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Wakefield 6-32 Salford

Wakefield (6) 6
Tries: Lee Goals: Veivers
Salford (16) 32
Tries: Ratchford, Wild, Henry 2, Parker, Sidlow Goals: Holdsworth 4

Mark Henry
Mark Henry scored a try either side of half time for Salford

Salford City Reds broke their Super League points duck as they beat Wakefield 32-6 at Belle Vue.

Tries from Stephen Wild, Stefan Ratchford and Mark Henry gave Salford a comfortable 16-0 lead.

Tommy Lee went over and Josh Veivers converted to get the hosts off the mark before the interval but it proved to be a mere consolation.

Rob Parker and Adam Sidlow added second-half tries, Henry bagging his second to ensure the Reds' victory.

In a game marred by the wet weather and errors from both sides, Salford came out on top.

The muddy conditions were initially no problem for the Reds, who opened the scoring when Matty Smith darted away from dummy half to send Ratchford over after only 43 seconds, Daniel Holdsworth converting his first of four goals.

Four minutes later Wild scored their second try after Holdsworth's huge kick and the scrum-half was on hand to provide the third when he put in a tidy kick for centre Henry to dive onto.

Wakefield were struggling to hold on to the ball but they made a breakthrough midway through the first half when Salford's defence opened up and Lee skipped through with ease. Veivers then added the extras to cut the deficit to just 10 points.

The Wildcats came out stronger after the break and pressurised the Reds defence but failed to score.

Salford extended their lead through Parker who latched onto Holdsworth's delayed pass.

The Reds made it difficult for themselves when prop Ryan Boyle was sin-binned for a late challenge on kicker Jeremy Smith, but the hosts failed to capitalise.

They went on to concede two late tries in the space of three minutes, Sidlow and Henry adding to their woes.

Wakefield head coach John Kear told BBC Radio Leeds:
"They started with a greater intent, a greater desire and a greater commitment.

"In all the principles of rugby league - defence, kicking game, control of the ball - they were better than us. That's why the scoreline is reflected as it is.

"This is the situation we're in - we're building forward and the off-field thing has given us all a boost, but we talked the talk this week. We didn't walk the walk."

Salford City Reds boss Shaun McRae said:
"That was a performance like I always thought we could play. Defensively, I thought we were very sound.

"We covered a lot of their threats and a lot of players showed their potential and their ability.

"It was a real war of attrition in the middle. The conditions were quite poor and the ground got heavy. It got a bit of a gluepot and our middle unit defended well."

Wakefield: Veivers, Penny, Murphy, Dean, George, Smith, Lee, Korkidas, Rinaldi, P Johnson, Mariano, Morrison, Howarth.
Replacements: Gledhill, Davey, Amor, Henderson.

Salford: Patten, Broughton, Henry, Nero, Gibson, Ratchford, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Smith, Boyle, Adamson, Sidlow, Wild.
Replacements: Parker, Paleaaesina, Sneyd, Jewitt.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).

Attendance: 6,823.

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