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Leeds Rhinos 18-16 Salford Red Devils

Friday 14th September 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 5

18-16 FT

HT: 8 4

Official: J Child

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Tom Briscoe 2, Jimmy Keinhorst,

  • Goals
    Liam Sutcliffe 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds, Greg Burke, Derrell Olpherts,

  • Goals
    Ed Chamberlain 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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 an 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.

Salford head coach Ian Watson said: "There are loads of positives to take. We deserved to win that game. That would have put us on 10 points and made us safe."

Director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: "A win’s a win. Both teams were edgy because of the competition and how it’s structured. Both teams were trying not to lose the game rather than win it. Thankfully we came through it.

"We would have lost that game eight weeks ago. Any tight game we’ve been involved in we’ve landed on the wrong side of it so I’m delighted with the two points. We found a way to win and that’s a real good sign.

"That’s been ongoing since the middle of July. I suppose we’re waiting to push the button on one or two.

"But when we’re 100 per cent safe and know where we’re at, that’s the point we can do it. Hopefully then we can move pretty quickly."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 69: TRY! scored for Salford by Derrell Olpherts
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 64: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 55: TRY! scored for Salford by Greg Burke
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 36: TRY! scored for Leeds by Jimmy Keinhorst
  • 11: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 7: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Rhinos 6
    Red Devils 6

    Goals:

    Rhinos 6
    Red Devils 4

    METRES:

    Rhinos 1390
    Red Devils 1092

    CARRIES:

    Rhinos 181
    Red Devils 148

    TACKLES:

    Rhinos 337
    Red Devils 340

    OFFLOADS:

    Rhinos 8
    Red Devils 3

    PENALTIES:

    Rhinos 9
    Red Devils 10

    BREAKS:

    Rhinos 5
    Red Devils 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 31 4 3 3 0 12 123 10.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Walker 0 0 9 0 0 10 0 15 118 7.87 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 20 4 0 0 0 14 117 8.36 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 36 7 2 1 0 11 108 9.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 2 0 3 1 0 4 0 11 103 9.36 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 1 0 15 3 1 0 1 7 100 14.29 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 37 10 3 1 0 13 95 7.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 31 2 2 2 1 13 92 7.08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
    Cameron Smith 0 0 21 5 0 0 0 10 89 8.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joel Moon 0 0 12 1 1 4 1 10 86 8.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Briscoe 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 13 80 6.15 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 1
    Richard Myler 0 0 10 2 1 2 5 15 67 4.47 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Thompson 0 0 24 2 2 2 0 11 61 5.55 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 24 5 2 4 0 8 58 7.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 2 7 0 3 3 3 7 35 5.00 1 1 4 0 3 2 0 0
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 18 2 1 2 0 4 29 7.25 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 0 0 33 8 0 2 0 7 29 4.14 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Derrell Olpherts 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 16 119 7.44 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 20 2 0 3 0 12 110 9.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 22 3 1 1 0 12 107 8.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 0 1 29 7 1 4 0 12 102 8.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 36 9 4 0 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Burke 1 0 18 1 0 1 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 28 4 2 1 0 7 64 9.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Kris Welham 0 0 9 0 4 2 1 10 61 6.10 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 0 28 6 3 2 0 8 58 7.25 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2
    Jansin Turgut 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 5 55 11.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Bibby 0 0 5 1 2 0 0 8 47 5.88 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Robert Lui 0 1 19 3 5 1 4 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Murray 0 0 33 6 2 2 0 5 46 9.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 5 0 4 1 0 9 43 4.78 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 26 3 4 2 0 8 39 4.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joey Lussick 0 1 43 5 5 0 0 6 27 4.50 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Josh Wood 0 0 11 0 2 0 1 1 9 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties