An irresistible burst of quality and try-scoring midway through the first half ensured that no Super League scalp would be taken by a team from the National League in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup. Salford were the best and last hopes to do so, but were swept aside by 14 points in five minutes as Danny Brough steered Wakefield to a comfortable victory.
Salford made a lively start, only a superb cover tackle by Danny Brough keeping out Andy Ballard. Ballard got some consolation in the form of a penalty a couple of minutes later that he kicked to put his side into a lead soon wiped out by Brough's penalty after Jordan Turner was caught holding down in the tackle.
There was less Super League calibre about Salford the way they conceded the game's first try, allowing Scott Grix and Tevita Leo-Latu to shred them and Jamie Rooney to get away from several attempted tackles near the line.
Wakefield again looked just too strong for their opponents when Richard Moore came storming through and Brough's long pass sent prop Ryan Atkins over for their second try.
Salford strayed offside from the kick-off and there was an air of inevitability about the way that Brough's long pass to Grix made it three tries in five minutes. Salford conceded two more Sam Obst scores and finally got some reward with a try from Malcolm Olker just before half-time. Brough, the man of the match, got a try of his own from Obst's pass and Tony Martin put Sean Gleeson over for a dominant Wakefield in the second half before the dangerous Leo-Latu got the try he had been threatening.
Salford: Fitzpatrick; Ballard, Turner, Gardner, White; Paul, Myler; Leuluai, Alker, Stapleton, Sibbit, Brocklehurst, Adamson. Substitutes used: Ratchford, Jewitt, Highton, Littler.
Wakefield: Blaymire; Gleeson, Martin, Atkins, Grix; Rooney, Brough; Bibey, Obst, Moore, MacGillivray, Golden, Pitts. Substitutes used: Wilkes, Leolatu, Bibb, Griffin.
Referee: A Klein (Keighley).
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