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Salford 0-60 Warrington

Salford (0) 0
Warrington (18) 60
Tries: Atkins, Myler, Briers 2, Bridge, Carvell, J Monaghan, Williams 2, Wood Goals: Hodgson 10

Lee Briers
Lee Briers' brace came after a two-match absence through injury

Rampant Warrington ran in 10 tries for the second match running as they went top of the table by thrashing Salford.

Ryan Atkins, Richie Myler and Lee Briers all went over to give Wolves an 18-0 lead at the break.

Briers helped himself to a second and Rhys Williams grabbed a brace as the visitors added seven more scores, all converted by Brett Hodgson.

Chris Bridge, Garreth Carvell, Joel Monaghan and Paul Wood also crossed, with Salford unable to score at all.

Following defeats by Catalan Dragons and Huddersfield, Warrington have now won five in a row and now sit top of the Super League table following defeats for Huddersfield and Castleford.

Wolves should have gone ahead early on but Bridge spilled the ball over the line before Salford had a Stefan Ratchford try disallowed for a forward pass from Matty Smith.

Warrington found the breakthrough when Briers fed Ryan Atkins 20 metres out and the England centre then stormed over with Hodgson adding the extras.

Myler, who later went off with a suspected fractured cheekbone, then pounced on Hodgson's chip and Briers waltzed around Sidlow to make it 18-0 at the break.

Salford, who are seeking a new coach after Shaun McRae announced he would not be looking for a contract extension, then collapsed after the break as the Wolves ran in a further seven tries.

Bridge crossed early on before the Reds were reduced to 12 men when Luke Adamson was sin-binned after a flare-up.

The one-man advantage played into Warrington's hands as Carvell ploughed over before Hodgson's touchline conversion bounced off the post and over.

With Salford still a man down, Briers then regathered his own kick to make it 36-0.

The visitors continued to inflict more damage on the Reds as Bridge put Monaghan over in the corner.

Williams then flew down the wing to add an eighth try before scoring his second of the day by finishing off Atkins' surging break.

Paul Wood completed the rout two minutes from time before Hodgson added his 10th conversion in 10 attempts.


Salford football director Steve Simms said:
"Warrington were very hot and it's hard after we were on a high last week.

"Defensively we were OK in the first half but our concentration levels were not there. We kept turning the ball over and that took its toll in the second half.

"We conceded two tries when Luke Adamson was in the sin-bin and Warrington took everything out of us in the heat.

"Full credit to Warrington, but we did not back up after last week."

Warrington coach Tony Smith:
"Lee [Briers] made a good return. He took the opposition on, not just with his passing and kicking. He was a real threat. He had an exceptional game for a half-back.

"We had to be resilient and play some good rugby league to break Salford down.

"We had to be patient and have learned a few lessons from a couple of weeks ago when we failed to lay foundations."


Salford: Patten, Broughton, Gibson, Ratchford, Henry, Smith, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, Anderson, Nero, Wild.
Replacements: L. Adamson, Neal, Sneyd, Sidlow.

Warrington: Hodgson, J. Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, Williams, Briers, Myler, Morley, M. Monaghan, Wood, Anderson, Westwood, Harrison.
Replacements: Higham, Grix, Carvell, Cooper.

Att: 7,496

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).



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see also
Salford 56-16 Bradford
16 Apr 11 |  Rugby League
Warrington Wolves 64-6 Crusaders
15 Apr 11 |  Rugby League


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