Salford 14-46 Leeds: Ruthless Rhinos end Red Devils' 100% Super League start
|Betfred Super League|
|Salford (6) 14|
|Tries: Lussick, Jones Goals: Sio 3|
|Leeds (18) 46|
|Tries: Cuthbertson, Walker 3, Hurrell 2, Parcell, Handley Goals: Lolohea 7|
Jack Walker scored a hat-trick as Leeds Rhinos ended Salford's 100% start to the season with a 46-14 win - their first under head coach Dave Furner.
Salford crossed first but three quick scores in the space of five minutes put Leeds 18-6 up at the break.
The home side got the first score of the second half but then went down to 12 men with Jansin Turgut sin-binned.
Leeds scored two during that spell and added a further three after Turgut returned as Salford wilted.
Furner's return to the Super League, this time as a coach, had started with two defeats in extremely tough games against Warrington and Wigan.
However, they finally showed signs that things were starting to click, particularly in the halves as Richie Myler and Tui Lolohea impressed.
Ian Watson's Red Devils had impressed in their opening two outings against Huddersfield and London, but were blown away in two separate patches.
Joey Lussick sneaked in to put them in front, but once Adam Cuthbertson bashed his way over from Trent Merrin's break Leeds rushed in for quick-fire scores from Jack Walker and Konrad Hurrell.
Trailing 18-6 at half-time, Josh Jones got Salford up and running after the break with his sides second try.
But once Turgut was sin-binned, Leeds again showed the value of momentum in rugby league.
Hurrell bulldozed in for his second, Matt Parcell slipped over and Walker brought up his hat-trick before Ash Handley's finish in the corner handed Leeds a commanding advantage.
Salford: Evalds; Olpherts, Welham, Sa'u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, Griffin, Tomkins.
Leeds: Walker; Briscoe, Watkins, Hurrell, Handley; Lolohea, Myler; Peteru, Dwyer, Cuthbertson, Ferres, Ward, Merrin.
Replacements: Parcell, Smith, Singleton, Donaldson.
Referee: James Child.