Salford City Reds 0 Wigan Warriors 42

Salford v Wigan Warriors - Sam Tomkins

Salford v Wigan Warriors - Sam Tomkins

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SAM Tomkins bagged a hat-trick as Wigan opened the new season with a 42-0 win at Salford - the Man of Steel led a strong team display which saw them race in eight tries in total, and nil their hosts.

Before the match, it was Salford who were in the spotlight following their midweek takeover by multi-millionaire Dr Marwan Koukash.

But for Wigan’s travelling fans, they were keen to see how their side would start the new campaign - and they left impressed.

By half-time Wigan had opened up a 16-0 lead with three well-crafted tries.

Sam Tomkins - starting his first match of the year after being rested for all four friendlies - went over first in the 13th minute following a neat pass by Blake Green in the build-up.

To Salford’s credit, they produced a spirited effort and it needed big defensive efforts from the Warriors’ forwards - led magnificently by Sean O’Loughlin in his 300th appearance for his hometown club - to keep them out.

From then on, they took a grip of the contest with two tries in four minutes from Matty Smith and Josh Charnley.

Early in the second-half Wigan were reduced to 12-men when Gil Dudson was sinbinned for a tackle infringement, but still managed to extend their lead through an Iain Thornley try.

And tries by Pat Richards, Liam Farrell and two by Tomkins ensured it was a memorable night for Wane’s men.