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Leeds Rhinos 20 Salford Red Devils 14

24th February 2017

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos made sure that they got their home campaign off to a winning start with a hard earned 20-14 victory over Salford Red Devils at Headingley Carnegie.

The lead changed hands on four occasions before the game was evenly poised in the final quarter at 14-14. With both sides having missed long range penalty kicks, the Rhinos sealed the win when Liam Sutcliffe finished off a break from distance to score between the posts.  
 
Ryan Hall's try gave Leeds an early lead in the Betfred Super League clash but they could only add a Rob Burrow penalty as Salford went into half-time 8-6 up courtesy of tries from Gareth O'Brien and Kris Welham.
 
Hall’s try was created by a perfectly disguised kick by Danny McGuire as the skipper returned to the starting line up in place of Sutcliffe. Hall jumped highest and came down with the ball to score after nine minutes.
 
Burrow missed the conversion attempt and the Red Devils levelled the score when Adam O’Brien glided through to score in the corner. He was unable to convert his own try.  
 
Burrow then kicked his first points of the night from a penalty after Lee Mossop was penalised for a high tackle on Stevie Ward.
 
And the visitors went into half-time with a narrow lead when Robert Lui set up Welham to score his first Salford try, despite the best efforts of Leeds full-back Ashton Golding.
 
The break allowed the Rhinos to regroup and they were back in front four minutes into the second half after quick thinking from dummy-half McGuire allowed Keinhorst to race clear to score under the posts, leaving a simple conversion for Burrow.
 
The scrum-half was on target again minutes later to give Leeds a six-point advantage which would have been greater had Salford not scrambled to haul down Keinhorst just inches short of the line in the build-up to the penalty.
 
Tom Briscoe had an acrobatic effort ruled out as the Rhinos piled on the pressure, but in the next set Salford went close after breaking from deep to serve a warning to their hosts.
 
Good scrambling defence by Leeds kept Salford out but the Red Devils' pressure finally told as Tomkins took an offload and powered his way over from close range.
 
O'Brien's conversion levelled the scores up and the sides remained level after both he and Burrow missed penalties from range.
 
Leeds continued to look for a way to get the telling score and Ward’s pass opened up the defence allowing Sutcliffe to eventually finish off between the posts. 

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