Super League  Saturday 10th May 2014  A J Bell Stadium, Salford  Att: 2,903

Squad

Ashurst, Chase, Fages, Griffin, Hock, Howarth, Lee, Meli, Morley, Mullaney, Gleeson, Rapira, Sa'u, Smith, Tasi, Tomkins, Hansen, Puletua, Williams.

Squad

Burns, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Gardner, Green, Hall, J. Hodgson, D. Hodgson, Ollett, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Netherton, Salter, Ulugia, Welham, Weyman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Martin Gleeson

Francis Meli

Francis Meli

GOAL SCORERS:

Jake Mullaney

Jake Mullaney

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Neville Costigan

Kevin Larroyer

Kris Welham

GOAL SCORERS:

Travis Burns

Travis Burns

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

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.

Match Action

  • 65m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 65m
    try

    Martin Gleeson

    Salford

  • 60m
    try

    Neville Costigan

    Hull K R

  • 60m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 56m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 55m
    try

    Francis Meli

    Salford

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Logan Tomkins

    Salford

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Stuart Howarth

    Salford

  • 30m
    try

    Kevin Larroyer

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Langley

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Neville Costigan

    Hull K R

  • 26m
    try

    Kris Welham

    Hull K R

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Rhys Lovegrove

    Hull K R

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Michael Weyman

    Hull K R

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Darrell Griffin

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Steve Rapira

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Matty Ashurst

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Lama Tasi

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Adrian Morley

    Salford

  • 22m
    try

    Francis Meli

    Salford

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Jason Netherton

    Hull K R

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    James Green

    Hull K R