Leigh Centurions 25-0 Salford Red Devils

Leigh Centurions 25-0 Salford Red Devils

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Leigh Centurions put in arguably their best performance of the season following a comfortable 25-0 victory over the Salford Red Devils. The home side looked confident in both attack and defence as they kept Salford at bay, whilst also being able to produce some champagne rugby in poor conditions to seal a well-deserved win.

Leigh started the game strongly and deservedly grabbed the first try of the game in the opening 10 minutes, through a neat move from Greg McNally. The full back rounded the in-form Ben Murdock-Masila, after the Centurions did well to create the overlap, to dive over in torrential rain.

Leigh nearly had a second try after Dobson lost possession from the kick off, however it was chalked off by the referee. In his view, Ben Crooks, who kicked the ball on from the resulting free play, was unable to ground the ball before it rolled over the dead ball line.

Leigh were good value for their lead against a shell-shocked Red Devils side and increased this 10 minutes later, with Atelea Vea taking advantage of a huge gap in the visitors defence. With Mickey Higham pulling the strings in the build up, the Centurions ran the ball on the last tackle, with the option bearing fruit as Vea crossed unopposed against a Salford defence at sixes and sevens. A second successful Drinkwater conversion gave Leigh a 12-0 lead.

As expected in the horrendous conditions, the game descended into a knock-on-a-thon, with both teams struggling to keep hold of the ball in opposition territory. Leigh thought they had broken this stalemate with Mitch Brown crossing in the corner, however again the referee brought play back with a forward pass being the adjudged infringement.

This scare finally sparked the Red Devils into life 7 minutes before the with a sublime Murdock-Masila offload sending Greg Johnson away, however Salford bombed the chance with the ball being lost with the line begging.

The Centurions made the visitors rue this missed opportunity minutes later by crossing themselves to increase the pressure on Salford. A fantastic 20 metre pass from Leigh halfback Daniel Mortimer found Samisoni Langi. The powerful centre then used his strength to grab the try, carrying 3 defenders with him and finishing tight to the touchline. Another impressive Drinkwater conversion gave the Centurions an impressive and well-deserved 18-0 lead going into the break, with the Red Devils having a lot of work to do in the second half.

The restart saw much of the same as the first half, with Leigh performing well in defence to maintain their 18 point lead. Further woe was added to Salford, especially considering next weekend’s Challenge Cup semi final, with Robert Lui limping from the field with a bad looking leg injury.

The loss of Lui meant that Salford struggled to create an attacking spark needed to break down a determined Leigh side, with the home defence standing strong. Leigh meanwhile appeared to be content to hold their lead, opting to turn the ball over deep in the Salford half rather than risk dropping the ball in the wind and rain, typical of an English summer.

The best chance of the half came 15 minutes from time in the form of the ever-dangerous Murdoch-Masila, who ran threateningly towards the Leigh line. A misplaced offload however, instead of finding a teammate, fell kindly for the Centurions to pounce on.

Leigh had the final say in what proved to be a fantastic performance, with Josh Drinkwater slotting over a drop goal, and then Greg McNally going the full length of the field following a knock on from Michael Dobson on the hooter to secure a sensational 25-0 win. The victory gives the Centurions confidence heading into the middle 8’s, with Salford hitting a poor run of form at the worst possible time, putting their top four hopes in doubt.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Leigh Centurions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mitch BrownFull Back000000
3Ben CrooksCentre000000
5Matty DawsonWing000000
7Josh DrinkwaterScrum Half041000
8Gareth HockProp000000
9Mickey Higham 14Hooker000000
11Cory Paterson 13Second Row000000
16Antoni Maria 15Prop000000
17Atelea VeaSecond Row100000
18Gregg McNallyScrum Half200001
29Lachlan Burr 19Second Row000000
33Daniel MortimerScrum Half000000
34Samisoni LangiCentre100000
13Harrison Hansen 11Interchange000000
14Eloi Pelissier 9Interchange000000
15Danny Tickle 16Interchange000000
19Greg Richards 29Interchange000000
 Total 441001

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
4Junior Sa’uCentre000000
5Niall EvaldsWing000000
7Michael DobsonScrum Half000000
9Logan Tomkins 6Hooker000000
10George Griffin 14Prop000000
11Ben Murdoch-MasilaSecond Row000000
12Weller Hauraki 3Second Row000000
15Ryan LannonLoose Forward000000
21Greg JohnsonWing000000
22Kris WelhamCentre000000
24Jake BibbyCentre000000
29Todd CarneyStand Off000000
32Daniel Murray 16Prop000000
3Josh Jones 12Interchange000000
6Robert Lui 9Interchange000000
14Lama Tasi 10Interchange000000
16Olsi Krasniqi 32Interchange000000
 Total 000000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
July 21, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leigh Centurions18725
Salford Red Devils000