Super League: Salford Red Devils 12-40 Wigan Warriors
|Betfred Super League|
|Salford (6) 12|
|Tries: Welham, Evalds Goals: O'Brien 2|
|Wigan (10) 40|
|Tries: Davies, Gildart 2, Escare, Marshall 2, Clubb Goals: Tomkins 6|
Wigan ran-in seven tries as they eased to victory at Salford in Super League.
After Salford's Kris Welham and Wigan's Tom Davies exchanged tries, Oliver Gildart edged the visitors in front and secured a 10-6 half-time lead.
Morgan Escare added to it after the break while Marshall scored two quick tries to extend the lead to 28-6.
Gildart and Tony Clubb also went over for the visitors in the second half, while Niall Evalds scored a late consolation for Salford.
The hosts made the perfect start as Welham collected Gareth O'Brien's bouncing kick to go over, but Wigan responded with two tries in five minutes to lead by four points at half-time.
Davies dived over in the corner from Dan Sarginson's well-timed pass and Gildart latched onto George Williams' low kick.
Four minutes after the restart, Escare finished off a kick-through by Marshall, who then ran-in his own try which was created by Williams and Sam Tomkins.
Marshall grabbed his second four minutes later before setting up Gildart for his second, while Clubb burst through as Wigan hit 40 points.
Evalds ghosted in on the right-hand side for a consolation try for the hosts.
Salford coach Ian Watson:
"The first game is always hard. I thought we were great in the first half and we looked pretty comfortable.
"But Wigan's left edge tore us apart with the likes of George Williams and Oliver Gildart. We knew all about it and had prepped for it but dealing with it is something else.
"Wigan were outstanding to be fair. They executed well and took their opportunities. But we conceded some dumb penalties, had poor ball control and completion and made some bad reads defensively."
Wigan coach Shaun Wane:
"I thought we did some good things in the game and overall I was happy with the result and I would have taken that before the game.
"We are not the biggest team but we played with some good energy and ball movement. There are things we practice that every day so it was good to see it out on the pitch but we can work on.
"We won't get carried away because we will need to be a lot better to beat Hull next week. I thought some of the detail in our defence was a bit off but that's something we can fix."
Salford: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa'u, Johnson, Lui, O'Brien, Mossop, Wood, Tasi, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy.
Replacements: Burgess, Griffin, Littlejohn, Kopczak.
Wigan: S. Tomkins, T. Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall, Williams, Powell, Flower, Leuluai, Clubb, J. Tomkins, Farrell, Sutton.
Replacements: Escare, Isa, Tautai, Nuuausala.
Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).