posted on 31 August 2014

The Wildcats turned in a dominant performance to hammer Salford Red Devils at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Richard Owen scored a brace.

A commanding opening quarter had the home side 16-0 to the good after tries for Andy Raleigh, Danny Washbrook and Chris Riley.

That was how it remained until half-time and although an early second half score threatened a fightback for Salford, Trinity regained control with a Dean Collis try.  James Webster’s men added a deserved gloss to the score line with further scores for Ali Lauitiiti, Richard Owen and Pita Godinet.

Webster was dealt a blow when captain Danny Kirmond was ruled out after failing a fitness test in the morning of the game after picking up a knee injury in the final training session, meaning Paul McShane captained the team.

Paul Sykes returned at full-back with Godinet replacing Jarrod Sammut at stand-off and Daniel Smith returning from the replacements bench.

After a rather non-descript opening ten minutes the Wildcats got the scoreboard ticking from an unlikely source.  Danny Washbrook broke through the tackle 40 metres from the Salford line and when he looked for support, Raleigh was the man on offer and he had the speed to go the 20 metres under the sticks for his first try of the season.

It was back-to-back scores shortly after with Washbrook this time the man to get over the whitewash.  A penalty in the first set after the Raleigh score invited Trinity into the Salford half and when a Devils man got their hand to a pass it meant a repeat set and early in the tackle count Tim Smith put in a perfect grubber kick for the loose-forward to score.

Trinity were controlling things and their dominance was hammered home just short of the 20 minute mark.  Anderson and Godinet had created the initial break and when the ball found its way into the hands of McShane, he weighed up his options and lofted another pinpoint kick to the corner with Riley gathering before stepping inside his man and going over the line.  Sykes converted two of the three tries to give the hosts a 16-0 lead.

Salford offered little in the way of a threat in the second half despite a sustained period on the Wildcats line with Tony Puletua dropping an inside ball from Chase with the line at his mercy.

Puletua made up for that error early in the second half when he broke the Wildcats defensive line on halfway and he had Hansen in support to make the final 30 metres to the try line.

Iestyn Harris clearly had his men fired up for the second half but when Chase conceded a penalty close to halfway it signalled an end to their resurgence.  Godinet took on the line twice, winning a penalty on the second occasion, providing the platform for Tim Smith and Sykes to combine for Collis to score.

Three minutes later and any prospect of a comeback were put well and truly to bed as Lauitiiti rumbled his way over from close range following a quick play-the-ball from Tautai.

Reece Lyne was forced off following an incident that was put on report and as Salford’s discipline deserted them further, Trinity took full advantage, quick hands finishing with a delightful flick pass from Collis to put Owen in at the corner.

Godinet then claimed just reward for a solid performance on his return from injury, chasing down McShane’s short kick to dot down.

Sykes kicked a 40/20 and followed it up with a sublime pass for Owen’s second.


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