Zak Hardaker scored a late try as Wigan Warriors secured an important and hard-earned 30-26 victory over Salford Red Devils.
Wigan rushed into a 14-point lead to start the game. Joe Burgess crossed before Zak Hardaker kicked a penalty. Joe Bullock then found a gap in Salford’s defence to score Wigan’s second try.
The Red Devils would score a try before half-time, however. George Griffin with the try and Krisnan Inu’s conversion made it 14-6 at the break.
Salford would go on to lead in the second half through tries from Niall Evalds, Adam Walker and Joey Lussick, Wigan responding through Joe Greenwood in that period.
But Greenwood’s second try plus Hardaker’s late effort were enough for victory for the Warriors.
Red Devils: Evalds, Bibby, Inu, Sa’u, Olpherts, Wood, Hastings, Walker, Tomkins, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Burke; Interchanges: Lussick, Murray, Nakubuwai, McCarthy
Tries: Griffin, Evalds, Walker, Lussick; Goals: Inu 5
Warriors: Escare, Marshall, Hardaker, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Shorrocks, Flowers, Leuluai, Bullock, Isa, Greenwood, Partington; Interchanges: Tautai, Smithies, Hankinson, Bourouh
Tries: Burgess, Bullock, Greenwood 2, Hardaker; Goals: Hardaker 5