UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The Salford side were just pipped at the post by Leeds in a hair-raising match

UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The Salford side were just pipped at the post by Leeds in a hair-raising match

UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news
17 October 2020 - 16:15

Breaking News ! Salford were denied a dream Challenge Cup victory by the barest of margins as Leeds ran out 17-16 winners at Wembley. It’s a final that will go down in history because of the circumstances, a behind closed doors fixture at the national stadium, but will long be remembered as one of the most enthralling finals in recent times. Brad Dwyer of Leeds Rhinos is tackled by Luke Yates of Salford Red Devils (Image: Getty Images) Salford’s strategy was clear from the opening kick. Having studied how Leeds’ defence had stifled Wigan through the middle in the Semi-Final, the Red Devils looked to move the ball laterally from the off. A Tyrone McCarthy knock on in the third minute appeared to dampen the team’s confidence in their handling deep on their own half, but it remained notable how willingly they would spread the ball wide. Despite Leeds undeniably having the better of the field position battle in the opening exchanges, it was Salford that threatened first - Krisnan Inu breaking down the left-hand side and kicking the ball back inside for Niall Evalds, but the fullback could not collect the ball cleanly. Rhys Williams of Salford Red Devils is tackled by Kruise Leeming and Liam Sutcliffe of Leeds Rhinos during the Coral Challenge Cup Final match (Image: Getty Images) On the back of the first penalty of the contest after 10 minutes, the Rhinos opened the scoring through Tom Briscoe, who tiptoed along the sideline to touch down. And although Leeds’ expert kicking game, predominantly through Luke Gale, continued to pin Salford back, the Red Devils were soon level thanks to Rhys Williams. He scored one of the great Wembley tries, racing the length of the field when Kallum Watkins collected a high kick, offloaded to Evalds and the number one released his Welsh wing wizard. The Rhinos had a try disallowed for a double movement 15 minutes before halftime, but got the score their domination of the field position probably deserved through Ash Handley just a couple of minutes later to take a 12-6 lead into the break. Sign up to the free MySalford email newsletter Get regular updates from Salford direct to your email inbox with the free MySalford newsletter. Click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MySalford News'.

. Following the restart, Salford started to get on top of the arm wrestle, reversing the tide of the game and getting the ball in their hands closer to the Leeds line. And it was the Red Devils’ kicking game that this time came to the fore. Kris Welham turned a high bomb from Kevin Brown into a contest with Briscoe, forced an error and from the resulting set, Pauli Pauli proved too big and too powerful for Gale to prevent scoring. Although Inu could not convert from wide, the Red Devils took the lead for the first time just five minutes later when Richie Myler spilled a Tui Lolohea kick, resulting in a James Greenwood try right next to the uprights. Salford Red Devils' Sebastine Ikahihifo (left) is tackled by Leeds Rhinos' Ava Seumanufagai during the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium (Image: PA) But Leeds are a champion team and demonstrated their experience with the perfect response, marching the length of the field in their next set of possession. The ball was worked from right to left on the last and Handley dotted down for his second score. Rhyse Martin’s conversion attempt drifted wide, leaving the scores level at 16-points apiece with 15 minutes remaining. Read More Related Articles Elderly man dies after being hit by van in pub car park Read More Related Articles Amanda Holden films herself getting mammogram after saying her boobs make headlines for 'silly reasons' Gale was the first to go for a dropgoal, but under huge pressure from Mark Flanagan, he pushed his attempt wide, handing Salford a seven-tackle set and what should have been an opportunity for a one-pointer of their own. But Pauli Pauli was adjudged to have failed to play the ball properly on halfway and from the resulting field position, Gale made no mistake - putting the Rhinos ahead with four minutes to go. The Red Devils had a chance to level with a dropgoal of their own, but opted to chance their arm and go for what would have been the winning try, only for Inu to knock the ball on just yards from the tryline. And although a second major final in 12 months - and a first Challenge Cup Final appearance in 51 years - represents incredible success for the club, it’s another defeat on the big stage that will sting the Salford group in the weeks to come.

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UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news


UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news


UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news


UK Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup in dying minutes last minute news

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