Match report: Widnes Vikings 30-24 Salford Red Devils
In a nutshell
Salford’s slide down the table continued at Magic Weekend, as they lost out to a gallant Widnes outfit at the Etihad Stadium who won their first ever Magic game.
How it unfolded
First half: Widnes took the lead through Paddy Flynn, before a Junior Sa’u try coupled with a Jake Mullaney goal made it 6-4 to the Red Devils. Salford had turned the game around midway through the first period, and Rangi Chase provided a moment of sheer inspiration to grab Salford’s second try. Jack Owens then made it two tries each, but Danny Tickle missed both conversions to make it 8-12. However, it would be 12-12 before long, as Chris Dean barged over in the corner – but Tickle missed the kick again.
Second half: Matty Ashurst’s try nudged Salford into a 16-12 lead, before a contentious score from the Vikings coupled with a Tickle goal put Widnes 18-16 up. However, they weren’t in front for long: Danny Williams raced in to put the Red Devils back into the lead once again. The contentious decisions kept on coming – as did the change of the lead – as Rhys Hanbury scored a 90 metre solo effort to once again put Widnes in front. A late score added gloss to the result for the Vikings.