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Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

  1. Saints beat Salford to win Super League title

    St Helens v Salford

    So that's that, another Super League season is over and St Helens' victory means that there are still only four clubs that have lifted the trophy - Bradford, Leeds and Wigan being the others.

    What a season it has been for Salford, but you can read more about St Helens' victory in Jay Freeman's report from Old Trafford.

    We'll be back again in a couple of weeks with the start of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions tour. Until then, goodbye.

    Saints beat Salford for seventh title

    St Helens lift the Super League Grand Final trophy

    St Helens comfortably defeat Salford Red Devils at Old Trafford to win their first Super League Grand Final since 2014.

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  2. 'It took me two-and-a-half years but I've finally done it'

    FT: St Helens 26-6 Salford

    St Helens coach Justin Holbrook on BBC Radio 5 Live:

    "It was great to be able to deliver the trophy back, it took me two-and-a-half years but I've finally done it.

    "I was really confident in our side but in the end we've had to play well and we did - we've played like that all year.

    "I knew Salford would not go away so I didn't expect us to blow them away early so all credit to them, they put on a great game."

  3. Coming up...

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    If you think the rugby league season ends here then you're wrong.

    The domestic season may be over, but over the course of the next six weeks, the Great Britain Rugby League Lions make their return to the international scene.

    The squad will be named on Monday ahead of two Tests against New Zealand, sandwiched by games against Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

    All the action gets under way on Saturday, 26 October and you'll be able to follow every try, kick and tackle on the BBC across TV, radio and online.

  4. 'St Helens were outstanding'

    FT: St Helens 26-6 Salford

    Salford Red Devils captain Mark Flanagan on BBC Radio 5 Live:

    "We hung in there early on and we were in the game at half-time but we gave the ball away too much in the second half and absorbed more pressure.

    "We didn't help ourselves at times and if you give this Saints side chances they'll take them, they were outstanding tonight."

  5. 'Means everything to win with my hometown club'

    FT: ST Helens 26-6 Salford

    St Helens half-back Jonny Lomax on BBC Radio 5 Live:

    "I missed 2014 and it was gutting, I went through some dark times but it means everything to win it for my hometown club.

    "We went well in the first 25-30 minutes and then they started to get on top of us but we worked hard."

  6. St Helens lift the Super League trophy

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    The floodlights go out and the spotlights come on as the St Helens players walk on to the podium to collect their medals from dual international legend Jason Robinson.

    St Helens last lifted the Super League trophy five years ago when they beat Wigan in a final best remembered for Ben Flower's sending off.

    There was no controversy about this victory as Saints led from start to finish.

    Coach Justin Holbrook is the last to collect his medal before James Roby comes up to lift the trophy which confirms that ST HELENS ARE SUPER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2019.

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  7. 'I promised my son I'd win him a Grand Final ring'

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    St Helens prop Kyle Amor on BBC Radio 5 Live:

    "We've all got our own stories but to work my way back and stay in this side and be here tonight, I promised my son I'd win him a Grand Final ring and I've delivered on that tonight.

    I'm over the moon and happy for the boys and fans and to send Justin Holbrook off like that."

  8. Hastings says thanks

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Jackson Hastings has just completed a post-match interview and then went straight over to the Salford fans.

    They've taken to him so well over the past 18 months and he has responded by helping Salford to the brink of the impossible.

    It's Wigan next in 2020 for Hastings - they're getting one hell of a player.

  9. Salford collect their medals

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    A final is no place for the loser as the Salford players file past the Super League trophy to pick up their medals.

    The long faces tell you just how much this hurts no matter how good a season they have had.

  10. Post update

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    St Helens v Salford

    It was a thoroughly deserved victory by St Helens, who have been the best side in Super League this season.

    Tries from Morgan Knowles and Zeb Taia put them on course.

    And although Jake Bibby gave Salford hope before half-time, Saints' game management of the second half was impressive as Mark Percival's try, two Lachlan Coote penalties and Tommy Makinson's memorable drop-goal confirmed victory.

  11. 'Job done for Saints'

    FT: St Helens 26-6 Salford

    Kevin Brown

    England international half-back on BBC Radio 5 Live

    St Helens set the foundations early with a relentless game, it was massive for Saints to get that legend status for the coach so it's job done.

  12. 'Terrific from St Helens'

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    Iestyn Harris

    Former Great Britain and Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    You can see the reaction when the hooter went from both teams, elation from St Helens and Salford just collapsed to the floor.

    It was a terrific performance from St Helens and well done.

  13. Thompson wins man the match

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    St Helens prop Luke Thompson has been named as winner of the Harry Sunderland trophy for man of the match.

    Thompson has been immense against both Wigan and Salford in the play-offs. The award is fully deserved.

  14. 'There's little in sport like it'

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    St Helens v Salford

    The contrast between the body language of the winners and losers on nights like this - there's little in sport like it.

    Salford's players are all flat on their backs. St Helens' players are jumping around as you'd expect champions to do, while Alex Walmsley sprints the length of the field to celebrate in front of the Saints' fans.

    He shows such speed, he looks like he could go another 80 minutes.

  15. BreakingSt Helens are Super League champions

    FT: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    Justin Holbrook's parting gift to St Helens is the Super League trophy as he now heads off to take over at NRL side Gold Coast.

    Saints have been accused of losing big games under Holbrook during his reign - but not tonight.

    St Helens are Grand Final winners for a sixth time.

  16. Full time: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    St Helens v Salford

    It's all over. The hooter goes. St Helens are Super League champions.

  17. DROP-GOAL: St Helens 23-6 Salford

    Tommy Makinson

    Two minutes to go and Tommy Makinson let's fly with a long-range drop-goal attempt that takes a deflection and still flies between the sticks.

    That score owed much to Alex Walmsley who carried two Salford players with him on the burst to set up the field position.

    Tommy Makinson
  18. Post update

    St Helens 22-6 Salford

    It's all about playing error-free rugby for St Helens now. Do nothing stupid in these closing minutes and they will be Super League champions for the seventh time.