|Salford (6) 6|
|Try: Hellewell Goal: Sneyd|
|Wigan (8) 26|
|Tries: Shorrocks, Farrell 2, Miski, Marshall Goals: Smith 3|
Liam Farrell scored two tries as Wigan beat Salford to climb back into the top three of Super League.
The Warriors went into the match having won just one of their previous five league games and were up against an in-form home team.
They cracked a strong Salford defensive performance in the first half by scoring three second-half tries.
Salford were without stars Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers and lost another as Ryan Brierley suffered a head injury.
With Warrington Wolves losing to Castleford on Friday and Leigh being beaten by Catalans on Saturday, Salford’s defeat meant that three of the top four going into this round of games lost this weekend, and the win placed Matty Peet’s team four points behind the league-leading Dragons.
Last week’s win at Wolves in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals galvanised Wigan after their poor run of league form, and they barely allowed Salford a sniff in front of a club record attendance of 7,854 at the Salford Stadium.
Salford defended stoutly in the first half but Harry Smith’s kicking game was the key, and he sent in a grubber for Joe Shorrocks to open the scoring after the 20-minute mark.
Paul Rowley’s team forged ahead as Ben Hellewell went over from Marc Sneyd’s offload and Sneyd kicked the extras.
Salford’s defence, however, was disrupted by the departure of Brierley for a head injury assessment, which he failed, forcing wing Ken Sio to play full-back, and Wigan exploited a resulting gap as Jai Field raced through and sent Farrell over.
Salford struggled to get a toe-hold in the game after the break, and Wigan cutely bluffed the Reds to score another try, lining up speed merchants Field and Bevan French on the left of a 15-metre scrum and then moving the ball right for Abbas Miski to crash over.
Jake Wardle sent Farrell over for his second try and Liam Marshall broke 80 metres as Salford pressed hard, to wrap up an eighth-successive victory in this fixture.
Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Atkin, Sneyd, Vuniyayawa, Bourouh, Sidlow, Watkins, Stone, Partington
Interchanges: Addy, Costello, Dupree, Hellewell (Ormondroyd)
Wigan: Field, Miski, King, Wardle, Marshall, French, Smith, Havard, O’Neill, Byrne, Shorrocks, Farrell, Smithies
Interchanges: Singleton, Hill, Mago, Cust (Nsemba)
Referee: Aaron Moore.