• Salford Red Devils
  • 08 - 22

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Salford Red Devils
  • HT 08 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
22nd February 2020 | KO 14:00 | AJ Bell Stadium | Betfred Super League

Salford Red Devils 8 Leeds Rhinos 22

Leeds Rhinos ran in 22 unanswered points to defeat last year’s Grand Finalist with scores from Luke Gale, Luke Briscoe, Mikolaj Oledzki and Jack Walker.

The Rhinos arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium showing one change to the side that had defeated Hull KR eight days earlier with Liam Sutcliffe ruled out with a knee injury, replaced by James Donaldson in the starting line up and Alex Sutcliffe making his first appearance of the season off the bench.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the possession in the opening quarter. Leeds played into a strong wind in the first half and opted to keep the ball in hand with some powerful runs from centres Harry Newman and Konrad Hurrell.

However, it was Salford who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. The home side seemed to be going nowhere on the last tackle on half way but when Chris Atkin chipped a kick over the top and appealed that he had been held back. Referee Marcus Griffiths agreed and from the ensuing penalty Niall Evalds found himself in space and raced clear to score outwide.

Tui Lolohea was unable to add the conversion but was soon on the scoresheet when he crossed for Salford’s second try. The Tongan international pushed off two attempted tackles before stretching out to score. Atkin took over the kicking duties but he too was unable to convert in the stormy conditions.

Salford were now in the ascendency and they had plenty of possession in the Rhinos half however Leeds stood firm and got the perfect response just before half time when Brad Dwyer spotted some tired defence and raced out from dummy half. He found Luke Gale in support and the skipper scored between the posts. He converted the try with the last kick of the first half to make it 8-6 at the break.

The Red Devils started the second half strongly but Leeds grew into the game after that.  A well timed tackle by Richie Myler on Evalds, as he chased a high kick by Rob Lui, earned his side a repeat set and from that, Myler, Gale and Lui were all involved before Newman put Luke Briscoe in space to score dramatically in the corner. Gale was unable to convert but Leeds had the lead for the first time in the game after 48 minutes.

Leeds never looked back after that as they took control of the game. The next score came from Mikolaj Oledzki as he powered over from close range. The game was wrapped up with a spectacular long range score. A loose offload from Salford was snatched up by Ava Seumanufagai. Whilst he was taken down, Leeds were on the front foot and Konrad Hurrell and Ash Handley combined to raise away up the wing before Handley found Jack Walker in support, and he finished off brilliantly in the corner with ten minutes to go.

Salford came back at the Rhinos in the closing stages looking to set up a late fight back but the Rhinos produced some strong defence to keep them out and making it a winning start on the road in 2020 for Richard Agar’s side.

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Leeds Rhinos ran in 22 unanswered points to defeat last year’s Grand Finalist with scores from Luke Gale, Luke Briscoe, Mikolaj Oledzki and Jack Walker.

The Rhinos arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium showing one change to the side that had defeated Hull KR eight days earlier with Liam Sutcliffe ruled out with a knee injury, replaced by James Donaldson in the starting line up and Alex Sutcliffe making his first appearance of the season off the bench.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the possession in the opening quarter. Leeds played into a strong wind in the first half and opted to keep the ball in hand with some powerful runs from centres Harry Newman and Konrad Hurrell.

However, it was Salford who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. The home side seemed to be going nowhere on the last tackle on half way but when Chris Atkin chipped a kick over the top and appealed that he had been held back. Referee Marcus Griffiths agreed and from the ensuing penalty Niall Evalds found himself in space and raced clear to score outwide.

Tui Lolohea was unable to add the conversion but was soon on the scoresheet when he crossed for Salford’s second try. The Tongan international pushed off two attempted tackles before stretching out to score. Atkin took over the kicking duties but he too was unable to convert in the stormy conditions.

Salford were now in the ascendency and they had plenty of possession in the Rhinos half however Leeds stood firm and got the perfect response just before half time when Brad Dwyer spotted some tired defence and raced out from dummy half. He found Luke Gale in support and the skipper scored between the posts. He converted the try with the last kick of the first half to make it 8-6 at the break.

The Red Devils started the second half strongly but Leeds grew into the game after that.  A well timed tackle by Richie Myler on Evalds, as he chased a high kick by Rob Lui, earned his side a repeat set and from that, Myler, Gale and Lui were all involved before Newman put Luke Briscoe in space to score dramatically in the corner. Gale was unable to convert but Leeds had the lead for the first time in the game after 48 minutes.

Leeds never looked back after that as they took control of the game. The next score came from Mikolaj Oledzki as he powered over from close range. The game was wrapped up with a spectacular long range score. A loose offload from Salford was snatched up by Ava Seumanufagai. Whilst he was taken down, Leeds were on the front foot and Konrad Hurrell and Ash Handley combined to raise away up the wing before Handley found Jack Walker in support, and he finished off brilliantly in the corner with ten minutes to go.

Salford came back at the Rhinos in the closing stages looking to set up a late fight back but the Rhinos produced some strong defence to keep them out and making it a winning start on the road in 2020 for Richard Agar’s side.

Team Performance

Goals

0

2

Tries

0

4

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe1000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Robert Lui0000000
Luke Gale1200000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Richie Myler0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki1000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards