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Match Report | Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons

Salford Red Devils returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion after cruising to a crucial 32-16 victory over Catalans Dragons in a feisty Betfred Super League encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium on Good Friday.
Tries from Jake Bibby, Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones and Kris Welham along with six goals from Robert Lui ensured The Red Devils bounced back from their defeat at Widnes to earn a crucial two points in what was a clinical display.
After the disappointment of last Thursday’s loss to the Vikings, it was clear from the off that Salford were intent on immediately bouncing back to make a statement versus the Dragons this time around.
Salford opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Robert Lui’s fizzing pass allowed Niall Evalds to break through the Catalans backline before cooly finding Jake Bibby who produced an emphatic finish in the right-hand corner, Lui added the extras to give Salford a six point lead.
Evalds soon turned from provider to scorer – Lee Mossop found Lui who broke clear of the Catalans line before playing the ball to the onrushing Evalds who had the simple task of crossing over, Lui again kicked the resulting goal.
Salford were temporarily reduced to twelve men as Weller Hauraki was sent to the sin-bin midway through the half for a dangerous tackle, however The Red Devils immediately forced a Catalans error as Lama Tasi powered through an opponent which ultimately resulted in a knock-on.
However, the visitors responded well and clawed their way back into the contest when Tony Gigot spotted a huge gap behind the Salford line and produced a looping kick which enabled Fouad Yaha to touch down in the corner, but Gigot was unable to land the subsequent conversion.
The first score of the second period arrived in the 51st minute when Greg Johnson finished off a free-flowing move after a good break by Mark Flanagan, followed by some quick hands from Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood and Lui –  half-back Lui then kicked the resulting to extend Salford’s lead to fourteen points.
Salford were almost over again minutes later when Lui bypassed several tackle attempts before sprinting 30m and offloading to the onrushing Evalds who quickly found Wood, but the half-back was stopped in his tracks just when a try looked a certainty.
Despite a good spell of pressure from the hosts, Catalans fought back yet again and claimed arguably the best try of the tie when Yaha intercepted Logan Tomkins’ cross-field pass before racing 90m to cross over for his second, Gigot then added the extras to reduce the deficit to eight points.
The Red Devils extended their lead by a further two points through a penalty, Lui opted to kick at goal and successfully converted to take Salford up to the twenty point mark.
Lui’s penalty appeared to spur Salford on, Evalds deceived the Dragons backline with an excellent step before some slick passing from Lui and Flanagan allowed Josh Jones to dive over under the sticks and claim his first try of the season – Lui converted the resulting goal.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Salford weren’t finished there – this time Kris Welham fought off the defensive efforts of three Catalans defenders before powering over the line, Lui added the extras in what was an excellent conversion attempt.
Despite being second best for the majority of the fixture, Catalans produced a valiant effort and claimed a late consolation when Greg Bird dived over from close range late on, Gigot added the extras but Ian Watson’s men hung on to claim a crucial two points.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Lui, Wood, Mossop, Tomkins, Kopczak, Jones, Hauraki, Flanagan
Interchanges: Littlejohn, Nakubuwai, Tasi, Burgess
Catalans Lineup: Tierney, Broughton, Mead, Williame, Yaha , Gigot, Langi, Casty, McIlorum, Moa, Bird, Garcia, Baitieri
Interchanges: Aiton, Bousquet, Simon, Jullien
Salford Scorers: Tries- Bibby (8’), Evalds (10’), Johnson (51’), Jones (68’), Welham (73’)
Goals- Lui (9’, 11’, 52’, 66’, 69’, 74’)
Catalans Scorers: Tries- Yaha (26’, 59), Bird (78’)
Goals- Gigot (60’, 79’)
Man of the Match: Josh Wood
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Touch Judges: G. Jones & A. Smith
Attendance: 2,328 

