Salford Red Devils: Locke; Jones-Bishop, J. Griffin, Caton-Brown, Johnson; Chase, Dobson; Taylor, Lee, Hock, Hansen, J. Walne, Paterson.
Replacements: Fages, D. Griffin, Tasi, A. Walne.
St Helens: Lomax; Makinson, Turner, Percival, Swift; Burns, Wilkin; Masoe, Roby, Amor, Vea, Greenwood, Flanagan. Subs: Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Thompson, Savelio.
Salford. Tries: Jones-Bishop Goals: Dobson
St Helens. Tries: Percival 2, Turner 2, Greenwood 2, Thompson, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Savelio Goals: Percival 6
St Helens cruised to their second win of the season on Thursday night, crushing Salford with a 10-try mauling at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Mark Percival, Jordan Turner, Joe Greenwood and Luke Thompson crossed in a dominant first period for the visitors, with Ben Jones-Bishop’s solo score the only reply Salford could produce.
The Champions’ momentum didn’t halt in the second half as tries from Tommy Makinson, Percival again, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Greenwood once more extended their advantage.
Turner’s second and an Andre Savelio score took the tally past the half century and Saints’ total would have been greater had they not missed four of their ten conversion attempts.
The champions arrived at Salford having won the last nine meetings between the clubs, and eased clear after a tricky opening spell.
They went ahead when Percival was released down the right for a try after Adam Swift and Turner breaks, and Turner then finished off work from Joe Greenwood and Atelea Vea to cross from close range.
Salford were floundering as James Roby popped the ball up to Greenwood who scythed through the Salford defence to score but the home side finally got on the board when a poor kick through was gathered by Jones-Bishop. The forme Leeds Rinos winger then raced from deep, beating a number of Saints defenders before crossing for an impressive solo try.
The cheer was brief for the Salford faithful with Jon Wilkin teing up Thompson for another visiting try on the hooter.
Saints continued their dominance after the break with Makinson throwing himself into the corner for a trademark try.
Theo Fages was held up on a rare Red Devils raid, but Saints showed greater ruthlessness when Mason Caton-Brown failed to tap a teasing Wilkin kick dead, and Percival crashed onto the ball for his second.
Salford went down to 12 with the ever-tempestuous Gareth Hock sent to the sin-bin as tempers boiled over, and Saints capitalised when Roby again moved the ball to Greenwood to who steamed in, with Turner taking advantage of some weak and blatantly unenthused defence to pick up his second of the night.
Andre Savelio’s late try for the visitors was the final act of a miserable night for Iestyn Harris and Salford, who have now lost their opening two games.
Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash was left unimpressed, tweeting “I’ve had enough,” after the game. Time up for Harris?
NothingButLeague Man of the Match: Joe Greenwood. The youngster was industrious throughout and deserved his pair of tries.
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