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Warrington 68 Salford City 10

Former Salford pair Stefan Ratchford and Richie Myler tormented their old club as Warrington Wolves routed the hapless City Reds yet again.
Warrington 68 Salford City 10
by rleague.com

Former Salford pair Stefan Ratchford and Richie Myler tormented their old club as Warrington Wolves routed the hapless Salford City Reds yet again.

The Wolves half-backs ran through the visiting defence at will in a one-sided Super League clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in which Ratchford finished with a personal haul of 24 points.

Myler also crossed while Ben Westwood passed his century of tries for the club by claiming a hat-trick.

Joel Monaghan and Ben Currie also claimed two apiece for the Wolves with Chris Riley, Michael Monaghan and Micky Higham also on the scoresheet in a 12-try display.

It was the third of three heavy defeats for Salford by Warrington this season and, for all their recent improvement, highlighted the work new coach Brian Noble still has to do.

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash was even on his feet towards the end, heading over to the stand from the directors' box to calm down a frustrated fan.

The Wolves needed just three minutes to register their first score as Higham drove to the line from dummy half and Westwood crashed over for his 100th try in club colours seconds later.

His 101st came two minutes later after Simon Grix broke up the middle and sent the ball right for the second row to crash over.

Salford could do little to stem the tide and a third try came as Lee Briers cut out Westwood with a looping pass and Joel Monaghan sped in for his first.

The hosts were almost out of sight with barely a quarter of the game gone as Myler found a gap and then sent Currie in under the posts for his first.

Salford did manage to get themselves on the scoreboard when Jodie Broughton showed nimble footwork to sidestep Joel Monaghan outside but it was a rare chink of light.

Normal service was soon resumed as Myler offloaded superbly to release Currie for his second and, but for knock-ons by Ryan Atkins and Michael Monaghan, the score might have been more than 28-4 at the break.

The game was as good as over already but Warrington still moved up a gear in the second half and Salford looked vulnerable every time the hosts attacked.

A swift break by Myler released Ratchford within four minutes of the restart and he raced through for a self-converted try.

Atkins should have scored on the left after a break by Riley but Joel Monaghan touched down when he stepped in off the right touchline on the Wolves' next attack.

Ratchford then broke clear to turn provider for Myler, who ran rings round a ragged defence before crossing.

Westwood brought up the half-century by completing his hat-trick from close range after good work by Michael Monaghan and Riley sprinted down the left touchline for another.

The visitors were embarrassed further when, from the resulting kick-off, Michael Monaghan returned the ball for yet another touchdown.

Salford claimed a consolation when Lee Gaskell was ruled to have touched down late on and Mark Sneyd added a conversion.

Higham wrapped up the scoring for Warrington when he went behind the posts in the last minute and Ratchford kicked his 10th conversion of an impressive afternoon.

Warrington Wolves 68
Tries: Ben Westwood 3, Joel Monaghan 2, Ben Currie 2, Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler, Chris Riley, Michael Monaghan, Micky Higham
Goals: Stefan Ratchford 10

Salford City Reds 10
Tries: Jodie Broughton, Lee Gaskell
Goals: Marc Sneyd

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Crowd: 9,560
Referee: Tim Roby
Half Time: Warrington 28-4




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