Salford Red Devils 10-60 St Helens

Thursday 26th April 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 13

10-60 FT

HT: 6 32

Official: C Kendall

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Tyrone McCarthy, Kris Welham,

  • Goals
    Jake Shorrocks,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Tommy Makinson, Dominique Peyroux, Ben Barba 3, Ryan Morgan 2, Regan Grace 2, Mark Percival, Theo Fages,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 8,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens overcame the dismissal of forward Matty Lees to secure a 60-10 win at Salford Red Devils and pull four points clear at the top of Betfred Super League - but their victory was overshadowed by a neck injury to Ben Barba.

The Australian full-back scored his first Super League hat-trick, taking him clear at the top of the scoring charts with 15 tries from 13 appearances, but he fell awkwardly in a tackle eight minutes from the end and was carried off on a stretcher.

Saints raced into an early lead through Tommy Makinson before three tries in the space of eight minutes from Dominique Peyroux, Barba and Ryan Morgan, all converted by Danny Richardson, put the visitors firmly in control.

Salford responded with a converted try from Tyrone McCarthy but Saints - despite losing Lees - still managed two more tries before the break through Barba and Regan Grace.

The hosts found themselves on the back foot in the second period and further tries from Grace, Mark Percival, Barba, Theo Fages and Morgan took them over the 50-point mark.

However, Salford continued to battle until the very end and were rewarded with the last try of the night, scored by Kris Welham.

On Barba's injury, Saints coach Justin Holbrook said: “I’m not 100 per cent sure but hopefully it’s just a precaution, with the doctors playing on the safe side.

“It looked like he fell awkwardly and at first I thought it was his collar bone but the doctor was pressing on his neck and he was trying to get the feeling back.

“He’s really enjoying playing and he’s a leader in our team. He’s been fantastic for us and he was again tonight.”

Holbrook felt Lees was unfortunate to be sent off, saying: “I thought it was harsh. It was only 20 centimetres off the ground and I thought he hit the shoulder first.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the players responded. No-one wanted to take it as an excuse, they saw it as a bit of an extra challenge.”

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “It was a complete contrast on the back of our two previous games. To turn that performance in, it was like a different team.

“I can’t put my finger on it. Our middles have been good all season but today Saints were on a different level. I’m confident we’ll bounce back but that hurts."

  • 79: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Welham
  • 78: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 78: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ryan Morgan
  • 75: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 74: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • 61: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 60: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 56: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 55: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 54: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 39: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 36: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 35: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 28: TRY! scored for Salford by Tyrone McCarthy
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Salford by Jake Shorrocks
  • 23: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 22: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ryan Morgan
  • 16: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 16: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 15: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 14: TRY! scored for St Helens by Dominique Peyroux
  • 4: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • Key Performers

    Mark Percival

    Metres 161
    3 3

    Ben Barba

    Tries 3
    3 3
    Metres 199

    Regan Grace

    Clean Breaks 3
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Salford Red Devils 2
    St Helens 11

    Goals:

    Salford Red Devils 1
    St Helens 8

    METRES:

    Salford Red Devils 829
    St Helens 1728

    CARRIES:

    Salford Red Devils 127
    St Helens 206

    TACKLES:

    Salford Red Devils 340
    St Helens 252

    OFFLOADS:

    Salford Red Devils 3
    St Helens 9

    PENALTIES:

    Salford Red Devils 6
    St Helens 8

    BREAKS:

    Salford Red Devils 4
    St Helens 12

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tyrone McCarthy 1 0 23 1 1 5 0 10 58 5.80 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 1 0 23 2 5 0 0 9 36 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 11 0 7 0 1 6 13 2.17 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 21 1 0 0 0 10 70 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 22 3 1 1 0 15 103 6.87 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 27 4 2 0 0 4 23 5.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 37 3 3 1 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Griffin 0 0 33 1 1 1 0 14 93 6.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Burgess 0 0 23 5 1 0 0 8 39 4.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 1 46 9 2 0 0 4 21 5.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 19 3 4 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Littlejohn 0 1 19 0 0 1 3 6 74 12.33 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Shorrocks 0 0 15 2 3 0 2 5 30 6.00 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
    Jake Bibby 0 0 7 1 2 2 0 7 83 11.86 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Sau 0 0 10 2 3 1 0 5 29 5.80 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Johnson 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 38 7.60 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Barba 3 3 7 0 3 2 3 12 199 16.58 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Morgan 2 0 12 1 0 5 0 13 139 10.69 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 2 1 2 0 0 4 0 15 109 7.27 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Percival 1 1 7 0 0 7 1 20 161 8.05 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Thomas Makinson 1 2 2 0 0 3 1 13 96 7.38 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Dominique Peyroux 1 0 21 0 0 5 0 16 126 7.88 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Theo Fages 1 0 24 5 0 3 1 6 31 5.17 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 17 2 0 0 1 12 73 6.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 1 6 0 2 0 4 3 13 4.33 0 0 1 0 8 3 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 19 2 2 1 0 14 145 10.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Matthew Smith 0 0 18 4 0 0 0 2 17 8.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 16 2 0 2 0 17 138 8.12 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Zeb Taia 0 1 20 3 1 1 0 18 121 6.72 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 1 27 6 1 0 0 17 86 5.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 24 7 1 3 0 15 162 10.80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 20 6 1 0 0 11 95 8.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Lees 0 0 10 3 1 0 0 2 17 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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