Red Devils stun Warriors to book Grand Final place

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Salford Red Devils have booked their place in the Super League Grand Final for the first time after a very impressive 28-4 win over Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.

The Red Devils set their stall early by taking two points with two early penalties from Krisnan Inu to make it a four point lead after just eight minutes.

Their efforts were awarded with a try not long after as former Wigan prop Gil Dudson bundled his way over from short range. Inu converted to get the Red Devils into double figures. Inu then added another penalty right on half time to make it a 12 point lead at half time.

The first try of the second half was crucial and it was the visitors who got it as Joey Lussick went over from dummy half. Inu converted once more and added another penalty not long after to make it a 20 point advantage, to all but kill the game.

Any hope Wigan had then evaporated as another ex Warrior Lee Mossop crossed the line to send the Salford faithful into raptors. Inu converted once more and added another penalty to further assert their dominance.

Wigan spared any blushes of being nilled at home for the first time since 1991 as Bevan French managed to slide over after a kick behind the Salford defence. Zak Hardaker missed the quick conversion, meaning the Warriors stayed on four points.

On the full time hooter, a lot of people associated with Salford had tears in the eyes, a symbol of how much it means to the people of the club. They came into the playoffs as underdogs and now have a chance of being the first team added to the Super League trophy since Leeds Rhinos won their first title in 2004.

That task will not be easy though as they play runaway leaders St Helens, but it will feel like a home game for the Red Devils at nearby Old Trafford.

As for Wigan, it was a disappointing way to end the season after a strong second half to the year. But they have plenty of incomings and players they can build a team around. They will go again in 2020.

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