Leeds Rhinos 12-20 Salford Red Devils: Play-offs beckon for Ian Watson’s men

Leeds vs Salford
Super League
7:45pm Friday 6th September

Salford Red Devils notched their seventh win in a row and all-but supported their spot in the semi-finals of Super League using a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos.
The Red Devils ended a series at Headingley thanks to tries from Joey Lussick, Jake Bibby and also Niall Evalds. Four goals were sufficient help a significant outcome is notched by Salford and to hold a fast-finishing Rhinos facet.
The victory sees the Ian Watson’s side maintain hold two points ahead of sixth-placed Hull FC, about the ladder with only 1 round of the standard Super League year left.
Rhinos’ England forwards Stevie Ward left his return to action after more than six weeks to the sidelines with a knee injury, while conflicting half-backs Tui Lolohea and Robert Lui confronted their former teams for the very first time after placing clubs in financing transfer in June.
Salford started closely with Logan Tomkins held up after 11 minutes over the try-line and, 10 minutes later, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock because of Evalds.
The full-back finished a break off from the elusive Jackson Hastings underneath the posts to score. Inu converted the try to offer Salford a 6-0 lead and, soon after, the Red Devils were in again.
A change to left found Bibby and the center stepped to score inside some defence. Inu made no error to add the additional 2 points, taking the score.
Leeds hit back three minutes to half-back Richie Myler. Jack Walker is put by A great Liam Sutcliffe offload and he discovered Myler to beat Evalds to cross. Rhyse Martin’s conversion was effective to make it 12-6.
Inu added a second penalty goal to extend the lead of Salford .
From the second half the Rhinos increased their strength, but the Red Devils’ defence was up to the task. A set of penalties that are back-to-back had Leeds camped on the people’ try-line, but Salford kept turning them back together with contact and terrific tackles.
Finally they cracked at the 54th minute. A grubber in Brad Dwyer caused chaos at the area, fooling the people’ defence, also Jamie Jones-Buchanan pounced. Martin’s conversion from directly in front clip it back to 14-12.
As both teams were placed under huge pressure, defence came to the fore. To snatching an winning effort the Rhinos came several times, however, Lussick burrowed around with seven minutes left to eventually end Leeds’ fightback.
Salford’s travelling support erupted and there was a flare thrown to the field, stopping play. Inu nailed another conversion to place the seal in the 16, after it was cleaned up.

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