Salford boost playoff hopes with Wire win

Salford Red Devils moved a step closer towards securing a place in the playoffs after a 22-6 win over Warrington Wolves at the AJ Bell Stadium.

It was a messy first half, the only points came from a Krisnan Inu penalty, after Warrington were caught offside.

The first try came off the back of a Warrington mistake after 50 minutes as Tom Lineham fumbled a kick, allowing Ken Sio to get over. Inu hit the post with the conversion, but it was still a six point lead.

If the first try came off a mistake, the second try was brilliant constructed by the Salford side. They kept the ball alive beautifully on the Warrington line, before sending Sio in for his second. Inu pushed the conversion wide this time.

The floodgates really had opened, as almost straightaway, Salford grabbed another, this time Jake Bibby got in out wide. Inu scored the conversion this time to stretch the lead out to 16 points.

Then Sio completed his hat trick, as he picked up the ball in his own half and ran 70m to score. Inu scored the conversion to take Salford within two points of second place.

But Warrington ensured they would hang on to second place by grabbing a consolation try after a good kick and collect from Danny Walker to score under the posts. Stefan Ratchford converted to bring Warrington up to six points.

This was the final act of the game, and it confirmed a brilliant win for Salford. They are next in action next Friday night when they travel to Leeds Rhinos.

As for Warrington, they stay second, but could be displaced by wins for either Hull FC and Wigan Warriors. They welcome Wakefield Trinity to the Haliwell Jones Stadium next Friday.


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