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Salford City 16 Leeds 42

Leeds Rhinos consolidated fourth spot in the Super League table with a seven-try victory at second from bottom Salford City Reds.
Salford City 16 Leeds 42

Leeds Rhinos consolidated fourth spot in the Super League table with a seven-try victory at second from bottom Salford City Reds.

Kallum Watkins scored two touchdowns and skipper Kevin Sinfield kicked seven goals from as many attempts for the Rhinos, who have now won their last 10 clashes against Salford since a shock Headingley defeat in 2009.

Leeds centre Joel Moon missed the clash against his old club through a foot injury and the Rhinos were also without Brett Delaney, Stevie Ward, Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Bailey.

In addition, Ryan Hall pulled out just before kick-off through sickness, meaning Liam Sutcliffe switched to the wing and Alex Foster was drafted in as a late substitute.

The Rhinos handed 17-year-old Elliot Minchella his debut off the bench - the sixth Academy player to make his bow this year - and the teenager notched the final try five minutes from time.

Leeds included 13 players who came through their youth system with Kylie Leuluai the only import on duty.

Salford welcomed back Lee Jewitt and Jake Emmitt from suspension but ex-Leeds prop Darrell Griffin was still banned while skipper Martin Gleeson, Jodie Broughton, Lee Jewitt, Matty Ashurst and Wayne Godwin were injured.

The Reds made a lively start and harassed Leeds into mistakes but a Lee Gaskell kick was too long to worry the defence.

Leeds went ahead after 19 minutes when Rob Burrow sent Sutcliffe away and Watkins touched down in the corner.

Sinfield booted the conversion and also added the extras to Zak Hardaker's touchdown four minutes later after the full-back was put clear by Watkins. Hardaker left Gaskell flat-footed on a 40-metre weaving run to the line.

But Salford were rewarded for their efforts when Ashley Gibson latched onto Theo Fages' kick to score against his old club with Marc Sneyd adding the conversion.

The Reds' joy was short-lived as Burrow scooted 35 metres for a trademark solo try and Sinfield landed his third goal.

Burrow was the provider for Carl Ablett's try after 35 minutes with a perfectly-timed pass to stretch the lead to 24-6 at the break.

Salford's defence crumbled early in the second half with Ablett bursting through several weak tackles for Ben Jones-Bishop to cross.

But neat work from Fages allowed Gaskell to round Hardaker for a fine try.

Watkins supported Sutcliffe's breakaway to grab the Rhinos' sixth touchdown after 64 minutes.

Leeds lost centre Jimmy Keinhorst 10 minutes from time due to an arm injury before Fages made the scoreline more respectable with a try converted by Gaskell.

Then Minchella marked his bow in style with a try to wrap up the win.

Salford City Reds 16
Tries: Ashley Gibson, Lee Gaskell, Theo Fages
Goals: Marc Sneyd, Lee Gaskell

Leeds Rhinos 42
Tries: Kallum Watkins 2, Zak Hardaker, Rob Burrow, Carl Ablett, Ben Jones-Bishop, Elliott Minchella
Goals: Kevin Sinfield 7

Date: Friday 9th August 2013
Venue: Salford City Stadium
Crowd: 3,235
Referee: G Stokes
Half Time: Leeds 24-6

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