Leeds Rhinos were back on the winner’s podium after a tense 17-16 win over Salford Red Devils at Wembley.
Leeds took the lead after 11 minutes, when Tom Briscoe somehow kept himself in the field of play and got the ball down in the corner. Rhyse Martin’s conversion went in off the post.
Seven minutes later, Salford hit back as Rhys Williams took in an offload from Kallum Watkins and ran 80m to score. Krisnan Inu scored the conversion to level the game.
The Rhinos got back in front before the break, as they spread the ball well and found Ash Handley, who got in in the corner. Martin scored the conversion to give Leeds their six point lead back.
Salford got the first try of the second half, as Pauli Pauli bumped off a tackle to score. Inu missed the conversion, meaning Salford trailed by two points.
Soon after, the Red Devils took the lead. They found an overlap after a kick, and worked the ball to James Greenwood, who went over for the try. Inu added the conversion to make it a four point lead.
Just under 10 minutes later, Leeds levelled the game, as Richie Myler’s pass on the short side found Handley for his second. Martin missed the conversion, meaning it was level with 15 minutes to go.
With the clock winding down, Luke Gale elected to take the one point, which he did with his second attempt.
For Leeds, it is their first Challenge Cup since their treble winning year in 2015. They return to Super League action against St Helens on Friday.