Salford Red Devils 30-6 Wakefield Trinity

Thursday 15th June 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: Quarter Final

30-6 FT

HT: 20 0

Official: R Hicks

Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Ryan Lannon, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Craig Kopczak,

  • Goals
    Michael Dobson 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Liam Finn,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Salford Red Devils sealed their first Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final place in 19 years after securing a 30-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity.

The visitors defeated Salford 34-24 in Betfred Super League just 11 days ago but the hosts avenged that result by running in five tries to Trinity’s one to put them one match away from a date at Wembley on Saturday 26 August.

Second-row Ryan Lannon opened the scoring in the seventh minute for the Red Devils when he was the quickest to react to a loose ball that was stolen out of Michael Dobson’s hands and dot down from close range.

Ben Murdoch-Masila extended Salford’s lead with his 12th try of the season after breaking the defensive line before a penalty from Dobson, who kicked a total of five goals from six attempts, and a Niall Evalds try put Salford 20-0 up at the break.

Three minutes after the restart, winger Greg Johnson increased the advantage in the corner following a terrific offload from Murdoch-Masila with Craig Kopczak also crossing over for the first time in the competition to put Salford 30-0 up in the 49th minute.

Liam Finn converted his own consolation try for Wakefield, eight minutes from time.

Salford last appeared in the Challenge Cup final in 1969 and have not won the trophy since 1938, which has got head coach Ian Watson starting to dream of a first trip to the national stadium in the 21st century.

He said: "We are on a good journey as a club. It's something that started last year. We ended up in the Million Pound Game but we came through that adversity and it stood us in good stead.

"We've proved that 90 per cent of the time we are a really good team and if we can showcase that every week then we will become real contenders.

"We were looking from the stand and saying, 'Wow, they've nailed it'. They weren't going to let the opportunity to get to the semi-final slip.

"It would be massive to reach the final. I couldn't even tell you when we last won major silverware. The support we've got is a great support but, yes, we want more numbers."

Wakefield come not make it back-to-back victories inside two weeks at the AJ Bell Stadium but head coach Chris Chester refused to use his lengthy injury list as a reason for defeat.

"It was a tough one but take nothing away from Salford," Chester said. "I thought they could have scored more points than they did, and from minute one to minute 80 they totally dominated. We got beaten in every facet of the game.

"The injuries certainly don't help. We're down to 15 or 16 fit players. Ashley Gibson and Adam Walker probably shouldn't have played but I don't want to use that as an excuse. We were pretty poor."

  • 72: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 72: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 49: TRY! scored for Salford by Craig Kopczak
  • 43: TRY! scored for Salford by Greg Johnson
  • 37: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 12: TRY! scored for Salford by Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • 7: TRY! scored for Salford by Ryan Lannon
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Salford Red Devils 10
    Wakefield Trinity 2

    Goals:

    Salford Red Devils 10
    Wakefield Trinity 2