Salford 0 Saints 38

Jon Wilkin is tackled by Salford Red Devils' Martin Gleeson
Jon Wilkin is tackled by Salford Red Devils' Martin Gleeson

SAINTS stormed to the top of Super League with a sensational display at Salford.

Jon Wilkin scored after just five minutes following great work from Luke Walsh and then Willie Manu, Walsh converting to give Saints a 6-0 advantage.

Then Walsh went over himself after a superb touchline break by Tommy Makinson, who kicked back inside for the little scrum half to gather and ground in one movement.

Walsh’s second conversion made it 12-0.

Salford rarely threatened the Saints line, the closest they came was when ex-Wigan star Gareth Hock broke the line but couldn’t get past the scrambling Saints defence.

Makinson almost stretched Saints’ lead just before the break after collecting a Walsh kick over the top by the right hand corner flag, but the video ref ruled he had knocked on while touching down.

Salford stepped up the intensity after the break but the Saints defence held firm.

Then came the try of the match on 55 minutes when Sia Soliola broke near his own line and passed to the left to Mark Percival who shifted it to the wing to Adam Swift who gave it back to Percival on the inside to cross for a length of the field scorcher.

Walsh goaled, then Kyle Amor stretched Saints lead, barging over from two yards out for Walsh to convert again.

Walsh then added another two points courtesy of a penalty bang in front of the sticks to give Saints a 26-0 lead.

With 10 minutes to go Anthony Laffranchi scorched over after a slick reverse pass from James Roby just a yard short of the line and the ever-reliable Walsh made it 32-0.

Percival put the icing on the cake right on the whistle with his second try after a great break through the middle by Lance Hohaia and Walsh goaled to send Saints soaring to the top of Super League.

Kyle Amor was named man of the match after a barnstorming display and judging by this performance Saints are going to take some stopping.

Salford Red Devils: Ashurst, Dixon, Fages, Gleeson, Hansen, Hock, Howarth, Johnson, Lee, Meli, Morley, Mullaney, McPherson, Puletua, Sa’u, Smith, Tasi, Williams, Walton.

St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Richards.