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Sep 21

St Helens in prime spot for semi-finals after win over Salford

• Super 8s: Salford 4-30 St Helens
• Wigan would need huge win to deny neighbours

Whether it is Castleford on Thursday or Leeds 24 hours later in the semi-finals, it is increasingly clear St Helens are in no mood to let this season peter out with a whimper.

When Justin Holbrook arrived on these shores in May and inherited a side whose fate appeared more likely to be in a battle to avoid the Qualifiers as opposed to the race for Old Trafford, few would have fancied St Helens being in this position.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/21/salford-st-helens-super-8s-match-report

Jul 09

Danny McGuire on fire for resurgent Leeds in thumping win at Salford

• Salford 24-50 Leeds
• Win propels Rhinos to second spot in Super League

Leeds delivered the most impressive display of their title credentials yet with this emphatic victory against Salford. It was their fifth victory in six games and their only defeat in that period was a narrow one against the leaders, Castleford. After the annus horribilis of 2016, when the Rhinos went from champions to relegation contenders in the space of 12 months, there is little doubting that they are fully capable of going all the way again this season.

The reigning Super League champions, Wigan, have shown with back-to-back wins that their title challenge is not over just yet. St Helens, with two wins from their past three, have begun to threaten the same of late.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/09/salford-leeds-super-league-match-report

Jun 15

Salford see off Wakefield to reach first Challenge Cup semi-final since 1998

• Salford Red Devils 30-6 Wakefield Trinity
• Salford one win from first Challenge Cup final since 1969

That it would take a Salford fan of a certain age to recall the last time their club walked out at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final perhaps best underlines the extraordinary journey one of Super League’s traditional strugglers currently find themselves on.

Eight months removed from that dramatic day in Hull when they preserved their Super League status in the Million Pound Game, Ian Watson’s side, who sit second in Super League, now find themselves within one victory of a first Wembley appearance since 1969 after this serene progression through the quarter-finals.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/15/salford-red-devils-wakefield-trinity-challenge-cup-quater-final-match-report

Jun 09

Albert Kelly inspires depleted Hull to impressive win at Salford

• Salford 10-34 Hull
• Visitors move into top four despite absence of key players

Hull moved into Super League’s top four with a commanding victory over second-placed Salford on an evening that, given the key personnel missing for the visitors, may well rank as one of their most encouraging of the season. The big names Gareth Ellis, Danny Houghton and Scott Taylor were all missing here yet Hull were still too good.

The effects of a second double-header weekend will linger in the performances of some sides for a good while yet – and you suspect Salford will not be the only side this weekend to look below-par as a result of those demanding excursions.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/salford-hull-super-league-match-report