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Leeds Rhinos 52 Salford City Reds 14

10th August 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds produced a controlled, clinical performance at Headingley Carnegie to outclass Salford, winning 52-14 and leave Shaun McRea’s side rooted to the foot of engage Super League.

Jamie Thackray produced a man of the match winning performance, scoring two tries in the process, whilst their was a debut for Mike Ratu and a first try of the season for Kylie Leuluai.

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The Headingley Carnegie surface was in near perfect condition and with a pleasant summer's evening greeting both sides as they came it, the game looked set for an exhibition of Rugby League.

And it only took three minutes before Leeds were on the score sheet. Great handling by the home side near the Salford line had Shaun McRea’s side scrambling in defence and a clever reverse pass by Clinton Toopi gave Ryan Hall time and space. The young winger spotted the desperate sliding defence from Salford and cut back inside leaving three defenders to go flying passed him and he touched down for his first senior try at Headingley Carnegie. Sinfield's conversion from out wide hit the post and bounced away to leave it 4-0 to Leeds.

That lead was extended after nine minutes when Matt Diskin, who was at the heart of everything for Leeds, produced a great grubber kick that bounced up into the arms of Jamie Thackray to score his second try in as many weeks.
Spurred on by Thackray's try scoring feats, Kylie Leuluai was next on hand to get across the whitewash after 12 minutes to score his first try for the club. Again it was Diskin who was marshalling the Leeds pack around and he put in a perfectly timed reverse pass to Leuluai to send him crashing over. Sinfield converted both tries to make it 16-0.
The Rhinos kept up their score-a-minute ratio with their fourth try after 22 minutes when Keith Senior was the latest recipient of smart dummy half play by Diskin. He took the pass close to the line and the Salford defence were never going to stop the Great Britain centre. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 22-0.

Leeds were in complete control and could have increased their lead after Salford hit back after 28 minutes completely against the run of play through Irish international Stuart Littler. John Wilshere missed the conversion so it remained 22-4.

Leeds continued to put Salford under pressure on attack and defence and they got their reward with the last play of the half. Ian Kirke harried the visitors in defence forcing Tom Saxton to pass forward in an effort to get away. With just seconds remaining, Leeds quickly formed the scrum and from the base, Sinfield kicked ahead brilliantly for Danny McGuire to chase and he beat Luke Robinson to the bouncing ball to touch down between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 28-6 at half time.

It did not take long for the Rhinos to extend their lead when the players returned and it was created by great vision by McGuire this time. He spotted space out wide and threw a long pass to Senior, he timed his pass to Toopi brilliantly and the Kiwi international hit the line at pace, bursting through before passing back across his body one handed to Scott Donald. The winger cut in and left the Salford defence flat footed before sprinting round to score behind the posts. Sinfield converted to make it 34-4 to the Rhinos after 41 minutes.

All credit to Salford, despite their position at the foot of the table they never gave in and came back at the Rhinos six minutes later when Luke Dorn stepped away from an attempted tackle by McGuire and scampered away to score in the corner, just beating the despairing dive of Jordan Tansey. Wilshere was off target again with the conversion.

The game then lapsed into a lull with referee Ben Thaler having more of an impact on the game. However, the match finally kicked back into life after 64 minutes when Salford had Michael Korkidas sin binned for persistent infringements in the tackle. From the penalty restart, Jamie Thackray stepped round Wilshere before sprinting 20 metres across field for another spectacular try this season.

A minute later, Jamie Jones-Buchanan brilliantly broke through in midfield before drawing the full back and giving McGuire the simplest of run ins for his second try. Sinfield converted both tries to make it 46-8 after 68 minutes.
Leeds were guilty of falling asleep after 71 minutes though when a good break by youngster Jordan Turner caught Leeds out. He passed inside to David Hodgson who was just halted. However, Salford moved the ball quickly across the field before Andy Coley broke the line and sprinted for the corner. Wilshere did add the conversion this time to make it 46-14 to the Rhinos.

However, Leeds had the last word when Ali Lauitiiti powered his way over from close range in the last minute to bring up the 50 point mark for the second week running. Jordan Tansey added the final conversion to make it 52-14 to the Rhinos in the end.

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