Super League: Warrington Wolves 12-22 Salford Red Devils

Salford's Krisnan Inu

Betfred Super League
Warrington (6) 12
Tries: J Clark, Davis Goals: Patton 2
Salford (8) 22
Tries: Inu 2, Lannon, Welham Goals: Inu 3

Salford winger Krisnan Inu scored 14 of his side’s points as the Red Devils won at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the second time this season.

After Jason Clark’s converted try cancelled out Ryan Lannon’s opener for the visitors, Inu’s first penalty helped Salford led 8-6 at the break.

The visitors stretched clear with two Inu tries, the second of them improved, either side of one from Kris Welham.

But, despite Matt Davis’s late score, the Wolves could get no closer.

A repeat of their Good Friday home defeat by Salford now leaves Warrington 10 points adrift of St Helens.

Salford effectively won the game when they scored twice within seven minutes of the restart, when Welham scored in the corner, then Inu collected Jackson Hastings’ kick to the corner to touch down.

Both kicks were missed but, from another teasing Hastings kick, Junior Sa’u flicked the ball back into play just before it ran dead and the grateful Inu was on hand to touch the ball down for a superb try which he converted from the touchline, to make it 22-6.

Wire, who badly missed key forwards Chris Hill and Mike Cooper, then suffered the sinbinning of Sitaleki Akauola for a high tackle on Tyrone McCarthy.

Despite being down to 12 men, they claimed the final score of the game with 17 minutes remaining, through Davis, also goaled by Declan Patton to give them a slight hope at 22-12.

But they could find no further way though, to leave Steve Price’s men still only four points ahead of third-placed Hull.

Warrington head coach Steve Price told BBC Radio Manchester:

“I am really disappointed. I was disappointed with our style of footy tonight and we were way too lateral and sideways tonight.

“We weren’t very direct which is what we set out to be. I thought we went away from the plan we set out to do.

“We need to look at ourselves and myself included.”

Salford Red Devils boss Ian Watson told BBC Radio Manchester:

“It was an outstanding performance. Obviously last week it was probably our worst performance and now this week we’ve been outstanding.

“The players’ attitude – they’ve gone back to doing what they were doing at the start of the season and what we want to have our standards as.

“In the next few weeks we’ve got teams in and around us so we need to make sure we’ve got that level of effort and attitude.”

Warrington: Mamo; Lineham, Goodwin, King, Charnley; Austin, Patton; Tasi, D Clark, Akauola, Currie, Hughes, Davis.

Interchanges: J Clark, Philbin, Walker, Moran.

Salford: Evalds; Inu, Welham, Sa’u, Bibby; Lolohea, Hastings; Burke, Tomkins, Dudson, Lannon, McCarthy, Flanagan.

Interchanges: Walker, J. Johnson, Lussick, Lawton.

Sin Bin: Akauola (58).

Referee: Chris Kendall.

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