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Warrington 16-18 Salford

Warrington FC (10) 16
Tries: Bridge, Briers, Myler Goals: Hodgson 2
Salford (6) 18
Tries: Gleeson, Patten, Henry Goals: Holdsworth 2, Henry

Luke Patten
Luke Patten crosses the whitewash for Salford's second try at Warrington

Leaders Warrington slipped up as they lost to struggling Salford in a wet local derby at the Halliwell Jones.

Warrington coach Tony Smith included six players involved in Friday's England-Exiles game at Headingley.

And it showed as the City Reds came from 10-6 down at half-time to win with tries from Luke Patten and Mark Henry.

Sean Gleeson got Salford's first try, cancelling out Chris Bridge's early effort, Lee Briers and Richie Myler, late on, also crossing for the Wolves.

Warrington had amassed 410 points in winning their previous six matches. But Salford were the better side on the day, avenging their 60-0 home defeat by The Willows on Good Friday as they completed back-to back Super League victories.

Salford ended a run of five derby defeats as they notched up their best win of a topsy-turvy season - but it was still not enough to topple Warrington from top spot, as Huddersfield also lost, at Wakefield.

Six Warrington stars figured after Friday's Origin international - Bridge, Myler and England colleagues Garreth Carvell, Ben Westwood and Adrian Morley, as well as Exiles full-back Brett Hodgson.

But Louis Anderson, injured in the Exiles' victory, missed out on the chance to face his elder brother Vinnie, while Joel Monaghan is out injured.

And Matt King was also absent after the birth of his daughter on Thursday, forcing Tyrone McCarthy's returned from loan at Leigh.

Salford, whose new boss Matt Parish arrives in mid-July, went into the clash buoyed by their 34-12 victory over Wakefield - which ended a run of three league and cup defeats.

It was definitely our best win of the season

Warrington caretaker-boss Phil Veivers

But they were behind when Chris Nero threw out a wild pass and Bridge latched onto a Myler kick which eluded Patten to score in the corner after 11 minutes.

Henry saved another try, holding up Ryan Atkins over the line after incessant Warrington pressure.

But, on Salford's first raid, Wayne Godwin and Daniel Holdsworth combined for Gleeson to power through tackles by Myler and Atkins.

Skipper Holdsworth tagged on the conversion to fire the Reds into a 6-4 lead. But, seven minutes later, Myler was held short, Briers dummied and strolled through a big gap on the overlap, Hodgson booting the conversion for an interval lead.

But Salford had sights on an unexpected victory when they snatched two tries in four minutes early in the second half.

Patten took Gleeson's pass to scorch 30 metres for a converted try. Then the Reds full-back combined with Holdsworth to give Henry a walk-in at the corner.

Holdsworth added the touchline conversion to make it 18-10 and it would have been worse for Warrington had referee Ben Thaler not disallowed a Stefan Ratchford try.

After Paul Wood was carried off with a leg injury for the Wolves nine minutes from time, Myler's late try set up a big finish.

But, although his 11th league try of the campaign, converted by Hodgson, cut the gap to two points, Salford held out for a deserved victory.


Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"It was a disruptive week but we are here to support the international programme and we would do the same again, if the price to pay was a sub-standard performance.

"Take nothing away from Salford. They handled the conditions well. We have not played in wet weather for ages and did not handle it well.

"Every team has a below-par performance now and again and we have not had one for a long time."

Salford caretaker-boss Phil Veivers:

"It was definitely our best win of the season. We spoke about controlling the ball and wanted to make it ugly.

"We did not speak about the Origin match and prepared as though they had a full-strength side. It was irrelevant to us.

"We wanted to make the game plan simplistic and stuck to it. We controlled most of the game but stopped playing in the last five minutes and it became nerve-wracking.

"Mark Henry earlier made a massive try-saving tackle on Ryan Atkins which proved crucial in the end."


Warrington: Hodgson; Bridge, Blythe, Atkins, Williams; Briers, Myler; Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, Solomona, Westwood, Grix.

Replacements: Higham, Wood, Cooper, McCarthy.

Salford: Patten; Henry, Gleeson, Ratchford, Broughton; Smith, Holdsworth; Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, L Adamson, Nero, Anderson.

Replacements: Jewitt, Paleaaesina, Sidlow, Neal.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

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