The Red Devils ended their 23 year spell without a home win against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday at the The Salford Stadium with a superb 14-10 victory.
The game was scoreless for 23 minutes, as the Red Devils had to defend multiple strong Leeds sets on Salford’s own line. It was Logan Tomkins who finally opened the scoring after the Rhinos were penalised for offside. O’Brien successfully converted the try.
Leeds were penalised again moments later in front of the sticks, Vice-Captain Michael Dobson opted to kick the penalty and successfully did so to extend the Red Devils lead.
Just before half time, Justin Carney made a fantastic 40m break and was tackled metres from the line to give the Red Devils a prime opportunity to score.
Half Time Score – Salford Red Devils 8-0 Leeds Rhinos
Red Devils fans didn’t have long to wait to see the Red Devils score again as Man of the Match Robert Lui scored on his return to the squad from injury just to the right of the sticks. Dobson successfully converted.
After Salford conceded a penalty for a high tackle on Rob Burrow, the visitors finally took advantage of their position and Keith Galloway crossed. Hardaker converted.
With four minutes remaining, the Rhinos were over again in the right hand corner through Ashton Golding, Hardaker missed the conversion but the score was tight with just 4 points in it.
Leeds had a good chance down the right wing but Carl Ablett knocked on with 2 minutes remaining and the Red Devils used the time well.
Just before the hooter a grubber kick was almost chased down by the Rhinos but O’Brien collected to seal victory.
Full Time Score – Salford Red Deivls 14 – 10 Leeds Rhinos