Foundation | Halifax Elite 52-12 Salford Red Devils U19’s

Salford U19s College Academy fell short in their away quarter final of the College National Cup, against Halifax, at Siddal ARLFC, despite a plucky effort from each and every one of their players.
Even before they travelled across the Pennines the whole context of the game was stacking up against them, since, with only thirteen fit players, they were all forced to play through the full game without any respite, and were, furthermore, reduced to twelve men for the final ten minutes as a result of yet another injury,
That would have been difficult enough against any opposition, but the League 1 Red Devils were up against a bigger, pacier side currently in second place in the Premier League, which is a division above Salford.  Indeed, the Yorkshire team had travelled to St Helens and beaten top League 1 side Cowley College, in the previous round.
Despite all this, the Red Devils dug deep throughout the eighty minutes, as outlined by assistant coach, Jay Boyd.
“The lads really put their bodies on the line,  never gave up until the final whistle, and showed the right attitude throughout,” he proudly reports.
Halifax got off to a great start and were 16-0 up within the first 15 mins, but the Red Devils managed to hit back and clawed back some of that initial deficit with a score of their own.  They forced an error from the home side, and then with the aid of two penalties, opened up the opposition defence, on 20 mins, for Will Mills to cross out wide on the left-hand side, from where goalkicker, Tom Farr, landed a magnificent conversion.
This, however, merely served to spur their hosts on to greater determination and effort, and sadly for the unfortunate Reds, they took control of the game from that point on, finishing the half with 28-6 half time advantage. As often happens, when one team is deprived of the ball for lengthy periods, when the visitors did get some possession the tension and anxiety was such that they turned it over again, quite quickly.
“We were really clinging on to stay in the game, in that later period of the first half,” assesses Jay, “but in the circumstances we did really well to keep them down to that score, because they had had so much possession, and our lads were having to do so much energy-sapping defending.
“Halifax were a really good outfit and they kept getting up into our faces and trying to force errors from us.”
Although shortly after the resumption Halifax extended their lead even further, the half time discussion had given the Salford lads some renewed fortitude and they immediately responded with their second try of the game, again through Will Mills from a blindside play by fullback, jack Ratcliffe.  Tom Farr then had a much more straightforward attempt with his second successful conversion.
So much did this inspire them that they really buckled down to match the opposition, set for set, in a belated arm wrestle for a full 25 minutes, without any further score.
“We just went with them for back-to-back sets without anyone scoring, and really matched them for this full period,” Jay considers.
The lack of any interchanges was to catch up on the Red Devils eventually though, which, coupled with the amount of defending they had had to do, left them totally out of energy by the closing stages, and the Yorkshiremen took full advantage to run up a cruel and perhaps little unfair-looking scoreline. No-one, however, could gainsay the courage, stamina, and sheer determination the visitors had shown.

