Morgan Knowles and Zeb Taia lead St Helens to Grand Final win over Salford

• St Helens 23-6 Salford
• Saints coach Justin Holbrook ends tenure with silverware

St Helens ruthlessly ended Salford’s fairytale journey to the Super League Grand Final to win their first title in five seasons in a pulsating decider at Old Trafford. Having finished top of the table by a record 16-point margin this season, the Saints arrived here heavy favourites against a Red Devils side who have defied both the odds and the expectations of many experts, to reach the final for the first time.

However, there would be no repeat of the Saints’ surprise defeat to Warrington in the Challenge Cup final here. Led by imperious performances from front-row duo Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson, St Helens were simply too strong and dynamic for their opponents – as they have been for most of this record-breaking season.

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