Salford Red Devils 4-30 St Helens

Thursday 21st September 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 7

4-30 FT

HT: 4 12

Official: J Child

Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Mark Percival, Alex Walmsley 2, Zeb Taia, Ben Barba,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens all but secured their place in the Betfred Super League semi-finals with a 30-4 win at 12-man Salford Red Devils.

Hull FC would need at least a point against Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors would have to win by at least 90 points at Wakefield Trinity to deny Saints a top-four spot.

A well-worked scrum set move led to Niall Evalds cutting through to give the hosts a 4-0 lead after five minutes but they did not score another point.

Marc Percival, on his 100th Saints appearance, touched down and Alex Walmsley scored the first of his two tries before Salford had Ryan Lannon sent off for a late hit on Theo Fages.

And St Helens eventuallly took full advantage in the last 20 minutes with further tries from Zeb Taia, Walmsley and Ben Barba.

Percival added a further three goals to take his personal points tally for the evening to 14.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "It was a tough game, spiteful at times and a bit emotional. It was important we settled down in the second half and we finished it off well so I'm really pleased.

"I always had belief in them and now we're there, I'm very proud of the team, they're the ones that have worked really hard.

"I'll obviously now watch with interest. Castleford and Leeds have two very different styles and whoever it is they're going to be hard to beat, but I'm confident in my team."

Salford coach Ian Watson said: "I thought we had a really good dig. In the opening exchanges we were outstanding and looked a really good team. We didn't panic when we went down to 12 men and I thought the way they backed each other up typifies the spirit we've got.

"For two-thirds of the season we were outstanding. The last third was disappointing but we have learned lot from this period which will hopefully make us better."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 79: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 71: TRY! scored for St Helens by Alex Walmsley
  • 71: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 63: TRY! scored for St Helens by Zeb Taia
  • 63: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 38: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 34: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 34: TRY! scored for St Helens by Alex Walmsley
  • 17: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 4: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • Key Performers

    Gareth O'Brien

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres: 175

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Red Devils 1
    Saints 5

    Goals:

    Red Devils 0
    Saints 5

    METRES:

    Red Devils 900
    Saints 1511

    CARRIES:

    Red Devils 129
    Saints 199

    TACKLES:

    Red Devils 360
    Saints 265

    OFFLOADS:

    Red Devils 6
    Saints 9

    PENALTIES:

    Red Devils 11
    Saints 4

    BREAKS:

    Red Devils 2
    Saints 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Manu Vatuvei 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 14 143 10.21 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Sau 0 0 13 0 4 0 0 16 123 7.69 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Kris Welham 0 0 27 4 4 1 2 13 86 6.62 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Bibby 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 11 85 7.73 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 23 2 6 5 3 7 79 11.29 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Niall Evalds 1 0 9 0 1 2 1 10 71 7.10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 37 3 2 1 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Joshua Jones 0 0 33 5 1 3 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 27 1 1 0 0 5 41 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 41 5 1 0 1 9 28 3.11 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 22 3 1 0 0 7 26 3.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 28 0 1 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Daniel Murray 0 0 33 3 0 0 0 6 24 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kriss Brining 0 0 31 10 0 0 0 4 17 4.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 1 12 1 4 0 3 3 12 4.00 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
    Jordan Walne 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 1 9 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Alex Walmsley 2 0 11 1 2 4 0 23 175 7.61 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Zeb Taia 1 0 24 5 4 3 1 21 140 6.67 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Regan Grace 0 0 3 0 2 4 0 14 134 9.57 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Barba 1 1 0 0 0 7 1 15 126 8.40 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Percival 1 0 16 1 1 2 0 13 121 9.31 1 0 1 0 5 2 1 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 24 1 0 2 0 17 120 7.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 0 1 25 5 1 0 0 16 113 7.06 0 12 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 20 6 0 0 0 14 113 8.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 107 8.23 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 27 6 0 0 0 15 95 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Theo Fages 0 1 14 3 2 4 2 10 65 6.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 18 3 0 0 0 8 64 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 21 6 1 2 0 6 59 9.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 35 9 0 0 0 5 33 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 13 2 0 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Smith 0 1 6 2 0 0 2 2 12 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 1 8 1 1 0 4 3 6 2.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties