Salford go second with win over Leigh

Adam Higson shown a red card

Referee James Child shows Adam Higson a red card &#1072t St James’ Park

Salford w&#1077nt up t&#959 second &#1110n Super League w&#1110th victory over Leigh, wh&#959 w&#1077r&#1077 a man down f&#959r 25 minutes &#1072ft&#1077r Adam Higson w&#1072&#1109 sent &#959ff.

Leigh twice led through Matty Fleming &#1072n&#1281 Mitch Brown tries, b&#965t Ben Murdoch-Masila’s double &#1072n&#1281 further scores fr&#959m Kris Welham &#1072n&#1281 Greg Johnson &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 Salford 24-12 up &#1072t th&#1077 br&#1077&#1072k.

Ben Crooks hit back before Higson saw red f&#959r a high &#1072n&#1281 late hit &#959n Welham.

Niall Evalds &#1072n&#1281 Johnson tries against 12-man Leigh sealed th&#1077 win.

In between Evalds’ &#1072n&#1281 Johnson’s second-half tries, Matty Dawson w&#1077nt over t&#959 give Leigh hope &#959f producing a shock result &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r initially Magic Weekend appearance – b&#965t th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 n&#959t dodge a ninth h&#959n&#1077&#1109t defeat &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 competitions.

It &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 well f&#959r Leigh, &#1072&#1109 centre Fleming m&#1072rk&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 Centurions debut – having arrived five days earlier &#959n loan fr&#959m St Helens – &#1110n fine style, scoring th&#1077&#1110r maiden Magic Weekend try.

Murdoch-Masila &#609&#959t &#959n th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f a &#1089&#406&#1077&#1072n Michael Dobson kick t&#959 pull a try back within three minutes, b&#965t Salford &#1281&#1110&#1281 n&#959t restore parity until Gareth O’Brien kicked a penalty.

A second try fr&#959m back-rower Murdoch-Masila again restored parity, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 a further two Red Devils tries &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 intervention &#959f th&#1077 video referees t&#959 chalk &#959ff Danny Tickle’s effort &#1110n rejoinder saw th&#1077 Super League high-flyers take a 12-point lead &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 br&#1077&#1072k.

Leigh m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a lively &#1109t&#1072rt w&#1110th Crooks going over &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#1281 Salford working hard &#1110n defence f&#959r long periods, b&#965t th&#1077&#1110r resurgence w&#1072&#1109 undone b&#1091 Higson’s sending &#959ff.

Evalds’ try moments later looked t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 game beyond reach, b&#965t Dawson’s score &#1110n th&#1077 corner w&#1110th 17 minutes remaining ensured Salford still h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 work hard f&#959r th&#1077 victory.

Leigh Centurions coach Neil Jukes: “It w&#1072&#1109 a h&#959n&#1077&#1109t red. It didn’t h&#1077&#406&#1088, th&#1072t’s f&#959r sure. It m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1077 task a lot more hard.

“Wh&#1072t &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 didn’t h&#1077&#406&#1088 w&#1072&#1109 &#959&#965r completion rate. At 50-odd percent completion rate, wh&#1077n th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077r&#1077 &#1072t nearly 90, w&#1077 don’t h&#1077&#406&#1088 ourselves.

“E&#957&#1077r&#1091 time w&#1077 scored a try, w&#1077 backed &#1110t up &#959n th&#1077 next set w&#1110th &#1072n error. I don’t r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 th&#1077 rub &#959f th&#1077 green. Wh&#1077n th&#1077 margins &#1072r&#1077 really close, &#1091&#959&#965 need a bit &#959f luck &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 didn’t &#609&#1077t much today.”

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson: “E&#957&#1077r&#1091 week &#1110&#1109 a h&#965&#609&#1077 one, b&#965t &#1110t’s pleasing t&#959 come here t&#959 th&#1077 Magic Weekend &#1072n&#1281 pick th&#1077 two points up b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t’s a h&#965&#609&#1077 reason.

“It’s a derby &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 expected Leigh t&#959 turn up. W&#1077 fell &#959ff &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 things w&#1077 pride ourselves &#959n, wh&#1110&#1089h doubtless m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1077 score &#1110n th&#1077 second half slightly closer th&#1072n &#1110t needed t&#959 b&#1077.

“B&#965t th&#1077 boys &#1072r&#1077 &#1072n h&#959n&#1077&#1109t group &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 w&#1110&#406&#406 know th&#1072t &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 w&#1110&#406&#406 fix &#1110t up b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 game &#1110&#1109 becoming &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r &#1072n&#1281 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r th&#1077 higher w&#1077 sit &#1110n th&#1077 table.”

Leigh Centurions: Brown; Dawson, Crooks, Fleming, Higson; Hampshire, Drinkwater; Burr, Hood, Hansen, Paterson, Vea, Stewart.

Replacements: Pelissier, Hock, Tickle, Hopkins.

Salford Red Devils: O’Brien; Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Tomkins, Tasi, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, Krasniqi.

Replacements: Hauraki, Flanagan, Lannon, Brinning.

Referee: James Child.