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Leeds Rhinos v Salford City Reds, kick off 3pm

12th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos entertain Salford City Reds on Bank Holiday Monday at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 3pm.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams in Super League since the Reds returned to the top flight this season.

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However, the teams did meet in pre-season in Jacksonville in Florida when Leeds won a hard fought contest 12-10 with a late try from Ryan Hall.

The last time Leeds played Salford in a competitive fixture was in the 2007 season. The two teams opened up that year’s campaign with a game against each other at The Willows when Brent Webb and Kylie Leuluai made their debuts. Leeds went onto win that game 30-26 but despite the close result the two teams had contrasting seasons – with Leeds crowned Super League Champions and Salford relegated from the top flight.

Leeds have never been defeated by Salford in Super League, but their biggest win over today’s opponents was during the 1987-88 season when Leeds recorded as 60-6 win over their Lancashire rivals.

In Super League the 56-6 win at Headingley Carnegie, when Danny McGuire made his debut, is the Rhinos’ biggest win over Salford. Tonie Carroll and Mark Calderwood both scoring a brace of tries each in that game.

Prior to the start of Super League Salford managed to record 51 victories over Leeds, their highest score coming in the 1973-74 season when they won 61-13. Salford have only won six fixtures at Headingley Carnegie, their best result in the 1976-77 season when they won 28-13. 

Francis Cummins is the leading try scorer against Salford with 13 tries and Iestyn Harris still holds the record for most points scored with 124, although both Kevin Sinfield and Danny McGuire have the potential to overtake these records with Sinfield on 108 points and McGuire on 10 tries. 

Salford finished top of National League One last season, having lost just three games all season before going on to triumph in the Grand Final against Celtic Crusaders.

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Leeds Rhinos 20 Salford City Reds 30

13th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Salford City Reds recorded their first ever win over Leeds Rhinbs in the Super League era with a 30-20 win at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos trailed 22-6 at half time but mounted a second half fightback with tries from Ryan Hall, Keith Senior and Jamie Peacock but a late interception try from Jordan Turner sealed the win for Shaun McRae’s side.

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Whilst the Rhinos were backing up from the disappointment of a loss to Bradford on Good Friday, Salford were full of confidence after victory over Warrington in their own local derby on the back of their surprise win over Hull FC in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Fourth Round.

Ryan Bailey and Luke Burgess started in the front row for the Rhinos whilst youngster Ben Jones-Bishop came into the side on the wing in place of Kallum Watkins.

Both teams were greeted by perfect conditions on a Bank Holiday afternoon with the sun shining and an expectant crowd inside Headingley Carnegie. The Rhinos had an opportunity early on when Danny McGuire sparked them into life with a number of quick offloads however the final pass went into touch and the chance was gone.

The visitors then took the lead after seven minutes when Richard Mylers grubber kick from ten metres out wrong footed the Leeds defenders and John Wilshere was on hand to touch the ball down. He converted his own try for good measure to make it 6-0.

It got better for Salford when they increased their lead after 14 minutes. Leeds were penned inside their own 20 metre area as they tried to produce a clearly set of six and Burrow’s kick only just got inside the Salford half which allowed the visitors to counter attack with space. Eventually the ball was moved along the back line and Mark Henry touched down in the corner. Wilshere was off target with the conversion attempt to leave the score at 10-0.

The Rhinos were denied a try three minutes later when referee James Childs disallowed McGuire’s effort and gave the home side the head and feed at a ten metre scrum instead. A Salford hand had knocked the ball down as McGuire attempted an offload and the half back had reacted quickly to dive on the loose ball however, after consulting with his in goal assistant the try was chalked off. 

Eventually the Rhinos did find a way over and it came from Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Kevin Sinfield made the chance with a darting run before passing to Jones-Buchanan who crossed for his sixth try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 10-6 after 30 minutes. 

Leeds had a great chance to level the game five minutes later when Danny Buderus made an intuitive break in midfield however his supporting players were unable to get to him in time and the chance was gone.  They then looked certain to gain possession deep in Salford territory when McGuire raced through to try and collect a loose ball. He appeared to be pulled back by the Salford defender however this time referee Childs went to his touch judge for advice and awarded the scrum to the visitors.

It got worse for the Champions as the hooter went to signal the end of the first half when an offload from Ali Lauitiiti was snatched up by Richard Myler and he went 70 metres to score. Wilshere added the conversion to make it 16-6 at the break.

Leeds will have wanted to start the second half well but unfortunately Ben Jones-Bishop knocked on from the kick off and Salford earned two repeat sets. The Rhinos were able to resist that attack however the City Reds got the bounce of the ball in their next visit when Myler’s grubber kick richocheted into the arms of Robbie Paul who crossed for the try. Wilshere added the conversion to make it 22-6 after 50 minutes.

The Rhinos finally hit back after 53 minutes when good work by Senior freed up the ball for Ryan Hall to cross for his tenth try of the season. Sinfield was unable to add the conversion so it remained 22-10.

Salford managed to extend their lead just after the hour mark with a long range penalty from Wilshere however Leeds continued to mount a fightback when Sinfield offloaded to Jones-Buchanan, who managed to flick the ball on in the tackle to Senior to score. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but the gap had been cut to 24-14 with 12 minutes to play. 

The Rhinos then set up a grandstand finish with third second half try. Having gained a penalty deep in their own half, the home side surged forward before Jamie Peacock took the ball up from 15 metres out and powered through the full back Wilshere to score between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 24-20 with seven minutes to go. 

However, just as the atmosphere was building to a peak, Salford burst the Rhinos bubble when Jordan Turner latched onto a loose pass and went 60 metres untouched to score between the posts. Wilshere added the conversion to give the City Reds a winning margin. 

Leeds Rhinos: Jones-Bishop, Ablett, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Burgess, Diskin, Bailey, Jones-Buchanan, Kirke, Sinfield
Subs: K Leuluai, Lauitiiti, Peacock, Buderus
Salford City Reds: Wilshere, Henry, Littler, Turner, Ratchford, Smith, Myler, Cashmere, Malcolm Alker, Stapleton, Adamson, Parker, Swain
Subs: SIbbit, P Leuluai, Paul, Jewitt
Referee: James Childs

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