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HALF TIME: Salford City Reds 0 Warrington Wolves 22
WARRINGTON Wolves are looking very comfortable and in full control of tonight’s clash with Salford City Reds.
After successive defeats, they have adopted a much tighter and patient approach that is paying dividends on Alan Hunte’s first night in charge at home.
The wild passes and forced offloads have all but gone, with focus being placed successfully instead on making lots of ground down the middle and dominating the ruck area.
It does mean much of the game has been played between the two 20-metre lines but each time Wolves have reached the danger area they have been clinical.
The first try came very easily after four minutes.
On the back of a penalty, Brett Hodgson chimed into the attacking line on the left and fed a short ball to Ryan Atkins who wrestled his way over the line from short range. Hodgson added the extras for 6-0.
A raking 40/20 attempt from Michael Monaghan ended up with Wolves forcing a drop out and it paved the way for try number two.
Again on Warrington’s left, a dinky Richie Myler grubber kick was smartly touched down by Chris Riley in the ninth minute, although Hodgson missed the conversion from the touchline.
Riley bagged his second try in the 26th minute with a determined 30-metre run to the line after scooping up the ball after it had gone loose in a tackle on Hodgson, whose conversion moved Wolves 16-0 ahead.
And then in the final throes of the half, successive penalties proved costly to Salford as Myler dummied tom pass and angled his way over from 20 metres against his former club. Hodgson’s kick was the last of the half.
Wolves: Brett Hodgson; Joel Monaghan, Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Chris Riley; Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler; Chris Hill, Michael Monaghan, Paul Wood, Simon Grix, Ben Westwood, Mike Cooper. Subs: Ben Currie, Garreth Carvell, Micky Higham, Gareth O’Brien.
Salford City Reds: Marc Sneyd; Jodie Broughton, Ashley Gibson, Martin Gleeson, Jack Murphy; Theo Fages, Liam Foran; Darrell Griffin, Wayne Godwin, Ryan Boyle, Matty Ashurst, Andrew Dixon, Lew Jewitt. Subs: Gareth Owen, Jordan James, Vic Mauro, Adam Neal.