Match Report | Widnes Vikings 24-16 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils were unable to record successive Betfred Super League victories as Widnes Vikings came from behind to triumph 24-16 in an entertaining contest at the Select Security Stadium.
The Red Devils made a bright start to the tie and almost forged an opening inside the opening ten when Weller Hauraki broke through the Widnes backline – but the second-rower was stopped in his tracks 15m from the line.
Salford burst through the Vikings defence frequently throughout the early stages and they thought their perseverance paid off when debutant Derrell Olpherts dived over in the corner after some good work from Robert Lui – but Olpherts was adjudged to have crossed the touchline by video referee Phil Bentham and the score was disallowed.
However, The Reds were finally over a minute later when Lui’s looping kick took a wicked bounce off the synthetic surface which eluded everyone except the onrushing Josh Jones whose quick hands gave Craig Kopczak the simple task of crossing over, Lui added the extras.
Widnes responded well and were denied a try by Bentham as the ball wasn’t grounded – however The Vikings crossed over from the subsequent play-the-ball as Chris Dean collected a short ball before piercing through a gap in the Salford line and powering over, Krisnan Inu converted the resulting goal.
Salford immediately recovered from the setback and restored their lead through a penalty, Lui opted to kick at goal and successfully landed the penalty to give the visitors a two point advantage.
Minutes later The Red Devils earned another penalty – this time Lui’s high kick caused mayhem amongst the Vikings line which ultimately resulted in a Widnes man knocking the ball on, half-back Lui successfully converted the kick to increase the margin separating the sides to four points at the interval.  
Salford flew out of the blocks after the break and almost scored as Hauraki found Jake Bibby who attempted to flick the ball into the path of the lively Olpherts – but the winger was unable to keep hold of the ball and Salford therefore lost possession.
Despite the good start, Salford’s momentum was quickly disrupted when Lama Tasi was sent to the sin bin after shoulder-charging Ted Chapelhow.
The man advantage quickly paid off as some good work from Danny Craven and Rhys Hanbury helped pave the way for Inu to power over in the right-hand corner and surpass 100 points in his Super League career, Inu then dusted himself off and successfully added the extras as the hosts turned the game on its head.
Despite losing Tasi to the bin, Salford recovered well upon his return and restored their lead in the 57th minute when Lui’s cross field kick found Bibby who cleverly flicked the ball into the path of Hauraki to dive over from close range, however Lui’s conversion flew wide of the posts.
Hauraki’s effort seemed to pile pressure on the hosts, Craven was tackled in-goal and Inu’s drop-out didn’t reach the 10m line – Lui opted to kick at goal from the resulting penalty and successfully converted his fourth goal of the evening.
In an end to end tie, the momentum soon switched towards The Vikings as Olpherts conceded a needless penalty after obstructing an opponent, Widnes scored from a quick play-the-ball as Greg Burke crossed over the whitewash before Inu added the goal to turn the scores around once again.
Salford made another costly error minutes later as Niall Evalds fumbled the ball in front of the try line – Aaron Heremaia pounced on the loose ball before touching down, Inu added the extras to seal the victory.
Widnes Lineup: Hanbury, Marsh, Inu, Runciman, Chamberlain, Mellor, Craven, Houston, Heremaia, Burke, Dean, Whitley, Olbison
Interchanges: Johnstone, Walker, Chapelhow, Wilde
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Bibby, Olpherts, Sa’u, Johnson, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Kopczak, Jones, Hauraki, Flanagan
Interchanges: Wood, Tasi, Nakubuwai, McCarthy
Widnes Scorers: Tries- Dean (27’), Inu (48’), Burke (70’), Heremaia (75’)
Goals- Inu (27’, 48’, 71’, 76’)
Salford Scorers: Tries- Kopczak (17’), Hauraki (57’)
Goals- Lui (18’, 32’, 38’, 63’)
Man of the Match: Niall Evalds
Referee: Ben Thaler
Touch Judges: James Child & Liam Moore
Video Referee: Phil Bentham
Attendance: 4,007

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 24-8 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils produced a stunning all-round team performance to cruise past Hull FC 24-8 in a hard-fought contest at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Maiden tries from Ben Nakubuwai and Jack Littlejohn along with further efforts from Robert Lui and Greg Johnson ensured The Red Devils ran out deserved winners and earned their first Betfred Super League victory since last month’s 36-18 triumph over Hull’s cross-city rivals Hull KR.
The Red Devils made a bright start to the contest and opened the scoring with just six minutes on the clock, Salford earned an early penalty and opted to take the two – Robert Lui successfully converted the resulting goal.
However, Hull responded well and crossed over less than ten minutes later when Dean Hadley latched onto Jake Connor’s low kick before touching down, Marc Sneyd added the extras.
The visitors were awarded a controversial penalty after Lama Tasi’s challenge was deemed late by referee Scott Mikalauskas – former Red Devil Sneyd successfully landed the goal to extend The Airlie Birds’ lead to six points.
Salford dug in and found themselves level minutes later – first Tyrone McCarthy offloaded to the onrushing Ben Nakubuwai who dived over for his first Salford try, before Lui added the extras to leave the scores tied at 8-8.
Nakubuwai’s score seemed to spur The Red Devils on as they took the lead for the first time in the tie just two minutes later – Salford earned another penalty and for the second occasion Lui opted to kick at goal, before successfully added the extras.
Salford extended their lead midway through the half when Greg Johnson broke away from the FC backline before offloading to Junior Sa’u who’s quick hands forged an opening for Jack Littlejohn to sprint 20m and dive over to claim his first try for the club, However Lui’s goal attempt was unsuccessful as the ball landed narrowly wide.
The hosts dominated throughout the second period and found themselves in again, Lui produced an eye-catching dummy which caught the entire Hull backline off guard – thus providing the half-back with enough space to touch down in the corner, Lui successfully added the extras to take Salford up to the 20 point mark.
Ian Watson’s side were thriving by this point and crossed over again two minutes later, the ever present Sa’u superbly offloaded to Johnson who produced an astonishing finish in the left-hand corner to claim his first score of the evening and cap off a fine all-round Salford performance.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Lui, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Kopczak, Jones, Hauraki, Flanagan
Interchanges: Tasi, Nakubuwai, Wood, McCarthy
Hull FC Lineup: Shaul, Faramaio, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Washbrook, Green, Hadley, Minichello, Abdull
Interchanges: Matongo, Fash, Bowden, Lane
Salford Scorers: Tries- Nakubuwai (35’), Littlejohn (61’), Lui (72’), Johnson (74’)
Goals- Lui (6’, 36’, 38’, 73’)
Hull Scorers: Tries- Hadley (14’)
Goals- Sneyd (15’, 28’)
Man of the Match: Ben Nakubuwai
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas
Touch Judges: M. Craven,  J. Roberts
Attendance: 2,902

