Salford Red Devils 18-14 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils produced a magnificent 16-point comeback to grab only a second win of the season with an 18-14 victory against league leaders Wigan Warriors on Friday.

A second-half brace from Niall Evalds and a late try from Kevin Brown helped Ian Watson’s side to victory at the AJ Bell Stadium after they found themselves 14-2 behind at the break


The first half began with Wigan applying the pressure you would expect of the league leaders. They capitalised on their early pressure with a converted penalty from Chris Hankinson after 5 minutes.

Salford then gained a penalty of their own for a high challenge and Tui Lolohea duly converted to level up the score.

Then came the sucker punch. Jackson Hastings, the star player of last season for the Red Devils, scored the first try on 14 minutes to put Wigan in control.

Despite the setback, Salford still pressured and 20 minutes in, looked the most likely to score next. They repeatedly got past Wigan’s 10-meter line and came close when Evalds got through with a bursting run, but his forward kick went into touch in Wigan’s try zone.

Wigan scored their second try through Sam Powell on the 36th minute to increase a comfortable lead. They had the chance to extend it even further in the last minute but Hankinson missed his penalty.