Leeds Rhinos continued their impressive run against Salford after producing yet another fine display to win 24-50.
The Red Devils will now be concerned with their recent form as this is their fourth defeat in five games. The Rhinos, on the other hand, seem to have peaked at the right time as the seven time Super League champions head towards the Super 8s in top form.
Despite getting their noses in front, Salford will probably put down this defeat to the 27 minutes of dominance that the Rhinos enjoyed in that first half.
Josh Wood was the man who put the hosts ahead while Michael Dobson converted to make it 6-0. Those were the only points that Salford managed to muster in the first 40 minutes as Leeds responded like a bat out of hell.
When Ryan Hall levelled the contest after 13 minutes, the visitors were simply unplayable as they dominated the remainder of the half. Tries from Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Matt Parcell, Joel Moon and Jamie Jones-Buchanan put the Rhinos 6-36 ahead at the interval.
Salford Resurgence Not Enough
The hosts were an improved outfit in the second half however, it wasn’t enough as the visitors took the two points back to Headingley.
Ben Murdoch-Masila gave the home fans hope after going over two minutes after the restart. However, the Salford faithful were forced to wait another 20 minutes to see their side back on the score sheet as Dobson produced the touchdown.
But Leeds soon made sure of the victory with tries from Jack Walker and interchange Anthony Mullally sealing their fourth victory in five games.
Leeds hoping to extend key contracts
Last season might have been one to forget for Rhinos supporters but now it seems like Brian McDermott is building another strong pack which is once again beginning to show a winners instinct.
However, in order to maintain this, the head coach will be hoping to extend the contracts of some of his main recruits.
With deals running out at the end of the season for half-back Rob Burrow, skipper Danny McGuire and veteran Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds will be hoping to get these players to sign on the dotted line as fast as possible.
RFL statement on post-match incident
Following the full-time whistle, there appeared to be an incident involving match official, James Child.
The RLF have released a statement regarding the incident and said:
“The Rugby Football League is aware of an incident involving a supporter at the end of the Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos fixture. Physical and verbal abuse towards a match official, player, coach or fellow spectator is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“The Rugby Football League is reviewing the incident that took place on Sunday and will provide an update when complete.”