Share on WhatsApp match reports Brexit’s biggest impact on rugby league is likely to be financial Topics Since you’re here… Rugby league Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Wigan Warriors Share on Messenger As it looks increasingly unlikely Shaun Edwards will be in the dugout at Wigan after all next season, it could be argued that Adrian Lam is auditioning for the job of coaching the Super League champions long term, making this win a welcome addition to an application form which has had several faults.Wigan had lost four consecutive league games and suffered defeat in the World Club Challenge at the hands of Sydney Roosters. Coupled with the growing uncertainty over Edwards, who has again suggested the proposed arrangement for him to succeed Lam may not happen, this season has been fast developing into an annus horribilis for one of rugby league’s most famous clubs. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. 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Far from ideal as that is, victories like this can often be the ones on which seasons turn.Wigan headed across Lancashire under increasing pressure to deliver a performance that would provide temporary relief from the handling of the Edwards situation, and it was another individual whose future is shrouded in uncertainty who grabbed the headlines.A hat-trick of tries by George Williams, the England half-back who is seemingly bound for the NRL and Canberra next year, was decisive in ensuring only a second victory of 2019.Afterwards Lam, who again refused to acknowledge the possibility of staying with the Warriors beyond this season, said: “I know the club have been working overtime to get through all that’s going on but I’ve laid low because the priority was to get back to winning games.”Williams, along with Zak Hardaker and the returning Joe Burgess, was instrumental in helping Wigan establish an 18-6 lead as half-time approached, with tries for himself, Thomas Leuluai and Joe Greenwood cancelling out Josh Jones’s early try for Salford.Yet it looked as though the habits which had plagued Wigan’s early-season performances were returning when, in a five-minute spell either side of half-time, they surrendered that lead to trail 22-18 after three quick Salford tries.But Salford, who remain fourth but have lost ground on the leaders following successive defeats in the last week, failed to capitalise and their coach, Ian Watson, lamented: “We seemed to put ourselves in a position to win the game but defensively that wasn’t good enough from us. Once we got the lead again, we felt Wigan were vulnerable but we didn’t lift the intensity. Wigan did the basics really well and we didn’t.”Tries by Derrell Olpherts and Niall Evalds had reduced Wigan’s lead to two points at the break before Adam Walker marked his home debut with a try, pinching the ball from Dom Manfredi’s grasp to afford Ed Chamberlain the simplest of finishes and put Salford four points ahead.However, Wigan showed their mettle this time by battling back to win from another losing position. Both their remaining tries were finished by Williams but created by Burgess. First, the winger marauded down the left before turning the ball inside for the half-back’s second try and then they repeated the double act 12 minutes later.With Hardaker converting both, it opened up a two-score lead that some spirited defensive work ensured was enough and also that another turbulent week for them ended on a high.Salford Evalds; Olpherts, Chamberlain, Bibby, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Murray, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan. Interchange Griffin, Nakubuwai, Walker, Lawton.Tries Jones, Olpherts, Evalds, Walker. Goals Chamberlain 3.Wigan Hardaker; Manfredi, Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Sammut; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Greenwood, O’Loughlin. Interchange Shorrocks, Hamlin, Flower, Bullock.Tries Williams 3, Leuluai, Greenwood. Goals Hardaker 5.Referee C Kendall. Attendance 4,770.