October 14, 2019, 11:50

St Helens 23-6 Salford: Super League 2019 Grand Final player ratings

St Helens 23-6 Salford: Super League 2019 Grand Final player ratings

St Helens clinched their first Super League Grand final success since 2014 on Saturday as a classy performance saw off Salford 23-6 at Old Trafford. 

Find out how each individual player rated from the occasion below…

St Helens

Lachlan Coote 8/10: Defensively sound, collecting a number of bombs effortlessly, and faultless kicking, splitting the posts with all five attempts.

Tommy Makinson 7/10: Seemed inhibited after landing awkwardly on his right arm early in the second half but split the posts with a 40-metre drop goal.

Kevin Naiqama 7/10: Set the tone for Saints’ dominance in the first quarter with a heavy hit on Lee Mossop and never let up in intensity.

Mark Percival 7/10: Produced a moment of magic by racing on to his own grubber for the telling third try.

Regan Grace 6/10: The wiry winger troubled Salford with his pace and his slipperiness although he was a virtual pedestrian for the second half.

Jonny Lomax 6/10: A couple of incisive breaks apart, a relatively quiet night for the Saints stand-off.

Theo Fages 6/10: As with Lomax, the scrum-half performed competently but did not set the pulses racing.

Alex Walmsley 8/10: Driving run and astute short pass led to the opening try of the match. Difficult to stop the powerhouse prop when he gets on a roll.

James Roby 7/10: Some clever footwork allowed a deft inside pass to Zeb Taia for Saints’ second try. Remains the league’s standout hooker.

Luke Thompson 8/10: A tireless display from the England international, constantly keeping Salford on the back foot.

Zeb Taia 7/10: Another spirited performance from the second rower, who capped an all-action display with a try.

Dominique Peyroux 6/10: Industrious enough without making a lasting impression.

Morgan Knowles 7/10: Took advantage of a small gap in Salford’s defence after collecting Walmsley’s short pass to break the deadlock after a quarter of an hour.

Interchanges

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 7/10: Made an impact off the bench, keeping Saints on the front foot.

Kyle Amor 7/10: The veteran may not be first choice but he did not let anyone down here.

Jack Ashworth 6/10: Perhaps fortunate to avoid punishment after appearing to make head-to-head contact with Krisnan Inu.

Aaron Smith 6/10: Unable to make an impact and fortunate to avoid giving a penalty away on his own try-line when forcing a key Gil Dudson knock on.

Salford

Niall Evalds 6/10: Not much of a threat going forward but defensively solid.

Ken Sio 5/10: His inability to gather a high ball, albeit under some pressure, led to Saints’ second try of the night.

Kris Welham 6/10: Showed plenty of endeavour but faded as the game wore on.

Jake Bibby 7/10: Coolly collected Hastings’ pass to dive over and get Salford back into the contest.

Krisnan Inu 6/10: Bore the brunt of a couple of heavy tackles but refused to wilt.

Tuimoala Lolohea 7/10: Provided the impetus for Salford’s first-half fightback, even if his try after an inventive jinking run was chalked off.

Jackson Hastings 7/10: Super League’s Man of Steel provided an inch-perfect pass for Bibby’s try but his high balls lacked penetration.

Lee Mossop 6/10: Dropped the ball deep in his own half moments after kick-off, inviting some early pressure from Saints.

Logan Tomkins 6/10: His obstruction led to Lolohea’s try being scrubbed while he lacked the inventiveness of Saints counterpart Roby as Salford subsided after the interval.

Gil Dudson 6/10: Unnecessarily caught Thompson high, leading to a penalty which moved Saints 14 points ahead.

Josh Jones 7/10: Enthusiastic and willing, this was not the way the Hull-bound second rower would have wanted to sign off from the Red Devils.

George Griffin 6/10: Gave away a clumsy penalty early on but improved thereafter.

Tyrone McCarthy 6/10: Drove Salford forward at every opportunity.

Interchanges

Joey Lussick 7/10: Sensational 40/20 with a quarter of an hour gave Salford hope but they could not capitalise.

Mark Flanagan 5/10: Unable to make a telling impression.

Source: skysports.com

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