28 Jun 2019
Wigan win at the DW
Wigan Warriors 28-12 Salford Red Devils
Resurgent Wigan Warriors leapfrogged Salford Red Devils into the Betfred Super League play-off places with a 28-12 win at the DW Stadium.
Winger Liam Marshall scored twice for the Warriors who clearly enjoyed playing at home for the first time in almost two months on their way to a fourth straight win.
Joe Greenwood, Zak Hardaker and substitute Oliver Partington also crossed for the Warriors, who move to within four points of third-placed Hull FC.
Stand-off George Williams produced another eye-catching display in his 150th game for the Warriors, who lost inspirational captain Sean O’Loughlin to injury after only two minutes.
Salford gave a debut to Tui Lolohea who arrived from Leeds as part of the deal which saw Robert Lui move in the opposite direction.
Derrell Olpherts and Kris Welham scored for the visitors, but they were soundly beaten.
Wigan coach Adrian Lam said: "I was really satisfied with our performance, though we ran out of steam in the second half.
“We completed at 90 per cent in the first half which is international standard. If we could complete like that every game we’d be happy.
“I was really proud of the defence, I thought we were unbelievably tough.”
Salford boss Ian Watson said: "We were off today. But if you make errors and don't complete, it's going to a struggle.
"We felt quite comfortable early doors going set for set with them but we had some poor defensive reads on the edge."