Friday 25th July 2014, 20:00 - Round:22

Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils

18 (12)

VS.

Leeds Rhinos

(12) 22

Leeds Rhinos
Junior Sa'u, Theo Fages, Jordan Walne,

T Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward,

Darrell Griffin, Josh Griffin 2,

G

Zak Hardaker 3,

  DG  

Attendance: 5,012  Official: R Silverwood  Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

TRIES:
3
4
TRIES:
GOALS:
3
3
GOALS:
METRES:
1223
1196
METRES:
CARRIES:
183
187
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
326
326
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
15
12
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
8
5
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
9
5
BREAKS:

Leeds Rhinos overcame the absence of Kevin Sinfield to maintain their challenge for top spot in the First Utility Super League with a hard-fought success that brought Salford Red Devil’s three-match winning run under formerLeedscaptain Iestyn Harris to an end.

The Rhinos' 22-18 victory keeps them just two points behind leaders St Helens but deals a major blow to the play-off hopes of the Red Devils, who are now four points behind eighth-placed Widnes Vikings with five matches left.

In addition to the suspended Sinfield, Leeds were also without forwards Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey and Mitch Achurch through injury but their youthful bench players showed they were up to the task as they held off a strong challenge from their in-form hosts, who lost star full-back Kevin Locke with a back injury before half-time.

The absence of Sinfield paved the way for Leeds to turn back the clock by reuniting Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow in the halves and it was the scurrying Burrow who produced the first break of the match.

That came to nothing, however, and it was Salford who opened the scoring in the 12th minute when centre Junior Sa'u beat Ryan Hall to the ball after Locke threaded it through the visitors defence to claim his 11th try of the season.

Josh Griffin's conversion made it 6-0 but Leeds struck a purple patch to go 12-6 ahead.

Full-back Zak Hardaker dived full length to ground the ball from McGuire's stabbed kick before centre Kallum Watkins finished off a spectacular 60-metre move started by hooker Paul Aiton and continued by winger Tom Briscoe.

Hardaker added both goals but the Red Devils finished the first half the stronger side, despite losing Locke five minutes before the break.

Scrum-half Theo Fages had a try disallowed for a forward pass but he was not denied shortly afterwards after winning the footrace to Rangi Chase's kick to the line and Griffin tied the scores with his second conversion.

There was little to choose between the sides but another momentum shift early in the second half saw Leeds open up a 10-point advantage.

Second rower Carl Ablett twisted and turned out of a three-man tackle to score one of his trademark opportunist tries and Stevie Ward scythed through the Salford defence for another after a break by fellow substitute Liam Sutcliffe set up field position.

Salford also enjoyed significant impact from the bench, with Niall Evalds slotting nicely into Locke's position and forward Jordan Walne getting his side back in the game by taking Chase's drop-off pass to score his first try of the season.

Griffin's third goal meant there was just four points in it and it stayed that way after Hardaker missed with a 40-metre penalty kick at goal.

That was the signal for the Red Devils to launch one last effort and Sa'u went on a rampaging run for the line, only to lose the ball in Hardaker's tackle.

Junior Sau 1 0 26 4 3 3 0 11 76 6.91 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Theo Fages 1 0 25 4 0 2 5 8 32 4.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jordan Walne 1 0 21 5 2 6 0 11 105 9.55 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kevin Locke 0 1 5 0 1 2 1 6 81 13.50 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
Greg Johnson 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 11 91 8.27 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mason Caton-Brown 0 0 10 0 1 0 0 12 84 7.00 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Griffin 0 0 9 1 2 3 0 12 105 8.75 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 1
Rangi Chase 0 2 14 0 2 3 7 23 115 5.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 0
Adrian Morley 0 0 22 1 2 5 0 14 89 6.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Logan Tomkins 0 0 44 4 5 0 0 7 32 4.57 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 2
Darrell Griffin 0 0 21 4 2 4 0 11 64 5.82 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Harrison Hansen 0 0 30 4 6 4 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mat Ashurst 0 0 36 12 1 0 0 7 22 3.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tony Puletua 0 0 25 3 0 1 0 12 53 4.42 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Steve Rapira 0 0 13 0 3 2 0 7 53 7.57 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Jason Walton 0 0 19 0 1 1 0 10 48 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Niall Evalds 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 10 103 10.30 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (FB) K. Locke
  • (W) G. Johnson
  • (U) J. Sa'u
  • (U) M. Caton-Brown
  • (U) J. Griffinx2
  • (SO) R. Chase
  • (SH) T. Fages
  • (P) A. Morley
  • (H) L. Tomkins
  • (SR) D. Griffin
  • (SR) H. Hansen
  • (U) M. Ashurst
  • (SR) T. Puletua
  • (P) S. Rapira
  • (SR) J. Walne
  • (SO) N. Evalds
  • (U) J. Walton

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Jamie Peacock

Metres: 146

Tackles: 36

Player

Josh Walters

Tackles: 32

Player

Logan Tomkins

Tackles: 44

Player

Mat Ashurst

Tackles: 36