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Saturday 10th May 2014, 18:00 - Round:12
Salford Red Devils
Hull Kingston Rovers
|Francis Meli 2, Martin Gleeson,||T||Kris Welham, Kevin Larroyer, Neville Costigan,|
Jake Mullaney 2,
Travis Burns 2,
Attendance: 2,903 Official: P Bentham Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford
Salford Red Devils held on for a point to halt their four-match losing run on captain Adrian Morley's 37th birthday but there was little else to celebrate from a dreadful game with Hull KR that mirrored the miserable Manchester weather.
Veteran winger Francis Meli scored two of the Red Devils' tries in a 16-16 First Utility Super League draw which probably left both teams dissatisfied.
It was scoreless for the opening quarter which the visitors dominated with nothing to show for it.
An early 40-20 kick from stand-off Travis Burns enabled Hull KR to lay siege to the Salford line and full-back Jake Mullaney and prop Lama Tasi both conceded goal-line drop-outs.
Former Salford winger David Hodgson fluffed the best scoring opportunity, dropping Kris Welham's pass with the line at his mercy, and it was the Red Devils who struck first on 21 minutes.
There was little pattern to Salford's attack and their try came out of the blue, with Rangi Chase's long pass giving an unmarked Meli a clear run-in at the corner to break the deadlock.
Mullaney was wide with the conversion attempt and the scores were level four minutes later when Burns combined with his half-back partner Kris Keating to get Welham over for an equalising try.
With Burns and Keating bringing structure to their team's attack, the Robins were always the more likely to score next and they duly took the lead after 29 minutes when Mullaney fumbled Burns' kick in the wet conditions to gift a try to second rower Kevin Larroyer.
Burns added the goal to give his side a 10-4 interval lead but a 40-20 kick by Chase early in the second half immediately got the home side on the ascendancy.
Salford maintained the pressure and they scored again when a strong run from centre Junior Sau paved the way for Meli to go over for his second try.
Mullaney's touchline conversion levelled the scores but Hull KR regained the lead after 59 minutes when loose forward Neville Costigan gathered a loose ball following Burns' grubber kick to go over for his side's third try.
With neither side able impose themselves on the contest, it remained in the balance right to the end.
Salford levelled the scores for a third time in the 63rd minute when centre Martin Gleeson followed up Chase's high kick to touch down and Mullaney kicked his second goal.
Costigan was inches short of the line as Rovers went for the victory that they probably deserved and Ben Cockayne fumbled a drop-goal attempt while Chase struck the woodwork with his attempted one-pointer.
Second rower Gareth Hock burst clear in the last minute to create on last opportunity for Salford but the chance went begging as the game ended in frustration for both teams.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals