Leeds vs Salford
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and all-but affirmed their place in the semi-finals of Super League with a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils ended a streak to tries from Jake Bibby Niall Evalds and Joey Lussick. Four goals kicked by Krisnan Inu were sufficient help an important outcome is notched by Salford and to hold off a fast-finishing Rhinos side.
The success sees the Ian Watson’s side maintain hold two points ahead of sixth-placed Hull FC, on the ladder with 1 round of the Super League season abandoned.
Rhinos’ England forward Stevie Ward made his return to action after over six weeks to the sidelines with a knee injury, while opposing half-backs Tui Lolohea and Robert Lui faced their former teams to the first time after swapping clubs in a loan transfer in June.
Salford started closely with Logan Tomkins held up following 11 minutes over the try-line and, 10 minutes later, it was.
The full-back finished off a wonderful break from the evasive Jackson Hastings beneath the posts to score. Inu converted the try to give a lead to Salford and, shortly after, the Red Devils have been .
A shift to left found Bibby and the centre stepped to score inside a defence. Inu made no error taking the score.
Leeds hit back three minutes from half-time thanks to half-back Richie Myler. A Liam Sutcliffe offload put Jack Walker and also he discovered Myler in support to conquer Evalds to cross. Rhyse Martin’s conversion was successful to make it 12-6.
Inu added a second penalty goal right to extend Salford’s lead .
At the second half the Rhinos lifted their intensity, but the Red Devils’ defence was up to this endeavor. A run of back-to-back penalties had Leeds camped on the people’ try-line, but Salford kept turning back them with tackles and contact that is robust.
Eventually they cracked from the 54th minute. A grubber from Brad Dwyer caused havoc at the in-goal area, fooling the visitors’ defence, also forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s conversion from right in front clip it back.
Defence again came to the forefront since both teams were placed under pressure. To snatching an winning effort, the Rhinos came close several times, but Lussick burrowed over with seven minutes left to end Leeds’ fightback.
Salford’s travelling service plummeted along with there was a flare thrown stopping play. After it was cleaned up Inu nailed another conversion to set the seal in the win.
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