Saints end dominant season with Grand Final win at Old Trafford!

After five years without an appearance at the Theatre of Dreams, Saints won their sixth Grand Final at Old Trafford by beating the Salford Red Devils 23-6!

Saints started the better, forcing an error in the first set of the game, Salford not getting out of their own half for the first six minutes. A ninth minute penalty for a tackle in the air gave Salford their best chance to make decent ground into the Saints’ half but a Jackson Hastings knock on gave the redvee the ball back.

Saints early pressure told as we the lead in the 15th minute. A great cross-field break from Tommy Makinson saw us get over halfway, Luke Thompson nearly breaking through a few tackles before James Roby picked the ball up, found Alex Walmsley and our number eight passed to Morgan Knowles, who dived over to give us the early lead. Lachlan Coote added the extras for 6-0.

Regan Grace made a big break up field six minutes later, but was eventually stopped by the Red Devils defence. Saints were camped on the Salford line, but Jonny Lomax was tackled on the last and the Red Devils survived.

But Saints weren’t made to wait much longer for our second score as a high kick to the left corner by Coote forced a knock-on from Ken Sio. On the first tackle, Roby came away with the ball and passed on his inside to Zeb Taia who powered his way over. The video referee took a look, but the try was given. Coote added the extras to make it 12-0.

Salford thought they were back in it 13 minutes before the break but Tui Lolohea’s effort was chalked off for obstruction. They did go over in the 31st minute though as Hastings found Jake Bibby and he threw a dummy to score in the left corner. Krisnan Inu’s left touchline conversion made it 12-6 and that is how it stayed until the break.

Saints extended their lead in the 50th minute, a great kick and chase by Mark Percival and he scored underneath the sticks. Coote maintained his 100% record with the boot to make it 18-6. Luke Thompson was then caught high in the 59th minute in front of the sticks, Coote once again added the extra two, which made it 20-6.

Alex Walmsley also went close in the 67th minute, but he was halted just short of the line on the last. 10 minutes from time, Coote added another penalty for the redvee as we inched towards another Super League title.

Super League’s top try scorer Tommy Makinson then added a one pointer in the last minute from 40 metres out to add the icing on the cake, as we won 23-6 on our return to Old Trafford to be crowned champions for the sixth time!

Match Summary

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Dominique Peyroux, Zeb Taia, Morgan Knowles

Interchanges: Louie MaCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith

Tries: Morgan Knowles (15), Zeb Taia (24), Mark Percival (50)

Goals: Lachlan Coote (3 from 3)

Penalties: Lachlan Coote (2 from 2)

Drop goal: Tommy Makinson

Salford 13: Niall Evalds, Ken Sio, Kris Welham, Jake Bibby, Krisnan Inu, Tui Lolohea, Jackson Hastings, Lee Mossop, Logan Tomkins, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Tyrone McCarthy

Interchanges: Joey Lussick, Mark Flanagan, Adam Walker, Greg Burke

Tries: Jake Bibby (31)

Goals: Krisnan Inu (1 from 1)

HT: 12-6

FT: 23-6

Attendance: 64,102

Salford Line up

1Niall Evalds
2Ken Sio
3Kris Welham
4Jake Bibby
5Krisnan Inu
6Tui Lolohea
7Jackson Hastings
8Lee Mossop
9Logan Tomkins
10Gil Dudson
11Josh Jones
12George Griffin
13Tyrone McCarthy
14Joey Lussick
15Mark Flanagan
16Adam Walker
17Greg Burke

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 23-6 SALFORD 😈

CHAMPIONSSSSS! 🏆

Tries from Knowles, Taia and Percival wrap it up and we are Super League Grand Final Winners!!!!! 🏆

79'
Drop Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinsonnnn kicks a drop goal from 40m out!!!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 23-6 SALFORD 😈

76'

Four minutes left at Old Trafford and the Saints fans are already celebrating to our left….

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71'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote does just that!

