Late rally by Salford fails to halt Rhinos' charge

Salford 22 Leeds 30

Salford are running out of chances to leave The Willows for their new stadium with any recent, happy memories.

If that was their declared ambition in their last season at their historic ground, then their new coach, Matt Parish – whose first home game this was – will at least have gleaned from it that they can give some of their more upmarket rivals in Super League a genuine fight.

Without dominating or playing particularly well, Leeds looked like beating them with something to spare, leading 18-0 at half-time. To their credit, though, the Reds fought back to within one score in the second half.

Salford were the more dangerous side in the first 15 minutes, but when the Rhinos took the lead it was with a classic breakaway try. Stefan Ratchford kicked for the corner, but the ball fell for Kallum Watkins to launch the counter-attack. When he ran out of space, he found his hooker Danny Buderus in support to throw the long pass for Ryan Hall to score on the opposite wing.

Worse still for Salford, Daniel Holsworth's restart went out on the full, inviting Leeds to mount another attack, which ended with Buderus, again, sending Ryan Bailey over. The Rhinos struck again incisively before half-time, Carl Ablett releasing Danny McGuire for Kevin Sinfield to convert.

Salford finally got something to show for their possession when an attack sparked by Ratchford ended with Vinnie Anderson serving the ball up for Luke Patten. The impact of that was instantly nullified by Rob Burrow's electrifying break to set up Brent Webb for the fourth Leeds try.

Salford struck back with a Jodie Broughton try, before the Reds began to dream of an upset when, with 14 minutes left, Ratchford kicked precisely for Anderson to catch and score.

Anderson was brought back for an obstruction when he could have been on his way to an equalising try, but a Sinfield penalty and a conversion of Lee Smith's try wrapped it up, despite Lee Jewitt's late try for Salford.

Salford: Patten; Broughton, Henry, Gleeson, Williams; Ratchford, Holdsworth; Casmere, M Smith, Boyle, Anderson, Nero, Wild. Substitutes used: Godwin, Jewitt, Neal, Sidlow.

Leeds: Webb; L Smith, Watkins, Ablett, Hall; Sinfield, Burrow; Bailey, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Pitts, Clarkson. Substitutes used: McGuire, Leuluai, Lauitiiti, Kirke.

Referee: R Silverwood (Mirfield).

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada