Salford thrash Wakefield to boost playoff hopes

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Salford Red Devils thrashed Wakefield Trinity 44-20 at the AJ Bell Stadium today to boost their playoff chances.

It was the fast start for the home side as Wigan Warriors bound winger Jake Bibby got in to open the scoring after just four minutes. The conversion was missed, but Salford still held the advantage.

But then midway through the first half, Trinity were back in the game as Jake Miller managed to get over. Danny Brough scored the conversion to bring the away side in front.

It was the only the time they would be ahead and Salford hit back with three tries in 15 minutes. Niall Evalds and Bibby scored back to back just after Wakefield’s try and then Joey Lussick scored just before the break. Two of them were converted by Krisnan Inu to put the Red Devils 20-6 ahead at the break.

The first try of the second half was crucial and it was Wakefield who got it as Ben Jones-Bishop got through. Brough nailed the conversion to bring the visitors back to within eight points.

Salford seemed to have answer every time Wakefield asked the question and this was the case again as Robert Lui scored just three minutes after Trinity got back in it. Inu comverted again to reinstate the Devils’ 14 point advantage.

Wakefield then grabbed another try back as Miller scored his second. It went unconverted this time, meaning they trailed by 10 points with 25 minutes to go.

The tries kept on coming and just six minutes later, it was the home side who extended their advantage through Kris Welham. Inu converted once again to edge Salford ahead by 16 points once more.

But once again back came Wakefield as Jones-Bishop went over for his second. It went unconverted again to leave them needing two converted tries with ten minutes to go.

After a titanic tussle, Salford then finally shook off any hope for Wakefield as Evalds completed his hat trick with another two tries. Inu scored both conversions, meaning the final score was 44-20.

It was a really good result for Salford, who did their top five hopes no harm, they are now just two points behind Castleford Tigers in that final spot. They welcome the Tigers to the AJ Bell Stadium next Friday.

As for Wakefield, they slip down to eighth, but are on the same points and are also breathing down the necks of their local rivals, the Tigers. They travel to Warrington Wolves next Friday.

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