Super League: St Helens beat Salford City Reds 52-10 to climb to seventh
Last Updated: 21/06/13 10:37pm
St Helens ran in seven second-half tries to condemn bottom side Salford to yet another heavy defeat and climb to seventh in the Super League table.
The City Reds showed genuine signs of improvement early on and trailed only 14-10 soon after the break, but the floodgates then opened again in familiar fashion as Saints went on to triumph 52-10.
Centre Jordan Turner grabbed two tries against his old club while Francis Meli - linked with a move to the Reds - also claimed a double at the Salford City Stadium.
But the onslaught to come was in little evidence early on as the hosts started well, with Marc Sneyd and Saints loanee Lee Gaskell probing - albeit to no avail.
The visitors finally broke through after 17 minutes, with Turner finishing simply after Jonny Lomax had broken the line and passed inside to veteran Paul Wellens.
Saints followed up with a second try just three minutes later as Willie Manu barged through some weak tackling to touch down.
Salford fans may have feared the worst at that point but their side responded as Gaskell pushed forward and former Saints star Martin Gleeson showed his enduring class to dummy and cross.
The Reds then held firm until the stroke of half-time when Gareth O'Brien added a penalty to his two earlier conversions.
But Salford cut into that lead after the restart as Sneyd spread the play and Gaskell set up Jodie Broughton out wide with a long pass.
The hosts could not maintain that momentum, however, and were stunned as Saints upped a gear and hit them with four tries in a blistering nine-minute spell.
Wellens, also linked with a move to Salford next season, slipped through a weak tackle from Adam Walne to mark his 450th Saints appearance with a try under the posts. Lomax got lucky as his kick rebounded kindly off a defender but the Reds failed to react as he regathered and sprinted through.
Saints then cut Salford open down the right to set up a second for Turner and Anthony Laffranchi burrowed over from close range soon after.
Salford briefly stemmed the tide but Lomax put Meli over for another in the corner and O'Brien curled a touchline conversion over off the post.
It all seemed too easy for Saints as Meli was given time to flop over for his second and Josh Jones gathered a loose ball to bring up the half-century late on, O'Brien's final goal taking Salford's points against tally in their last three games to 166.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RLiveSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League Round 19
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- Red Devils torment Bulls
- Brown: Heat no excuse
- Dragons too hot for Saints
- Noble feels strong Reds pulse
- Moon accepts one-match ban
- Jones-Bishop itching to return
- Jones-Bishop to face Vikings