Salford not grumbling over iPitch

Salford full back Luke Patten was relatively happy with Widnes’ iPitch, as the Reds cruised to a 38-18 win at the Stobart Stadium.

The new artificial pitch at Widnes came under much scrutiny following their Super League opener against Wakefield, and several of the Salford players were given permission by the RFL to wear “skins” or tights on the pitch.

The former Canterbury Bulldogs man said: “I thought the pitch was okay. There are a few with plenty of skin off and they picked up some serious injuries which is a worry, but I thought it was okay – beats a wet and muddy pitch any day!”

Widnes lost forward Ben Kavanagh to an Achilles injury which is likely to keep him out for up to six months, while Australian half-back Anthony Watts faces a scan today to establish the extent of the knee injury he suffered in the second half.

Salford coach Phil Veivers added: “My focus was on our performance not the pitch.”

Salford ran in six first half tries to put the game well and truly to bed at half time, where they led 32-6.

Although Widnes rallied in the second half, Salford were never in danger of losing virtually from the moment they opened the scoring inside the first two minutes.

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