Hull FC 12 Saints 38

Tony Puletua and Jon Wilkin in action.
Tony Puletua and Jon Wilkin in action.
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St Helens will make an assault on the Super League Grand Final from fifth place after rounding off their league season in emphatic fashion with a 38-12 win at Hull.

Two tries from winger Adam Swift helped Saints to a sixth win in seven to clinch a home tie in the sudden-death play-off series.

Barring any unthinkable scores in the remaining games this weekend, Nathan Brown’s men will host Hull KR next weekend, while Hull must wait to discover if their clash with Catalan Dragons will be played in England or France.

The Dragons can secure home advantage if they beat Warrington in their final league match in Perpignan on Saturday evening.

In-form Saints dominated from the outset, establishing a 22-0 lead by the break thanks to tries from Jon Wilkin, Josh Jones, Swift and former Hull favourite Willie Manu.

Hull responded with tries through Richard Whiting and Danny Tickle but Swift grabbed his second and Francis Meli and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook also touched down for the visitors.

Salford are still in danger of picking up the wooden spoon before the Reds’ revolution starts next season after going down 24-4 to Widnes in their last match of 2013.

Salford wound up a rollercoaster campaign with their fifth defeat in a row despite leading 4-0 at the break thanks to a Mark Sneyd try.

Winger Patrick Ah Van scored two tries as Widnes ran in 24 unanswered points to finish the season with three straight wins.

The Vikings, who handed a debut to 20-year-old centre Declan Hulme, scored other tries through Rhys Hanbury and Joe Mellor.

Gareth Hock, one of 12 new signings unveiled 24 hours earlier by Salford, made his farewell appearance for Widnes and marked the occasion by kicking the final conversion.

It was also an emotional night for Lee Gaskell, Jodie Broughton and Jordan James who were among the Salford players on duty for the last time.

Salford will finish bottom if London Broncos win at Hull KR tomorrow but coach Brian Noble praised his players’ efforts during a difficult season.

“We had a huge dig,” he said. “The players should be proud of their efforts all year. They’ve been a bit unlucky at times.”