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70'

Fages’ high kick is knocked on by Evalds and Coooote has the chance to kick another penalty to extend our lead…

65'

Az Smith forced Dudson to knock on when playing the ball on the Saints line and the birthday boy is surrounded by his Saints’ teammates who congratulate him.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-6 SALFORD 😈

64'

Joey Lussick kicks a 40-20 for Salford who have a set of six in the Saints 10…

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61'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Thompson is caught high by Gill Dudson and Coooooote extends our lead with a penalty in front of the sticks!

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59'

A HUGE hit from Naiqama on Evalds before Knowles forces Bibby to knock on in his own half. The Saints fans find their voice as Big Al is on for LMS!

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55'

Defend we do as Coooote gathers Hastings kick as birthday boy Aaron Smith replaces captain James Roby who has made his 450th Saints appearance today!

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53'

Saints are penalised for holding down and Salford have a set of six in our half. Stay strong boys!

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51'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the extras to extend our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 SALFORD 😈

50'
Try
Mark Percival for Saints

YESSSSSS! Percival kicks the ball through on the last and he chases his own kick to ground the ball under the sticks!!! Get innnnn!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-6 SALFORD 😈

49'

Fages is penalised for a forward pass before Thompson crashes into Adam Walker and he loses the ball.

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47'

Saints win the penalty following a Salford ball steal as Kyle Amor is on for Jack Ashworth.

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45'

A solid defensive effort from the Saints sees Naiqama wrap up Hastings and now we come forward!

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44'

Ashworth is penalised for offside and Salford kick for touch and restart on half way. Time to defend, boys!

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41'

We are back underway for the second half! Come on you Saints!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 SALFORD 😈

HT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 SALFORD 😈

We lead at the break after tries from Knowles and Taia. Salford have responded through Bibby and we have another 40 minutes of action awaiting us!

35'

Salford again try and run the ball on the last tackle, but this time Naiqama traps Bibby we have the ball back.

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33'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford

Inu adds the extras from the left touchline.

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32'
Try
Jake Bibby for Salford

Salford run the ball on the last and Hastings finds Bibby who goes over in the corner.

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28'

Lolohea and Salford think they have scored, but Logan Tomkins is rightly penalised for obstruction!

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25'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooote nails the conversion and we extend our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 SALFORD 😈

24'
Try
Zeb Taia for Saints

YESSSS! Roby picks the ball up from the scrum, goes down the short side and finds Taia with the ball back om the inside and he powers his way over. The video referee says TRY!

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24'

LMS is on for Big Al as Coote’s kick is dropped by Ken Sio under the challenge of Percival and Saints will have a set of six in the Salford 10!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 😈

22'

Grace makes a break and is hauled down by Evalds before Lomax goes for the line on the last but is held up just short. The pressure is building….

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 😈

18'

Following the restart Salford are penalised for offside and we will come again!

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16'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote kicks the extras and it’s a deserved lead for the Saints!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 😈

15'
Try
Morgan Knowles for Saints

GETTTTTTT INNNN!! Roby finds Big Al and he powers his way over before finding Knowles on his inside with a short ball and he flies over to the left of the sticks! Yessss!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 4-0 SALFORD 😈

12'

Taia breaks through and feeds Cooote who tries to offload to Grace out wide, but the ball finds touch. The atmosphere is electric inside Old Trafford!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 😈

11'

Jackson Hastings knocks on when playing the ball on half way and Saints will come again!

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10'

Another solid set from Saints, until Percival is penalised for tackling Niall Evalds in the air and Salford will kick for touch.

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7'

Saints come again, but Zeb Taia is tackled on the last this time and again Salford survive. It’s a solid start from the Saints!

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5'

The set results in Cooote’s kick being pounced on by Tui Lolohea and Salford survive Saints’ early pressure.

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4'

Big Al wins a penalty after Gil Dudson hangs on too long. Another chance here early for Saints! Come on boys!

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2'

Saints win the ball back early in the set as Kev Naiqama clatters into Lee Mossop. A chance early here for Saints, but Theo Fages is trapped on the last.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 😈

We are off and underway here at Old Trafford in the 2019 Super League Grand Final!

COYS! 🔴⚪