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Wolves overrun St Helens in Super League

Press Association logoPress Association 5/05/2017 By Warwick Barr

Warrington have overturned a 14-0 deficit to revive their Betfred Super League top-eight hopes with a crushing 40-18 derby win over St Helens.

The Wolves turned the game around by running in 36 points without reply in a devastating 29-minute spell as Saints, who are awaiting the arrival of new coach Justin Holbrook, fell apart in alarming fashion.

Without their three England players, the home side were indebted to 20-year-old Harvey Livett as he stepped into the halfback role vacated temporarily by Kevin Brown to inspire a remarkable fightback with a man-of-the-match performance highlighted by a try and six goals.

How St Helens could have done with Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival, who have flown with England to Australia only to be left out of the team to play Samoa.

They also lost skipper Jon Wilkin in the warm-up, which forced interim coaches Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi into a last-minute reshuffle, and, although they had hooker James Roby back from his injury lay-off, he was unable stop the rot when he entered the action.

Salford recorded their first win at Wigan in 20 years, and their maiden triumph at the DW Stadium, with a convincing 31-16 victory.

The Red Devils dominated the opening half and were unlucky not to be more than 16-0 in front against their injury-ravaged opponents.

Salford looked like cruising to victory with two quick-fire second-half tries from Evalds and Greg Johnson, although Wigan scores from Tom Davies, Ryan Sutton and Lewis Tierney made the score respectable.

Wigan were missing 14 first-team players and handed a club debut to Josh Woods at stand-off, while Josh Ganson was named at hooker for only his second game after coming off the bench against Castleford last weekend.

The Red Devils were also missing some personnel, with Justin Carney serving an eight-game suspension after being found guilty of racial abusing an opponent.

Mark Flanagan joined Todd Carney, Weller Hauraki and Lee Mossop on the sidelines.

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