Rhinos Keep Clean Sheet At Headingley

The Leeds Rhinos kept a side to 0 for the first time inside the newly renovated Emerald Headingley Stadium. Leeds would apply the pressure early on, a high kick hanging just before the in goal area, the heavy chase causing Niall Evalds to come up with a rare handling error from fullback. The knock on would set Leeds up 10 metres away from the Salford line, the Rhinos shifting it through the hands to Tom Briscoe to cross in the corner after just 4 minutes.

Salford would get their own shot at the Rhinos line, Leeds coming up with the handling error and the Red Devils would try their hand at registering points, the Leeds line refusing to bow to the pressure and then getting a relieving penalty as the Salford kick chasers deemed to be offside.

A messy error and penalty filled 10 minutes would ensue, both sides having trouble with discipline and keeping hold of the ball. Leeds spilling the ball and Salford penalised over and over for being offside.

Niall Evalds day would go from bad to worst, losing the ball next to his in goal area, Handley the fastest to react to the loose ball, grabbing his 7th try in four games in 2018, Watkins converting to give the Rhinos a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.

Salford were putting in the hard work in defence, forcing the ball loose in a crunching tackle from Ryan Lannon, putting Salford in good field position but once more the Red Devils unable to capitalize and come up with points, Wood held up short of the line in Salford's best chance of the half.

The Rhinos would finish the half with a penalty goal, Kallum Watkins making no mistake from almost straight infront sending the Rhinos into the half 12-0 up. Niall Evalds would have to be escorted from the field for a HIA just before the end of the half, meaning Robert Lui would slot in at fullback for the Red Devils.

A fairly uneventful second half would have to wait until the 58th minute for anything of note to happen, the Rhinos awarded a penalty in Salford 30, Watkins getting his 3rd successful conversion of the afternoon as Leeds now moved to a 14-0 lead.

Neither side was playing at their best, Leeds with far too many handling errors putting them under pressure and Salford lacking the clinical touches to get them points on the board.

The last 10 minutes would see Leeds really hammering at the Salford goal line, forcing a goal line drop out and keeping the Red Devils pinned in their own 20 before Josh Walters would make a rare appearance to the scoreboard, the Rhinos forward crashing over and Watkins converting to give the Rhinos a 20-0 victory over Salford.



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