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24 Jun 2022

Report: Sheffield Eagles 4-58 Leigh Centurions

Report: Sheffield Eagles 4-58 Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions ran in 40 second half points without reply to see off Sheffield Eagles 58-4 away from home on Friday night, their 14th-successive Betfred Championship win.

Leigh, who turned on the style late on after only leading 18-4 at the break, have opened the gap at the top of the table to three points ahead of second-placed Featherstone, who host Batley on Sunday.

Joe Mellor kicked off the scoring with a try after just six minutes, before tries from Adam Sidlow and Joe Wardle followed within a minute of eachother. Ben Reynolds kicked all three goals and Leigh led 18-0 after just 13 minutes.

But Sheffield found their feet thereafter and grew into the half. They were rewarded for their efforts just before the half time hooter as Jason Bass went over, leaving the score at 18-4 at half time.

But that proved to be as near as Sheffield got to causing a stir as Leigh clicked through the gears after the restart to claim a comfortable win.

First to score in the second half was Reynolds, who converted his own try and ended the game with nine goals. Star hooker Edwin Ipape followed with a quickfire double before the hour mark had even been reached.

Wardle added his second on the 60 minute mark before Nene Macdonald got in on the act with a brace, before Adam Sidlow rounded off the scoring with his second try of the match as the final hooter sounded.

Sheffield Eagles: Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e; Ben Jones-Bishop, Kris Welham, Ryan Johnson, Matty Chrimes; Izaac Farrell, Cory Aston; Brandon Douglas, Vila Halafihi, Liam Kirk; Connor Bower, Evan Hodgson; Tyler Dickinson.

Interchanges: Jason Bass, Blake Broadbent, Kadeem Williams, Tom Holmes.

Leigh Centurions: Caleb Aekins; Blake Ferguson, Keanan Brand, Nene Macdonald, Tom Nisbet; Ben Reynolds, Joe Mellor; Adam Sidlow, Aaron Smith, Tom Amone; Joe Wardle, Sam Stone; John Asiata.

Interchanges: Edwin Ipape, James McDonnell, Kai O'Donnell, Mark Ioane.