Leigh Centurions 50-34 Wigan Warriors

Leigh Centurions 50-34 Wigan Warriors

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Leigh Centurions ran in nine tries to heap more misery on derby-rivals Wigan Warriors and move themselves off the bottom of the Super League table.

The result meant Wigan’s winless streak stretched to seven games as they search for form in an attempt to catch the top four.

Wigan were without captain Sean O’Loughlin and Sam Powell through injury, and Liam Farrell was serving a one-match ban, and they missed their key men as Leigh put in an outstanding performance to defy their league status.

Ben Reynolds kicked nine from nine in an incredible individual display to secure his side’s first victory over Wigan since 1994 – they scored through a Liam Hood brace, Ryan Hampshire, Danny Tickle, Lachlan Burr, Mitch Brown, Corey Paterson and Matty Dawson.

It was a tough first half with both sides defending resolutely and exchanging sets to try and break the deadlock.

And it was the Warriors who made the dream start as Liam Marshall scored his 18th try of the season to give them a 4-0 lead, with George Williams unable to convert from the touchline. Oliver Gildart flicked a deft pass to the winger who took full advantage to put his side in the lead.

Leigh had struggled to create much in attack in the opening exchanges, until Hampshire raced from his own try line to edge the Centurions in front. Thomas Leuluai had lofted a decent kick towards Joe Burgess who collected and when he tried to pass to Tom Davies, Hampshire read the situation perfectly and intercepted for a length-of-the-field try.

And it sparked the home side into life as a Ryan Sutton knock on gave Leigh an opportunity to put themselves further ahead – and they did. Tickle reached 2500 career points when Josh Drinkwater eluded the Wigan defence with a pin-perfect pass for the prop to run onto and crash over.

Drinkwater continued to control the game with a lovely kick on the last; Brown was on hand to tap the ball back to Burr who scored after being on the field just a matter of minutes.

Wigan were seemingly on the back foot after three quick tries saw Leigh in control, but it took a matter of minutes for the champions to bring themselves to within four points.

They scored two tries in two minutes before half-time and the contest stepped up a notch. Josh Ganson scored the first after Drinkwater was adjudged to tackle Leuluai round the neck. And Gildart showed why he has been missed with a surging run down the left, Williams was backing him up and the stand-off strolled over the line.

A Reynolds penalty two minutes before the half-time hooter meant Leigh led 20-14 at the break.

Wigan started the second half in the same vain as they began the first – scoring within four minutes of the re-start. Gildart marked his return to the side, after being out since April, with a try in the left corner to bring the deficit to just two points.

The try did not faze Leigh as they found an answer through Brown who burrowed his way over from close range, despite being surrounded by four Wigan defenders.

Reynolds’ record with the boot proved the difference between the two sides, kicking all of his conversions where the Warriors could not find the same prowess.

Leigh then began commanding the game and Hood scored a brace within three minutes, powering his way over the line for both.

But Wigan would not go down without a fight and they responded after two minutes of Hood’s second try, Frank-Paul Nuuasala went over under the posts to set up an easy conversion for Marshall to cut the gap.

It meant nothing, though, as the Centurions stepped up another gear to reach the half-century mark and put the game well beyond Wigan.

Paterson powered over in the 63rd minute and Dawson also touched down ten minutes later after Reynolds, who was emphatic with his boot all night, put in an inch-perfect ball to the right.

Burgess and Ganson notched two consolations in the dying moments for Shaun Wane’s side who now face an uphill battle to end the season any further up the table.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Leigh Centurions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mitch BrownCentre100000
5Matty DawsonWing100000
7Josh DrinkwaterScrum Half000000
10Dayne Weston 16Prop000000
11Cory PatersonCentre100000
12Glenn StewartLoose Forward000000
13Harrison HansenSecond Row000000
14Eloi Pelissier 21Hooker000000
15Danny Tickle 29Second Row100000
16Antoni Maria 10Interchange000000
18Gregg McNallyFull Back000000
19Ryan HampshireWing100000
20Ben ReynoldsStand Off090001
21Liam Hood 14Interchange200000
23Sam Hopkins 24Interchange000000
24Jamie Acton 23Prop000000
29Lachlan Burr 15Interchange100000
 Total 890001

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
4Oliver GildartCentre100000
5Joe BurgessCentre100000
6George WilliamsStand Off100000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop100000
9Michael McIlorum 33Hooker000000
11Joel TomkinsLoose Forward000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 26Prop000000
20Willie IsaSecond Row000000
21Lewis Tierney 32Full Back000000
26Romain Navarrete 19Interchange000000
28Jack WellsSecond Row000000
32Liam Forsyth 21Interchange000000
33Josh Ganson 9Interchange200000
35Liam MarshallWing130000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
 Total 730000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 8, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leigh Centurions203050
Wigan Warriors142034