Davies (11), Johnstone (67), Lepori (70)
Jouffret 2/2, Parker 0/1
Leigh Centurions 46
Brierley 4 (21,37,43,79) Pownall 2 (6,30), Sarsfield (19), Higson (25) Worthington (54)
It was more of the same as Leigh continued the impressive club record of 27 matches unbeaten with Ryan Brierley stepping up in the absence of Martin Ridyard who was rested gaining a personal haul of 24 points, The centurions even seen the opportunity of giving FuiFui MoiMoi a chance of conversion which Fui took with open arms and successfully converted much to the Centurions fans delight.
The game began quite even with both sides scoring a try apiece in the opening quarter with Johnny Pownall scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute but 5 minutes later Haven drew level through Ben Davies and took the lead with a Louis Jouffret conversion.
It was almost the perfect opening 20 for the home side until the 18th minute where Prop Ted Chapelhow was sin-binned for interference at the play the ball. Leigh took full advantage of the fact Haven were down to 12 men scoring three tries in six minutes to open up a 14 point gap. Tries from Sarsfield, Brierley and Higson with Brierley converting two of the three. The momentum continued even when Haven where back to their full compliment of 13 as the league leaders crossed the whitewash with second tries for Pownall and Brierley, Brierley converted his own try to lead at half time by a huge 24 point gap and the game looking well and truly over.
The second half continued pretty much as the first half finished with Leigh crossing for two tries through that man Brierley again and Greg Worthington. Worthington’s try coming after a mind-boggling offload from ex-Haven player Gregg McNally who put the ball around his back twice before offloading to Worthington who crossed at the corner. Brierley converted this try but missed the attempt for his own but the 40 point mark was up and it was the 100th point Haven had conceded against Leigh this season and more looked certain.
But it seemed after this Centurions had took their foot of the gas pedal as mistakes started to creep into their game and in the final 20 minutes of the match conceded seven straight penalties which coach Paul Rowley may have the Centurions disciplinary record talked about again. Haven scored two quick tries on the back of Leigh’s ill discipline. Jordan Johnstone crossed in the 67th minute for his first professional try in only his second game, this was after coming back on after he sustained a nasty wound to the head which required six stitches. He rounded off a solo effort going around two defenders to dive over.
Haven’s last try of the game was certainly the best of the match, you could call it almost “leighesque” Jordan Burns broke down the right hand side before being tackled on the 40 metre line, Burns managed a quick play the ball when the ball was spread very quickly from right to left and Haven managed a 2 on 1 overlap on the left hand side and the frenchman Jordan Sigismeau passed to Richard Lepori who went in at the corner. Louis Jouffret converted Johnstone’s try but Jessie Joe Parker missed the near touchline conversion for Lepori’s try.
It was Leigh who had the last laugh though with a Ben Reynolds break allowing Ryan Brierley to score his fourth just before the hooter sounded under the sticks. It gave Leigh the perfect opportunity to allow FuiFui MoiMoi to go for a conversion in front of the Centurions faithful, he duly obliged and converted with no problem.
Rowley was happy with the Centurions performance speaking afterwards to BBC Radio Cumbria with both coaches doing a joint post match interview with the radio station, but wasnt totally happy with the way his side lifted off the pedal near the end. Haven Coach James Coyle spoke about his side’s broken bodies with only playing with 16 on the day with Scott McAvoy never making it off the bench.
Team Line Ups
Jouffret ,Sigismeau ,Wilde , Parker , Burns, Gore , Johnstone , Chapelhow , Coyle , Brooks , Hepi , Davies , Allen
Newton ,McAvoy ,Fox ,Lepori
McNally, Pownall, Worthington, Higson, Kay, Reynolds, Brierley, Hock, Beswick, Acton, Sarsfield, Dixon, Spencer
Higham, MoiMoi, Wilkes, Emmitt
Pen Count 11-8
Half Time 6-30
Prediction – Leigh by 42
Result – Leigh by 30