Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford Red Devils

Sunday 21st May 2017
KO: 15:15 - Round: 14

22-36 FT

HT: 12 24

Official: J Child

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Matty Fleming, Mitch Brown, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 2, Kris Welham, Greg Johnson 2, Niall Evalds,

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien 3, Michael Dobson 3,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Mitch
Brown
Matty
Fleming
Adam
Higson
Lachlan
Burr
Liam
Hood
Harrison
Hansen
Cory
Paterson
Atelea
Vea
Glenn
Stewart
Gareth
Hock
Danny
Tickle
Sam
Hopkins

Official Report / Commentary

Salford Red Devils moved up to second in Betfred Super League with a 36-22 victory over struggling Leigh Centurions. 

Man-of-the-match Ben Murdoch-Masila and Greg Johnson both crossed twice, the former taking his scoring tally to 10 in nine Super League appearances this season, to help condemn the Centurions to a ninth consecutive defeat. 

Murdoch-Masila scored either side of tries from Matty Fleming, making his debut, and Mitch Brown to draw Salford level at 12-12 after 25 minutes. 

The Red Devils then opened up a 24-12 half-time lead as Kris Welham and Johnson crossed. 

Ben Crooks got Leigh back in the game eight minutes after the interval but their task was made harder when Adam Higson was sent off for a high tackle.

Niall Evalds scored soon after to make matters worse for Leigh, who moved back to within eight points when Matty Dawson went over in the corner with 17 minutes remaining.

But poor defending from Leigh allowed Johnson to score in the corner in the 65th minute to put the game to bed. 

Salford coach Ian Watson said: "Every week is a big one but it's pleasing to come here to the Magic Weekend and pick the two points up because it's a big occasion.

"It's a derby and we expected Leigh to turn up. We fell off some of the things we pride ourselves in which probably made the score in the second half slightly closer than it needed to be.

"But the boys are an honest group and they will know that and they will fix it up because every game is becoming bigger and bigger the higher we sit in the table."

Leigh coach Neil Jukes said: "I don't think we had the rub of the green. When the margins are really close, you need a bit of luck and we didn't get much today." 

  • 75: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 66: TRY! scored for Salford by Greg Johnson
  • 63: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Dawson
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 56: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Josh Drinkwater
  • 48: TRY! scored for Leigh by Ben Crooks
  • 33: TRY! scored for Salford by Greg Johnson
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 25: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Welham
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 22: TRY! scored for Salford by Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Josh Drinkwater
  • 19: TRY! scored for Leigh by Mitch Brown
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 9: TRY! scored for Salford by Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • 7: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Fleming
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Josh Drinkwater
  • Key Performers

    Greg Johnson

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leigh Centurions 4
    Salford Red Devils 6

    Goals:

    Leigh Centurions 3
    Salford Red Devils 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mitch Brown 1 0 5 0 1 4 0 18 147 8.17 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Crooks 1 0 22 5 3 3 1 11 111 10.09 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Higson 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 12 90 7.50 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Sam Hopkins 0 0 25 4 2 0 0 10 85 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Matthew Dawson 1 0 4 1 0 5 0 10 79 7.90 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Hood 0 1 31 9 1 4 0 7 78 11.14 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 16 3 0 1 0 8 77 9.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Atelea Vea 0 1 27 3 2 5 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Eloi Pelissier 0 0 32 11 0 5 0 8 69 8.63 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Fleming 1 0 13 3 6 2 0 9 64 7.11 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 1 26 4 0 2 1 13 58 4.46 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Glenn Stewart 0 0 48 12 1 0 0 14 57 4.07 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Lachlan Burr 0 0 25 5 8 0 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Danny Tickle 0 0 17 2 1 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cory Paterson 0 1 24 3 3 1 0 7 36 5.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Josh Drinkwater 0 1 13 2 6 0 6 6 17 2.83 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 1
    Gareth Hock 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 3 14 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Johnson 2 0 5 1 2 7 0 16 128 8.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Junior Sau 0 1 11 1 3 2 0 16 116 7.25 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joshua Jones 0 0 22 3 1 8 0 14 91 6.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kris Welham 1 2 5 1 3 4 0 13 90 6.92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 21 4 1 1 0 15 86 5.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 16 2 2 2 0 12 85 7.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 25 8 4 0 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 24 1 1 1 0 13 74 5.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 2 0 25 6 3 6 0 8 71 8.88 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 4 0 1 2 0 12 62 5.17 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 18 3 3 1 2 12 56 4.67 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 5 33 6.60 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Dobson 0 0 17 4 2 1 5 9 32 3.56 0 1 1 0 5 2 0 1
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 27 3 2 0 0 5 31 6.20 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Kris Brining 0 0 11 2 0 0 0 3 29 9.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 1 6 0 3 0 0 9 28 3.11 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 12 4 0 0 0 3 20 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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