Salford Red Devils are a resilient lot.
They have stood up to the pressure put on them from Super League and World Champions St Helens.
In a rematch of last year’s semi-final between the two, Saints have had the majority of possession but the Red Devils struck first as Oliver Partington fed King Vuniyayawa a short ball with the former Leeds Rhinos prop tearing through. He then found support inside from Brodie Croft who just about finished the try under the sticks despite an effort from Tee Ritson.
Partington started that move and he was key in a defensive moments as he mopped up a grubber kick behind the posts but after that he and James Bell of St Helens had a bit of an altercation.
After which Channel 4 commentator Mark Wilson suggested that Partington was lucky to stay on the field because if he had connected with a swinging arm he could have been shown a card.
He said: “He is lucky there that is first swing there missed.
“A former Wigan Warriors player so they won’t like him in these parts.”
Salford have doubled their money with a lovely try down the right with Kallum Watkins involved teeing up Ryan Brierley.