Leeds Rhinos 22-14 Leigh Centurions

Leeds Rhinos 22-14 Leigh Centurions


Leeds bounced back from their Bank Holiday defeat to Widnes with a hard-fought win over Leigh at Headingley.

On a wet night in West Yorkshire, it certainly wasn’t the prettiest of games with 36 points, 26 penalties and two sin binnings being the result of a hectic playing schedule for both teams.

With three games in seven days, both sides looked tired and fatigued, making for a gritty match deprived of much top quality.

In their loss on Monday, the Rhinos opened the scoring and did the same here on 10 minutes. A quick play the ball on the Centurions’ line saw Adam Cuthbertson crash over for his seventh try of the season on the back of Matt Parcell’s quick pass.

Just five minutes later and Leeds were in again, this time through Tom Briscoe. A swift move to the right saw Kallum Watkins put Briscoe away down the wing, before he outpaced the Leigh defenders to the corner. Liam Sutcliffe was on kicking duty but couldn’t convert with his first two attempts.

Leigh did their best to turn the game on 20 minutes, building plenty of pressure on the Leeds’ line. Cory Paterson had the best chance when he chose to run it on the last tackle but was well wrapped up by the Rhinos’ frantic defence.

The Centurions were determined in their attacking efforts, though, and were soon rewarded. Briscoe was caught out of position when Drinkwater’s pass found Matty Dawson on the wing for the former St Helens man to dive over. Drinkwater’s conversion attempt was no better than Sutcliffe’s first two to leave a four-point gap between the two sides.

Despite controlling the game, Leeds weren’t able to get a firm grip on their opponents, but did extend their lead on 35 minutes. With the ball on the Leigh line, Rob Burrow’s cross-field kick on the last was magnificently pouched by Joel Moon, who leapt sensationally above the Leigh defence to gather and score. Sutcliffe made no mistake this time to make it 14-4 to his side with four minutes left in the half.

The Rhinos went close once again moments later when Matt Parcell was held up over the line but it was the visitors who managed to get a try on the last play of the half. A cross-field kick was allowed to bounce, Leigh kept it alive before finding Dawson, who managed to spin out of an attempted tackle to reach the line for his second try. Drinkwater converted to make it 14-10 to Leeds at the break.

The second half started at a high pace and saw Leigh temporarily reduced to 12 men after just two minutes. Antoni Maria’s late tackle on Danny McGuire saw the Frenchman sin binned, allowing Liam Sutcliffe to kick for two and extend his side’s lead to six points.

The game hit a 20-minute stalemate from here, with errors creeping into both sides games in the wet conditions.

The Rhinos finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark, with Cuthbertson going in for his second try of the game. A Danny McGuire kick found space behind the Leigh line, Cuthbertson chased through and cleanly picked it up to score. Sutcliffe was successful with the kick, giving his side a 22-10 lead.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, the Rhinos were looking to close the game out and looked to take any points that were on offer. Consecutive penalties in the Leigh half gave Liam Sutcliffe the opportunity to extend their lead, but he was unable to convert either of them. On the plus side for the Rhinos, though, Leigh were again reduced to 12 men, as Dayne Weston was sin binned for a late shot on McGuire that was pretty similar to Maria’s in the first half.

Leigh looked to conjure a late fightback when Eloi Pelissier dived over from dummy half on the back of Drinkwater’s 40/20, only for it to be disallowed for a double movement.

With the game all but over, there was just time for a Leigh consolation as Cory Paterson crossed in the corner to make the score line slightly more respectable.

Referee: James Child

Attendance: 13,445

Scoring Sequence: 4-0, 8-0, 8-4, 14-4, 14-10, 16-10, 22-10, 22-14

Written by Jack Conlon.

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tom BriscoeWing100000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre000000
4Joel MoonCentre100000
5Ryan HallWing000000
6Danny McGuireStand Off000000
7Rob BurrowScrum Half000000
9Matt ParcellHooker000000
10Adam CuthbertsonLoose Forward200001
11Jamie Jones-Buchanan 12Second Row000000
14Liam SutcliffeFull Back030000
16Brad Singleton 8Prop000000
17Mitch Garbutt 20Prop000000
19Brett FerresSecond Row000000
8Keith Galloway 16Interchange000000
12Carl Ablett 11Interchange000000
20Anthony Mullally 17Interchange000000
22Ash HandleyInterchange000000
 Total 430001

Leigh Centurions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mitch BrownCentre000000
5Matty DawsonWing200000
7Josh DrinkwaterScrum Half010000
10Dayne Weston 16Prop000100
11Cory PatersonSecond Row100000
17Atelea VeaSecond Row000000
18Gregg McNallyFull Back000000
19Ryan HampshireStand Off000000
21Liam Hood 14Hooker000000
22Matty FlemingCentre000000
24Jamie Acton 23Prop000000
29Lachlan Burr 15Loose Forward000000
30Curtis NaughtonWing000000
14Eloi Pelissier 21Interchange000000
15Danny Tickle 29Interchange000000
16Antoni Maria 10Interchange000100
23Sam Hopkins 24Interchange000000
 Total 310200

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 2, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leeds Rhinos14822
Leigh Centurions10414

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