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Holbrook’s Men Claim Grand Final Trophy in Style

St. Helens cruised to their first Super League title in five years with a 23-6 point victory over Salford at Old Trafford.

It was the fairytale ending for Saints Coach Justin Holbrook who turned the fortunes of the Red Vee around after arriving in Britain 2 and half years ago.

Afer failing in two major semi finals last year and losing in the Challenge Cup final earlier this year, they finally were able to take the last step to claim the Super League Trophy against a spirited Salford side.

St. Helens came out the blocks fast eating up the metres forcing some strong defence from the underdogs.

But it was until the 19th minute before Saints broke the deadlock, the impressive Alex Walmsley playing a short pass at the line for Morgan Knowles to take and force his way over three metres out.

Saints hit Salford again a little under five minutes later. Ken Sio dropped a high kick in a contest with Coote. From the resulting scrum James Roby threw a reverse pass to Zeb Taia who dived over the line.

Salford to their credit came back, finally managing to exert some pressure on the Saints line. Lolohea had a try ruled out for off-side before Jake Bibby went over to open their account after 31 minutes.

It was Saints that hit first after half time Mark Pervical with a great individual try, he was a able to get onto his own kick through under neath the posts. Coote converted his third successive kick to make it 18-6. 

The Full Back added two more through a penalty on the hour mark, then again fourteen minutes later.

Tommy Makinson added the cherry on the cake with a drop goal two minutes from time 35 yards out.

MOM: Luke Thompson 

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