• Salford Red Devils
  • 8 - 22

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Salford Red Devils
  • HT 8 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos
22nd February 2020 | KO 14:00 | AJ Bell Stadium | 4,757 | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

25,329

Tackles Made
6,295
Missed Tackles
623
Penalties Conceded

109

Total Carries

3,345

Total Passes

4,042

Clean Breaks

133

Errors

277

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

18

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

942

Top Metre Maker

3,123

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

537

Cameron Smith

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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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.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Salford Red Devils

1025

Leeds Rhinos

1284

Carries
Salford Red Devils

170

Leeds Rhinos

171

Passes
Salford Red Devils Leeds Rhinos

177

172

Tackles
Salford Red Devils Leeds Rhinos

315

327

Missed Tackles

Salford Red Devils

36

Leeds Rhinos

43

Clean Breaks

Salford Red Devils

2

Leeds Rhinos

4

Attacking Kicks

12

10

Dummy Half Metres

72

151

Forty Twenty

1

0

Goals

0

3

Penalties Conceded

8

8

Tries

2

4

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Jack Walker1090240131007.704100001
Luke Briscoe101002014805.710000011
Harry Newman01700110131229.401100010
Konrad Hurrell001331401213511.201200030
Ash Handley01401201414410.311100000
Robert Lui00902149546.001100001
Luke Gale1012060614785.600203200
Ava Seumanufagai003342008597.400000001
Brad Dwyer0137115304348.514100001
Matt Prior00448310111019.201100002
Alex Mellor002959108567.000100000
James Donaldson003143108496.100000000
Cameron Smith00501251014846.000000000
Interchanges
Richard Myler00163200284.002000000
Adam Cuthbertson0112222011777.000000021
Mikolaj Oledzki1020603014916.510000000
Alex Sutcliffe00000002126.000000000
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Niall Evalds103013010727.210000000
Ken Sio000003014866.100000000
Kris Welham0012226116945.906000020
Krisnan Inu0020010393.000000000
Rhys Williams002101113896.800000000
Tuimoala Lolohea111516559313.410000110
Chris Atkin0014332413433.300100110
Luke Yates001111003196.300000000
Connor Jones002130105214.203000001
Gil Dudson00477900191538.100000003
Oliver Roberts002962205285.600200010
Pauli Pauli00226560161167.200200021
Tyrone McCarthy00291014011706.400100000
Interchanges
Joey Lussick01284001661.005210000
Ryan Lannon001421008536.600100011
Sebastine Ikahihifo00328380131017.800100012
Mark Flanagan003432106345.700000000
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card