The clever way Leigh Leopards exploited abandoned match against Huddersfield Giants

Friday night may have seen Wigan Warriors move top of the league but the big story was down the road as Leigh Leopards took on Huddersfield Giants.

After 48 minutes, Leigh led 16-12 thanks to a Josh Charnley brace but then the game was plunged into darkness by a floodlight failure.

The game was stopped and after 55 minutes of trying to remedy the situation the match was abandoned.

The RFL then made the decision to continue the game and have the last 32 minutes played at 3pm today.

It was a divisive decision but both sides ran out today at 15:00 and the two were back in their sheds by 15:40 after the game.

Leigh won the half hour spell 18-4 to claim a 34-16 win over the Giants and were very clever with how they used the continuation.

Both sides had to start the 32 minutes with the exact same 13 on the field but Leigh instantly introduced a fresh John Asiata and Tom Amone into the game to cause havoc and that they did as the Leopards stormed to victory.

The Giants had previously expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision to start the game from the 48th minute with the following statement:

“Leigh Leopards v Huddersfield Giants is set be continued from where it left off on Friday night after the game was abandoned when the lights failed in Leigh.

“The RFL have come to the decision that the game will be restarted where it left off, on 15:00 on Sunday the 3rd of September. The Huddersfield Giants do not agree with the decision.”

Huddersfield Chief Executive Richard Thewlis commented.

“We Initially sympathise with all at the Leigh Sports Village for the difficult and unforeseen scenario that unfolded last night that now results in them having to turn the stadium around and go again in such a short space of time which we know is a tremendously difficult task given the decision of the RFL board.

“That said the Giants do not believe that the RFL board have arrived at the right decision and believe that the full game should have been replayed.

“Whilst we accept the difficulties that they have faced, this decision made by them is unprecedented in the history of the game. We have asked about an appeal against this decision but are told there is no mechanism to do so within the rules.

“Thus the matter is dead and the focus must turn to the logistics of tomorrow which are being worked on by many people and when we are able to firm those up and communicate them we will, of course, do so.”