Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Salford City Reds suffer raid from Widnes Vikings after home thrashing in Super League

Salford City Reds suffer raid from Widnes Vikings after home thrashing in Super League

By Ben Burrows

Salford City Reds’ hopes of a late playoff surge took a severe blow as they were heavily beaten by Widnes Vikings.

The Reds, going into the game on a high after back-to-back wins, were thoroughly outclassed with Rhys Hanbury the star of the show scoring two tries and notching eight goals in a 46-8 thrashing.

Vikings were on fire from the off and were only denied an early score by referee James Child before Paul McShane was held up over the line.

Vikings did breach the home defence soon after when Cameron Phelps surged through and went further ahead when Patrick Ah Van touched down after a deflected pass.

Reds ended the half in the worst possible fashion by conceding two quick scores – Ah Van’s second coupled with Hanbury’s first of the night just before the interval.

McShane piled on yet more misery with an early try in the second period before Phelps added his second after being put away by the imperious Hanbury.

Hanbury’s second touchdown made the score 40-0 before the home side finally got on the board.

Centre Ashley Gibson – fresh from signing a new 12-month deal with the club in the week – crossed after 58 minutes to restore some respect to the scoreline before Danny Williams further reduced the arrears shortly after.

But fittingly the Vikings had the last laugh on a dismal night for the home fans when he intercepted a Marc Sneyd pass to record their eighth try of the evening.

Head coach Phil Veivers was disappointed with the result but admitted the visitors were more than worthy winners.

“Credit where credit is due – Widnes came with a game plan and stuck to it,” said Veivers.

“They gave it to us and we used a lot of energy up in the first half defending.

“They had 10 sets more than us in the first half and we were probably lucky to be only 24-0 down at half-time. We vastly under performed.”

Reds will hope to get their fading top eight hopes back on track next weekend away at Hull FC.

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