Leeds vs Salford
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and also all-but supported their spot in the semi-finals of Super League with a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils finished a losing series at Headingley due to tries from Jake Bibby, Niall Evalds and Joey Lussick. Four goals kicked by Krisnan Inu were enough assist an important outcome is notched by Salford and to hold off a fast-finishing Rhinos side.
The success sees the Ian Watson’s side keep hold of fourth place, two points about the brink with one round of the normal Super League year.
Rhinos’ England forwards Stevie Ward made his return to activity after over six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, while opposing half-backs Tui Lolohea and Robert Lui faced their former teams to the very first time after swapping clubs in financing transfer in June.
Salford started strongly with Logan Tomkins held up after 11 minutes over the try-line and, 10 minutes later, it was.
The full-back ended a excellent break off from the evasive Jackson Hastings under the posts to score. Inu converted the try to give Salford a lead and, soon after, the Red Devils have been in again.
A shift to abandoned found also the center and Bibby stepped inside some defence to score. Inu made no error to add the extra two points, taking the score 12-0.
Leeds hit back three minutes from half-time thanks to half-back Richie Myler. Jack Walker is put by A Liam Sutcliffe offload and also he found Myler in support to conquer Evalds to cross. Rhyse Martin’s conversion was effective to make it 12-6.
Inu added a second penalty goal before the break to expand Salford’s lead .
From the second half the Rhinos lifted their strength, but the Red Devils’ defence was up to the undertaking. A string of penalties that are back-to-back had Leeds camped on the people’ try-line, however, Salford kept turning them back with strong contact and tackles.
They cracked in the 54th minute. A grubber in Brad Dwyer caused havoc fooling the people’ defence, and Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s conversion from directly in front cut it back.
Defence again came to the forefront since both groups were put under enormous pressure. To snatching an winning try, the Rhinos came close several times, but Lussick burrowed around with seven minutes left to end Leeds’ fightback.
The travelling service of salford plummeted along with a flare was thrown to the area, stopping play. Once it was cleaned up Inu nailed a different conversion to set the seal in the win.
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