• Salford Red Devils
  • 28 - 16

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Salford Red Devils
  • HT 12 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
3rd May 2019 | KO 19:45 | AJ Bell Stadium | Betfred Super League

Salford Red Devils 28 Leeds Rhinos 16

Betfred Super League. Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos. Leeds Cameron Smith. 3rd May 2019. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Leeds Rhinos suffered a 28-16 defeat to Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium and only had tries from Mikolaj Oledzki, Harry Newman and Ash Handley as consolation.

Salford opened the scoring after six minutes when Robert Lui’s high kick was plucked out of the air by Lee Mossop who then powered his way over from close range. Kristian Inu added the simple conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The game was a tight affair with Salford having the better of the territorial battle as Lui and Jackson Hastings marshalled them around the field. However, Leeds defended well to cut out the half chances.

However, Salford did eventually find a way over when Adam Walker spun out of an initial tackle near the line and planted the ball down. Inu was on target to double the home side’s lead after 22 minutes.

Dave Furner introduced Seumanufagai soon after the try and less than 48 hours after arriving in the country he was immediately in the thick of the action.

The Rhinos battled hard but were unable to create any clear cut chances until Oliphert spilled a towering bomb from Myler near his own line. From the ensuing pressure, Mikolaj Oledzki hit the ball at pace and powered his way over next to the post. Liam Sutcliffe kicked the conversion with the final play of the first half to make it 12-6 at the break.

Leeds were unable to build on that momentum at the start of the second half as they conceded an early score to the home side. As home fans appealed for a penalty for their side, Lussick made the most of some flat footed Rhinos defence to dart out from dummy half and dive for the line. Inu was unable to add the conversion but the home side led 16-6 after 44 minutes.

Salford then seized control of the game with two tries in nine minutes just either side of the hour mark. The first came from Walker as he managed to get over for his second try of the game after Leeds were penalised inside their own half.

Then Lui left three Rhinos defenders in his wake as he stepped back against the flow of play and put his head down for the line to get over next to the post. Inu added both simple conversions to give his side a commanding 28-6 lead.

The Rhinos did eventually find a way through when Harry Newman picked up from dummy half and beat two men to get over out wide. Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion.

Salford put the restart out on the full to give Leeds another chance at their line and smart kick from Smith through the defence put Ash Handley in for a simple try. Sutcliffe added the conversion to cut the gap to 28-16 but with time running out for the visitors.

Leeds kept in search of more late scores but they had left their revival too late and once again this season were unable to back up the previous weeks victory.

Team Performance







Player Performance

Tuimoala Lolohea0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Harry Newman1000000
Ash Handley1000000
Liam Sutcliffe0200000
Richie Myler0000000
Nathaniel Peteru0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Trent Merrin0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki1000000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards