St Helens 25-24 Salford Red Devils

St Helens 25-24 Salford Red Devils


Matty Smith kicked a last minute long-distance drop-goal to secure a thrilling St Helens victory against Salford at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints trailed 24-8 with just seven minutes to play before producing a remarkable comeback which was finished off by Smith, who landed the 40-metre drop-goal on the hooter.

It looked as though high-flying Salford would complete a rare victory away to Saints, only for Justin Holbrook’s side to score three times in six mad minutes to the heartbreak of the Red Devils.

Salford scored the first points with an 11th minute Todd Carney penalty but the home side registered the first try, scrum-half Smith weaving through to touch down against his former club.

Mark Percival added the conversion and a penalty a short while later to make it 8-2, however the sides went in level at the break as Niall Evalds latched onto a Carney kick with the latter adding the conversion to make it 8-8 at half-time.

The Red Devils are a different animal this season and they took the lead early in the second period as Greg Johnson latched onto Evalds pass to score in the corner.

Ian Watson’s side were in full flow now and they extended their advantage when Robert Lui spun out of the tackle from close range to score.

It looked to be game over shortly after as Evalds again won the race to get on the end of a Carney kick through, the latter adding another conversion to make it 24-8.

From here Saints looked beaten but James Roby’s 100th career try with seven minutes to go sparked an incredible comeback, with winger Reegan Grace scoring three minutes later to reduce the deficit to six.

A minute later there was scenes of elation from the stands as Saints produced a stunning piece of play that ended with Jonny Lomax touching down and Percival converting to make it 24-24.

Then from the last play of the game, Smith lined up from 40 metres out and, despite losing his footing, landed a remarkable drop-goal to give Saints the most unlikely of victories.

It was a quite incredible comeback in one of the best games of the season and teaches us once again to never write off the Saints.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back100000
2Tommy MakinsonWing000000
4Mark PercivalCentre040000
5Adam SwiftWing000000
6Theo FagesStand Off000000
7Matty SmithScrum Half101001
8Alex Walmsley 14Prop000000
9James Roby 17Hooker100000
10Kyle Amor 13Prop000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 10Interchange000000
14Luke Douglas 8Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 20Interchange000000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
20Morgan Knowles 16Hooker000000
28Regan GraceWing100000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row000000
 Total 441001

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Josh Jones 13Interchange000000
4Junior Sa’uCentre000000
5Niall EvaldsWing200000
6Robert LuiStand Off100000
8Craig Kopczak 30Prop000000
9Logan Tomkins 20Hooker000000
11Ben Murdoch-Masila 12Second Row000000
12Weller Hauraki 11Interchange000000
13Mark Flanagan 3Loose Forward000000
14Lama TasiProp000000
15Ryan LannonLoose Forward000000
20Kriss Brining 9Interchange000000
21Greg JohnsonWing100000
22Kris WelhamCentre000000
24Jake BibbyCentre000000
29Todd CarneyStand Off040000
30James Hasson 8Interchange000000
 Total 440000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 23, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens81725
Salford Red Devils81624