Reds ready for Rhinos rematch
Salford winger Ashley Gibson is warning his old Leeds team-mates not to under-estimate the Reds in Sunday's Carnegie Challenge Cup clash.
The champions cruised to a 56-16 Super League win on their first-ever visit to the City of Salford Stadium last month but Gibson is confident his side can turn the tables in their fifth-round meeting.
"It was a bit of a disappointment when we played them the other week," he said. "We let them play too fast and we couldn't handle it.
"Hopefully it will be a different story this week. It's the Challenge Cup and anything can happen, as you saw with Featherstone against Castleford the other week."
The 25-year-old, a product of the Headingley academy who scored 14 tries in 36 appearances for Leeds from 2005-2009, is looking forward to getting one over on his former club.
"They are always big games against your home-town team and to get them in the Cup is extra special," said Gibson, who was a cup semi-finalist with the Rhinos in 2006.
Another ex-Leeds player, Danny Williams, was on the other wing in the recent game against the Rhinos but Gibson believes Salford's biggest threat come could from a man who never got a chance at Headingley.
"Jodie Broughton didn't play a game at Leeds but he's come on in leaps and bounds at Salford," he said.
"He's in the England Knights squad. He's the fastest man in Super League and he's playing some good rugby as well."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott is wary of the threat posed by the trio of old boys as the champions seek to stay on course for a third successive Wembley appearance.
"Wouldn't it be nice for them to knock Leeds out of the cup?" he said.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Batley and Swinton aim to topple Super League opposition when they meet London Broncos and Huddersfield respectively, while one Championship club is guaranteed to go into the hat for Tuesday's quarter-final draw, with Leigh taking on Halifax.