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Warrington close in on Super League lead

Press AssociationPress Association 7/07/2016 Ian Laybourn

Salford ended a depressing day with a 40-14 defeat at Warrington that condemned them to a second successive battle against relegation.

Hours after learning that their six points deduction for a salary-cap breach had been upheld, the Red Devils suffered a seven-try rout which ensured a place in the Qualifiers when Super League makes the split later this month.

Centre Ryan Atkins and forward Joe Westerman both scored two tries apiece and rookie five-eighth Dec Patton contributed 14 points as Warrington moved to within a point of joint leaders Hull and Wigan.

Salford made the better start and went in front with an eighth-minute try from centre Junior Sa'u, who beat Warrington fullback Stefan Ratchford to Robert Lui's grubber kick on the last tackle.

The Wolves were hampered by handling errors from unlikely sources, with Chris Hill and Ben Currie providing Salford with early gifts, but they gradually got their game together by half-time, when they had turned the game around to lead 18-4.

Centre Josh Griffin gave the Red Devils renewed hope when he charged over for his side's second try and the gap would have been reduced further had former Warrington reserve hooker Sean Kenny been able to finish off a break by Sa'u, but he lost the ball in Brad Dwyer's tackle over the line.

It proved to be Salford's last hope as Wolves halfback Chris Sandow began to turn the screw.

As Salford wilted, Sandow produced a second 40-20 and crafted a try for winger Matty Russell with a pinpoint kick to the corner and Patton kicked his fifth goal from five attempts before Lui grabbed a consolation try 10 minutes from the end.

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