Salford boss Ian Watson believes Leeds’ big game experience was the difference between the two sides on Sunday.
The Rhinos ran out 50-24 winners against the Red Devils to move up to second in the table and Watson had no complaints about the result.
“Leeds played really well straight from the kick-off and taught us a lesson on how you play a top-of-the-table clash,” said Watson.
“It’s a lesson we need to learn. We were not happy with the way we started the game. To say we were off is a massive understatement.
“We are normally a group that work really hard for each other but in the first half our attitude was off.
“Leeds got on the front foot and played too fast for us. If you can’t control the speed of the ruck, you are in for a long day and we were constantly on the back foot.”