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Warriors battle past Reds
Wigan keep unbeaten record after seeing off Salford
Wigan maintained their unbeaten Super League record by claiming a 32-16 victory over an improved Salford side at the Willows.
The Warriors, returning to league action after their defeat in the World Club Challenge, ran in six tries in all - two of which were scored by scrum-half Thomas Leuluai.
But they were made to work by a tough Reds outfit, who were playing under football director Steve Simms in the absence of head coach Shaun McRae.
The hosts had been booed off the pitch after the 56-22 defeat to Saints last time out at home, were this time given generous applause by their fans.
Wigan showed no ill effects of their loss to St George Illawarra as Leuluai broke through the defence to create a try for second-rower Harrison Hansen in the second minute.
The New Zealand international then spun out of a tackle to cross the try-line himself from close range and make it 10-0.
Salford would not suffer another capitulation, however, as the impressive Matty Smith combined with full-back Luke Patten to send Ashley Gibson over on 17 minutes.
The goal was added by Stefan Ratchford, but Wigan were to regain their 10-point lead soon afterwards as Paul Deacon's kick on the last tackle bounced off a defender and Lee Mossop took advantage for a simple try.
The Reds continued to make a fight of it and scored a second try of their own just before half-time as prop Rob Parker powered over from dummy half.
Smith was off target with the conversion, but the hosts were still in touch at 16-10 when the sides headed in for the break.
Wigan asserted themselves again three minutes after the restart as Leuluai jinked his way over the line for his second of the night.
And the reigning champions began to pull away when youngster Josh Charnley put the finishing touch on a neat handling move involving Leuluai and Sam Tomkins.
Deacon kicked a fourth goal to increase the gap to 16 but Salford stood firm and grabbed their third try after Chris Nero cut through the defence superbly to touch down, with Mark Sneyd adding the extras.
The Warriors would have the final say, however, when Tomkins broke out of defence before setting up winger Darrell Goulding to cross the try-line and complete the scoring.
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Andy T says...
Good to see Wigan bounce back with some hard graft against a Salford team that I hope will continue to improve and challenge for the play offs come the end of the season. It may take a few more games for the team to gell, but I think they will start to up-set a few teams and give the Salford fans the performances they deserve. I dont think any team will ever go unbeaten in Super League, such is the ability of any team to beat the other as seen last season, but Wigans defence and super quick attack will go very close to completing a perfect season. i just worry about the amount of penalties they give away, probably the one thing coach Maguire still needs to address and install in to his Wigan team.
Posted 09:33 5th March 2011
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|11||Salford Red Devils||22||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||22||4|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
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