17 May 2019

Saints comeback against Salford

St Helens moved six points clear at the top of Betfred Super League with a last-gasp win over the Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

James Bentley got the decisive try with just a minute of the game remaining to level the scores and a conversion from Lachlan Coote sealed a 32-30 victory.

It was a heartbreaking finish for Salford, who have not won at St Helens for nearly 40 years.

The visitors led 30-16 with 15 minutes of the game remaining but could not close out what would have been an impressive victory against the league leaders who now lead second-placed Warrington Wolves by six points.

Saints scored three tries in the last 15 minutes to complete a trademark comeback in a game where they had earlier let a 16-0 lead slip away.

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook said: “I am happy to win that one. What an entertaining game of rugby league. Massive credit to the players to storm back in the way they did.

“We started well, but we knew if we gave Salford any opportunities they would take them and scored some good tries. The good thing is that we stayed calm and you have got to win all different ways during the year. We will learn a lot from this, but to get the two points was massive after being in a really tough spot.”

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “That’s a tough one to take. To come from 16-0 down and show that determination and desire and get into a really good position at Saints is a tough one.

“The big thing I’m pleased about is the work the boys put in. If they can do that every week, they can compete with the top teams. When we have done the right things in games and kept to processes we have beaten teams. Hopefully, a performance like that will give those players that belief in themselves."

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