1st October 2016, 18:14 | super_league

Salford retain Super League place after golden point winner

Salford retain Super League place after golden point winner

Hull KR 18-19 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils produced a miraculous fightback to beat Hull KR in the Million Pound Game with a golden point and secure their First Utility Super League status.

Trailing 18-10 with two minutes left, Salford scored two late tries but Gareth O'Brien's missed conversion from the touchline took it to a golden point.

And O'Brien was the hero with a sensational 50-metre drop goal to consign Rovers to the Kingstone Press Championship.

Rovers had been in charge from the off, with Adam Walker's eighth-minute try followed by Josh Mantellato crossing the whitewash.

Ben Murdoch-Masila got Salford on the board with their first try and it was level at 10-10 when Niall Evald crossed for his first of the game.

Rovers edged ahead before half-time with a Mantellato goal and when Thomas Minns added a try - converted by Mantellato - with 20 minutes left it seemed Rovers were heading for victory.

That remained the case until Evalds' late try gave Salford a sniff but they needed another with 53 seconds left. Greg Johnson obliged, going over in the corner on the hooter, before O'Brien scored the golden point within the first minute of the extra period.

Salford coach Ian Watson said: "I've seen last-minute drop goals before but never one like that. It was a massive play by Gaz O'Brien to be fair.

"He's a tremendous kicker of the ball but I don't think he'll ever kick one like that again.

"I feel pleased and proud of the boys. It will be a real sense of achievement when they look back. 

"I feel for Hull KR and what they are going to go through in the next couple of weeks."

Hull KR interim head coach James Webster said: "The changing room is not a great place to be. It's hard for big physical men who the public think are superhuman to drop to the floor in tears.

"I'm proud of the boys, they put every single thing into it and that was a real high-quality game. There wasn't too many errors, it was one of the better games you'll see this year.

"Congratulations to Salford, they came up with three really good plays to win the game. They're a team that could strike from distance, we knew that."