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Salford City Reds v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 29th July, 8pm

27th July 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos will travel to Salford’s Willow’s ground for the final time on Friday night at they look to maintain their 100% record in the summer era.

However, Salford will be full of confidence after the arrival of their new Head Coach Matt Parish as he takes charge of the Reds for the first time at home.

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Salford City Reds and England Knights star Jodie Broughton is backing himself to feature in the Reds' annals of time by intending to score the last try at The Willows and the first try at the new City of Salford Community Stadium but before that he comes face to face with his former club the Rhinos at The Willows on Friday night (8pm).

"Games against Leeds are always special. They have been one of the most successful teams in Super League. There's not just myself but Ashley (Gibson) and Daniel (Williams) that came from there so it is a big game for us.

"Salford are an up and coming team so it was no surprise to me when we got our licence on Tuesday. Now we want to fans to come and turn out on Friday because it will be a big night for everybody at the Club."

The Rhinos will be without Brett Delaney (groin) and Weller Hauraki (hamstring) but welcome back Kallum Watkins. The Rhinos have never lost at the Willows in Super League but have had to dig deep in recent years to maintain that record.

Remember you can follow all the action here with the regularly updated match report throughout the night plus constant updates on our official Twitter page at www.twitter.com/leedsrhinos or for team news and scorers go to www.therhinos.co.uk/live

Salford 19 man squad: Patten, Broughton, Nero, Jewitt, Henry, Williams, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, Neal, Ratchford, Anderson, Smith, Sneyd, Gibson, Sidlow, Paleaaesina, Wild.

Leeds 19 man squad: Webb, Smith, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Bailey, Kirke, Watkins, Clarkson, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, McShane.
 

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Salford City Reds 22 Leeds Rhinos 30

29th July 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos ran in five tries to record a hard earned victory over Salford City Reds at the Willows.

Leeds Rhinos returned to action in the Engage Super League with a trip to Salford's Willows ground for one last time before the Reds locate to their new home for the 2012 season.

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Leeds welcomed back Kallum Watkins to the starting line up against the club where he used to be a ballboy in his formative years. Ben Jones-Bishop, Brett Delaney and Weller Hauraki were all ruled out through injury so Jay Pitts also made an appearance in the starting line up in the second row and Lee Smith was recalled to the wing.

With this being the club's final visit to the Willows, the team wore black armbands in memory of former Leeds player Chris Sanderson who died in 1977 following a blow suffered in a game at the Willows between the two sides.

Salford were playing their first home game under new Head Coach Matt Parish and had a fortnight to prepare for the visit of the Rhinos. Their side included former Rhinos Jodie Broughton and Danny Williams on the wings but they were without Ashley Gibson.

The opening quarter was a hard physical affair with neither team able to click into gear. Salford had the best early chance from a clever grubber kick by Dan Holdsworth but they could not find a way through the Leeds defence from the ensuing drop out. Leeds were guilty of some poor handling early on that prevented them from building up pressure on the Reds line. The best example of this was when they forced Patten into an error only for Ryan Hall to be taken in to touch on the first tackle as they spread the ball wide from the scrum.

However, the Rhinos were first to get off the mark and it was a sensational try. Salford looked to be building up a head of steam and a dangerous cross field kick by Stefan Ratchford was batted back infield by Broughton. Had a team mate been following up it would have been a certain try however it was Kallum Watkins who picked up one handed, before pushing off two would be tackles as he raced 50 metres up field. Spotting the cover coming towards him, he threw a great pass inside to the supporting Danny Buderus, who turn threw a flat wide pass to Ryan Hall for the winger to finish brilliantly in the corner. Sinfield converted to make it 6-0 after 18 minutes.

Leeds then doubled their lead four mintues later but it came from an unlikely source. Ryan Bailey has not scored since July 2007 but he was on hand to spin out of the tackle and reach out to touch down, much to the jubilation of his team mates. Sinfield converted to make it 12-0.

Salford continued to battle hard but the Rhinos defence was equal to anything they could through at them with the home side being caught in possession on the last tackle on a number of occasions.

Leeds finished the half strongly after Chris Clarkson intercepted in midfield. Carl Ablett then produced a fine run before popping a pass to Danny McGuire to go through on the reverse angle and dive over for the try. Sinfield was on target again to make it 18-0 at half time.

The second half saw Salford come out much more determined and after a number of half chances had gone begging they eventually got off the mark when Luke Patten got over for a try which Holdsworth converted.

Leeds responded almost immediately. Patten had gifted possession with an audacious one handed offload under pressure and the visitors counter attacked with pace and power. Burrow broke the line before passing to Webb to finish with style. Sinfield's conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away to leave the score 22-6.

However, if the Rhinos thought their job was done for the night they were given a scare by the Reds. Firstly, former Rhino Jodie Broughton powered his way over in the corner before Vinnie Anderson out jumped Rob Burrow to collect Ratchford's cross field chip. Holdsworth converted the latter to set up an unlikely nervous finish at 22-16 with 12 minutes to go.

Salford looked like they had broken through to score a levelling try but they were then pulled back for crossing. Perhaps frustrated by that decision, they quickly gave away a penalty for a high tackle on Jones-Buchanan. Sinfield stepped up to put his side eight points in front.

The Rhinos then sealed the win with a well worked try for Lee Smith in the corner. Sinfield added the conversion to become the leading points scorer of all time in Super League, surpassing Paul Deacon with 2,410, including his five goals against the Reds.

There was still time for the home fans to have something to smile about on their way home as Lee Jewitt crossed for a try with a minute to go. Holdsworth converted to make the final score 30-22 to the Rhinos.

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