Play-off hopes

kept alive

By Gary Skentelbery

WOLVES kept hopes alive for a play-offs spot with a convincing win at Salford - showing that against the lesser clubs they can turn in a convincing performance.
They defended well, although whether they would have been able to do so well against more determined opposition is debatable. The Reds were no match for them, however, so the jury is still out.
Even so, they were only 10 points adrift after 64 minutes and it took late tries from Gary Hulse, Paul Wood and Ian Sibbit to finally snuff out their resistance.
Wolves opened their account after 15 minutes when Henry Fa’afili intercepted a rash pass to touch down. Graham Appo converted.
Salford levelled the scores after 20 minutes. But Brent Grose put Wolves ahead eight minutes later to make the score 6-12, which was how it stayed at the interval.
Mark Hilton made it 6-16 after 56 minutes and went over again for Appo to goal and make the score line 6-22. Paul Wood showed the defence his heels to make it 6-26 and Sibbit crossed the line direct form a scrum for Appo to hammer in the final nail.
Coach Paul Cullen later described the performance as “professional and methodical.”
But these were not qualities that could be ascribed to the home side and Wolves’ victory has to be put in perspective. Salford’s continued existence in the Super League has to be considered doubtful.