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Salford produce scintillating display

Salford City turned in a scintillating nine-try show to prevent Warrington moving within a point of pacesetters Wigan at the top of the Stobart Super League.
Salford produce scintillating display
by NRL

Salford City turned in a scintillating nine-try show to prevent Warrington moving within a point of pacesetters Wigan at the top of the Stobart Super League.

The Reds stunned under-strength Warrington by sweeping into a 24-6 interval lead and Jodie Broughton, in the England party to face the Exiles on Wednesday, led the way.

Broughton notched two tries, a feat matched by former Wolves star Vinnie Anderson, Danny Williams and Luke Patten.

Salford included four players called up for Wednesday's Origin clash with man of the match Matty Smith joining Broughton in the England squad and Daniel Holdsworth and Joel Moon on Exiles duty.

But the Reds, who were pipped 24-20 at Warrington in May, were without injured forwards Shannan McPherson and Adam Sidlow - with Ryan Boyle stepping in at prop.

Warrington, with an eye on their cup semi-final against Huddersfield Giants in a fortnight, welcomed back David Solomona for his first match of the season after a broken leg, with former Salford scrum-half Richie Myler and Rhys Evans also returning from lengthy absences.

Skipper Adrian Morley was back on the bench against his hometown club following eye surgery and Matty Blythe was drafted into the centre.

Warrington were missing Brett Hodgson, Simon Grix, Ryan Atkins, Joel and Michael Monaghan, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell and Ben Westwood.

Salford, who had conceded at least 30 points in each of their last four matches, made a flying start with Williams taking a return pass from Sean Gleeson after a storming touchline burst to cross in the corner.

Daniel Holdsworth booted the touchline conversion before his 40-20 set up another attack for the Reds but Warrington held out.

The Wolves did their best to draw level but Ratchford lost possession after a promising move.

Salford extended the lead to 12-0 after 25 minutes when Mike Cooper was penalised for up-ending Steve Wild and Broughton showed electrifying pace to round Evans and go over in the corner.

Holdsworth again converted and the Reds made it 18-0 two minutes later with Anderson diving onto Smith's kick with Warrington's defence all at sea.

The visitors' task became even tougher when Anderson slipped a gem of a pass to Luke Adamson for Luke Patten to sprint over on the half hour and send Salford into a 24-0 lead.

Warrington needed a stroke of luck to finally get on the scoresheet with Gareth O'Brien's crossfield kick rebounding off the post for Ratchford to touch down and make it 24-6.

Trent Waterhouse almost grabbed a second try from Ratchford's kick but Salford went in at the break with a commanding lead.

Solomona gave Warrington a scare on his comeback after going down in a three-man tackle - but he recovered after treatment.

The Wolves defence could not recover as quickly with Broughton grabbing his second try from Moon's pass to stretch the advantage to 28-6.

Smith cut inside Chris Bridge for the Reds' sixth try before Anderson forced his way over from dummy-half after another blistering move for his second touchdown to make it 40-6 after 50 minutes.

Williams had a try disallowed for a forward pass before Gleeson's unselfishness put the winger over to stretch the lead to 44-6.

Myler scampered over against his old club 12 minutes from time for Warrington's second try before Riley scored his 22nd touchdown of the campaign.

Ratchford put Blythe over for Warrington's third try in nine minutes to make the scoreline more respectable, before Patten crossed for Salford's ninth touchdown.


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