St Helens have claimed the 2019 Super League title after beating Salford Red Devils 23-6 at Old Trafford this evening.

Morgan Knowles and Zeb Taia tries allowed Saints to race into a 12-0 lead, with Lachlan Coote providing two conversions.

Salford hit back through Jake Bibby after a fine pass from Jackson Hastings.

Saints weathered the storm and extended their lead to 12 when Mark Percival scored from his own kick and Coote added the conversion.

Coote converted two penalty goals to put Saints clear by ten before Tommy Makinson produced a wonderful drop goal from deep.

Here are the talking points after Hull FC-bound Josh Jones and his Salford side lost the Grand Final.

Resilience aplenty

The talent at St Helens has never been in question but their belief has been called into question in big matches over the last two seasons. However, at Old Trafford they started strongly and also weathered the storm.

Knowles powered over for Saints after 15 minutes following a brilliant short ball from Walmsley. Coote converted and did so again after Taia dived over.

Everything looked rosy at this point but Salford hit back through Bibby and Krisnan Inu added the conversion.

Salford would then go onto enjoy great field position as they put pressure on Saints' line before the break.

But Justin Holbrook's men were fantastic, as they have been practically all season, before Percival added a wonderful score in the second half and Coote provided three more goals and Makinson added an incredible drop goal.

Tommy Makinson of St Helens celebrates with team-mate Theo Fages after kicking a drop goal during the Grand Final.
Tommy Makinson of St Helens celebrates with team-mate Theo Fages after kicking a drop goal during the Grand Final.

Percival's piece of magic

We cannot talk about the Super League Grand Final without mentioning its most important moment.

Saints only led by six points in the second half when they looked to be going down a blind alley inside the Salford 20.

However, the ball found Percival before he kicked ahead and touched down his own grubber in the finest moment of the game for him and his side. It was sheer brilliance from centre.

St Helens claim Super League glory in Grand Final vs Salford at Old Trafford


Pack power

There is no secret to Saints' success this season. It has been built on the back of a brutal and dominant pack which has bullied other teams.

We didn't see that in the Challenge Cup final loss to Warrington as they froze but this time around, Saints picked up the silverware they had been craving and fully deserved.

Key to stopping Salford

Salford have enjoyed a fantastic run to the Grand Final and it's something which will go down in the memories of the thousands of fans who travelled.

But unfortunately for Salford their top players were halted on the night at Old Trafford as Saints dealt well with the likes of Wigan-bound Hastings and Hull FC-bound Josh Jones.

Hastings did create Salford's opening score for Bibby with a lovely short pass but after that, Saints kept him well contained.

The same can be said for Jones who provided plenty of effort but couldn't dominate his opponents quite in the same way he had all season.

Bittersweet for Salford

There is no doubt this was a big moment for Salford but for the long-term future and health of the club, it's what's to come which is important.

It has certainly been a while since we saw so many Salford fans in one place and maybe it's the most we've ever seen.

With top players Hastings and Jones leaving next season, the task of even getting back to the play-offs will be tough. But the tougher and more important task is making sure the fans who attended Old Trafford this evening start making their way to the AJ Bell Stadium more from 2020 onwards.