Super League  Friday 1st February 2013  Salford City Stadium  Att: 5,383

Squad

Broughton, Gibson, D. Williams, Fages, Jewitt, Godwin, McPherson, Ashurst, Wild, Gledhill, Boyle, James, Owen, Nero, Neal, R. Williams, McGoldrick, Dixon, Murphy.

Squad

Burke, Charnley, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Powell, Prescott, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, S. Tomkins,

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

GOAL SCORERS:

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Sam Tomkins

Sam Tomkins

Liam Farrell

Pat Richards

Iain Thornley

Josh Charnley

Matty Smith

Sam Tomkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Sam Tomkins underlined his status as Super League's poster boy by launching the new season with a hat-trick in an emphatic Wigan Warriors win at Salford City Reds.

The Warriors' star full-back ran in three of his side's eight tries to puncture a party atmosphere at the Salford City Stadium sparked by the Reds' recent takeover.

Yet after coming perilously close to folding in the close season, the hosts will take heart from a spirited display.

Five-goal Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Josh Charnley, Iain Thornley and Liam Farrell also touched down for Wigan.

The change of mood at Salford after their winter of turmoil was evident before kick-off as new owner Dr Marwan Koukash was introduced to the crowd.

And while Koukash's arrival may have come too late to infuse Phil Veivers' squad with much extra quality, a strong collective spirit was initially evident.

Jack Murphy, who joined the Reds on loan from Wigan this week, made a positive start against his parent club as he raced across to gather a loose ball as Charnley threatened.

Yet the Warriors did not spare Murphy and exposed him on a number of occasions as the hosts were pushed back.

Salford held firm for a spell but were eventually caught out after 13 minutes as Wigan debutant Blake Green sent Farrell through a gap.

Green offered support but Farrell dummied and continued his run before handing Tomkins the simple task of touching down.

Salford rallied as highly-rated French youngster Theo Fages, partnering veteran Ryan McGoldrick at half-back, showed promising signs on debut with a 40-20 kick.

That allowed the Reds the chance to peg Wigan back in front of their own line but they were unable to pierce the defence.

Wigan extended their advantage 12 minutes before the interval as Smith sidestepped through a gap and barged through the challenge of Murphy on the goalline to score.

There was further anguish for Murphy just three minutes later as he dropped a long Wigan kick into touch in dangerous territory.

Wigan worked the ball excellently from the resulting scrum and Charnley found room out wide from a Tomkins pass to beat Jodie Broughton and score.

The quickfire double broke the challenge of Salford and the best they could muster in response was a move which took Murphy close to the line and gave McGoldrick the chance to kick.

Tomkins cleared the danger and although Sean O'Loughlin was penalised for a high tackle on Fages, Wigan were not worried.

Even after Gil Dudson was sin-binned early in the second half for interference - referee James Child having warned the team before the break - Salford rarely threatened.

Wigan claimed their fourth try when Sam Powell's grubber kick was seized by Thornley.

The Reds were undone again on the hour as Tomkins broke and Richards cut between two tacklers to cross in the corner.

Another try swiftly followed as Thornley found Richards and Farrell ran through to score from his pass.

Tomkins underlined his class with a trademark individual effort which took him behind the posts with just over 12 minutes remaining.

He then completed his treble before the final hooter as Green outfoxed the defence to send the full-back through the posts.

Match Action

  • 72m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 72m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 67m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 67m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 60m
    try

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 58m
    try

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 50m
    interchange_on

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 50m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 46m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 46m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 31m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Sam Powell

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Chris Nero

    Salford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Lee Jewitt

    Salford

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Jordan James

    Salford

  • 27m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 27m
    try

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Stephen Wild

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Wayne Godwin

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Ben Gledhill

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Shannan McPherson

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Gareth Owen

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Gil Dudson

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Paul Prescott

    Wigan

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 12m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 12m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan