Salford Red Devils fell to a 12-38 home defeat against Leeds Rhinos this afternoon, in Round 11 of the Betfred Super League.
The game was full of emotion from both sides and this was demonstrated after 15 minutes, When Lee Mossop was sent off for an altercation with Konrad Hurrell. Leeds’ Bodene Thompson was also sent off during the same incident.
Jack Broadbent opened the scoring for Leeds Rhinos shortly after, touching down after Leeds worked the ball wide.
Discipline was an issue again for Salford in the 23rd minute after Jack Wells was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle. Tom Briscoe then went over for Leeds after the visitors worked the ball wide once more to expose Salford’s defence.
In the 28th minute, Chris Atkin intercepted a Kruise Leeming pass to run almost the length of the field and score for the Red Devils, converting his own try afterwards.
Five minutes before halftime, Dec Patton converted a penalty goal in front of the sticks for Salford. However, the visitors responded and scored once more before the interval, Richard Myler going over down the right.
Halftime: Salford Red Devils 8-22 Leeds Rhinos
Poor discipline was on display again four minutes into the second forty, as both Ryan Lannon and Luke Gale saw yellow for an altercation.
Broadbent then scored his second of the afternoon for Leeds two minutes later, grounding the ball to the left of the sticks.
Leeming got himself on the scoreboard 10 minutes later, bundling over down the right to extend the Rhinos’ lead.
Back on the field after his binning, Gale scored for Richard Agar’s men to the left of the sticks in the 64th minute.
Eight minutes from time, Morgan Escare demonstrated just how fast he can be and the Frenchman darted down the right with some quality footwork to finish on a slight positive for Salford.
Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 12-38 Leeds Rhinos
Salford Red Devils: Lolohea, Escare, Burgess, Costello, Williams, Patton, Atkin, Mossop, Ackers, Wells, Livett, Roberts, Taylor, Ormondroyd, Johnson, Lannon, Luckley.
Salford tries: Atkin, Escare
Salford goals: Atkin, Patton
Leeds Rhinos: Myler, Briscoe, Hurrell, Briscoe, Broadbent, Leeming, Gale, Oledzki, Dwyer, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Thompson, Donaldson, Gannon, Holroyd, Vuniyayawa
Leeds tries: Broadbent (2), T. Briscoe, Myler, Leeming, Gale
Leeds goals: Martin (6/7)
Referee: Robert Hicks
Image credit: Steve McCormick