Salford Red Devils win sixth Super League match in a row after beating Warrington 22-6

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Ken Sio scored a superb hat-trick as Salford recorded their sixth successive win, beating Warrington 22-6 in the Super League contest at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The victory gave the Red Devils' play-off hopes a massive boost against the newly-crowned Challenge Cup holders.

Australian Sio ran in three tries in 14 minutes after a tense first half had ended without a try being scored, Salford holding a narrow 2-0 lead thanks to a Krisnan Inu penalty.

Jake Bibby also got a try and Inu added two more conversions as Salford took control after the restart on their way to a third win over Warrington this season - a result which lifts them to third in the table.

Warrington, playing just five days after they beat St Helens at Wembley, made several changes to their line-up with the likes of Chris Hill, Declan Patton and Mike Cooper rested.

The visitors battled hard in the first half but clearly ran out of energy after the turnaround, finishing well beaten.

In contrast, the Red Devils had not played since August 17, when they impressively won for a fifth successive match at Hull.

The run has seen them emerge as serious contenders to finish in the top four in a season many predicted they would struggle to stay up.

Despite their Cup heroics, Warrington's Super League form has been poor - losing their last five games - a run which has seen Salford, Wigan and Hull all make ground on them in the race for a play-off spot.

After a tryless first half, Salford held a slim 2-0 lead thanks to a 10th minute Inu penalty after the visitors were caught offside.

For all the promptings of half-backs Tui Lolohea and Jackson Hastings, Salford could not find a way through the Warrington defence despite forcing their opponents to concede two goal-line dropouts.

The game's first try finally arrived in the 49th minute when a towering kick to the corner by Lolohea was spilled by Wolves winger Tom Lineham and Salford winger Sio scooped up the loose ball to score.

Inu's conversion attempt hit the upright but the try seemed to energise the Red Devils and their supporters and they produced a match-defining spell.

Sio got his second try after a brilliant pass in the tackle by Kris Welham to Niall Evalds had kept the ball alive, before Bibby finished a stunning move sparked by a determined burst by Joey Lussick through the heart of the Wolves defence.

With 17 minutes remaining, Sio wrapped up his hat-trick when he picked up a loose kick close to his own try-line and sprinted almost the length of the field to score a try which Inu goaled.

Warrington finally got off the mark with a minute remaining when Danny Walker scored a try which Stefan Ratchford, making his 350th career appearance, converted.

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