Leigh Centurions 48-40 Huddersfield Giants

Saturday 10th September 2016
KO: 15:00 - Round: 5

48-40 FT

HT: 42 10

Attendance: 5,934

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Greg Worthington, Matty Dawson 3, Martyn Ridyard 2, Cory Paterson, Mitch Brown,

  • Goals
    Martyn Ridyard 8,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Michael Lawrence, Aaron Murphy, Jake Connor, Leroy Cudjoe 2, Jamie Ellis 2,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 6,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Greg
McNally
Adam
Higson
Greg
Worthington
Mitch
Brown
Martyn
Ridyard
Gareth
Hock
Micky
Higham
Dayne
Weston
Reni
Maitua
Cory
Paterson
Danny
Tickle
Liam
Hood
Harrison
Hansen
Sam
Hopkins
Andrew
Dixon

Official Report / Commentary

Leigh Centurions' promotion to First Utility Super League was confirmed following a stunning 48-40 victory which leaves struggling Huddersfield Giants fearing for their own top-flight status. 

Matty Dawson scored a hat-trick of tries at the Leigh Sports Village as the Kingstone Press Championship winners, who finished bottom of the Qualifiers Super 8s last term, secured their elevation with two matches to play. 

Leigh came out the blocks firing, opening up an 18-0 lead inside 12 minutes, with Dawson scoring twice in the corner following Greg Worthington's opener which came after the Giants failed to stop the kick-off from bouncing out of play. 

The Giants came back into the game thanks to tries from Michael Lawrence and Aaron Murphy, but normal service was resumed when Martyn Ridyard - who kicked eight goals - crossed twice, Dawson completed his treble and Cory Paterson went over to secure a 42-10 half-time advantage. 

Despite Mitch Brown crossing in the 48th minute, Leigh were faced with a nervous final 10 minutes following Leroy Cudjoe and James Ellis' doubles plus a try from Jake Connor. 

But Leigh held on to claim promotion and leave the Giants waiting to retain their Super League status for 2017. 

Leigh captain Micky Higham described the achievement as one of the best of his career , saying: "I'm still a bit emotional.

"It's right up there with all I've achieved in my career. I watched Leigh as a kid and to live the dream and captain my home-town team into Super League is a special moment. I am absolutely ecstatic."

Head coach Neil Jukes added: "It's just brilliant. It's crazy, isn't it?

"Who would have said after five games we'd be up without having to go into the Million Pound Game. Who knows, we could even go on and win it, which would be ridiculous, wouldn't it?"

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone said: "After a performance like that, you've got to apologise to the supporters because that was totally unacceptable.

"At 42-10 down, you've got to ask yourself if you are really a Super League side. It was a fair question and one I asked the players at half-time."

  • 77: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 77: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Ellis
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 70: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Ellis
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 65: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 63: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 52: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jake Connor
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 49: TRY! scored for Leigh by Mitch Brown
  • 40: TRY! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 35: TRY! scored for Leigh by Cory Paterson
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 32: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Dawson
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 27: TRY! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 25: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Aaron Murphy
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 17: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Michael Lawrence
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 13: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Dawson
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 7: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Dawson
  • 2: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 1: TRY! scored for Leigh by Greg Worthington
  • Key Performers

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Offloads: 4

    Matthew Dawson

    Tries: 3
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leigh Centurions 8
    Huddersfield Giants 7

    Goals:

    Leigh Centurions 8
    Huddersfield Giants 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Worthington 1 0 11 0 3 4 0 20 139 6.95 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Tickle 0 0 30 9 2 0 1 15 123 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Hopkins 0 0 25 6 1 0 0 13 117 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Martyn Ridyard 2 1 14 1 3 2 2 6 111 18.50 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
    Adam Higson 0 0 5 0 2 0 1 15 108 7.20 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 30 2 2 0 0 14 96 6.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mick Higham 0 0 36 9 1 0 0 12 94 7.83 0 11 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Reni Maitua 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 10 90 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Dawson 3 0 5 0 1 4 0 15 83 5.53 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Gareth Hock 0 0 11 1 2 0 0 12 79 6.58 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Cory Paterson 1 0 35 5 1 2 0 11 73 6.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Dayne Weston 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mitch Brown 1 1 17 3 2 1 0 10 61 6.10 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Hood 0 1 9 1 0 0 0 4 59 14.75 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg McNally 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 3 28 9.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Andrew Dixon 0 0 28 4 1 0 0 6 27 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Drinkwater 0 3 12 3 3 1 7 5 20 4.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 8 0 3 3 0 11 153 13.91 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Murphy 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 17 148 8.71 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 2 0 34 7 2 5 1 13 139 10.69 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Jake Connor 1 1 6 1 2 0 0 13 112 8.62 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Sam Rapira 0 0 24 2 0 0 0 12 97 8.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 20 0 0 4 1 11 94 8.55 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 34 5 0 1 0 11 79 7.18 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Mike Lawrence 1 0 25 6 0 2 0 13 73 5.62 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Brough 0 2 11 1 0 2 6 13 69 5.31 0 1 1 0 6 1 1 0
    Nathan Mason 0 0 23 4 0 0 0 10 69 6.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 34 7 0 1 0 9 66 7.33 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Josef Wardle 0 1 5 0 1 2 1 10 64 6.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 43 8 1 3 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 18 4 0 0 0 7 59 8.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Ellis 2 2 23 6 4 2 3 8 46 5.75 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Johnson 0 0 20 3 2 1 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 15 2 0 0 0 1 9 9.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties