before Sam Powell crossed to end the first half in fitting style. Williams could only manage a lone conversion but it was plain sailing for the hosts at the break, 26-0 to the good.
The Warriors kept their foot on the gas after the restart. They turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Salford lost the ball in attack and Williams capitalised with the opening score of the second period. He added the extras. Big Frank-Paul Nuuausala was next over the whitewash for the Cherry and Whites who edged ever closer to the 40 point mark. Williams converted. 13 minutes remained when Salford finally got on the board. Niall Evalds crossed for the Red Devils and Gareth O’Brien kicked the ensuing goal. Normal service resumed though thanks to Liam Marshall finishing off a move which saw the ball move through the hands of Tomkins and Anthony Gelling. The conversion was off target.