REPORT: Salford Red Devils 30-10 Widnes Vikings

REPORT: Salford Red Devils 30-10 Widnes Vikings

30th April 2017

Widnes Vikings were beaten 30-10 by in-form Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium on a windy Sunday afternoon.

It was the Vikings who would apply the early pressure in the game, with numerous high bombs testing the backline of the Red Devils, but the home side held the Vikings out.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, it would be the Red Devils who would post the first points of the game through Ben Murdoch-Masila. On the back of a penalty that got them into attacking field position, the big second rower crashed onto a short ball and was able to power over the line. Michael Dobson added the extras. 

The lead would be extended further for the Red Devils through winger Greg Johnson. The Red Devils shift the ball to their right edge on the last tackle to Kris Welham, and the centre grubber kicked the ball in-behind Ah Van. The kick was collected by Johnson, who was able to finish acrobatically in the corner. Dobson converted Johnson’s try from the touchline, with the help of the goal post.

The Vikings would lose Jordan Johnstone to a concussion test and would be operating with Joe Mellor at hooker and Gilmore running things from half back foer the remainder of the half. Mellor would almost reduce the deficit from the acting hooker Mellor as a gap appeared for the co-captain. However, he was able to get over the try line but wasn’t able to get the ball down and was held up in-goal to keep the score 12-0 at the break.

Half-Time: Salford Red Devils 12-0 Widnes Vikings

The Vikings would be the team that would be quickest out of the blocks in the second half and would score through half back Tom Gilmore two minutes after the restart. Gilmore ran down the short left side, passed to Ah Van who broke down the touchline before passing back to Gilmore who managed to get the ball down despite pressure from the Salford defence. Gilmore converted his own try to reduce the deficit to six points.

But the Red Devils would make the gap 12 points again just five minutes later through Niall Evalds. Lui was able to produce a nice outside of the boot reverse kick on the last tackle which was straight into the path of Evalds, who caught the ball on the fly to score. Dobson added the extras. 

But the Vikings would rally once more, and last week’s match winner Patrick Ah Van would be the try scorer. Denis Betts’ side shifted the ball left and Ah Van found himself in the centre position and would barge over from close range. Gilmore this time couldn’t convert the try.

The Vikings were now on top but the momentum quickly shifted to the Red Devils when Stefan Marsh dropped a chip kick from Robert Lui on his own 10 metre line, before the Red Devils added two points from a penalty.

With the momentum behind the Red Devils, they extended their lead further through Ben Murdoch-Masila. The second rower found himself one-on-one with Charly Ranchman and he was able to power over from close range to make it 26-10.

The home side would add one further try to the scoreline through winger Jake Bibby. Bibby’s centre Josh Jones crashed onto a short ball, was held just short of the Vikings try line before offloading to Bibby who dived over from close range. Dobson couldn’t add the extras but the Red Devils claimed the two points on this Sunday afternoon.

Full-Time: Salford Red Devils 30-10 Widnes Vikings

Salford: Evalds, Johnson, Welham, Jones, Bibby, Lui, Dobson, Tasi, Tomkins, Walne, Murdoch-Masila, Flanagan, Krasniqi.

Replacements: Kopczak, Lannon, Brinning, Murray.

Widnes: Marsh, Ince, Dean, Runciman, Ah Van, Mellor, Gilmore, Buchanan, Johnstone, Dudson, Houston, Whitley, Gerrard.

Replacements: O'Carroll, Cahill, Burke, Olbison.

Referee: Ben Thaler 

REPORT: Salford Red Devils 30-10 Widnes Vikings