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Super League: Late flurry sees Salford Red Devils stun Leeds Rhinos | Catalan Dragons defeat Hull Kingston Rovers | Rugby League News


Salford trailed 12-8 despite Leeds having two men convicted, but roared to claim a memorable victory; Friday’s other Betfred Super League fixture saw the Catalan Dragons claim five straight wins as they beat Hull KR 18-10

Last update: 03/18/22 22:57

Ken Sio grabbed Salford’s first try in the win over Leeds

We wrap up Friday’s action in the Betfred Super League which saw the Salford Red Devils win a thriller against Leeds Rhinos and the Catalan Dragons extend their winning streak with victory over Hull Kingston Rovers…

Salford Red Devils 26-12 Leeds Rhinos

Highlights of Betfred's Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos

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Highlights of Betfred’s Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos

Highlights of Betfred’s Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos

Three tries in the final 12 minutes saw the Salford Red Devils end a three-game losing streak and inflict more misery on the Leeds Rhinos with a 24-12 win in Friday’s Super League game at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Mikolaj Oledzki and Ash Handley went to give Leeds a slim 10-8 advantage at the break, with a converted try from Ken Sio and a penalty from Marc Sneyd keeping Salford within reach.

The Rhinos managed to see a period with Bodene Thompson in the sin-bin and even increased their lead with a penalty from Rhyse Martin’s boot after Zane Tetevano was shown a yellow card for a hit on Sio which forced the field winger.

However, the Red Devils came alive with tries from Chris Atkin and Elijah Taylor to turn the game around, with Ryan Brierley adding some shine to the final scoreline in the closing stages.

Salford’s comeback was kickstarted by quick thinking from winger Joe Burgess. He took a quick restart from 20 yards and ran through the heart of the Rhinos defense before the ball was directed down the right flank, where emergency winger Atkin – in place of Sio – was on hand to to end.

Loose striker Taylor powered from close range from a short Sneyd pass moments later and, with the game almost over, full-back Brierley ran under the posts after receiving an inside pass from King Vuniyayawa . With player of the match Sneyd converting all three, the scoreline looked unlikely after such a tense first hour.

Joe Burgess brought Salford back onto the field and Chris Atkin crossed for a crucial try

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Joe Burgess brought Salford back onto the field and Chris Atkin crossed for a crucial try

Joe Burgess brought Salford back onto the field and Chris Atkin crossed for a crucial try

Leeds, heavily beaten at home by Hull FC in their last game, thought they had opened the scoring in the third minute but Handley’s effort was ruled out by the video referee for a double move.

Shortly after, however, a grubber kick from scrum-half Aidan Sezer was knocked down by his counterpart Sneyd and prop Oledzki was the quickest to respond, landing for a try that the Papua New Guinean international Guinean Martin converted.

The scores were tied in the 19th minute when Sneyd and Brodie Croft combined before Brierley noticed Leeds were running out of numbers on the right side, kicking off Sio to grab his eighth try of the season, with Sneyd’s conversion.

With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, the Rhinos regained the lead. Walker’s long pass caught Salford off guard and Handley was there to take the pass and score, although Martin was unable to add the conversion.

The Red Devils ended the half on a high and put the Leeds defense under pressure with a combination of penalties and calls on six occasions. The pressure eventually mounted on Leeds as Thompson was sent to the trash for lying and Sneyd kicked the resulting penalty, but apart from Martin’s penalty chances were scarce after the break until the dramatic end.

Catalan Dragons 18-10 Hull Kingston Rovers

Highlights of Betfred's Super League game between Catalan Dragons and Hull KR

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Highlights of Betfred’s Super League game between Catalan Dragons and Hull KR

Highlights of Betfred’s Super League game between Catalan Dragons and Hull KR

The Catalan Dragons continued their progress at the start of the season to claim five out of five wins with a hard-fought victory against Hull KR in Perpignan.

Rovers held off the Dragons for long stretches in the game and at half-time it was all square at 10-10 with the Dragons leaving late until a second-half try from Joe Chan sealed the points for the local team.

The Catalans scored first with a ninth-minute penalty as Rovers held on too long in the tackle past their own posts, with Sam Tomkins making it 2-0 with the simple conversion.

Then winger Fouad Yaha forced his way into the left corner and Tomkins scored again to extend the hosts’ lead.

The Catalans lost Mitchell Pearce midway through the first half as he was condemned for a dangerous tackle and Rovers immediately struck with a try for winger Ryan Hall in the left corner after excellent handling from Jordan Abdull and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

The introduction of Sam Kasiano from the bench had an immediate impact. The giant Dragons substitute came forward and forced a Rovers penalty, which Tomkins successfully converted.

But Pearce’s return from the sin-bin only resulted in a loose pass to Hall, who ran 70 yards to set up the platform for Kenny-Dowall to force his way through just before half-time. and Abdull added the extras to make it 10-10 at the break.

Dylan Napa’s return from the bench appeared to lift the Dragons and they pushed forward to allow Pearce to bounce a grubber kick from the left post into the hands of Chan, who picked up the ball and scored, Tomkins adding conversion.

And after?

The teams take a break from league action as they enter the Betfred Challenge Cup in the sixth round next week, with Salford kicking off at Wigan Warriors on Friday March 25 (7.35pm kick-off) .

Leeds host Castleford Tigers in another Super League clash on Saturday March 26 (4.30pm), while on the same day the Catalans and Hull KR host Championship opponents Betfred in Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions respectively (both at 3 p.m.).




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