Match Report

Sunday 30th April 2017, 15:00
Super League - Round: 12

Salford Red Devils

(12) 30

Salford Red Devils

Widnes Vikings

10 (0)

Widnes Vikings

5 Tries

Ben Murdoch-Masila 2, Greg Johnson, Niall Evalds, Jake Bibby,


Tries 2

Tom Gilmore, Patrick Ah Van,

5 Goals

Michael Dobson 5,


Goals 1

Tom Gilmore,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance:   Official: B Thaler  Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

Full Time Report

Ben Murdoch-Masila scored two tries as Salford Red Devils moved back into the top four of Betfred Super League with an impressive 30-10 victory over bottom club Widnes Vikings.

The in-form second rower - the Red Devils' top try-scorer this season - touched down in both halves for Ian Watson's men at the AJ Bell Stadium.

It took 21 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Murdoch-Masila charged over from close range and Michael Dobson added the conversion.

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later when centre Kris Welham kicked to the corner and Greg Johnson won the race for the ball to touch down. Dobson again converted brilliantly from the touchline.

Tom Gilmore exchanged passes with Chris Houston before scoring in the corner after the restart, before adding the conversion himself from the touchline to make it 12-6.

Salford's response was almost immediate as stand-off Robert Lui skilfully kicked the ball off the side of his right foot and it was taken on the full by an alert Niall Evalds, who touched down. Dobson added his third conversion to make it 18-6, before Patrick Ah Van touched the ball down in the corner.

Salford kept Widnes at arm's length with a Dobson penalty goal 12 minutes from the end to make it 20-10 before Murdoch-Masila barged in for his second try and Jake Bibby added a fifth.

Ian Watson said: "We spoke before the game saying this fixture would test our squad but it was also a chance for us to show what we are about. 

"There were a few people writing us off with the changes we had to make to the team. But the young boys have come in, stood up and showed their value to the squad."

Denis Betts added: "We were completing well but we were not doing anything with the ball because there is no speed at our play the ball.

"We are not getting our half-backs into good positions. Salford ran harder and tackled harder than we did in the first half."