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Salford Red Devils Secure Thrilling Win Over St Helens, Boosting Play-Off Hopes

In a pulsating encounter at the Salford Community Stadium, the Salford Red Devils strengthened their hopes of securing a Super League play-off spot with a narrow 20-18 victory over reigning champions St Helens.

The triumph marked the Red Devils’ 10th win in 15 Super League matches this season, showcasing their resilience and ability to defy the odds. Love Rugby League was on hand to witness the action-packed affair and provided player ratings highlighting the standout individual performances that propelled Salford to this crucial victory.

Standout Performances Lead Salford to Victory

Headlining the hosts’ impressive display was the influential display from fullback Chris Hankinson, who was awarded an 8/10 rating despite a couple of handling errors. The versatile 30-year-old, naturally a centre, has stepped up admirably to fill the void left by the injured Ryan Brierley, running for over 150 metres from 19 carries and scoring a try.

Alongside Hankinson, Nene Macdonald and Kallum Watkins were singled out for their exceptional outings, both earning 9/10 ratings. Macdonald, the Papua New Guinea international, racked up an impressive 161 metres from 19 carries, including an assist, while Watkins produced a vintage performance after transitioning into the back-row, getting on the scoresheet and making 13 carries and 24 tackles.

Pivotal Roles from Halves

The Red Devils’ halfback pairing of Chris Atkin and Marc Sneyd also played pivotal roles, with Sneyd’s in-game kicking proving to be a decisive factor in the narrow victory. Sneyd’s masterful display has seen him surge to the top of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel points race.

“With a host of impressive individual displays, the Salford Red Devils have further strengthened their case for a top-six finish, positioning themselves firmly in the hunt for a coveted play-off spot as the Super League season reaches its climactic stage.”

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