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Salford City Reds 22 Leeds Rhinos 31

25th July 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos came from behind to secure a 31-22 victory over Salford City Reds at the Willows and move into fourth place in Super League..

The Rhinos were aiming to build on their win against Huddersfield in their last Super League outing but were without a number of players including Jamie Peacock and Keith Senior, who was missed his first game of the season.

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Salford were also coming into the game on the back of a victory over Bradford and having already claimed victories over Hull and St Helens they looked determined to take another famous scalp over the Champions. Salford caused trouble for the Rhinos from the kick off and it was former Leeds Academy player Jodie Broughton who put the homeside ahead after 3 minutes, after Leeds failed to handle a Matty Smith kick which allowed Malcolm Alker to set up the young winger, who then raced for the corner for the try, despite the attempts of Brett Delaney to stop him. Ste Tyrer was unable to add the conversion leaving the score 4-0.

Despite a strong start from the hosts Leeds got themselves level on 9 minutes when Danny McGuire intercepted a wide pass from Adam Sidlow to set up Ian Kirke, who crashed over in the left corner. Sinfield too was unable to kick the extra points, leaving the score level at 4-4.

The Reds though continued to challenge the visitors and looked the more likely of the sides to score and on 18 minutes former ex Leeds player Ashley Gibson took a pass from Alker and crashed over in the right corner and this time Tyrer converted to bring the score to 10-4. They looked like they had stretched their lead minutes later but Sidlow's try was not given after the referee spotted a forward pass. Leeds were also denied a try, with Delaney's effort ruled out for a double movement.

Within 4 minutes of the restart Salford extended their lead with a penalty after Leeds were caught offisde, but the Rhinos hit back and to bring themselves to within 2 points of the hosts of 54 minutes when Ali Lauitiiti offloaded in the tackle to Ryan Hall who was able to sneak over in the left corner unchallenged. Sinfield added the conversion to edge his side closer and then 5 minutes later the captain himself found a gap next to the post to put Leeds in front for the first time. He successfully added the conversion and a penalty minutes later, for a high tackle on Carl Ablett, to bring the score to 18-12 to the Rhinos with less than 20 minutes left to play.

With renewed confidence Leeds began to show their class and on 64 Brett Delaney showed great pace to break away from deep in his own half and under pressure from the Salford defence the centre showed good awareness to offload to the supporting Donald who sprinted over in the corner. Sinfield once again was on target with the conversion.
With a 24-12 lead it looked like Leeds were sure of the win, but Salford showed their spirit to make sure their strong performance did not go unrewarded and 5 minutes later Alker sent Ray Cashmere away to touch down and give his side a lifeline with just a 6 point deficit.

Sinfield kicked a drop goal to ease the nerves for the Rhinos but it was a try from Ryan Hall on 72 minutes that made the visiting fans feel more comfortable.. Jamie Jones-Buchanan's long range pass setting up the winger for his 23rd try of the season Sinfield missed the difficult conversion but added a penalty moments later to bring the score to 31-18 to the Rhinos with 5 minutes left to play.

Salford again hit back and grabbed a try in the last minute from Ashley Gibson, but it was too late and the Rhinos had done enough to secure the win and move into fourth spot above Hull.

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