Whilst the final scoreline may not suggest it, resiliency was a key factor for the Salford City Reds despite a heavy loss at the hands of the Leeds Rhinos – a game that finished 42-16 in favour of the Rhinos.
The win means that the Rhinos have now won 10 straight games against the Reds, as Leeds coach Brian McDermott praised his side’s effort but was quick to give praise to the Reds and their performance, praising their resolve and resiliency.
“We faced a resilient Salford and had to fight hard. The scoreline flattered us a bit and we scored a few long range tries but you have to credit Salford’s tenacity. They wouldn’t go away,” said McDermott.
Elliot Minchella, just 17 and on debut, scored and received a lot of praise from McDermott for his performance.
There was one sour note to come out of the game, however, with talented player Jimmy Keinhorst suffering a dislocated shoulder.
“He’s been a stand out performer in the Under-19s this season and showed up Buy Cialis well. It was nice for him to score a try,” said McDermott.
“But it’s a real shame for Jimmy who goes into our injury room with the others.”
Despite the loss, Salford coach Brian Noble could not fault his side knowing full well that Leeds were the better side.
What did please him was his side’s effort and he was pleased with some of the efforts of his younger players.
“I can’t fault my players and the scoreline did flatter Leeds,” said boss Brian Noble.
“But they counter-punched really well and their super players turned up when they were needed.
“Some of our young kids were given time and showed real promise. Will Hope has had a bad shoulder all year but did well and Niall Evalds toiled hard.
“Jordan Davies showed glimpses in the centre of what he may be able to do but our best player was Stephen Wild who led the team really well. The fans got behind us and they sensed the players commitment and effort.”