Leeds Rhinos won their first Super League game in over almost a month after beating Salford Red Devils 38-12 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The match sprung into life on the 20-minute mark. Lee Mossop and Konrad Hurrell clashed after a tackle, with the Salford man punching Hurrell to the floor. Mossop was sent off, as well as Bodene Thompson for running in.
Leeds were able to make the field position they got from the resulting penalty. Jack Broadbent managed to score in the corner. Rhyse Martin added the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Things got worse soon after for Salford. Jack Wells was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle, leaving the Red Devils down to 11 men.
Leeds made their man advantage count soon after. They found joy down the left-hand side again, this time it was Tom Briscoe who scored in the corner. Martin was off-target with the conversion attempt.
Salford then threw themselves a lifeline. Chris Atkin read Kruise Leeming’s pass, and ran 80 metres to score. Atkin then converted his own try.
The Red Devils had the momentum, but after winning a penalty, they chose to take the two points. Dec Patton scored to bring Salford back within two points.
But their work was undone by back-to-back tries from Richie Myler just before the break.
The first saw him dummy through the line and step past the last defender to score. Martin scored the conversion.
And then just before the break, Myler was through again after supporting Broadbent’s break to go over. Martin was successful with this conversion as well.
Just three minutes into the second half, it was 11 against 11. Luke Gale and Ryan Lannon were both sent to the sin bin after clashing off the ball.
Four minutes later, Leeds were able to extend their lead. They worked the ball well, and Briscoe was able to Broadbent in the corner for his second. Martin missed the conversion.
Leeds grabbed their sixth try just before the hour. Matt Prior managed to get an offload away to Kruise Leeming, who got through a gap to score. Martin was back on target with his conversion attempt.
Soon after, Leeds claimed another try. This time, it was Gale who broke free, and managed to get the ball down, despite the attention of Morgan Escare. Martin maintained a good record with the boot.
However, Salford were able to get themselves a consolation before the end. Escare managed to step his way around two defenders and go half the length of the pitch to score. Patton missed the conversion attempt
Leeds are back in action Thursday, as they welcome Leigh Centurions to Headingley. As for Salford, they welcome Wakefield Trinity to the AJ Bell Stadium on the same day.
Salford Red Devils: Tui Lolohea, Morgan Escare, Joe Burgess, Matty Costello, Rhys Williams, Dec Patton, Chris Atkin, Lee Mossop, Andy Ackers, Jack Wells, Harvey Livett, Oliver Roberts, Elijah Taylor.
Subs: Jack Ormondroyd, Josh Johnson, Ryan Lannon, Sam Luckley.
Head Coach: Richard Marshall.
Leeds Rhinos: Richie Myler, Luke Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell, Tom Briscoe, Jack Broadbent, Kruise Leeming, Luke Gale, Mikolaj Oldezki, Brad Dwyer, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Bodene Thompson.
Subs: James Donaldson, Morgan Gannon, Tom Holroyd, King Vuniyayawa.
Head Coach: Richard Agar.