Superleague: Salford beat winless Wakefield in extra time after Mark Snade drops goal
The Salford Red Devils beat bottom-placed Wakefield Trinity 14-13 to claim their third win of the Super League season.Mark Snade kicks the game-decisive drop goal in the 4th minute of golden point extra time
Last updated: 19/03/23 18:19
Mark Snyde kicked a drop goal in the fourth minute of extra time for a golden point as Salford forced Wakefield to their fifth Super League defeat of the season.
The Red Devils halfback kept his cool after a desperate finish at AJ Bell Stadium where drop goals from Snade and Wakefield Mason Reno sent the game into overtime.
However, it was Paul Lowry’s men who ultimately came away with a 14-13 winner. As the only team not to win after five rounds, Wakefield were still rooted at the bottom of the Super League table.
Salford came into the match feeling confident after beating Hull FC 60-14 last weekend, but Wakefield have failed to score a point in their last three games.
Danny Addy was named to the bench for his first host appearance in eight months after being sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury, while Tim Lafay sat out after failing a second-half fitness test.
Wakefield welcomed the return of Harry Bowes as a 17-year-old and Sam Hewitt (who recently signed a loan deal with Huddersfield) was named to the bench.
Despite Trinity’s winless start to the season, they led for most of the first half despite Salford enjoying the majority of possession.
Brody Croft and Ryan Brierley teamed up on the far left to send Costello out, and a try converted by Snade gave Salford the lead in the fourth minute. However, the scores were level in the 12th minute when Wakefield was waiting for a long try.
After a dangerous pass from Rhys Williams at their own try-line, the home side conceded a dropout, with Reno and Liam Kay linking up and attacking on the far left before Jorge Tauhua’s pass was sent to Corey Hall, who sent Reno into the net. scored a try.
Wakefield then took the lead in the 24th minute, when Reno’s kick into the corner spilled to Williams, allowing Reese Rein to collect the ball and score. Reno failed to convert, but Wakefield took his 10-6 lead.
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Salford made more plays as half-time approached, with three minutes before half-time Snade opting not to aim a relatively simple shot at goal, and moments later Chris Atkin played with dummy half. It was proven by finding a gap of 2 and shooting from 5 points. meters to score. Snade converted to give Salford a 12–10 lead just before the break.
The second half got off to a rocky start as both teams struggled to create clear scoring chances on unforced errors.
The hosts had a great chance at the hour mark when the move from the scrum was nearly finished and Williams scored in the corner, but failed to ground the ball under pressure from a desperate scrambled defense.
The first point of the second half came with 11 minutes remaining as Shane Wright hit Reno late after a high kick was penalized and Reno kicked the goal to make it 12–12.
With five minutes remaining, Salford were in front again, but Reno made it 13–13 with Reno’s own goal when Snade sent in a drop goal.
Reno sent in another drop goal from far away with three minutes remaining, and Snade did the same in the next set.
Yet another Reno attempt on a one-point faded out wide with a minute remaining, and Snade was denied another attempt after the referee called a knock-on, sending the game into extra time for golden points.
Salford were the first to give the arm a chance, and Snade’s long-range attempt gave his side their third win of the season.
The next live Super League action on Sky Sports is huddersfield giants host st helens thursday night. Coverage begins at 7:30pm at Sky Sports Arena and kicks off at 8:00pm.
Wakefield Trinity Next up is Friday, when we host Hull KR at 8pm and aim for our first win of the season. salford red devils Heading to Wigan Warriors at the same time on Friday night.