Salford ease past Widnes in Challenge Cup

Salford ease past Widnes in Challenge Cup

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2020 runners-up Salford Red Devils advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup after a 68-4 victory over Widnes Vikings at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford opened the scoring after 13 minutes, as Morgan Escare marked his debut with a try, after supporting a break from Jack Ormondroyd. Krisnan Inu converted for a six-point lead.

Five minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage, as Matt Costello stepped inside and scored his first try for his new club. Inu scored the conversion.

Costello soon made it two tries in four minutes, as he found space down the left-hand side to score. Inu added the conversion for an 18-point lead.

Five minutes before the break, Salford got their fourth try as Tui Lolohea completed a counter-attack to score. Inu kept up his perfect record with the boot.

Widnes ended up having the final word of the first half, as teenage debutant Daniel Hill took in an offload from Shane Grady to score. Jack Owens hit the post with the conversion attempt.

Just four minutes into the second half, Salford struck again as Dec Patton went over from dummy half to score. Inu scored the conversion to get the Red Devils up to 30 points.

Five minutes later, Salford grabbed their sixth try as Andy Ackers managed to duck under a couple of tackles and score. Inu scored the conversion.

The Red Devils scored again just before the hour, as Seb Ikahihifo proved too strong for Widnes defence to get over. Inu added the conversion once again.

Five minutes later, Salford grabbed their eighth try as Kallum Watkins supported a good break from Pauli Pauli to score. Inu was still perfect with the boot.

Salford broke the half-century with seven minutes to go, as Ormondroyd broke through to score. Inu added the conversion.

It was soon back-to-back tries for Salford, as Rhys Williams raced through to score. Inu was off target with the conversion for the first time.

However, he did not have long to put that right, as Salford scored again through Escare, who finished off a good move just three minutes later. Inu converted.

There was even time for one more Salford try, as Chris Atkin went through to assert the Vikings’ dominance. Inu was again off target with the conversion.

Both sides return to action next week. Salford fly out to the south of France to take on Catalans Dragons on Saturday, while Widnes welcome Dewsbury Rams on the same day.

Salford Red Devils: Morgan Escare, Rhys Williams, Kallum Watkins, Matt Costello, Krisnan Inu, Chris Atkin, Tui Lolohea, Jack Ormondroyd, Dec Patton, Lee Mossop, Harvey Livett, Pauli Pauli, Jack Wells.

Subs: Ollie Roberts, Andy Ackers, Darcy Lussick, Seb Ikahihifo.

Head Coach: Richard Marshall.

Widnes Vikings: Daniel Hill, Deon Cross, Jake Spedding, Lloyd Roby, Owen Buckley, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Shane Grady, Lewis Else, Lee Jewitt, Ste Tyrer, Adam Lawton, Jack Owens.

Subs: Joe Lyons, Paul Clough, Will Tilleke, Josh Wilde.

Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.

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Steven Hughes

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