Leigh Centurions 24-16 St Helens

Friday 24th February 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 2

24-16 FT

HT: 18 4

Attendance: 9,000

Official: B Thaler

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock, Jamie Acton, Micky Higham,

  • Goals
    Ben Reynolds 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Adam Swift, James Roby, Alex Walmsley,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Leigh Centurions secured their first win back in Betfred Super League after beating St Helens 24-16. 

The Centurions, back in the top-flight after a 12-year absence, got off the mark at the third time of asking following a rampant opening 25 minutes. 

Leigh raced into a 18-0 lead as Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton crossed, before an impressive finish from Adam Swift got Saints on the board before the interval. 

Substitute James Roby scooted over in the 54th minute before Micky Higham did the same for the hosts, with Ben Reynolds kicking his fourth goal, meaning Alex Walmsley's 71st-minute effort was nothing more than a consolation. 

Leigh coach Neil Jukes said: "I am very pleased for the lads. They have worked so hard and came so close last week. It was an incredible atmosphere and we got off to a great start.

"It is a great result for everyone involved in the club. Effort wise we were incredible and we have smartened a few things up on the last two games."

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham said: "The start was really disappointing - especially after a couple of good weeks of training.

"But I don't want to take anything away from Leigh. They carried the ball in really hard and went straight through us."

  • 71: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 71: TRY! scored for St Helens by Alex Walmsley
  • 67: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 67: TRY! scored for Leigh by Micky Higham
  • 56: TRY! scored for St Helens by James Roby
  • 56: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 36: TRY! scored for St Helens by Adam Swift
  • 31: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 31: TRY! scored for Leigh by Jamie Acton
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 12: TRY! scored for Leigh by Gareth Hock
  • 9: TRY! scored for Leigh by Atelea Vea
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • Key Performers

    Eloi Pelissier

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Mark Percival

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Alex Walmsley

    Offloads: 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leigh Centurions 4
    St Helens 3

    Goals:

    Leigh Centurions 4
    St Helens 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Adam Higson 0 0 6 0 2 1 0 16 107 6.69 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Brown 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 16 106 6.63 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Hock 1 0 18 1 3 3 0 15 91 6.07 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Jamie Acton 1 0 26 5 3 2 0 13 90 6.92 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
    Mick Higham 1 1 24 4 0 4 0 9 79 8.78 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 28 5 1 3 0 14 76 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Cory Paterson 0 0 13 1 2 2 0 7 74 10.57 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Danny Tickle 0 0 22 2 1 0 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Green 0 0 23 6 0 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Atelea Vea 1 0 31 4 1 1 0 10 52 5.20 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Willie Tonga 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 10 50 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Crooks 0 0 21 4 3 1 0 8 49 6.13 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Eloi Pelissier 0 0 26 3 1 0 1 6 49 8.17 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Dawson 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 7 43 6.14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Hopkins 0 0 23 5 1 1 0 4 33 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Reynolds 0 2 26 8 1 0 2 9 27 3.00 0 0 1 0 4 1 2 1
    Josh Drinkwater 0 0 7 0 3 0 3 2 7 3.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    James Roby 1 1 24 3 0 0 0 12 128 10.67 1 12 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 14 112 8.00 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Swift 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 14 112 8.00 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 1 0 18 3 5 2 0 21 110 5.24 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Mark Percival 0 1 17 3 1 9 1 15 100 6.67 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 37 8 2 0 0 15 91 6.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 9 75 8.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 47 5 2 0 0 12 61 5.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 23 7 0 1 0 8 53 6.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 22 2 1 0 3 8 51 6.38 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 31 5 2 0 0 9 37 4.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kyle Amor 0 0 13 1 2 0 0 7 31 4.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 13 1 1 3 1 6 27 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 11 1 2 2 0 7 26 3.71 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 30 5 3 1 1 7 25 3.57 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Tommy Lee 0 0 19 4 1 1 0 4 24 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 16 4 1 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 1 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