The Salford Red Devils were on the receiving end of a disappointing defeat against Leeds Rhinos at the The Salford Stadium on Sunday.
Salford came into the game on the back off a confidence inspiring win against Huddersfield the week before, and were hoping to take a big step towards to cementing their place in the top 4.
The game got off to the perfect start for the Red Devils as Josh Wood swept up a spilt ball to dive over and score.
Leeds hit back through Ryan Hall scoring in the corner, which was then quickly followed up by Tom Briscoe dotting down on the opposite wing.
The momentum was now well and truly with Rhinos and it wasn’t long before Kallum Watkins found some space on the right edge to go over for Leeds third try.
Th Rhinos where now on a role and were soon celebrating again, Matt Parcell found a gap in the Salford defence to dive over from close range.
Salford were then dealt another blow as Junior Sa’u was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle on Watkins.
Leeds took advantage of the extra man, scoring another three tries before the break, through Joel Moon, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Tom Briscoe, and took a commanding 6-36 lead into the break.
Salford started the second half well and were soon back amongst the points courtesy of a sublime try from Ben Murdoch-Masila.
The Red Devils were soon in again as Michael Dobson found his way through the Rhinos defence to score
The Red Devils were much improved in the second half, but were unable to find a cutting edge, and Leeds extended their lead through Anthony Mullally, putting the result beyond all doubt.
Ben Murdoch-Masila added his second try of the game with 7 minutes remaining before Jack Walker scored on the hooter to round off a 24-50 win for the Rhinos.
Salford Red Devils: O’Brien, Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds, Lui, Dobson, Tasi, Wood, Kopczak, Jones, Murdoch-Masila, Hauraki, Lannon, Brining, Griffin, Krasniqi