St Helens 32-30 Salford Red Devils

Friday 17th May 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 15

32-30 FT

HT: 16 18

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Lachlan Coote (3), Tommy Makinson (2), James Bentley,

  • Goals
    Lachlan Coote (4),

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Gil Dudson, Niall Evalds (2), Derrell Olpherts, Rob Lui,

  • Goals
    Krisnan Inu (5),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens moved six points clear at the top of Betfred Super League with a last-gasp win over the Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

James Bentley got the decisive try with just a minute of the game remaining to level the scores and a conversion from Lachlan Coote sealed a 32-30 victory.

It was a heartbreaking finish for Salford, who have not won at St Helens for nearly 40 years.

The visitors led 30-16 with 15 minutes of the game remaining but could not close out what would have been an impressive victory against the league leaders who now lead second-placed Warrington Wolves by six points.

Saints scored three tries in the last 15 minutes to complete a trademark comeback in a game where they had earlier let a 16-0 lead slip away.

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook said: “I am happy to win that one. What an entertaining game of rugby league. Massive credit to the players to storm back in the way they did.

“We started well, but we knew if we gave Salford any opportunities they would take them and scored some good tries. The good thing is that we stayed calm and you have got to win all different ways during the year. We will learn a lot from this, but to get the two points was massive after being in a really tough spot.”

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “That’s a tough one to take. To come from 16-0 down and show that determination and desire and get into a really good position at Saints is a tough one.

“The big thing I’m pleased about is the work the boys put in. If they can do that every week, they can compete with the top teams. When we have done the right things in games and kept to processes we have beaten teams. Hopefully, a performance like that will give those players that belief in themselves."

  • 80: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 79: TRY! scored for St Helens by James Bentley
  • 69: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 67: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 66: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Salford by Krisnan Inu
  • 60: TRY! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 54: GOAL! scored for Salford by Krisnan Inu
  • 53: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Salford by Krisnan Inu
  • 32: TRY! scored for Salford by Derrell Olpherts
  • 23: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Salford by Krisnan Inu
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Salford by Krisnan Inu
  • 16: TRY! scored for Salford by Gil Dudson
  • 12: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 9: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 9: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 6: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 5: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • Key Performers

    Robert Lui

    Clean Breaks: 3
    Forty Twenty: 1

    Lachlan Coote

    Tries: 3
    Metres: 188

    Niall Evalds

    Metres: 163

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres: 155

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 6
    Red Devils 5

    Goals:

    Saints 4
    Red Devils 5

    METRES:

    Saints 1507
    Red Devils 1285

    CARRIES:

    Saints 199
    Red Devils 170

    TACKLES:

    Saints 303
    Red Devils 308

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 10
    Red Devils 11

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 4
    Red Devils 8

    BREAKS:

    Saints 8
    Red Devils 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lachlan Coote 3 2 3 0 4 2 2 22 188 8.55 2 0 3 0 4 2 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 2 0 16 0 3 7 0 15 176 11.73 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 22 3 1 1 0 18 155 8.61 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Swift 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 20 144 7.20 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 0 1 3 0 1 6 0 18 140 7.78 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 27 4 3 4 0 11 105 9.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joseph Paulo 0 0 20 6 0 2 1 11 92 8.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 10 1 4 0 0 13 90 6.92 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Zeb Taia 0 1 25 9 6 2 0 13 79 6.08 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 31 5 2 3 0 13 79 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Theo Fages 0 2 21 1 3 5 4 11 70 6.36 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 18 2 7 1 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 20 2 1 1 0 7 42 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Kyle Amor 0 0 26 4 4 1 0 7 39 5.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 18 2 3 1 0 6 33 5.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Bentley 1 0 9 2 1 1 0 4 16 4.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Smith 0 0 31 6 7 0 0 1 2 2.00 0 1 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
    Niall Evalds 2 0 7 0 2 1 1 8 163 20.38 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 16 137 8.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 0 0 22 1 0 6 0 17 127 7.47 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Robert Lui 1 1 8 1 2 11 5 14 124 8.86 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Jackson Hastings 0 1 17 4 7 4 5 20 115 5.75 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Kris Welham 0 0 16 2 6 6 0 10 78 7.80 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    George Griffin 0 0 41 9 2 0 0 12 78 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Lee Mossop 0 0 33 2 4 0 0 8 76 9.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 12 0 1 4 0 7 69 9.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Derrell Olpherts 1 0 2 0 0 9 1 14 65 4.64 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 1 7 0 3 4 1 9 59 6.56 1 0 1 0 5 0 3 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 18 3 2 0 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gil Dudson 1 0 26 3 5 1 0 8 45 5.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joey Lussick 0 1 40 8 5 2 0 10 38 3.80 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 21 3 0 0 0 4 22 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 16 1 0 2 0 4 21 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Murray 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 3 20 6.67 0 0 0 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