Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos Match Report

It’s too early to say that Leeds rhinos are back, but this tremendous 46-14 victory at Salford Red Devil’s demonstrates a real commitment to improvement and good times ahead.

Teenage sensation Jack Walker finished with a treble and big Samoan centre Konrad Hurrell showed up strongly with a double .

The home team actually opened the scoring with try from Joey Lussick but rapid responses from Leeds resulted in try’s for Adam Cuthbertson , Jack Walker and Konrad Hurrell to give Leeds an 18-6 half time lead. Trent Merrin and Kallum Watkins played important parts in these scores and jack walker was superb throughout. With a boost to his confidence the young full back has the ability to have a fantastic season and his performance bodes well for the Rhinos.

Into the second half and the home team again showed up strongly. Full back Neal Evalds made excellent ground from a Lolohea high ball, with Lussick and Jackson Hastings combining to put Josh Jones over for a nice try . Ken Sio converted and it was game on with Salford trailing by six points.

A Lolohea penalty kick after a skirmish from a foul on Richie Myler gave the visitors some breathing space but Ken Sio hit back shortly after with a penalty of his own.

If Salford Fans were expecting a comeback however they were sadly mistakes as the Rhinos ground them into floor with some tremendous free flowing rugby league.

Hurrell went over on 59 minutes following a lovely pass from Watkins which created an opening for Brett Ferres and then Matt Parcell went over from ten meters and the scoreboard was ticking over nicely.

Lolohea was impressive throughout with a lovely running game and some very astute kicking. Jack Walker will surely benefit from the keen tactical game of his stand off, as he did with the next score when he took a kick to cross over for a wonderfully executed try.

Walker had his hat-rick soon after following another superb break by Parcell. This was quick fire, pulsating rugby league from the Rhinos and Salford could do little to stop them .

Winger Ash Handley added salt to the wound with another well taken try after good work from Hurrell and Parcell .

A lot of boxes were ticked for the Rhinos in this performance and Salford coach Ian Watson will be disappointed in that second half performance. The Rhinos will need another four or five games of this quality however to prove the doubters wrong .

Salford: Evalds; Olpherts, Welham, Sa'u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan.

Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, Griffin, Tomkins.

Leeds: Walker; Briscoe, Watkins, Hurrell, Handley; Lolohea, Myler; Peteru, Dwyer, Cuthbertson, Ferres, Ward, Merrin.

Replacements: Parcell, Smith, Singleton, Donaldson.



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