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Rugby Round-Up - Salford narrowly defeated by Wigan

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​A drop goal from former Red Devils star, Jackson Hastings proved to be the difference between the two local rivals in a hard-fought encounter at the AJ Bell stadium.

The Red Devils opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes, as Harvey Livett continued his great form by running the length of the field and getting over after his interception. Livett missed the follow-up but added extra points minutes later after Salford won a penalty.

 Wigan soon got themselves back in the game however, as Brad Singleton powered over in front of the home fans. Salford quickly answered back in the 25th minute, as Jack Wells made an immediate impact off the bench, storming through the centre to get his first try for the club.

 Wigan managed to reduce the deficit minutes before half-time with Farrell getting over on the left, but Salford regained their advantage just before the interval with a second penalty from Livett.

 Livett continued to make his presence known as he extended Salford’s lead to six points with another successful penalty. The Warriors left it late to get back in the game as Singleton got his second try of the day and former Salford star, Jackson Hastings snatched the victory with a drop goal in the dying minutes.

Salford coach, Richard Marshall gave his post-match thoughts:

"The Salford attitude I love and respect was there in abundance. We were not smart enough as a group, but we will get experience through learning. We will take the good points from the game and learn from the negatives”

He continued:

“The difference between the teams was marginal - just a couple of moments of brilliance by a couple of their players. I thought Wigan had to work for every single inch today. There was loads of effort from us, but we need to start winning some games."

Salford next host Warrington Wolves this Thursday at the AJ Bell Stadium.