Wolves' victory a salute to Farrar

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Warrington gave their retiring hooker, Danny Farrar, a rousing send-off, making the final game of his career one of their most convincing performances of the year.

Warrington gave their retiring hooker, Danny Farrar, a rousing send-off, making the final game of his career one of their most convincing performances of the year.

If Warrington supporters are the most disappointed in Super League this season, those of Salford might be the most pleasantly surprised. Tipped to finish bottom, they had only two wins less than a side regarded as play-off certainties before yesterday's match. When the underachievers met the over-achievers, however, the Wolves set about increasing the distance between the clubs.

Sixth place in the table is a poor return for their investment, but Warrington, once they weathered some early Salford pressure, looked several notches above their opposition.

Four first-half tries showed that they were at least going to end their season on a high note. Lee Briers got them started, kicking on the last tackle and then scoring after Mark Forster and Allan Langer had kept the ball alive. His efforts were supplemented by Toa Kohe-Love, Jerome Guisset and Steve McCurrie, all crossing the line in the 10 minutes before the break.

Salford's problems continued in the second period when McCurrie powered in for his second but a sustained period of possession saw Kris Tassell record Salford's first points. Warrington were quick to reply, however, as Andrew Gee's pass sent Alan Hunte through.

Martin Offiah then claimed the 478th try of his career but Hunte ensured Warrington finished dominant. Farrar, taking over kicking duties, failed to land his first goal for the club, but won the man of the match award for a non-stop defensive effort.

Warrington Wolves: Penny; Stenhouse, Kohe-Love, Hunte, Forster; Briers, Langer; Gee, Farrar, Nutley, McCurrie, Guisset, Nikau. Substitutes used: Knott, Peters, Alstead, Wood.

Salford City Reds: Broadbent, Pinkney, Webber, Roper, Offiah, Blakeley, Holroyd, Baynes, Alker, Southern, Nicol, Brown, Wainwright. Substitutes used: Tassell, Smith, Famalo, Highton.

Referee: S Cummings (Widnes).

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