St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils

Sunday 4th March 2018
KO: 16:00 - Round: 4

34-2 FT

HT: 8 2

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Tommy Makinson, Ben Barba 2, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Jonny Lomax, Luke Thompson,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens continued their perfect start to the Betfred Super League season thanks to an inspirational display from Australian full-back Ben Barba.

Barba was too hot to handle for Salford Red Devils as the former Cronulla Sharks star grabbed a double and had a hand in two others.

Saints held a slender 8-2 lead at the break courtesy of tries from Tommy Makinson and Barba.

And they underlined their title credentials in the second half as Barba, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson all crossed.

Salford briefly led through Gareth O'Brien's penalty but they were unable to breach Saints' defence in a third defeat out of four.

Saints head coach Justin Holbrook said: “If there’s someone who is going to complain about the snow and the weather conditions, it’s Benny as he’s from North Queensland.

“He been in the thick of it and saying to the lads, ‘What are you complaining about? Let’s get on with it’. He’s in a good place at the moment, is playing well and it’s good to have him here.”

Salford head coach Ian Watson said: “It’s three defeats out of four but I’m not worried.

“We’ve had two bad halves of rugby this year – one against Wigan and one here at St Helens. It’s up to us to step up and make sure that we are doing things for 80 minutes. We have fallen short here.

“I’m confident in the group of players we have here but we have to take a look at our discipline issues.”

  • 80: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 80: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson
  • 73: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 72: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 70: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 69: TRY! scored for St Helens by Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
  • 49: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 45: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 44: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 35: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 25: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • Key Performers

    Ben Barba

    Clean Breaks 3
    3 3

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres 190
    3 3

    Luke Thompson

    Metres 152
    3 3

    Tyrone McCarthy

    Offloads 4
    4 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    St Helens 6
    Salford Red Devils 0

    Goals:

    St Helens 5
    Salford Red Devils 1

    METRES:

    St Helens 1231
    Salford Red Devils 1106

    CARRIES:

    St Helens 193
    Salford Red Devils 173

    TACKLES:

    St Helens 305
    Salford Red Devils 347

    OFFLOADS:

    St Helens 6
    Salford Red Devils 19

    PENALTIES:

    St Helens 7
    Salford Red Devils 13

    BREAKS:

    St Helens 8
    Salford Red Devils 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Barba 2 1 0 0 0 11 2 14 105 7.50 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 1 0 15 2 4 5 0 19 131 6.89 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Thompson 1 0 34 7 4 1 0 20 152 7.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 12 70 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 1 0 12 0 2 2 0 6 21 3.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Douglas 0 1 16 5 0 1 0 13 83 6.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 17 5 2 6 0 24 190 7.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Theo Fages 0 1 26 5 0 0 1 6 24 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 3 21 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 30 6 2 3 0 11 73 6.64 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Zeb Taia 0 0 31 4 1 2 0 13 85 6.54 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 34 10 0 1 0 6 23 3.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    James Roby 0 1 43 13 1 2 0 8 53 6.63 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Danny Richardson 0 2 9 0 3 0 4 9 38 4.22 0 0 1 0 5 2 1 1
    Regan Grace 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 8 35 4.38 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Percival 0 0 8 0 4 4 0 12 92 7.67 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Swift 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 9 35 3.89 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
    Junior Sau 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 15 88 5.87 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Kris Welham 0 0 13 1 5 4 0 12 95 7.92 2 1 3 0 0 0 3 0
    Jake Bibby 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 8 69 8.63 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 13 2 1 1 1 12 73 6.08 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
    Niall Evalds 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 90 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 23 3 4 2 6 20 99 4.95 0 0 5 0 0 0 2 0
    Jack Littlejohn 0 0 10 2 3 1 4 7 24 3.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Lama Tasi 0 0 28 3 0 1 0 9 70 7.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 35 13 2 0 0 1 6 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 35 9 4 3 0 16 113 7.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joshua Jones 0 0 26 7 2 8 0 13 91 7.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 45 9 8 3 0 16 77 4.81 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 2
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 24 2 2 0 0 8 51 6.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 15 3 2 0 0 3 21 7.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Burgess 0 0 19 4 2 0 0 2 14 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 26 3 1 0 0 11 78 7.09 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 27 4 2 1 0 10 47 4.70 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 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