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St Helens

  • Meli, Wilkin, Laffranchi, Roby, Soliola, Dixon (2),
    Goals: Makinson (5),
38 - 10

Salford

  • Gibson, Broughton,
    Goals: Holdsworth,
  • Super League
  • 10th Feb 2012
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 15,547

Saints make faithful sweat

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St Helens overcame a first-half fright to start life at their new Langtree Park home with a 38-10 victory over Salford.

The Reds were good value for a 10-4 half-time lead after dominating the first 40 minutes and silencing a Saints crowd ready for an opening-night party.

But the hosts hit back with 34 unanwered points after the break to wreck Salford's hopes of a first win in St Helens for 32 years.

The Reds, who lost Jordan James, Sean Gleeson and Wayne Godwin to injury in their opening game, are bottom of the table without a win but deserve credit for their impressive first-half show.

With half-backs Matty Smith and Daniel Holdsworth pulling the strings, the Reds posed a major attacking threat.

Centre Joel Moon demonstrated superb handling to carve out an opening for left winger Jodie Broughton, who had the distinction of scoring the first Super League try at the new stadium.

Clever hands by Holdsworth then got right winger Danny Williams into space and his inside kick was touched down by centre Ashley Gibson, with Holdsworth's first conversion putting the visitors into a 10-0 lead.

Gibson had another try disallowed by video referee Ian Smith, who had a busy first half, giving St Helens second rower Sia Soliola the benefit of the doubt in awarding a 28th-minute try, but disallowing one by winger Tommy Makinson after he followed up James Roby's grubber kick to the line.

Urgency

Saints demonstrated more urgency after the break and scored a second try on 49 minutes when Roby gathered his own kick after it bounced back off a post.

Makinson's first goal levelled the scores and Royce Simmons' men went in front for the first time four minutes later when Jonny Lomax's kick over the Reds defence bounced kindly for his half-back partner Lee Gaskell, who got Francis Meli coasting past wrong-footed defenders for a third try.

It was all over four minutes later when second rower Andrew Dixon crashed over for another Saints try and Makinson's third goal made it 22-10. They would have been further ahead but for a terrific try-saving tackle by Broughton on Lomax.

The momentum was firmly with the home side by then and loose forward Jon Wilkin took Lomax's short pass to grab a fifth try before an 80-metre by Gaskell set up the position for Dixon to claim his second.

Salford's defence cracked again in the final minute, enabling Anthony Laffranchi to score his first try for the club, with Makinson taking his goal tally to five.

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