Leigh Centurions carved a two point gap at the top of the Championship table with a 40-18 victory over Dewsbury Rams. The visitors scored the opening two tries of the match through Sam Hopkins. The forward had a rampaging start as he was helped over the line by handy work from Micky Higham. Martyn Ridyard converted on both occasions. The Rams weren’t going to go away, though, and Luke Adamson got the West Yorkshire side on the board with a 26th minute score. Paul Sykes was successful from the tee. Sykes was on target from the tee soon after as he slotted over a penalty goal to cut the deficit to four points. A half-time score of 12-8 to the Centurions will have pleased their opposition more than anyone as the part-timers still had a decent chance in the tie. The first try of the half was always going to be important and it went the way of Leigh winger Adam Higson. Ridyard couldn’t convert but Leigh had got off the mark for the half. A sin-binning for Gareth Hock could have put the Centurions’ lead in doubt but Neil Jukes’ men went from strength to strength and even got on the scoresheet in his absence. Ben Reynolds crossed the whitewash against the club he was on loan to only a few weeks ago. Ridyard converted for a 22-8 lead. Then, once Hock came back to the field, three more tries were scored by the visitors in a five minute spell. Liam Kay, Cory Paterson and Richard Whiting all registered four pointers before the sin-bin was used once again. Dewsbury’s Jason Crookes and Leigh’s Jamie Acton both ended the match off the field as they were sent to the bin for fighting. The Rams finished the game in great fashion, with two tries going their way courtesy of Dale Morton and Jack Teanby. Now their house is in order, Leigh are starting to find their feet and they’re currently back to where they’ve been for the past few years; at the top of the table.
Prediction – Leigh by 10
Result – Leigh by 22