Salford Red Devils will be looking to continue their incredible run of form against Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley on this afternoon.
Round 22 of the Betfred Super League puts 6th against 8th – with just one point separating the sides – setting up what is certain to be an enthralling contest in West Yorkshire.
In their previous meeting, Salford picked up a crucial two points at the The Salford Stadium and secured back-to-back wins against Rohan Smith’s new-look Rhinos side. That day, some sizzling attacking play and resolute defending were on display and earned a valuable 23-8 win.
The Red Devils are still in red-hot form going into this particular fixture and are fresh from a sensational 44-12 victory over league leaders, St Helens. Paul Rowley’s side have now won five of their last six fixtures and are continuing their push for the top six.
Standing in the way this week is a Leeds side in some good form of their own. After their huge victory against Wigan Warriors, the Rhinos battled to a nervy, but crucial two points against Catalans Dragons last weekend.
Speaking to the press before the game, assistant coach Kurt Haggerty made it clear that just their fine attacking fine form won’t earn them the two points against Leeds: “To replicate last week, we’ve got to go to Emerald Headingley and put in another big defensive effort.”
Despite Salford coming out on top in both of the last two meetings with Salford this season, Haggerty expects a different Leeds side this afternoon, one that seems to have found its feet again under Rohan Smith.
“Leeds are in-form and we know we’ve got to be very good to beat them this week,” Haggerty added.
Harvey Livett, Tyler Dupree and Shane Wright were all named in Paul Rowley’s 21-man squad for Round 22, with Ryan Brierley also back in the mix after his concussion in Toulouse two weeks ago.