Leeds vs Salford
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and all-but supported their place in Super League’s semi-finals using a victory over Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils finished a losing series to efforts in Niall Evalds, Jake Bibby and Joey Lussick. Four goals dropped by Krisnan Inu were sufficient to hold off a fast-finishing Rhinos facet and assist Salford notch a significant result.
The success sees the Ian Watson’s side maintain hold two points ahead of sixth-placed Hull FC, on the brink with only one round of the regular Super League year.
Rhinos’ England forwards Stevie Ward forced his return to action after over six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, while opposing half-backs Tui Lolohea and Robert Lui confronted their former teams to the first time after swapping clubs in a loan move in June.
Salford started with Logan Tomkins held up over the and, 10 minutes later, it was.
The full-back ended off a wonderful break from the elusive Jackson Hastings to score. Inu converted the try to give Salford a 6-0 lead and, shortly after, the Red Devils have been in again.
A fast change to left found also the centre and Bibby stepped to score inside some meagre defence. Inu made no mistake to add the additional 2 points, taking the score.
Leeds hit back 3 minutes to half-back Richie Myler. Jack Walker is put by A great Liam Sutcliffe offload and also he discovered Myler to beat Evalds to cross. Rhyse Martin’s conversion was successful to make it 12-6.
Inu added a second penalty goal before the break to expand the lead of Salford .
In the second half the Rhinos lifted their strength, but the Red Devils’ defence was up to this job. A string of penalties that are back-to-back had Leeds camped about the people’ try-line, however, Salford kept turning them back together with tackles and contact that is strong.
They cracked from the 54th minute. A grubber from Brad Dwyer caused chaos fooling the visitors’ defence, and Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s transformation from right before clip it back.
As both groups were put under pressure defence again came to the fore. The Rhinos came several times to snatching an winning try, however, Lussick burrowed around with seven minutes left to eventually end Leeds’ fightback.
The travelling support of salford faded along with there was a flare thrown on to the area, stopping drama. Inu nailed another conversion to set the seal Once it was cleaned up.
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