• Leeds Rhinos
  • 46 - 12

  • Salford Red Devils
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Salford Red Devils
31st August 2012 | KO 20:00 | Emerald Headingley | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 46 Salford City Reds 12

The Rhinos got back to winning ways with a commanding performance against Salford City Reds at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos were desperate to get back on the field after the defeat at Wembley six days earlier and Head Coach kept the majority of the same personnel but with a number of positional changes. Jimmy Keinhorst started his first game at centre whilst Kevin Sinfield paired up with Rob Burrow in the half backs and Shaun Lunt started at hooker. Keinhorst’s inclusion meant Carl Ablett could revert back to loose forward with Weller Hauraki and Chris Clarkson drafted onto the bench.

The opening exchanges were dominated by the wet, greasy conditions as both teams were guilty of losing the ball cheaply. However, Leeds finally crossed for the opening try of the game after 14 minutes. The home side had been denied a try in the previous set when Patten managed to get the ball down with his finger tips after he initially fumbled Sinfield’s grubber kick. However from the ensuing drop out the pressure proved too much and a good offload from Jamie Peacock in centre field, had the visitors back peddling and quick hands from Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins put Ben Jones-Bishop away in the corner.

Ryan Hall crossed for his 31st try of the season five minutes later following a 30 metre break by Rob Burrow off another great Peacock offload. Hall kept his shape well and, when Burrow ducked under a number of tackles, he threw a ball out wide and Hall had a simple stroll to the line. Sinfield was on target with the latter touchline conversion to put his side 10-0 in front.

The skipper then increased that lead after 24 minutes himself when he supported a break by Shaun Lunt and took the pass 15 metres out to go in for his sixth try of the season, which he converted himself.

The remainder of the half was a scrappy affair with far too much dropped ball from both teams. Salford could not get out of their half and Leeds could not make them pay.

Leeds had to weather an early storm from Salford but after good defence turned possession over, the Rhinos put the result to bed with a spell of clinical Rugby League, scoring three tries inside ten minutes. The first came from Burrow after a dazzling run from Stevie Ward. He timed his pass to Burrow to perfection and he raced through the gap before rounding Broughton to score. Ward gave the final pass for the next try too, as he popped up a pass to Watkins, who was too big and too strong for the Reds defence to hold. Sinfield converted both tries to put his side 28-0 in front.

That lead was increased in the next set as the Rhinos went 65 metres to score. Ablett created the space with a great offload to Burrow, he had options either side but passed to Weller Hauraki, who cantered in from 25 metres out. Sinfield adding the conversion to make it 34-0 after 49 minutes.

Leeds kept up the pressure with two more tries either side of the hour mark. Watkins crossed for his second try following a sensational characteristic break from Hardaker. He danced through the defence and then pass to Watkins to cut back on the angle and score.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan became the latest try scorer when he carried three defenders over the line with him after Ward had gone close. Sinfield converted both to make it 46-0 with 18 minutes to play.

Credit to Salford, who never threw in the towel and got a try for their efforts three minutes later when Luke Patten held off some desperate Leeds defence to get the ball down. Daniel Holdsworth added the conversion to make it 46-6. Patten then crossed in the final minute to give the band of Salford fans something to smile about on the way home but it was the Rhinos night.

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The Rhinos got back to winning ways with a commanding performance against Salford City Reds at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos were desperate to get back on the field after the defeat at Wembley six days earlier and Head Coach kept the majority of the same personnel but with a number of positional changes. Jimmy Keinhorst started his first game at centre whilst Kevin Sinfield paired up with Rob Burrow in the half backs and Shaun Lunt started at hooker. Keinhorst’s inclusion meant Carl Ablett could revert back to loose forward with Weller Hauraki and Chris Clarkson drafted onto the bench.

The opening exchanges were dominated by the wet, greasy conditions as both teams were guilty of losing the ball cheaply. However, Leeds finally crossed for the opening try of the game after 14 minutes. The home side had been denied a try in the previous set when Patten managed to get the ball down with his finger tips after he initially fumbled Sinfield’s grubber kick. However from the ensuing drop out the pressure proved too much and a good offload from Jamie Peacock in centre field, had the visitors back peddling and quick hands from Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins put Ben Jones-Bishop away in the corner.

Ryan Hall crossed for his 31st try of the season five minutes later following a 30 metre break by Rob Burrow off another great Peacock offload. Hall kept his shape well and, when Burrow ducked under a number of tackles, he threw a ball out wide and Hall had a simple stroll to the line. Sinfield was on target with the latter touchline conversion to put his side 10-0 in front.

The skipper then increased that lead after 24 minutes himself when he supported a break by Shaun Lunt and took the pass 15 metres out to go in for his sixth try of the season, which he converted himself.

The remainder of the half was a scrappy affair with far too much dropped ball from both teams. Salford could not get out of their half and Leeds could not make them pay.

Leeds had to weather an early storm from Salford but after good defence turned possession over, the Rhinos put the result to bed with a spell of clinical Rugby League, scoring three tries inside ten minutes. The first came from Burrow after a dazzling run from Stevie Ward. He timed his pass to Burrow to perfection and he raced through the gap before rounding Broughton to score. Ward gave the final pass for the next try too, as he popped up a pass to Watkins, who was too big and too strong for the Reds defence to hold. Sinfield converted both tries to put his side 28-0 in front.

That lead was increased in the next set as the Rhinos went 65 metres to score. Ablett created the space with a great offload to Burrow, he had options either side but passed to Weller Hauraki, who cantered in from 25 metres out. Sinfield adding the conversion to make it 34-0 after 49 minutes.

Leeds kept up the pressure with two more tries either side of the hour mark. Watkins crossed for his second try following a sensational characteristic break from Hardaker. He danced through the defence and then pass to Watkins to cut back on the angle and score.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan became the latest try scorer when he carried three defenders over the line with him after Ward had gone close. Sinfield converted both to make it 46-0 with 18 minutes to play.

Credit to Salford, who never threw in the towel and got a try for their efforts three minutes later when Luke Patten held off some desperate Leeds defence to get the ball down. Daniel Holdsworth added the conversion to make it 46-6. Patten then crossed in the final minute to give the band of Salford fans something to smile about on the way home but it was the Rhinos night.

Team Performance

Goals

7

2

Tries

8

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker0000000
Ben Jones-Bishop1000000
Kallum Watkins2000000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Ryan Hall1000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE1700000
Rob Burrow MBE1000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Shaun Lunt0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan1000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Interchanges
Ian Kirke0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Weller Hauraki1000000
Chris Clarkson0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards