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Salford City Reds 10-27 Warrington Wolves

Salford (6) 10
Tries: Henry, Broughton Goals: Tyrer

Warrington (16) 27
Tries: Hicks, Mathers 2, Higham, Solomona Goals: Bridge 3 Drop goal: Briers

Chris Hicks
Hicks has scored 13 tries for the Wolves this season

Two first-half tries from Richie Mathers and one from Chris Hicks helped Warrington to their seventh win in eight matches with victory at Salford.

The visitors, who led 16-6 at half-time, had already run up a century of points in their first two meetings with Salford this season.

Two tries in the last four minutes from Mickey Higham and David Solomona gave Warrington a flattering victory margin.

Mark Henry and Jodie Broughton scored tries for the home side.

The Reds suffered a couple of pre-match blows, with Australian star Daniel Holdsworth failing a fitness test on a torn calf and full-back Karl Fitzpatrick losing his ever-present record this season because of an ankle injury, which meant a debut for 19-year-old half-back Marc Sneyd.

It took the visitors until the 17th minute to open the scoring, Hicks picking up from where he left off in last Sunday's Challenge Cup win at Bradford by taking Mathers' pass and wrong-footing the Reds defence to finish decisively at the corner.

The Salford defence opened up invitingly for Mathers to jink his way over for a second on 25 minutes, but the home side cut the gap to just two points when Henry touched down for a try converted by Steve Tyrer.

The visitors always looked the more dangerous side and it was no surprise when they struck again six minutes before the break when Chris Riley broke clear down the left wing and sent Mathers in for his second try.

Warrington had all the early pressure in the second period but the Salford defence held firm and the home side actually scored the first try of the half against the run of play.

A 40-20 kick from Matty Smith, making up for a dismal first half in which he had three attempted clearance kicks charged down, set up the position for Broughton to finish off a flowing cross-field move for a second try which made it 16-10.

That energised the Reds still further and Warrington were forced to draw on all their resilience to hang on to their lead as the game entered a tense final quarter.

But Salford lacked the composure to press home their advantage and a Lee Briers drop goal on 63 minutes gave Tony Smith's men some breathing space before Higham made sure of the win when he wriggled over for his side's fourth try four minutes from the end.

Bridge kicked his third goal and Solomona rubbed salt into Salford's wounds by forcing his way over in stoppage time for a fifth try.

Salford coach Shaun McRae: "It was an improvement since the last time we played them in Edinburgh and it was important we responded.

"We were very much in the game and the fact that Lee Briers dropped a goal was an indication that they may have been concerned about us.

"We didn't deserve the scoreline at the end. We're disappointed we lost the game because we felt we could win, but I've got to say Warrington are a very good side and they are playing with a lot of confidence."

Warrington assistant coach James Lowes: "We've had a couple of really tough games and I think Bradford took a lot more out of us than we anticipated.

"We were not as fluent with the ball which is disappointing but it gives us something to work on. Defensively I thought we were very, very good, to give away that much possession and only concede a try in each half.

"I've got to commend the lads for playing the full 80 minutes. We nicked a couple of tries at the end which I thought we deserved. We didn't create a lot of chances but the ones we created we took."

Salford: Henry, Broughton, Talau, Gibson, Tyrer, M. Smith, J. Smith, Boyle, Alker, Jewitt, Sibbit, Littler, Swain.
Replacements: Adamson, Leuluai, Sidlow, Sneyd.

Warrington: Mathers, Riley, King, Atkins, Hicks, Bridge, Briers, Morley, Monaghan, Harrison, L. Anderson, V. Anderson, Grix.
Replacements: Higham, Cooper, Mitchell, Solomona.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

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