Wolves keep pressure on top two

The win for Warrington keeps them in third place but moves them within a point of Hull FC and Wigan at the top of the table who both have a game in hand.

The victory was far from perfect despite what the scoreline suggests. After a sluggish start the Wolves got themselves back into the game before the break to lead 18-4 at half-time.

The Wire then dominated after the interval but are still short of the free-flowing form they showed at the beginning of the season.

 

Atkins and Westerman impress

Ryan Atkins and Joe Westerman were the stand out performers for the Wolves and scored two tries apiece.

Atkins has endured a difficult few seasons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium but had one of his best games in a Warrington shirt against Salford and used his power and strength to grab his brace before the interval.

Westerman has been an unsung hero at times this season and stepped up in both attack and defence with great vision and determination to take his two tries.

 

Bad day at the office for Salford

Salford had their appeal against their six point deduction for salary cap breaches upheld earlier in the day and was a verdict which affected the players according to head coach Ian Watson.

The defeat means the Red Devils will play in the Middle 8s and will battle for their place in Super League next season.

Meanwhile owner Marwan Koukash says he will decide in the next few days after speaking to his family about committing his future to the club.

 

Red Devils rue silly errors

The turning point in the game arguably came on 54 minutes when Warrington were 22-8 up and Sean Kenny spilled the ball over the try line due to some last-ditch defending from Brad Dwyer.

Had the 21-year-old took the chance Salford could have reduced the deficit to eight points and the game could have panned out differently.

Greg Johnson also lost control of the ball when diving over unchallenged in the corner towards the end of the match and the Red Devils will need to be more clinical in their finishing going forward.

 

Warrington Wolves 40 (18)
Tries: Westerman (2), Atkins (2), Lineham, Patton, Russell
Goals: Ratchford, Patton (5)

Salford Red Devils 14 (4)
Tries: Sa’u, Griffin, Lui
Goals: O’Brien