Salford Red Devils U16’s 36-16 Featherstone Rovers

After watching their counterparts in the Red portion of the U16s’ extremely large squad overcome Barrow, a week earlier, it was the turn of the Black group to take to the field last Sunday.
In what was their first outing of the season, they entertained Featherstone Rovers.  With both sides choosing to have numbers to spare, Salford decided on a bench of seven players, two  less than the Rovers, all of whom were utilised at some point during the game.
It was the visitors, however, who settled the more quickly,, taking advantage of a Salford error from the kick-off to gain possession and within moments, being rewarded with the opening try of the game.
Far from dispiriting the young Red Devils, this only served to galvanise them, and within minutes they had taken a two point lead, courtesy fullback, Josh Hayes who followed up a kick into the in-goal area, but which ricocheted nicely for him to touch down, and then convert his own try, much to the delight of Player Development Manager, Danny Barton,
Barton said: “That early error really changed their mind-set and they showed their determination not to let their heads drop.”
“From that point on they were making seventy metres at a time for each set, and were equally great when clearing the line.  There were a few handling errors, though, and these did lead to them putting themselves under pressure from the Rovers, but then we just rebuffed them with our good goal-line defence, on at least five occasions.”
Having benefitted from some good fortune, the Red Devils confidence flooded back, and they followed this up with two well-worked tries, both converted by Josh Hayes.  The first came from a handling move to the left hand edge where loose forward Deryn Harrison grounded
Substitute Peter Adinie was next on the score-sheet to finish off a long range attacking move which started at a scrum, and which, with the conversion,  brought the score to 18-4, before centre, Jack Fairbrother completed the scoring for the first half, by following up a kick to bring  a 22-4 halftime score.
Barton said: “There was a lot to be pleased about, because some of the lads had previously only played school rugby, so for them to have stood up and done so well, just shows the real depth of talent we have in this area.”
“On this occasion I left the halftime talking to my coaching staff comprising Stuart Wilkinson, Jay Boyden, Andy Knight, and Gerry Armstrong.”
With a comfortable lead to provide them with cushioning, the Red Devils exploited their position even further with Jack Fairbrother going on to complete his hat-trick, to earn the Man of the Match award.  Gabriel Moura completed the scoring for the Red Devils, though the visitors recovered somewhat to notch a couple of well-deserved  tries of their own, while Josh Hayes brought his goal kicking tally to five succeses from seven attempts.
Salford: Josh Hayes, Luke Watson, Cian Rhys, Jack Fairbrother, Ben Wharton, Dan Delaney, Shane Knight, Josh Grady, Sam Nichol, Josh Bentley, George Glover, Tom Guy, Deryn Harrison, Chad Wrigley, Michael Sackfield, Ben Strickland, Will Pettigrew, Josh Connolly, Peter Adinie, Callum Watts, Gabriel Moura, Cameron Smollett.

