Salford go joint top of Super League with third straight win


Salford Red Devils continued their fine form by producing an excellent all-round performance to defeat St Helens 22-14 and go joint top of Super League.

Both teams came into the game at the AJ Bell Stadium on the back of consecutive wins, but it was Salford who made it three in a row with excellent play in both attack and defence.

Salford followed up their 13-12 win over Castleford Tigers with a 46-10 thumping of Widnes Vikings, and were 8-0 up at the break on Thursday thanks to a Michael Dobson penalty and a converted try from prop Craig Kopczak - who signed a new contract on Wednesday.

Dobson finished off a Kopczak break to help make it 14-0, before Alex Walmsley went over under the posts and Ryan Morgan crossed out wide for Saints to narrow the gap to just six points.

But Saints' hopes of pulling off a fightback were thwarted by a solid Salford defence, and the game was effectively put beyond their reach when Dobson went over for his second after Kris Welham had forced Morgan into an error while attempting to collect a kick.

Jonny Lomax finished off a fine Saints move late on, but his score was a mere consolation as Salford moved level on points at the top with Castleford, Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos.