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Salford City Reds 16-32 Wigan Warriors

Salford (10) 16
Tries: Gibson, Parker, Nero Goals: Ratchford, Sneyd
Wigan (16) 32
Tries: Hansen, Leuluai 2, Mossop, Charnley, Goulding Goals: Deacon 4

Wigan put their World Club Challenge Cup defeat behind them to climb to third in Super League with a comfortable win over Salford City Reds.

Harrison Hansen opened the scoring for Wigan before Thomas Leuluai and Lee Mossop added two more first-half tries.

Salford answered with Ashley Gibson and Rob Parker scores before the break.

Leuluai and Josh Charnley extended Wigan's lead before Chris Nero hit back for the Reds but Darrell Goulding's try rounded off the win for Wigan.

Salford, under the charge of football director Steve Simms in the absence of head coach Shaun McRae, went 10-0 behind after Hansen broke through their line before spinning out of a tackle to score.

Paul Deacon added the two points but clever positional kicking by Salford's half-back Matty Smith helped the hosts strike back.

Smith and full-back Luke Patten orchestrated Gibson's try before Stefan Ratchford claimed the goal.

A kick by Deacon on the last tackle lead to Wigan restoring their 10-point lead when it deflected off a defender and fell kindly for Mossop to touch down.

The Reds dug in and rounded off the first half well with Parker's try but Smith pulled the goal wide to leave it 16-10 at the turnaround.

Within three minutes of the re-start the Reds fell further behind when Leuluai jinked his way over for his second try and it got worse for them when Wigan winger Charnley rounded off a great move involving Leuluai and Sam Tomkins.

Deacon was again on song with the boot but Salford came back once more when centre Nero ran a great line to go over and Mark Sneyd added the goal.

Tomkins produced a break out of defence late on to put Goulding over for Wigan's sixth of the night.

Salford football director Steve Simms:
"Losing two players in two days didn't help and then we lost Stefan Ratchford at half-time when I thought we were still in the game.

"We had a few opportunities we didn't take in their quarter, we lacked a bit of composure in their areas.

"We're certainly proud of the performance. A lot of teams could have thrown the towel in against the second best team in the world, but they tried things and some of them came off."

Wigan coach Michael Maguire said:
"I'm very pleased. It's been a tough couple of weeks, leading into a massive game, and we worked hard to make sure this was a positive week.

"I'm really happy the boys came through the way they did. It was good to see us defending the way we can.

"Thomas Leuluai has kicked on from last year. He is really willing to learn and he's reaping the rewards for his hard work."

Salford: Patten, Broughton, Nero, Gibson, Henry, Ratchford, Smith, Cashmere, Godwin, Jewitt, Sidlow, Adamson, Wild, Paleaaesina.

Replacements: Neal, Paleaaesina, Parker, Sneyd.

Wigan: S. Tomkins, Goulding, Marsh, Carmont, Charnley, Deacon, Leuluai, Coley, McIlorum, Prescott, Hansen, Hoffman, O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Lima, Mossop, J. Tomkins, Farrell.

Att: 6,266

Ref: Julian Childs (RFU).

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