Match Report

Saturday 21st May 2016, 14:30
Super League - Round: 15

Salford Red Devils

(4) 18

Salford Red Devils
VS.

Widnes Vikings

12 (12)

Widnes Vikings

3 Tries

Daniel Vidot 2, Justin Carney,

TRIES

Tries 2

Rhys Hanbury, Chris Bridge,

3 Goals

Gareth O'Brien 2, Michael Dobson,

GOALS

Goals 2

Rhys Hanbury 2,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 39,331  Official: J Child  Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle

Full Time Report

Salford Red Devils opened up the Magic Weekend at St James' Park with a scrappy 18-12 victory over Widnes Vikings which boosted their top-eight hopes.

Daniel Vidot scored two tries as the Red Devils moved to within four points of the eighth-placed Vikings, who have now lost their last eight First Utility Super League matches.

Although Vidot opened the scoring in the corner in the fourth minute, his first try for Salford, Widnes took a 12-4 lead into half-time.

Rhys Hanbury converted his own eighth-minute try and, after Chris Bridge took a short ball to crash over, then kicked a penalty six minutes before the interval.

But Salford responded in the second half when Justin Carney touched down in the corner and Vidot, having returned from a concussion assessment, went over in the 67th minute after Widnes failed to deal with a high kick.

Gareth O'Brien's penalty in the final minute confirmed Salford's victory. 

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "It's another game where we were pretty close but not close enough.

"I keep trying to reinforce some positives out of this. We're a decent group. The only people who can turn it around are us and there's enough of the season left for us to get on little bit of a roll.

"We've just got to try and find a win from somewhere."

Salford coach Ian Watson said: "It's a good win for us. It's important we got back on the horse. We need to keep reclaiming those points back.

"In the first half I thought we made ourselves do a lot of defending but there is a bit of a hill out there and that was a factor.

"I was always confident we would come through the other side if we were in the game at half-time. We bombed a lot of opportunities, we should have been more comfortable."