The Red Devils got their first win since March as they ran out 23-8 winners against the Leeds Rhinos in front of a loud AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford came into this game on the back of six league defeats, with their last win being against Leeds on the 18th of March.

They got off to the perfect start when Ken Sio scored in the corner after Deon Cross broke the Leeds defence line. Marc Sneyd missed the tough conversion attempt to give the Red Devils a lead of four after 10 minutes.

One try quickly became two for the boys in red as Joe Burgess was on hand to finish off a great try for the Red Devils which all started from Harvey Livett’s line break. Sneyd made no mistake with the boot this time to give Salford a quickfire 10-point lead.

With new coach Rohan Smith taking charge of his first game, the visitors started to gain momentum and got their reward after a sustained period of attack. Winger Ash Handley scored the try for the visitors who missed their conversion.

Both teams were guilty of making errors as they went set for set trying to win the territory battle until Leeds failed to deal with a Brodie Croft kick as it deflected off the goalposts allowing Andy Ackers to be the beneficiary and score under the posts. With Sneyd scoring the simple conversion, the Red devils restored their lead back to double figures as they went into halftime 16-4 ahead.

It was Salford who had the better chances during the opening stages of the second half but was unable to extend their lead until the 68th minute when halfback Sneyd scored a drop goal to push the Red Devils’ lead out to 13 and make it a three-score game.

Minutes later Salford killed the game when Croft broke through the Rhino’s poor defence before passing inside to supporting full-back Ryan Brierley to score under the posts, the easy conversion was slotted by Sneyd.

Leeds scored a late consolation try but it wasn’t enough as Salford ran out 23-8 winners to complete a league double against the Rhinos.

The win meant the Red Devils leap frogged their opponents in the league table and allowed them to distance themselves from bottom club Toulouse.

Salford are next in action on Friday 20th of May as they take on the Castleford Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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