12 Man Salford Ruin Rhinos


Leeds would score the opening off the back of a Salford error, a spilled ball in a hand off attempt giving Leeds head and feed, from there Brad Dwyer would spy the gap from dummy half and scoot over from close range to open the scoring and give the Rhinos the best possible start to the game, Sutcliffe converting.

Poor execution would hand Salford a 7 tackle set, Leeds kicking close to the line but the ball running dead and setting Salford up on their own 20, from there Robert Lui would attack the Rhinos line 4 tackles into the set before releasing Ryan Lannon to smash his way over, Chamberlain unable to convert, 6-4.

Salford would go back to back, Jackson Hastings making an immediate impact with a convincing show and go, Niall Evalds backing up in support and racing clear to score and give the Red Devils the lead after 10 minutes, Chamberlain able to convert this time as Salford took a 10-6 lead.
The Red Devils' newest arrival would once more cut the Rhinos deep, Robert Lui stabbing a kick towards the Leeds in goal area, the kick deflecting and ricocheting off two Rhinos men and Jackson Hastings coming up with the ball, the Australian import diving over from close range, Chamberlain kicking the goal, 16-6.

The Rhinos discipline would only extend Salford's purple patch, Leeds laying on Daniel Murray and piggy-backing Salford to the Leeds 40, Salford sending the ball through the hands and Ed Chamberlain then backing himself through the gap from 30 metres out to score on the right, Chamberlain adding the extras from the touchline to extend Salford's lead to 22-6.

20 minutes in and it looked like Salford's hard work may be undone, Lee Mossop seeing red after altercation and the officials clearly spotting something untoward from the Salford forward, Salford reduced to 12 for the next 60 minutes of the game.

Leeds immediately punishing Ian Watson's men as Liam Sutcliffe would dummy close to the line and slip through a hole, the gap on the scoreboard reduced slightly more after Sutcliffe converted his own try, 22-12.

The sides would exchange goal line drop outs for the next 15 minutes, neither side able to turn possession into points, Salford looking the more dangerous off the two sides, even winning the ball back for a goal line drop out, Lui's kick evading Keinhorst and bouncing out to give Salford possession on their own 40.

Salford seemed the hungrier of the two sides, forcing a turnover through tenacious defence, winning the penalty through fast play and then capping it all off with a try, Robert Lui the latest player to throw the dummy close to the line and come up with 4 points, Chamberlain unable to convert as Salford walked into the half with a 26-12 lead.

Leeds looked to have made a more encouraging start to the second half, forcing a goal line drop out, Salford quickly stomping out the embers of hope as Lui and Chamberlain forced a Rhinos knock on less than 10 meters from the line.

Leeds looked to be finally finding a way to make the numbers count, Joel Moon spreading the Red Devils defence and breaking free, tipping on for Tom Briscoe to race into the corner and put the Rhinos within 10 points of Salford, Sutcliffe unabe to convert, 26-16.

Salford had really got the Rhinos on the back foot with 20 minutes left to play, Chamberlain attempting to slot the 2 points when the opportunity arose, Salford getting an even better opportunity when Leeds lost the ball close to their own line.

Niall Evalds' confidence had clearly been given a major boost by his first try, not requiring any assistance on his second try as he stepped and cut through the Rhinos defence from 15 metres out to extend Salford's lead further, Ed Chamberlain making light work off the boot, 32-16 Salford.

Salford would close out the game with 10 minutes left to play, Robert Lui sliding the kick into Leeds danger zone once more and coming up with points yet again, Josh Jones picking the ball up and four points to go with it, Chamberlain adding the extras, 38-16.

Leeds would grab nothing more than a consolation try in the dying minutes of the game, Aston Golding chipping over the top for Matt Parcell to score the try, Sutcliffe converting as Salford to took a 38-22 win over the Rhinos.


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