The Red Devils secured Super League status with this win at the Select Security Stadium. Ian Watson’s men opened the scoring after two minutes through Josh Griffin but the try wasn’t converted by Michael Dobson. Three minutes later Salford extended their lead via a penalty goal. Widnes cut their deficit by four points when Patrick Ah Van crossed the whitewash. As the final quarter of the first half approached, the Red Devils furthered their slender lead when Scott Taylor touched down after Logan Tomkins was denied a tackle earlier. When Cory Paterson added another four points to the Red Devils tally, ten minutes after Taylor’s score, the Salford fans were starting to become optimistic about their team’s chances of Super League survival. Liam Hood threw a spanner in the works with two minutes of the half to go when he was sin-binned for a high shot on Kevin Brown. At half-time, Salford led 18-4 and the better team in the opening period was rightly in the lead. A few moments before Hood returned to the field, Junior Sa’u got on the scoresheet for the visitors to the delight of Marwan Koukash who was sat in the stand. Just before the hour mark Harrison Hansen became the second Salford player to be placed in the sin-bin. On another day, Salford’s indiscipline could have cost them dear. Lloyd White pulled a try back for the Vikings as the match entered its final quarter. Ah Van converted to make the score 24-10 in favour of the Red Devils. With ten minutes of the match remaining, referee James Child issued two red cards with one going to either side. Widnes half-back Brown and Salford winger Griffin exchanged a few punches and Child thought it was enough to send both players for an early bath. No more points were scored in the tie, to the delight of the Salford club who will play Super League rugby in 2016.
Prediction – Widnes by 20
Result – Salford by 14
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