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Wigan Warriors 20-16 Salford Red Devils: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Wigan Warriors rallied late to complete a brilliant late win over Salford Red Devils tonight.

Highlights:

Salford’s kicking game catches Wigan out
After forcing a goal line drop out through an excellent Marc Sneyd, it was a Ryan Brierley kick that brought the first try of the game. He squeezed into some space before drilling a grubber kick into a gap for Ken Sio to score and give Salford a 6-2 lead after Wigan had kicked a penalty earlier in the game.

One one one strip show
After Tyler Dupree had come up with a brilliant one one one strip to stop a dangerous Sam Powell attack, his fellow prop went one better as Jai Field broke down field, King Vuniyayawa was there in time to pinch the ball from Field.

Salford survive scare
Wigan are one of the best teams to watch in Super League and a lovely move involving usual suspects Jai Field and Bevan French nearly saw them score. French kicked ahead but this time Sneyd mopped up.

Fantastic French
Salford weren’t so lucky the next time as Bevan French scored one of the best solo tries you will see. After receiving the ball on the right, he ducked and darted across the field before a superb dummy saw him open up the Salford defence speeding through for a lovely try.

Fantastic Field
What a play this was from both sides. A lovely short ball from Ryan Brierley allowed Joe Burgess to carve through. A speedster, he looked to take Jai Field on the outside but Field showed brilliant pace and composure to come up with a superb tackle. However, Wigan were then caught offside and thus Salford levelled the game with a penalty making it 8-all.

Another one on one
There was a brilliant break by Brad O’Neill when he dummied his way through the Salford defence after a scrum. However, the chance went as Tim Lafai came up with a superb one one one strip on Kai Pearce-Paul.

Salford defence stands up
The Warriors started the second half with a number of attacking sets but the Red Devils defended brilliantly surviving a huge amount of pressure.

Sensational Salford
The Red Devils then went down field and a lovely ball over the top from Brodie Croft allowed Ken Sio to stroll in again.

Controversial pen sees Salford take an eight-point lead
The Red Devils extended their lead with a penalty after what some would say was a harsh penalty against Morgan Smithies for a late hit.

French carves through
Wigan needed something as the last 10 minutes approached and a simple but lightning quick dart from Bevan French saw him go over for a second try to cut Salford’s lead down to 16-14.

Comeback complete
Wigan had upped the pace of the game and two tries in three minutes gave them the lead with a wide play with Jai Field finding Toby King for a stroll in try.

Talking Points:

Wigan a different team with French at the back
For the second week in a row Matt Peet elected to move Bevan French from the wing to fullback with Jai Field in the halves. Tonight it changed the game and laid the path for Wigan to pull off a brilliant comeback win.

Steal from the Warriors
This wasn’t a vintage display from Wigan but the last 10 minutes from the Cherry and Whites was the stuff of Champions. They found an extra gear, they found more speed and were brilliant in defence. They also showed great smarts too to wrestle the game away from Salford.

Salford still looking good
They may have come up short tonight but Salford still look like a side that we could see in the play-offs at the end of the year. They are brilliant to watch.

The late hit question
There is a lot of debate going on about late hits in rugby league at the moment and tonight we saw a very soft one from Morgan Smithies punished when last night Jack Ashworth wasn’t. The debate will go on.

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