Salford City Reds 24-50 Wigan Warriors

Wigan continued their solid run of form with a 50 point thrashing of struggling Salford, with Trent Barrett yet again providing the inspiration.

The former Kangaross scored a hat trick of tries as the Warriors ran riot at The Willows in a high scoring affair.

The writing was on the wall for the Reds in the opening minute, Barrett's fellow Aussie import Phil Bailey getting on the scoresheet.

To be fair to Salford, they put up a brave fight in the first half, with Andy Coley scoring a 13 minute hat trick. In fact, his third try gave them a 16-12 advantage, with Barrett grabbing his first try.

Barrett scored his second to give Wigan the advantage, but Salford hit back once again with a try through Simon Finnigan, converted by Jon Wilshere, to make it 22-18.

The sucker punch though came right on the break – Thomas Leulaui breaking through to score right on the hooter, Pat Richards' conversion edging Wigan in front 24-22.

The gamebreaker came on 53 minutes when Barrett completed his hat trick, following Harrison Hansen's early second half try, to give the Warriors a 36-22 advantage, leaving the home side needing 3 scores to get back in to the game.

It wasn't to be, and despite Aaron Moule's score, a brace for Shane Millard within 4 minutes sealed an emphatic win for Wigan, with Darrell Goulding rounding off the scoring on 74 minutes.

Richards landed 7 goals to take the score to 50-24, leaving Wigan right in the hunt for the top playoff places, but seeing Salford rooted to the bottom of Super League, and in a very worrying position.

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