The weekend’s Super League action concluded in West Yorkshire.
It was a game many expected to be a relegation four pointer but seemed far from it for one side.
That side was of course the visiting Leigh Leopards who had beaten Hull KR, Super League and World Champions St Helens and Hull FC to start the season and therefore had a six point advantage on their opponents Wakefield Trinity who would remain bottom of the league no matter who won this clash.
The first quarter of the game saw the two teams feel each other out and both sides defended well for periods but eventually it was Gareth O’Brien who opened the scoring for Leigh.
It was a lovely move from the Leopards and the man who usually finishes tries, Josh Charnley, broke down the left wing and found O’Brien in support. 4-0.
Ben Reynolds missed that conversion but he nailed the kick for his own try which came just five minutes later to make it 10-0 at halftime.
Wakefield had a big chance at the start of the second half and they needed to take it. The chance came from the impressive Mason Lino but as he went for the line he was denied by some superb Leigh defence and three minutes later the Leopards scored again as Charnley burst through a hole before finding Lachlan Lam in support to score.
Charnley had set up two tries and the league’s leading try scorer going into the round added Leigh’s fourth less than 10 minutes later as he pounced on the disarray caused by a Lam kick to make it 22-0.
Charnley had been left out of Shaun Wane’s England squad this week despite being the league’s leading try scorer and he added another in a message to his former Wigan Warriors coach as he jinked through the cover defence after a lovely ball from Lam.
There was then a sixth try for the Leopards as Joe Mellor came off the bench to score and make it 32-0 against the struggling West Yorkshire side.
It is five games out of nine that the club have failed to score in and in two of the other four they have only scored once.
After this one of their former players, Isaac Shaw, who left the club over the winter with Jack Croft to go play in the French Elite One Championship took to Twitter to suggest that Wakefield should bring the duo back as their woes continue.
“32-0 and I’m still getting pay cheques to play in France? Make it make sense. My agents number is attached at the bottom.”
32-0 and I’m still getting pay cheques to play in France 🤷🏽♂️ make it make sense . My agents number is attached at the bottom 🤣 @Jackcroft91
— Isaac Shaw (@Isaacshaw_1) April 16, 2023
Interestingly the French league is about the conclude and Mark Applegarth has been open about turning to France for reinforcements.
Could the duo return to Belle Vue?