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On This Day: Lyon stars in victory over Salford – 2006

Each day whilst we are all in Lockdown we will recall a famous Saints moment from the current day thanks to Saints Heritage Society.

24 June 2006

Super League round 18: St. Helens 28-6 Salford City Reds at Knowsley Road.

St Helens strolled to a six-try win over Salford to return to the top of Super League on this day in 2006.

The home side led 10-6 at half-time courtesy of two tries inside 24 minutes from Leon Pryce and Jamie Lyon with Gareth Haggerty crossing for Salford.

After the break, Jon Wilkin, Paul Sculthorpe, Lyon and Ade Gardner also crossed for Saints as the Reds tired.

Keiron Cunningham starred for Saints, who returned back to the top of the Super League table.

Saints opened the scoring when Pryce took Sean Long’s pass and sliced between defenders Andrew Brocklehurst and Stephen Myler.

A weaving run by Cunningham then set up Lyon to make it 10-0 after 24 minutes.

Salford got on the scoreboard nine minutes before the interval when Haggerty charged over from 10 metres, taking three defenders over the line with him.

But Cunningham re-entered the fray early in the second half after a rest to set up Wilkin for Saints’ third try.

Three minutes later Sculthorpe got the decisive touch after a Long high kick had caused mayhem in the Salford defence.

Lyon kicked his second goal and also scored his second try, taking Long’s pass and fending off the challenge of Luke Robinson to touch down.

Leading tryscorer Gardner then finished off the scoring, pouncing on Wilkin’s high kick to the corner to claim his 19th try of the season.

St Helens: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, P. Anderson, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Sculthorpe, Hooper.
Replacements: Graham, Fozzard, Wilkin, V. Anderson.

Salford: Hodgson, Langi, Littler, Moule, Williams, Myler, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Rutgerson, Sibbit, Brocklehurst, Finnigan.
Replacements: Charles, Haggerty, Lima, Highton.

Referee: P Bentham (Warrington)

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