Rhinos hammer Salford to move into the top-four

Salford Red Devils played only their second game of the restart against a inconsistent Leeds Rhinos side looking to improve on last weeks performance.

After a physical start, Salford lost Ken Sio to a knee injury, which forced an early reshuffle.

This reshuffle was exploited by the Rhinos as they attacked the wing that Sio was previously defending and Ash Handley was found by Harry Newman and the winger slid over in the corner.

Four minutes later, the Rhinos looked to have picked up a second try.

Luke Gale’s crossfield kick wasn’t claimed by Ryan Lannon and the ball found the hands of Richie Myler who dropped over the line to score.

A third swiftly followed as Robert Lui broke through the middle ef the park with some good footwork, and then passed inside to Luke Gale to go underneath the posts.

Chris Atkin went over in the right-hand corner for the Red Devils after some good work from Kris Welham, but a desperate effort from Robert Lui denied the makeshift winger.

Just before the half hour mark, the Rhinos picked up yet another score, and it was Myler once again with the four-pointer.

Handley broke down the left edge and kicked back against the grain for the full-back to chase onto and slide over.

Salford were crumbling and the Rhinos picked up try number five just a couple of minutes later.

Gale kicked high over to Handley, who climbed high above Atkin, landed and span out of Welhams way to score.

HALF-TIME: Leeds Rhinos 26-0 Salford Red Devils

Adam Cuthbertson was an early loss for the Rhinos in the second half as he seemed to pick up a back injury in a tackle.

In the 48th minute, Salford finally got themselves on the board.

Niall Evalds kicked ahead and the ball bounced over the top of Richie Myler, and the Salfrod full-back managed to regather and grab a much needed try for the visitors.

Five minutes later, Evalds grabbed himself a second as this time he was the quickest to react to Kevin Brown’s chip back on the inside to score under the posts.

Tui Lolohea converted both tries to make it 26-12.

Despite Salford beginning to fight back, Leeds needed to regain their composure.

Lui picked up from dummy-half and spotted that Mark Flanagan was slightly too wide as the first defender and burrowed over.

Leeds then picked up their seventh try as Mikolaj Oledzki bumped off Lolohea and strolled under the posts.

Less than ten minutes of the game were remaining but Leeds were still pushing for more points.

Richie Myler picked up his hat-trick in the 75th minute as Luke Gale offloaded off the floor, and the full-back volleyed ahead to chase his own kick, and ground the ball.

Evalds attempted to kick through to Welham in the 77th minute, but the ball found Newman, who then offloaded to Handley who raced away 90-metres to pick up his third of the night as well.

Rhyse Martin converted to make it a half-century for the Rhinos.

FULL-TIME: Leeds Rhinos 50-12 Salford Red Devils


Leeds Rhinos

Myler, T.Briscoe, Newman, L. Sutcliffe, Handley, Lui, Gale, Seumanufagai, Leeming, Oledzki, Thompson, Martin, Prior

Interchanges: Dwyer, A. Sutcliffe, Holroyd, Cuthbertson

Tries: Handley (3), Myler (3), Gale, Lui, Oledzki

Goals: Martin (7/9)

Salford Red Devils

Evalds, Sio, Welham, Kear, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Ikahififo, Lussick, Dudson, Lannon, McCarthy, Yates

Interchanges: Pauli, Johnson, Flanagan, Atkin

Tries: Evalds

Goals: Lolohea (1/1)

Referee: L. Moore

Touch Judges: D. Bowmer, C. Sharrad

Video Referee: B. Thaler


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