Salford Red Devils 18- 34 Warrington Wolves
Salford 18 (12)
Tries: Paterson, Sa’u, Evalds
Goals: Paterson (3)
Warrington 34 (16)
Tries: Currie, Ormsby (3), Ratchford, Dwyer
Goals: Ratchford (5)
A hat-trick from winger Gene Ormsby led Warrington to a 34-18 victory away at Salford.
Ben Currie, Stefan Ratchford and Brad Dwyer also crossed for the Wolves who narrowly led 16-12 at the break.
Tries from Cory Paterson, Junior Sa’u and Niall Evalds had kept the home side in the contest up until the hour-mark, before Warrington condemned Salford to their sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions.
The Red Devils have not been dispirited despite their poor results however and the game was another example of a gutsy and dogged performance from Salford but ultimately again coming off second best.
After a slow opening 10 minutes, Ben Currie charged down Theo Fages kick before collecting the ball and opening the scoring for the Wolves.
Warrington however then made a mistake from the restart in allowing the ball to bounce over the dead-ball line giving the Red Devils good field position. Salford took advantage as the returning Cory Paterson darted his way over before converting his own try to level the scores at six apiece.
An injury to Warrington scrum-half Richie Myler forced Chris Bridge to switch to the halves mid-way through the first half and a pass out wide from the former England international found Gene Ormsby who went over in the corner for his first try of the evening.
Former Salford player Stefan Ratchford then extended the Wolves’ advantage on 25 minutes following a run from dummy-half by Daryl Clark.
Salford hit back just before the break through Junior Sa’u, with Paterson sailing over the conversion to take the scoreline to 16-12 at the break.
The Red Devils, who were buoyed by an attendance of over 6,000 for the first time this season, made a brighter start to the second-half than the Wolves but were unable to convert their chances and possession into scores.
Instead it was Warrington who crossed next as Ormsby collected a pass following a strong run from the impressive Currie, with Ratchford converting to make it 22-12.
A try from full-back Niall Evalds and a conversion from Paterson reduced the deficit back to four points, but a try from young hooker Brad Dwyer and a magnificent acrobatic effort from Ormsby in the corner secured the two points for Warrington.
The Wolves remain fifth in the table and stay one point behind Huddersfield in fourth.
Salford still sit 11th in the league following the defeat but it was a performance head coach Iestyn Harris will be pleased with and a decent turn-out from their fans shows the club is heading in the right direction.
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