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Leeds make light work of Salford

Leeds Rhinos ran in eight tries at Headingley to comfortably beat Salford 44-2 and gain some valuable momentum heading into the semi-finals.

The game was a close contest for the first half hour but Leeds ran away with it after that as Matt Parcell continued his fine season, coming off the bench to score a brace.

There was also a memorable moment in the first half as Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire linked up for a trademark try in one of their final games together.

Salford registered the first points when Gareth O’Brien kicked a penalty goal inside the first three minutes but that’s as good as it got for the visitors.

It was a cagey start from both teams but Leeds always looked more dangerous and they scored the first try when Joel Moon created space for Liam Sutcliffe to stretch out and score.

Almost immediately the Rhinos were over again and you would have been forgiven for thinking it was 2004 as Burrow raced through a gap and McGuire supported on his shoulder to extend the lead.

As half-time approached Leeds went in for their third try as a pass to ground landed at the feet of Tom Briscoe, the winger putting his head down to beat Junior Sa’u and score in the corner.

Kallum Watkins, who kicked the two previous conversions, was unable to make this one but Brian McDermott’s side took a 16-2 lead into the break.

Starting a rare game on the bench, Matt Parcell came on 10 minutes after the restart and scored almost immediately against a tiring Salford side.

Adam Cuthbertson then got his name on the score sheet when he beat Parcell to McGuire’s kick through, but Parcell did get his second on the hour to take the score out to 32-2.

Ian Watson’s side were now giving away huge yardage and Leeds scored another quick-fire double with Anthony Mullally and Brett Ferres posting rare four-pointers.

Watkins kicked both conversions to make the final score 44-2 on a good night for the Rhinos who despite looking slick in attack, will be perhaps more pleased with a stellar defensive effort to stop Salford getting over the whitewash.

Leeds: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall, Moon, McGuire, Garbutt, Burrow, Cuthbertson,Ward, Jones-Buchanan, Singleton. Interchange: Mullally, Delaney, Parcell, Ferres.

Salford:¬†Evalds, Bibbey, Murdoch-Masila, Sa’u, Vatuvei, Lui, O’Brien, Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Jones, Griffin, McCarthy. Interchange: Lannon, A Walne, J Walne, Brinning.

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