Super League: Salford 4-24 Widnes

Patrick Ah Van

Widnes Vikings brought Salford City Reds down to earth in their final game of the Super League season with a convincing victory.

Despite trailing at half-time to a Marc Sneyd try, Denis Betts' side scored 24 unanswered points in the second half.

The Vikings scored four tries through Patrick Ah Van's brace, added to scores from Rhys Hanbury and Joe Mellor.

Jack Owens landed three of the kicks, while Salford-bound Gareth Hock also booted a goal on his last appearance.

- including Rangi Chase, Adrian Morley and the aforementioned Hock - but it was a home-grown talent in Sneyd who scored the sole try for Brian Noble's side.

However, Widnes have matured this season - their second in Super League since re-admission in the last round of franchises - and they were in no mood to allow Salford to celebrate.

All Salford eyes will be on London Broncos' trip to Hull KR on Sunday, as a win for the capital city club would see them leapfrog the Reds and consign them to the foot of the table.


Salford head coach Brian Noble:

"We were still in the show at half-time but picked up too many knocks.

"Jodie Broughton did his hamstring and Theo Fages has a bashed hip, but we had a huge dig, although made too many errors.

"Kevin Brown's kicking game was better than ours in the second half and he put the ball on a sixpence.

"There are exciting times ahead from tomorrow but we owe a big thank you to the 14 or 15 players who are leaving."

Widnes head coach Denis Betts:

"It's good to give local lads an opportunity and they did superbly. Danny Craven changed the game when he came on and his kicking game gave us good field position.

"Adam Lawton and Jack Owens are also local lads and I've been told it's the first time we have won three in a row in Super League which is good news.

"It was a tough game and Salford did well in the first half. It wasn't a free flowing game but we made a great start to the second half.

"The players felt at half-time they weren't far away from getting the field position. We are not a top-eight side yet but we are on the journey and not too far away."


Salford City Reds: Gaskell; Broughton, McGoldrick, Davies, D. Williams; Sneyd, Fages; Griffin, Owen, A. Walne, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild.

Replacements: Hope, Emmitt, James, J. Walne.

Widnes: Hanbury; Owens, Hulme, Phelps, Ah Van; K. Brown, Mellor; O'Carroll, White, Kavanagh, Hock, Allen, Leuluai.

Replacements: Joseph, Isa, Lawton, Craven.

Attendance: 3,775

Referee: Tim Roby (RFL).

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