Salford Red Devils 52-14 Huddersfield Giants

The Red Devils returned to winning ways with a dominant nine-try display against Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Kris Welham and Manu Vatuvei both crossed for braces while Tyrone McCarthy, Niall Evalds, Jake Bibby, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Ian Watson’s men got off to the perfect start as Welham latched onto a neat kick from Robert Lui to open the try-scoring on a fruitful afternoon for the Red Devils. Gareth O’Brien had kicked a penalty goal in the opening minutes to get the scoreboard ticking.
After scoring his first Super League try for Salford last weekend McCarthy made it two in two games at the AJ Bell Stadium forcing his way over from close-range. Fellow mid-season signing Vatuvei powered his way over shortly after scoring his first out wide.
Murdoch-Masila was a constant thorn in the Giants side and his quick hands put centre Welham over the line for his second. Salford made it two tries in as many minutes as Evalds was the beneficiary of some smart link-up play between Lui and Murdoch-Masila.
Jermaine McGillvary scored in the final minute of the first half however the Red Devils went into the break with a 26-point lead.
However, any chance of a Giants fightback was stopped in the opening minute of the second half as Vatuvei managed to score following Junior Sa’u’s pass. Jake Bibby, who was a late replacement for Greg Johnson, scored with an acrobatic finish in the corner shortly after.
Oliver Roberts managed to spin his way over but it didn’t slow down the Red Devils dominance as O’Brien added another penalty goal before Murdoch-Masila took three defenders over the line with him.
With five minutes remaining Jones rounded off the Salford scoring as he burrowed over after several offloads. Ryan Hinchcliffe scored late on for the Giants but it was a comfortable victory for the Red Devils.
Red Devils: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Vatuvei; Lui, O’Brien; Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, McCarthy. Interchanges: A.Walne, Brining, Lannon, J. Walne.
Giants: Rankin, McGillvary, Mellor, Turner, Ormsby; Gaskell, Brough; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta’ai, Roberts, Ferguson, Hinchcliffe. Interchanges: O’Brien, Rapira, Lawrence, Clough.

Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils fell to defeat at the DW Stadium against a Wigan side who now climb above Salford in the Super League Super 8s table.
Salford had some sustained pressure on the Wigan line in the opening five minutes but, in fact, it was the Warriors who opened the scoring. George Williams’ low kick was met by Sean O’Loughlin who finished well under the posts.
Wigan then took the upper hand scoring four more before the break. Joe Burgess rounded the Red Devils defence from a scrum before Liam Farrell powered over from close-range.
Burgess would grab his second of the evening midway through the half after a looping pass from Williams put the winger clear down the flank. Sam Powell finished the scoring for the first half as he latched onto a low kick. Williams converted three from four meaning Salford went into the interval with a 26-point deficit.
Ian Watson’s side again started the half strongly but conceded first. Farrell broke from deep before finding Burgess who raced into the Salford half but it was Williams who finished the move for the Warriors. Frank-Paul Nuuausala forces his way over a few moments later to continue the hosts dominance.
The Red Devils did get on the scoresheet with just under fifteen minutes remaining as Niall Evalds, who moved to centre in the second half, climbed highest to claim a kick to the posts and plant the ball down much to the delight of the travelling Salford fans.
But, Wigan had the last laugh as Liam Marshall scored out wide on the back of some quick hands from Sam Tomkins and Anthony Gelling.
Wigan: Tomkins, Marshall, Gelling, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Nuuausala, McIlorum, Clubb, Bateman, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchanges: Isa, Sutton, Powell, Tautai.
Red Devils: Evalds, Vatuvei, Bibby, Jones, Johnson; Carney, Dobson; A.Walne, Tomkins, Krasniqi, Lannon, McCarthy, Hauraki. Interchanges: O’Brien, Kopczak, Griffin, Brining.
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: Warren Turley & Stewart Kirkpatrick. Attendance: 11,229.
 

