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Super 8's The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers Round 1 – Salford Red Devils 34-26 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

A back-and-forth game where momentum seemed to swing one way and then the other at a bewildering pace, more so during the second half. With Salford looking in charge of the game at 16-0, and facing some very paper-thin Wakefield defence, Ian Watson’s men should have put the game to bed by half-time. However, a try before the break for Wakefield seemed to spark them into life and they ended up taking the lead during the second half as Jacob Miller and Tim Smith made their presences felt. Josh Griffin scored the first two tries of the match for Salford, in the 12th and 20th minute, before his brother – prop forward George – also got a try to make the score 16-0 to the hosts after 34 minutes. Evasive half-back Miller got Wakefield firing with a minute of the first half left, the try was very well worked as Tim Smith gathered his own chip and flung a ball inside for his partner in half-back crime. Miller got on the scoresheet soon after the match had restarted for the second half. The Aussie stand-off completed his brace on 45 minutes before Danny Washbrook notched a converted try to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the contest. But, Cory Paterson then scored his first of the afternoon on the hour mark as Salford strived to get some breathing space but their want to do so proved to be their downfall a few minutes later. Rangi Chase had a pass intercepted by Reece Lyne and the winger sprinted away to score, leaving Lee Smith with a tricky conversion attempt to retake the lead. Smith nailed the conversion and a two point lead appeared once more, the Wildcats’ advantage was doubled when the full-back pinged over a penalty goal as the final ten minutes approached. A poor Scott Moore grubber was pounced upon by Junior Sa’u, the centre provided an offload to Chase and the former Castleford Tigers man, who was a villain around ten minutes prior, turned out to be the hero as he scored in front of the sticks. The extras were added and the Red Devils never looked back from there. With three minutes left on the clock Cory Paterson leapt for a Dobson bomb and was successful in his attempt to do so, he applied the downward pressure and silenced the Wakefield following. Griffin converted the try and the game was won for Salford.

Prediction – Salford by 6

Result – Salford by 8

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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