14th September 2018, 22:00 | super_league
Liam Sutcliffe held his nerve to kick a penalty on the full-time hooter as Leeds Rhinos took a huge step towards retaining their Betfred Super League status with a 18-16 victory over Salford Red Devils.
On a day when the Super 8s were axed in favour of a return to the traditional one-up, one-down system of promotion and relegation, the tension was palpable as both teams dared not lose.
But it was the Rhinos who edged it to inflict a first Qualifiers defeat on the Red Devils and leave the champions on the brink of retaining their place in Super League.
Leeds held a slender half-time advantage thanks to tries from Tom Briscoe and Jimmy Keinhorst either side of Niall Evalds’ effort.
Greg Burke levelled the scores while Brett Ferres was in the sin bin and Derrell Olpherts cancelled out Briscoe’s second try to set up a dramatic finale.