Salford Red Devils gained revenge for defeat at the DW Stadium two weeks previously to beat Wigan Warriors 28-4, reaching their maiden Super League Grand Final in the process.
Two early penalties from centre Krisnan Inu – a mid-season arrival in the aftermath of Widnes Vikings’ financial trouble – gave the Red Devils a 4-0 lead before impressive front-rower Gil Dudson scored the first try of the match. Inu’s conversion was his third of four first-half two-pointers and, with Salford leading their stunned hosts 12-0 at half-time, they never looked like relinquishing their unlikely yet entirely deserved lead.
Early in the second-half, impressive hooker Joey Lussick – recently named as Salford’s young player of the season – scored a trademark close-range try from dummy-half before Dudson tipped on to give his front-row partner and club captain Lee Mossop the chance to score a try against the team he left in 2016, a chance he didn’t pass up. Inu goaled both and 2019’s surprise package Salford had all but booked their Grand Final appearance, leading 28-0 after the centre had added a further goal.
Bevan French spared Wigan the embarrassment of being nilled at home with a late try but nothing could stop Salford’s march to the Grand Final where, after upsetting the odds throughout the season, they will fancy their chances of inflicting one more shock result on more illustrious opponents. St Helens have toppled all challengers this season, their only real blemish being defeat in August’s Challenge Cup final and will certainly be fearsome opponents for the team of Ian Watson – a man who now, surely, is a shoe-in to be named Super League’s Coach of the Year at this week’s awards ceremony where star half-back Jackson Hastings is expected to pick up the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.
Can the Red Devils make history and become only the fifth team to win the Super League Grand Final at the iconic Old Trafford Stadium? You can be there to see if they can with Rugby AM’s great ticket package.
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Tickets will be located in the North East corner – an area which welcomes all fans, regardless of the team that they support.