Problem Cup closing: Leeds beat Salford 17-16 after Luke Gale lands late successful drop-goal
|Leeds (12) 17|
|Tries: Handley 2, Briscoe Targets: Martin 2 Drop-goal: Gale|
|Salford (6) 16|
|Tries: Williams, Pauli, Greenwood Targets: Inu 2|
Luke Gale kicked a late drop-goal as Leeds rallied to beat Salford and win a primary Problem Cup in 5 years.
Ash Handley scored two of the Rhinos’ three tries, whereas fellow winger Tom Briscoe broke a Wembley document together with his seventh strive in a Problem Cup closing.
Salford briefly led when Pauli Pauli and James Greenwood each scored to construct on Welsh winger Rhys Williams’ gorgeous breakaway first-half strive.
However Handley’s second attempt to go to 16-16 was adopted by Gale’s one-pointer.
Gale was simply broad together with his first try on the sticks however when he had one other effort, this one sailed over, to go away final yr’s overwhelmed Tremendous League Grand Finalists Salford heartbroken of their first Wembley closing since 1969.
Leeds legend Burrow honoured at closing
Against this, this was Leeds’ sixth closing in 11 years, the earlier 5 of which had all concerned their little legend Rob Burrow.
The previous scrum-half, who has been bravely battling motor neurone illness, was resulting from be current at Wembley as visitor of honour.
However, though he was refrained from the empty stadium on the massive day, he was nonetheless honoured at rugby league’s first Covid-19 closing ‘in absentia’.
And, in a shocking contest which swung each methods, it was the form of battling spirit engendered by Burrow in his taking part in days that helped Leeds earn their 14th Problem Cup triumph – now inside 5 of the document 19 held by Wigan.
It was additionally in some way becoming that Leeds’ greatest participant – and a deserving winner of the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match – was Richie Myler, who, though now taking part in at full-back, has spent most of his profession taking part in in Burrow’s previous function at half-back.
Myler stars in seesaw recreation
Myler had a hand in each Handley’s tries, though it was Konrad Hurrell’s excellent offload that obtained Briscoe in on the proper nook for the opener.
That meant one other Wembley document for Briscoe, his seventh Problem Cup closing strive overtaking a Wigan nice from the Nineteen Eighties, Kevin Iro, who 3 times recorded Wembley doubles.
Most of Briscoe’s magnificent seven scores got here when he set the person closing document with 5 towards Hull KR in 2015.
However, after Rhyse Martin’s conversion went in off the submit, Briscoe was then outshone with one of many nice Wembley tries – by Salford’s Welsh winger Williams.
Nearly on his personal goalline, a clear take from Leeds previous boy Kallum Watkins allowed him to slide a cross to Niall Evalds, he moved the ball on and Williams was away, going nearly the entire size to the touch down beneath the posts, for Krisnan Inu so as to add the conversion.
Handley then earned Leeds a 12-6 half-time lead when he obtained in on the left nook after a shocking cross from Myler, to which Martin added the extras.
Leeds then obtained hit by two tries in 5 minutes, with first Pauli Pauli coming off the bench to energy over, though Inu crucially missed the kick.
Myler then failed to gather a excessive kick beneath strain from Kevin Brown, the ball was moved left and Greenwood obtained over by the posts, Inu this time changing.
However Leeds hit again with a second strive for Handley, with Myler once more the architect, earlier than Gale’s second late drop-kick try proved the matchwinner.
Burrow ‘Leeds’ inspiration’ – post-match response
Leeds full-back and Lance Todd Trophy winner Richie Myler advised BBC One:
“It was shut and I am overwhelmed. We have got a particular group of boys. Credit score to Salford, that was a hell of a recreation.
“When adversity comes, you both stick in there or make a factor of it. Twelve months of onerous work has obtained me right here.
“I am in a particular crew. The way in which Luke Gale and Robert Lui managed the sport makes it simpler for me.”
Leeds head coach Richard Agar advised BBC One:
“Luke’s provide you with an enormous play for us. I am so happy with the whole lot that they’ve cultivated and nurtured within the group. We weren’t good however we confirmed resilience once we needed to.
“Rob Burrow is with us in spirit for the time being. He is been an inspiration for us on this run.”
Leeds winger Ash Handley advised BBC One: “We made onerous work of it but it surely was nice to recover from the end line. Everybody carried out towards a resilient Salford aspect. I am simply buzzing.”
Salford head coach Ian Watson advised BBC One: “There have been small margins. The boys did not lack effort, they have been simply not good sufficient. Luke Gale took his alternative when it got here.
“It is disappointing with the historical past surrounding the Problem Cup, as a result of successful it’s a particular factor.”
Salford captain Lee Mossop advised BBC One: “We’re devastated. We have labored onerous to get right here.
“It was in all probability the primary half that took an excessive amount of power out of us and Luke Gale had a free shot, he wasn’t going to overlook that.”
Leeds: Myler; Briscoe, Hurrell, L Sutcliffe, Handley; Lui, Gale (capt); Seumanufagai, Leeming, Oledzki, Mellor, Martin, Prior.
Interchanges: Dwyer, A Sutcliffe, Donaldson, Cuthbertson.
Salford: Evalds; Williams, Watkins, Welham, Inu; Lolohea, Brown; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, McCarthy, Greenwood, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Ikahahifo, Pauli, Yates, Burke.
Referee: Liam Moore.