Match Report: Hull FC 32-18 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils suffered defeat in their Super 8s opener against Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
Three unanswered tries in the opening twenty minutes of the second half put the game out of Salford’s reach after the Red Devils had gone into half-time level with Lee Radford’s men.
Ian Watson’s side outscored FC in the first half three tries to two, but in the second half the Black and Whites were just too strong for the Red Devils.
Robert Lui returned to the Salford side in place of Michael Dobson while Jake Bibby took Junior Sa’u’s place in the centres. Marc Sneyd and Mark Minichello missed out for the hosts.
The Red Devils got off to the perfect start forcing a goal-line dropout from the kick-off and it wasn’t long before they opened the scoring through one of their newest acquisitions – Manu Vatuvei.
‘The Beast’ made the original break skittling three Hull defenders before earning a penalty. Some good work from Jake Bibby gave Vatuvei an opening out wide and the former New Zealand international crossed for his first Salford try.
However, Hull hit back almost immediately as half-back Albert Kelly slid through the Salford defence. Just two minutes later the hosts added another as the ball went through hands before Carlos Tuimavave finished well. Jake Connor converted both.
Watson’s men didn’t lie down and a moment of brilliance from full-back Niall Evalds brought them back into touching distance. Evalds sliced through the Hull line before racing sixty metres jinking in and out and crossing for a sensational solo effort.
A returning Lui was settling into the game well and made his presence felt when he forced a knock-on from Mahe Fonua before burrowing his way over from close-range to regain the lead for Salford. Lui converted, after taking over the kicking duties from Carney, but a Connor penalty on the half-time hooter meant the sides went into the break level.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Hull came out of the blocks quickly in the second half scoring two tries in the opening seven minutes. Fetuli Talanoa rose highest to latch onto a Connor chip to put FC in the lead before Connor himself powered over from close-range. Connor maintained his 100% record with the boot.
Tuimavave hit the ball at pace and went through a gap in the Salford defence midway through the second half to put the game out of reach for the Red Devils. But, Vatuvei did manage to score his second of the afternoon in the final fifteen minutes. Some quick hands out wide allowed the Kiwi to bulldoze his way over. Lui’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Kelly, Connor; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Washbrook, Ellis.
Interchanges: Green, Michaels, Thompson, Fash.
Red Devils: Evalds, Vatuvei, Bibby, Welham, Johnson; Lui, Carney; Walne, Tomkins, Hauraki, McCarthy, Jones, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: O’Brien, Kopczak, Griffin, Murdoch-Masila.
Referee: Mr. J. Smith. Touch Judges: Mr. P. Brooke & Mr. A. Tolley. Attendance: 10,239.

Warriors sneak past Devils 20-16

Despite a valiant comeback by the Red Devils, a late Dom Manfredi try sealed victory for the Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.
The Red Devils had an early chance as Rob Lui darted through the Wigan line from the play of the ball. Junior Sa’u couldn’t quite capitalise on an offload by the Salford stand-off.
An error by the home side, gifted the Red Devils the ball 20m out from the line and Wigan were then penalised.
Salford took the early lead by opting for a penalty kick, Gareth O’Brien successfully putting the Red Devils ahead just three minutes into the game.
However, just minutes later the Warriors responded as a spill of the ball by Mark Flanagan and quick thinking by Anthony Gelling and George Williams during the free play put Oliver Gildart over in the left hand corner. Matty Smith missed the conversion.
The Red Devils responded as O’Brien made a break down the left wing but Gildart intercepted his pass to Sa’u to keep the visitors at bay.
Dom Manfredi looked to have scored the next Wigan try as he collected a Matty Smith high ball but Referee George Stokes deemed him to be offside.
They were rewarded for their efforts just minutes later though as a Gelling break down the right hand side, with an offload to Tautai then Smith who passed out wide to Gildart to cross for his second of the game.
The two sides really fought for possession for a thrilling first half that ended as Josh Griffin made a fantastic break down centre field but was tackled just 20m out from the try line.
HALF TIME SCORE – Wigan Warriors 10 – 2 Salford Red Devils
Straight from the restart, Anthony Gelling found a gap in the Salford defence to score and further the lead to 16-2.
Whereas the Red Devils of old may have fallen and succumbed to a heavy defeat here, the team dug deep and responded.
First through a Junior Sa’u try as he found himself on the end of a Dobson grubber kick. Back to back penalties gave the Red Devils another chance with 15 minutes left of the game and Josh Griffin added another score. O’Brien missed both conversions.
Ben Murdoch-Masila put in a fantastic effort next as he chased his own chip kick over the Wigan defence to tackle Gildart in goal to give the Red Devils a drop out and moments later BMM barged over the line. Josh Griffin added the conversion to equal the score.
The Devils were unlucky moments later when Manfredi crossed in the right  hand corner to seal the victory for the Warriors.
 
FULL TIME SCORE – Wigan Warriors 20 – 16 Salford Red Devils

Hull FC 42-20 Red Devils

It was not the opening night the Red Devils were looking for as they failed to find any way to stop Hull FC running out victors at the KC Stadium.
A series of errors ended up costing Ian Watson’s men dearly but they have a quick chance to right the wrong in Thursday’s home opener against St Helens.
Read the full match report HERE
You can purchase tickets for the visit of St Helens from the website or at the AJ Bell Stadium Box Office. Pre-purchased tickets are considerably cheaper than those bought on the day of the game.