Salford 24-50 Leeds

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Anthony Mullally scored Leeds Rhinos’ eighth try in a stylish win
Betfred Super League
Salford (6) 24
Tries: Wood, Murdoch-Masila 2, Dobson Goals: Dobson 4
Leeds (36) 50
Tries: Hall, Briscoe 2, Watkins, Purcell, Moon, Jones-Buchanan, Mullally, Walker Goals: Watkins 3, Lilley 4

Leeds Rhinos moved above Salford into second place in the Super League table, running in nine tries in a crushing victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Josh Wood’s score put the Red Devils ahead after a nervy Leeds start.

Rhinos were then at their superb best, Ryan Hall’s muscular run and finish the first of seven tries in a first-half burst of 36 unanswered points.

The hosts improved and hit back with Ben Murdoch-Masila twice crashing over, but Leeds were always in control.

Salford, who are now two points behind the Rhinos and remain 10 adrift of leaders Castleford, had no response to a blistering opening period by the visitors which saw them miss tackles and fail to deal with numerous line breaks.

Tom Briscoe touched down for Leeds’ second try after sustained pressure, centre Kallum Watkins went over in the corner after a smart dummy and a fourth try arrived when Matt Purcell dived over after some quick thinking by Keith Galloway.

Centre Watkins then had to be replaced following a high tackle by Junior Sa’u, who was sin-binned but that did not stop the home side’s flow.

Kallum Watkins of Leeds was knocked out after taking a heavy challenge which saw Junior S’au sin-binned

Joel Moon stretched the lead further, Jamie Jones-Buchanan carved open the home defence to go over and Briscoe’s eighth try of the season ensured a 36-6 interval lead.

The excellent Murdoch-Masila’s powerful second-half double gave the Red Devils some hope and Michael Dobson also went over.

But Anthony Mullally settled any nerves and teenage full-back Jack Walker’s last-gasp try ensured a 50-point haul and sealed a stylish win.

Salford Red Devils: O’Brien, Evalds, Sa’u, Welham, Johnson, Lui, Dobson, Tasi, Wood, Kopczak, Jones, Murdoch-Masila, Hauraki.

Replacements: Brinning, Griffin, Krasniqi, Lannon.

Leeds Rhinos: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Ward, Hall, Moon, McGuire, Galloway, Parcell, Singleton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Cuthbertson.

Replacements: Garbutt, Mullally, Walters, Lilley.

Referee: James Child (RFL).

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