Match Report

Friday 15th July 2016, 20:00
Super League - Round: 22

Widnes Vikings

(12) 24

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Salford Red Devils

32 (12)

Salford Red Devils

4 Tries

Matt Whitley 2, Patrick Ah Van, Corey Thompson,

TRIES

Tries 5

Mason Caton-Brown 3, Justin Carney, Josh Jones,

4 Goals

Lloyd White 3, Corey Thompson,

GOALS

Goals 6

Gareth O'Brien 5, Michael Dobson,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 4,636  Official: G Hewer  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

Full Time Report

Mason Caton-Brown scored a hat-trick of tries as Salford Red Devils beat Widnes Vikings 32-24 in a thrilling encounter at the Select Security Stadium. 

The former London Broncos winger scored the first try of each half before sealing Salford's third consecutive win over the Vikings with just two minutes remaining. 

Caton-Brown's second-minute opener was cancelled out when Matt Whitley went over and, after Justin Carney squeezed in at the corner, Widnes went in at half-time level at 12-12 courtesy of Patrick Ah Van's try following a Charly Runciman offload.  

A smart Robert Lui pass helped Caton-Brown edge Salford six points ahead in the 53rd minute, only for Whitley to level things up with his second score that was converted by Lloyd White. 

A Josh Jones effort was followed by two Gareth O'Brien penalties, shortly after both Jack Buchanan and Craig Kopczak were sin-binned following a scuffle, edged Salford ahead with five minutes to go. 

Corey Thompson's coverted try set up a nervy finish, reducing the gap to two points, but Caton-Brown crossed at the death and Michael Dobson took over kicking duties from O'Brien, who booted five conversions, to seal the win for the visitors.   

Salford coach Ian Watson hailed Caton-Brown, saying: "Mason's speed caused Widnes all sorts of problems. He was brilliant."

Watson added: "We were disappointed with a 7-1 penalty count against us in the first half and we had to do plenty of defending but showed plenty of grit and determination.

"We wanted to be in the top six this season and we would have had a great chance without the six-point deduction but now we have to take this sort of performance into the Middle Eights." 

Widnes coach Denis Betts admitted he was left frustrated.

"It summed up my year. It is so frustrating because we were the better side but needed more composure and patience," he said. 

"We did so many good things, scoring some well constructed tries. But we made one of two stupid errors.

"Salford had plenty of enthusiasm and are chasing ninth spot for that extra home game."