Widnes Vikings, Select Security Stadium Halton, Lower House Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ
Friday 24th March 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 6
Salford Red Devils
Corey Thompson, Rhys Hanbury,
Lama Tasi, Greg Johnson, George Griffin, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Kris Welham, Justin Carney, Michael Dobson, Rob Lui, Gareth O'Brien,
Gareth O'Brien 2, Michael Dobson 3,
Attendance: 5,565 Official: C Kendall Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton
Full Time Report
Salford Red Devils hit the afterburners to produce their best display of the season as they thrashed Widnes Vikings 46-10.
Ian Watson’s side carded an opening 40 minutes of flawless rugby, touching down six times and inflicting the 64th home point without reply on sorry Widnes - who also struggled against Castleford Tigers last week.
There was little let-up after the break either, with nine different Salford players crossing the whitewash on the night.
Lama Tasi was the first to score, easing over from close range after Robert Lui switched inside, before Greg Johnson added a second following some weak defence.
Quarter of an hour to go, already a good noise coming from the Salford end! This should be a cracker! #WeAreSalford— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) March 24, 2017
George Griffin had an easy touchdown before Ben Murdoch-Masila powered over, with Kris Welham and Justin Carney completing a brilliant first half for the visitors.
Corey Thompson pulled one back thanks to a lovely pass from Danny Craven, but Rhys Hanbury's late try was nothing mroe than scant consolation after Michael Dobson, Lui and Gareth O'Brien had secured a big win.
Ian Watson was delighted with his side's win, saying: "We felt we came up short in not backing up performances, and we want to prove we are a team that needs to be taken seriously this year," he said.
"The way we played the first half was pretty good. We played some silky stuff. It was a really impressive performance. Robert Lui was outstanding. He's played everywhere and has scored. We've got (into) this competition now and we look strong."
Win against Cas ✅— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) March 24, 2017
5 new contracts ✅
Win against Widnes ✅
Not been a bad 7 days has it Red Devils fans? 😏 #WeAreSalford
Vikings boss Denis Betts added: "We look soft at the moment. It doesn't look like the side we know we can be. Losing players through injury doesn't help but conceding 46 points at this level is too many. That first half was just not nice.
"We have to work hard and it's my job to get them better. There's only one group to turn it around and that’s the one in there. The group in the changing room has to turn this as we can't get 30 players in.
"Leigh will come at us and we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get back out there and work at it. There is no magic formula - we just have to get better."