Handley and Inu score hat-tricks in wins for Leeds and Salford

By Peter Thompson 9 October 2020 4
Handley and Inu score hat-tricks in wins for Leeds and Salford

Ash Handley scored a hat-trick as Leeds Rhinos beat Hull FC 40-22 after Krisnan Inu claimed a treble for in-form Salford Red Devils in a defeat of Huddersfield Giants on Thursday.

Handley is the leading try-scorer in Super League this season after taking his tally to 12 in a victory at Headingley that moved the Rhinos up to fourth place.

Richard Agar's side beat Wigan Warriors to set up a Challenge Cup final showdown with Salford last time out and scored seven tries in an emphatic defeat of Hull, who stepped in to play at short notice due to positive coronavirus tests at Castleford Tigers.

Hull led 10-0 after 16 minutes courtesy of tries from Andre Savelio and Mahe Fonua, but Leeds were six points to the good at half-time thanks to a Jack Walker double either side of Handley's first try.

Scores from James Donaldson and Handley gave them breathing space but tries from Jack Brown and Josh Griffin - both converted by Marc Sneyd - in the space of four minutes gave Hull hope.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners in the end, though, Liam Sutcliffe going over before Handley intercepted a pass and charged 50 metres to complete his hat-trick, Rhyse Martin successfully converting for a sixth time.

Inu was the star of the show in the first game of the double-header, scoring all but four of Salford's points in a 24-16 win over Huddersfield.

The Red Devils have now won five in a row in all competitions after Inu dotted down twice in quick time early in the second half for a treble, also booting eight points, with Chris Atkin scoring Salford's other try.

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