Kingstone Press Round 15 Match Preview: Whitehaven V Leigh Centurions

Well after a weekend on tour with the entire championship playing at the first Summer bash in Blackpool, Haven return for a home game against current champions and  the still unbeaten Centurions.

                                                                                                      Last time out

Whitehaven took on near neighbours Workington in the Summer bash in the first West Cumbrian Derby to ever take place out of the county. Haven raced into a 18-0 lead through tries from Grant Gore, two French debutants Louis Jouffret and Jordan Sigismeau and local lad Jordan Burns seem Haven fans dreaming of victory after two nillings in a pre-season encounter and league meeting conceding 66 points. But a town try just before the half time hooter gave town momentum as they scored 20 second half points to Haven’s 2 to lose the match which looked harder for them to lose than win.

Leigh concluded the Blackpool weekender with victory in a fiery encounter over Featherstone Rovers with the match at one point being 11 V 11 with fights sometimes taking a break so some rugby could be played. It was a close encounter in the opening quarter but the game changed in the 27th minute when Paul Wood was sent off for apparent eye gouging. While Fev scored the first and last try of the day, the 31 points Leigh scored in between allowed a comfortable victory to continue the magnificent run of 26 matches unbeaten. Hock was up to his usual tricks of slapping any player that came near him but this allowed him to control the ball when going forward and made sure any ball he was getting was going forward.

                                                                                                       Key Battle

Both sides half backs showed great skill at times during the respective games and while the Centurions have red hot Martin Ridyard and Ryan Brierley consistently winning games for them on a weekly basis, Haven have had trouble in that department with Brett Seymour leaving the club and John Paul Brocklebank being ruled out for the season needing shoulder surgery. Young Jordan Johnstone may make his second appearance after his debut against Fax.

Haven come into the game on the back of two defeats and it would take a brave man to say that would stop against the red and white train that is the Leigh Centurions. The squads show the difference between these two sides. – Leigh by 42.

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