Leeds vs Salford
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and all-but supported their spot in Super League’s semi-finals using a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos.
A decade-long losing streak was ended by the Red Devils at Headingley thanks to tries from Jake Bibby Niall Evalds and also Joey Lussick. Four goals kicked by Krisnan Inu were sufficient to hold a fast-finishing Rhinos facet and assist an important outcome is notched by Salford.
The victory sees the Ian Watson’s side keep hold two points ahead of Hull FC, on the ladder with only one round of the Super League year left.
Rhinos’ England forwards Stevie Ward compelled his return to activity after over six weeks to the sidelines with a knee injury, while opposing half-backs Tui Lolohea and Robert Lui confronted their former teams for the first time after placing clubs at financing move in June.
Salford started strongly with Logan Tomkins held up over the and, 10 minutes later, it was.
The full-back finished off a break from the evasive Jackson Hastings to score underneath the posts. Inu converted the try to offer a lead to Salford and, shortly after, the Red Devils have been .
A change to abandoned found the centre and Bibby stepped inside a defence to score. Inu made no error to add the extra 2 points, 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 transformation was effective to make it 12-6.
Inu added a second penalty goal to extend Salford’s lead .
From the second half the Rhinos increased their strength, but the Red Devils’ defence was up to the endeavor. A string of penalties that are back-to-back had Leeds camped on the visitors’ try-line, but Salford maintained turning them back together with contact and tackles.
Eventually they cracked in the 54th minute. A grubber from Brad Dwyer caused havoc at the in-goal area, fooling the people’ defence, also forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s transformation from directly in front cut it back.
Defence came to the forefront since both teams were put under pressure. To snatching a effort the Rhinos came several times, but Lussick burrowed over with seven minutes left to end Leeds’ fightback.
The travelling support of salford erupted and there was a flare thrown stopping play. Inu pinpointed another conversion to place the seal after it was cleaned up.
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