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Leeds 46 Salford 12

Leeds 46 Salford 12: Rhinos climb table after cruising to victory

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 31 August 2012

Defending Super League champions Leeds bounced back from their Wembley heartbreak in style by cruising to an eight-try rout of lowly Salford to climb to fourth place in the table.

Coach Brian McDermott gave the bulk of the beaten Challenge Cup finalists the chance to atone for their heavy loss to Warrington and they duly delivered as the Rhinos eased effortlessly to an eighth successive win over the Reds, their third this season.

McDermott drafted in back-row forwards Chris Clarkson and Weller Hauraki in place of props Ryan Bailey and Darrell Griffin and gave a full debut to Jimmy Keinhorst at centre but it was old stager Jamie Peacock who laid the platform for their victory stroll.

Over he goes: Kallum Watkins scores the seventh try for Leeds

Over he goes: Kallum Watkins scores the seventh try for Leeds

The former England skipper took up from where he left off at Wembley with a prodigious stint in the first 30 minutes, running with all his old power and producing devastating offloads to create two of his side's three first-half tries.

Salford actually came up with the first scoring opportunity, with winger Jodie Broughton breaking clear down the flank only to see his final pass intercepted by his opposite number Ben Jones-Bishop, who rubbed salt in the wound by opening the scoring at the other end.

He took a low pass from Watkins to slide over at the corner while co-winger Ryan Hall finished off a trademark scoot from dynamic scrum-half Rob Burrow shortly afterwards to register his 25th Super League try of the season.

Leeds' only other try of the first half was scored by Sinfield, following Peacock's clever offload to Carl Ablett, but they quickly wrapped up the match with three further scores within eight minutes of the restart.

Poor Salford hardly knew what had hit them as Burrow jinked his way over for a solo try before paving the way for full-back Zak Hardaker to go over.
Centre Kallum Watkins took a short pass from 18-year-old Stevie Ward to grab his first try and then took advantage of some dazzling footwork from Hardaker to double his tally.

Second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan gained some reward for his industry when he stretched out of full-back Luke Patten's tackle to score Leeds' eighth try and Sinfield, who missed with his first kick at goal, added his seventh in a row to make it 46-0.

Poor Patten, who has one match left before he retires, was run ragged all night but he gained some consolation for himself and his badly-beaten team when he scored two late tries and Daniel Holdsworth added both goals.

The Reds will bring down the curtain on their season against Wakefield next weekend but for Leeds the season will go on and, on this form, another Grand Final appearance cannot be ruled out.

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

Danny McGuire stole the show with four tries as Leeds strengthened their play-off push with a 58-12 romp in London.

The Rhinos rose to sixth in the Stobart Super League table thanks to a 10-try display, six coming in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

The hosts had hoped to make it back-to-back wins at home, and were able to return the fit again Michael Witt and Olsi Krasniqi to their line-up.

For the Rhinos, Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb both missed out with knee injuries. Leeds were aiming to make it three successive wins after high-scoring triumphs over Wakefield and Castleford.

However, the Londoners made the brighter start. Witt engineered a gap for Dan Sarginson only for the full-back to be hauled down just short of the line.

Leeds were the next to go close, having a try chalked off for an obvious forward pass.

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

The Broncos were having the bulk of the play, Scott Wheeldon coming close to giving the hosts the lead on 18 minutes, only to spill a pass near the Rhinos line.

Julien Rinaldi was once again proving influential for the men from the capital, and after a surging run took the hosts deep into Leeds territory, Chris Bailey rounded things off by storming over at the sticks in the 22nd minute.

The Rhinos were stung into action and responded with a try of their own within moments, Shaun Lunt crashing over from close range to level things up.

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Lunt pushed Leeds into the lead in the 31st minute, barrelling over under the posts despite the attentions of three would-be tacklers.

The visitors had gone through the gears and suddenly the Broncos were dropping off tackles and being caught out defensively.

And before the break the Rhinos had stretched well clear, McGuire strolling over for a brace of tries on 37 and 39 minutes.

The hosts were in need of a lift, and they got it five minutes after the restart thanks to some shocking play from the visitors.

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Zac Hardaker's pass went to ground, allowing Kieran Dixon the simplest of tasks of picking up possession and cantering over.

Suddenly the Broncos had their tails up, although they remained two scores behind.

London came mightily close to reducing that to one score in the 54th minute, David Howell unable to hold what would have been a try-scoring pass from Witt.

Having absorbed the best the home side could throw at them, Leeds took advantage of both Will Lovell and Craig Gower laying prone with injuries to run on the last tackle, Carl Ablett stretching clear to tee up McGuire for his hat-trick on the hour mark.

That seemed to knock the fight out of the Broncos, and moments later Ablett touched down for a try of his own.

Now it was a case of how many, and McGuire was soon at it again, cantering over for his fourth after a break from Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Further late scores were to follow from Hardaker, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai in the final eight minutes.