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Leeds Rhinos v Salford City Reds, Friday 11th March, kick off 8pm

5th March 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos welcome Salford City Reds to Headingley Carnegie next Friday night as they look to get their home campaign back on track.

Salford lost their opening two games of the season but bounced back in Round Three with a fantastic win over Wakefield. They were unlucky against a determined Wigan side at the Willows last weekend.

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The City Reds have invested heavily this season with some high profile signings to bolster the team that finished 12th last season, one place higher than the previous season.

Shaun McRae will miss the game whilst he is on leave due to illness and the Reds will be hoping to cheer their boss up with a repeat of their 2009 victory at Headingley Carnegie.

The match up between the respective full backs in Brent Webb and Australian superstar Luke Patten will be an interesting subplot whilst former Castleford and Bradford hooker Wayne Godwin will be hoping to make up for lost time as he looks to fill the boots left by Malcolm Alker following a suspension for a sending off at the Magic weekend.

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Leeds Rhinos 46 Salford City Reds 12

11th March 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

A fine second half performance saw the Rhinos back to winning ways with a 46-12 win over Salford at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Rhinos returned to a wet Headingley Carnegie for round five of the Engage Super League season and a clash with Salford City Reds.

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Brad Singleton was named on the bench for the Rhinos and he was set to become the 50th player to graduate from the club's academy in the summer era. Ali Lauitiiti was making his 150th career start alongside Weller Hauraki in the second row in the Rhinos 200th regular season home Super League game.

The Rhinos, without five first choice props, starting with Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ian Kirke in the front row. However, the home side found themselves behind early on. Carl Ablett was penalised for not being square at the tackle 20 metres out and the Reds took full advantage. They went close down the wing but for a brave tackle by Ben Jones-Bishop which resulted in the youngster going off injured. However, they move the ball back in field and Stefan Ratchford collected Daniel Holdsworth's threw kick to score. Holdsworth added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Leeds found themselves having to attack from deep as Salford used the conditions to their advantage. The visitors were fortunate to keep all 13 players on the field after eleven minutes when Ray Cashmere aimed a flurry of punches at Webb's head in plain sight of two officials. After a ticking off, Cashmere was only penalised by referee Thierry Alibert.

However, Cashmere's team mate's will not have been thanking him as the game changed from that moment on. The Rhinos were in red hot form and seemed to open up Salford at will. The Rhinos equalised through Keith Senior, as the centre crossed for his first try of the season, but it followed a period of sustained pressure when the home defence forced Salford to twice drop out.

The Rhinos then had to defend their line but a brilliant one on one tackle by Kallum Watkins on Adam Sidlow denied the Reds a try before Leeds went straight down the other end to score. Weller Hauraki made the break before passing to Webb. The full back drew the cover and fed Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who just made it to the line.

The home side then made 18-6 with just over ten minutes to go until half time. This time Hauraki was the recipient of the good work as Rob Burrow tore threw the visitors defence. SInfield converted all three tries to make it 18-6.

Watkins then produced his second piece of brilliance on defence to strip Ratchford as he looked certain to score. The Reds did get a score back just before the break when Sidlow forced his way over from close range. Holdsworth converted to leave the game evenly poised at 18-12 at the break.

The second half was a real tussle as neither side were able to take control of the game in the cold conditions. There were too many errors from either side to allow the game to flow and the home crowd were bemused by a number of decisions from referee Alibert.

Kevin Sinfield did settle the home nerves when he edged his side further in front with a penalty from 25 metres out when Burrow was taken out with a high tackle following a break by Webb after 49 minutes.

Just before the hour mark, Singleton came on for his debut to a warm round of applause and he showed that he was up to the task with a couple of good runs in his first set as a Super League player.

Kallum Watkins then capped a fine individual performance with his side's fourth try of the game. It came from the base of a scrum. Sinfield worked a run around with Webb before skipper threw a looping wide pass to Watkins a footrace to the line which he was never going to lose. Sinfield added the touchline conversion, judging the wind perfectly to make it 26-12 just after the hour mark.

The Rhinos then put the game to bed with three quick tries. The first was created by SInfield once again as he released Webb to score. Sinfield missed his first kick of the game but the Rhinos were in full command.

Carl Ablett and Kallum Watkins then combined twice for two tries for the former. The first came after a great break involving five pairs of Rhinos hands and Watkins was unlucky not to score. However, Leeds kept their cool and eventually Ablett crossed when Salford attempted to knock down a pass.

Ablett was then put through a gap by Watkins for his second. Sinfield converted both tries to make it 40-12.

The game was capped with a try in the final minute when Ali Lauitiiti raced through to touch down Webb's grubber. Sinfield converted to make the final score 46-12.

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