Leigh Leopards vs Salford Red Devils, Betfred Super League

Recap

Salford Red Devils Spoil Leigh Leopards’ Super League Return with 20-10 Victory

In a thrilling Betfred Super League opener, Salford Red Devils crashed Leigh Leopards’ party by securing a 20-10 win at Leigh Sports Village. Despite an early try from Leigh’s Josh Charnley, Salford, last season’s play-off semi-finalists, turned the tide in their favor and led 12-4 at halftime. Tries from Kallum Watkins, Andy Ackers, and Ryan Brierley, along with conversions and a penalty by Marc Sneyd, secured the Red Devils’ victory, while a penalty try accounted for Leigh’s other score.

The atmosphere was electric as the Leopards, now rebranded and eager to establish themselves in Super League, took to the field. The fans, filled with anticipation and buoyed by a pre-match performance from Scouting for Girls and a spectacular fireworks display, were in full voice.

Leigh made a positive start with Charnley crossing over in the corner, courtesy of a looping long pass from scrum-half Lachlan Lam, son of coach Adrian. However, Salford quickly struck back with two rapid-fire tries before halftime.

Watkins bulldozed through a challenge to score the first try, capitalizing on a clever delayed pass from reigning Man of Steel, Brodie Croft. Ackers then darted over from dummy-half, increasing Salford’s lead.

Leigh began the second half with sustained pressure, but a handling error by Charnley allowed Salford to escape. Seizing the opportunity, Croft broke free and set up Brierley for a try under the posts, extending the Red Devils’ lead to 18-4.

Leigh mounted a comeback as Charnley made amends for his mistake with a breakaway sprint toward the Salford line. However, he was brought down by Brierley, and Sneyd was sin-binned for holding down. Taking advantage of the numerical advantage, Leigh was awarded a penalty try when Jack Hughes was obstructed by Watkins while attempting to dive on a kick through. Zak Hardaker added the conversion, narrowing the gap to 18-10.

Despite their efforts, Leigh couldn’t find any more openings, and Sneyd returned to the field to seal the victory by converting a penalty in the final moments of the match.

After the game, Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley expressed his delight with the team’s performance, emphasizing the tough contest they faced. Meanwhile, Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lam acknowledged some frustration but also expressed pride in the team’s efforts, highlighting the positives and areas for improvement.

The match provided an exciting start to the season, showcasing the competitiveness and skill of both teams.

Venue

Leigh Sports Village Stadium
Leigh Sports Village Stadium, Sale Way, Pennington, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, WN7 4JY, United Kingdom

Details

Date Time League
February 17, 2023 8:00 pm Super League

Video

Results

TeamPointsOutcome
Leigh Leopards10Loss
Salford Red Devils20Win
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