Warriors see off Salford
Wigan victorious in opening friendly of pre-season
Last Updated: 16/01/11 5:40pm
Goulding: Two tries
Darrell Goulding and Joel Tomkins grabbed two tries each as Wigan secured a 30-24 win in their opening friendly of the year against Salford.
The reigning Super League champions fielded 11 members of their Grand Final-winning team plus new boys Ryan Hoffman and Jeff Lima at The Willows.
And the Warriors' clinical finishing allowed them to build a big lead against a new-look City Reds side, until the hosts scored a pair of consolation tries to reduce the deficit late on.
Salford gave run-outs to new signings Luke Patten, Sean Gleeson, Chris Nero, Wayne Godwin, Stephen Wild and Iafeta Paleaaesina - a former Wigan favourite.
The home side impressed in the first half, controlling the game for much of the opening 40 minutes before Tomkins poached his brace either side of the interval.
Salford twice let the ball run loose deep inside their own half, and each time the England second-rower pounced to run across the try-line unopposed.
Earlier, Goulding had touched down twice in the first 12 minutes after benefitting from some slick handling by Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin.
In between, Salford full-back Patten had created a try for centre Nero as the score was left at 10-6 to the visitors after the frantic opening.
Tomkins' brace turned the slender advantage into a comfortable Warriors lead, although the Reds threatened a comeback when hooker Godwin sent stand-off Stefan Ratchford over for a try on 61 minutes.
But Wigan then reasserted their dominance through tries from George Carmont and Karl Pryce, with the latter also kicking a rare goal as he converted from the touchline.
But Salford still had time for a late flurry, with Rob Parker capitalising on a fumble by full-back Amos Roberts for a consolation try.
Then, in the dying moments, Ratchford broke clear to play-in winger Jodie Broughton for a length-of-the-field effort.
Salford's goals were kicked by new captain Daniel Holdsworth and his half-back partner Matty Smith, who kicked two each, while Paul Deacon knocked over two for Wigan to add to Pryce's effort.