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Sunday 22nd June 2014, 15:00 - Round:17
Salford Red Devils
|Gene Ormsby, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Joel Monaghan, Rhys Evans, Ben Currie,||T||Junior Sa'u, Adrian Morley, Niall Evalds 2,|
Chris Bridge 6,
Rangi Chase 2,
Attendance: 10,120 Official: J Child Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Chris Bridge's 16-point haul helped Warrington Wolves earn their seventh successive win as they beat Salford Red Devils 36-20 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Bridge contributed a try and added six goals as the Wolves recovered from falling behind to an early Junior Sa'u try to make it five consecutive victories against the Red Devils, with loose forward Ben Harrison particularly impressive.
Warrington ran in six tries to Salford's four but it was not a five-star performance from Tony Smith's men.
They made a nightmare start with Ben Evans spilling a pass and the Red Devils took advantage from the scrum for Tommy Lee, Rangi Chase and Niall Evalds to combine smartly for Sa'u to go over after 83 seconds. Chase added the conversion.
Salford were unlucky to be forced to take a goalline drop-out after a Warrington kick hit a touch judge and the Wolves benefited with Bridge and Joel Monaghan sending Gene Ormsby crashing over in the corner.
Bridge booted the touchline conversion to make it 6-6 after six minutes, before the Wolves had a let-off when Lee dropped a Chase pass in a dangerous position.
Another Lee spillage proved costly for Salford as Chris Hill pounced on the loose ball to send Ryan Atkins racing 45 metres to make it 12-6 midway through the first half.
Warrington increased their advantage with Bridge shrugging off Sa'u to power over, although the stand-off missed the difficult conversion attempt.
Salford had a reprieve when Stefan Ratchford threw a loose pass into touch close to the Reds line, while at the other end Sa'u had a try disallowed for a double movement following Francis Meli's touchline burst.
The Wolves' fourth try arrived after they won the ball against the head from a Salford scrum and Bridge sent Monaghan crashing over to make it 22-6 at the break.
Salford needed an early score in the second half and skipper Adrian Morley obliged, crashing through casual defence to go over and bag a try on his return to his former club, with Chase's conversion cutting the gap to 10 points.
Salford lost Andrew Dixon to a head injury after 50 minutes but they scored again soon after when a neat Chase kick caught Warrington napping and Evalds won the race to touch down, but the extras were not added as Chase missed a straightforward conversion attempt.
Warrington restored an eight-point cushion when Bridge slotted over a 40-metre penalty after Steve Rapira held down Ben Westwood.
It was an improved second-half display by Salford but they were caned on the penalty count, with Warrington taking advantage for Rhys Evans to squeeze in at the corner and Bridge slotting the touchline conversion to make it 30-16.
Ben Evans hobbled off with a knee injury nine minutes from time and the Red Devils pounced at the other end when a touch of Chase magic brought Evalds his second try.
Chase collected his own kick ahead, dummied and then found the supporting Evalds to reduce the arrears to 30-20.
But Ben Currie's last-minute effort from Mickey Higham's kick gave the scoreline a more comfortable look for the Wolves.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals