Wigan Warriors claimed their third straight victory after a 58-12 victory over cup finalists Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Wigan took the lead inside 90 seconds, as Sam Powell got over from short range. Zak Hardaker converted to make it a six-point advantage.
After 15 minutes, Wigan doubled their advantage, as Powell got over out of dummy half again. Hardaker scored the conversion.
Just two miutes later, Wigan got their third try as Liam Farrell completed a break and went in under the posts. Hardaker was on hand to kick the goal.
The Warriors struck again just before the half-hour, as Bevan French finished a break to go over in the corner. Hardaker converted.
Salford hit back soon after, as Kallum Watkins finished a good move in the corner. Krisnan Inu scored the conversion.
However, the final word of the half would go to Wigan, as French stepped through the defence to go over for the try. Hardker converted once again.
The Red Devils struck just after half-time, as Tui Lolohea finished off a good break from Chris Atkin to score. Inu converted to maintain his perfect record with the boot.
However, Salford were not back in it for long, as former player Jackson Hastings finished off a good move under the posts. Hardaker was also on target with the kick.
Four minutes later, Wigan struck again, this time it was Oliver Gildart finishing off a break from French to score in the corner. Hardaker missed with the kick for the first time.
Hardaker didn’t have to wait long to put it right, as Wigan struck again five minutes later. Farrell grabbed his second after being put through a gap to score.
French then completed his hat-trick with less than 15 minutes to go, after another good step to get away from the defence to get him under the posts. Hardaker converted as Wigan went past the half century.
There was time for Wigan to get a tenth try, as Gildart slid onto a kick to grab his second. Hardaker added the conversion
Salford are back in action on Monday, as they play league leaders St Helens at Headingley. They follow that up with a match against Warrington Wolves on Friday.
As for Wigan, they have a week to prepare to face the league leaders St Helens.