Leeds vs Salford
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and also all-but confirmed their place in the semi-finals of Super League with a victory over Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils ended a series to efforts in Joey Lussick, Jake Bibby and also Niall Evalds. Four goals were enough to hold a fast-finishing Rhinos facet and help Salford notch an important result.
The victory sees the Ian Watson’s side maintain hold two points ahead of Hull FC, about the ladder with one round of the regular Super League year.
Rhinos’ England forwards Stevie Ward made his return to action following 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 at a loan move in June.
Salford started with Logan Tomkins held up over the try-line after 11 minutes and, 10 minutes later, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock due to Evalds.
The full-back ended a break off from the evasive Jackson Hastings underneath the posts to score. Inu converted the try to provide a 6-0 lead to Salford and, shortly after, the Red Devils have been .
A quick shift to left found the centre and Bibby stepped inside some defence. Inu made no error taking the score.
Leeds hit back three minutes to half-back Richie Myler. Jack Walker is put by A Liam Sutcliffe offload through a gap, and also he found Myler to conquer Evalds to cross. Rhyse Martin’s transformation was effective to make it 12-6.
Inu added another penalty goal right to extend Salford’s lead .
At the second half the Rhinos increased their strength, 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, however, Salford maintained turning them back together with strong contact and tackles.
Eventually they cracked at the 54th minute. A grubber in Brad Dwyer caused havoc at the in-goal area, fooling the visitors’ defence, and Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s transformation from directly in front clip it back to 14-12.
As both groups were put under enormous pressure, defence again came to the fore. The Rhinos came close several times to snatching an effort, however, Lussick burrowed around with seven minutes left to finally end Leeds’ fightback.
The travelling support of salford erupted and a flare was thrown to the field, stopping drama. After it was cleaned up Inu nailed another conversion to place the seal on the win.
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