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Super League Round 12 Match Reports
Salford City Reds 24-50 Wigan Warriors Leeds Rhinos 54-8 Catalans Dragons Hull Kingston Rovers 16-28 Huddersfield Giants Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18-20 Hull FC Harlequins RL 6-44 St Helens Bradford Bulls 36-24 Warrington Wolves
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Salford City Reds 24-50 Wigan Warriors
Australian stand-off Trent Barrett scored his first engage Super League hat-trick as Wigan Warriors won at Salford City Reds for the second time in six weeks to consolidate their place in the top four.
Salford had no answer to the scheming of half-backs Barrett and Thomas Leuluai, although prop forward Andy Coley produced a barnstorming first-half display to keep his side in contention.
The Reds matched the Warriors stride for stride for most of the first half but crucially conceded tries either side of half-time and hooker Shane Millard sealed their fate with two tries in a five-minute spell around the hour mark.
Wigan ran in nine tries in all against the worst defence in Super League and Pat Richards kicked seven conversions to leave Salford rooted to the foot of the table.
Coley, out of contract at the Reds this year, increased his value by charging over for a couple of identical tries inside 10 minutes as Wigan failed to stop his charges from 10 metres out.
He looked to have clinched a remarkable hat-trick inside the first quarter but referee Richard Silverwood disallowed his third effort for a forward pass.