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Leigh Centurions v Huddersfield Giants Preview

Leigh Centurions are 80 minutes away from a place in next year’s First Utility Super League and they will be looking to start the celebrations this Saturday when they take on Huddersfield Giants. The Centurions have won all four of their Qualifiers games so far while Huddersfield aren’t far behind as they’ve only lost one themselves.

Leigh Centurions moved ever closer to the top tier last Saturday with a 25-18 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at the Lightstream Stadium. The current Super League club were in front at the break but a great seven minute spell in the opening stages of the second half turned the game on its head and towards the visitors. Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato both got on the scoresheet for the Robins inside the first 11 minutes but Sam Hopkins replied for the Centurions soon after. Following the restart, Andrew Dixon, Matty Dawson and Josh Drinkwater all touched down as Leigh took a stranglehold on proceedings at 22-12 up. Matty Marsh cut the deficit to just four points with a try in the 65th minute but with help from a Martyn Ridyard penalty goal, the Centurions saw the game out as the travelling band of supporters started dreaming of a Super League return.

Huddersfield Giants rose above the challenge of London Broncos with a great second half performance. The Giants, who ran out 40-4 winners, were only 10-4 up at the break but as Danny Brough took centre stage the hosts started to take control. Rhys Williams broke the deadlock in the 19th minute for London but Huddersfield answered back with four pointers from Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe. The second half was one way traffic as the hosts registered five tries without reply. Joe Wardle, Cudjoe, Michael Lawrence, Brough and Aaron Murphy all touched down for the West Yorkshire club.

Leigh come into this match with just one change from last week as Travis Burns is replaced by Willie Tonga.

Leigh’s squad is as follows..

Brown, Dixon, Dawson, Drinkwater, Hansen, Higham, Higson, Hock, Hood, Hopkins, Maitua, McNally, Moimoi, Paterson, Ridyard, Tickle, Tonga, Weston, Worthington.

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone has made two changes to last week’s squad as experienced duo Eorl Crabtree and Tom Symonds have made way for Kyle Wood and Sam Rapira.

Huddersfield’s squad is as follows.. 

Brierley, Brough, Connor, Cudjoe, Ellis, Hinchcliffe, Huby, Ikahihifo, Johnson, Lawrence, Leeming, Mason, McGillvary, Murphy, Rapira, Roberts, Ta’ai, Wardle, Wood.

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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