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Leigh Centurions 42-38 Sheffield Eagles

Sunday 5th May 2019, 15:00pm

Championship - Round: 13

Tries

Andy Thornley, Greg McNally, Ryan Brierley, Iain Thornley, James Laithwaite, Joshua Eaves, Liam Hood,

Goals

Martyn Ridyard (7),

Tries

Aaron Brown, Ben Blackmore, Ryan Millar, James Glover, Anthony Thackeray (2), James Meadows,

Goals

James Glover (2), Pat Walker (3),

Line Ups

Leigh Centurions

fb: Ryan Brierley
w: Greg McNally
c: Iain Thornley
c: Andy Thornley
w: Jack Higginson
so: Martyn Ridyard
sh: Josh Woods
p: Luke Douglas
h: Micky Higham
p: Sam Brooks
sr: Toby Adamson
sr: James Laithwaite
lf: Joe Cator
int: Liam Hood
int: Joshua Eaves
int: Jacob Emmitt
int: Tom Spencer

Sheffield Eagles

fb: Josh Guzdek
w: Ryan Millar
c: James Glover
c: Jacob Ogden
w: Ben Blackmore
so: James Meadows
sh: Anthony Thackeray
p: Patrick Moran
h: James Davey
p: Matt James
sr: Olly Davies
sr: Joel Farrell
lf: Aaron Brown
int: Pat Walker
int: Blake Broadbent
int: Sonny Esslemont
int: Brad Knowles

Match Report

IN a brilliant advert for Championship rugby league, Leigh Centurions won a thriller against Sheffield Eagles thanks to a late Liam Hood try.

            The lead changed hands on many occasions with both sides looking like they had a foothold and were on their way to victory.

            It was a late rally from the hosts that got them over the line, in front of their boisterous South Stand.

Leigh opened the scoring inside five minutes as Josh Woods’ cut-out pass was collected by Andy Thornley, who had a simple finish. Martyn Ridyard was on hand to convert.

            The Centurions put more pressure on the Eagles try-line as the opening quarter came to a close. Woods won a goal line dropout but the attack petered out and the Eagles countered well.

            Ben Blackmore and James Meadows combined to get Sheffield up to halfway and they capitalised on the territory when Aaron Brown steamed on to a flat ball to crash over. James Glover converted.

            On 24 minutes, the Eagles were down to 12-men as James Davey received his second yellow card of the year. The hooker was penalised for a tip tackle and sent to the sin-bin. Leigh made use of the numerical advantage soon after as McNally was played over on the wing. Ridyard added the goal.

            In the latter stages of the first period. Sheffield scored three tries in just over five minutes to shock the hosts.

            Scrum-half Anthony Thackeray spotted Blackmore on the wing with the line at his mercy and the playmaker chipped a ball over the top for him to score. Glover converted, with help from the post.

            Mark Aston’s side went ahead for the first time in the match when Ryan Millar showed his acrobatics to score. Glover’s conversion attempt strayed wide.

            The final four-pointer of the half went to Glover, who supported a Davey break and finished the move. He couldn’t convert.

            In similar fashion to the Eagles’ quick-fire tries, the Centurions responded with two of their own straight after the break.

            Ryan Brierley, on his return to the Leigh Sports Village as a Centurion, crossed the whitewash from close range to reduce the arrears. Ridyard converted.

            The following set saw Leigh make good ground and a penalty on the last tackle had them camped on Sheffield’s line.

            A one-one-one tackle on Iain Thornley saw the ball come loose but the centre touched down to send the LSV into raptures. Ridyard added the goal.

            Sheffield then regained the advantage with another quick flurry of tries.

            Thackeray bagged a brace, either side of a debut score for Meadows who touched down a Pat Walker grubber. Walker converted all three tries.

            But the Eagles certainly couldn’t envisage what was to come next.

            Tries from James Laithwaite, Josh Eaves and Hood – with conversions as always from Ridyard - capped off a brilliant comeback for the Centurions, who will take massive confidence from this in their fight for the top five.

            For the Eagles, they will rue a missed opportunity and look to bounce back at Blackpool.

 

By Dan Fowler for League Express

Official

T Grant

Attendance

3,031

Half Time

12 - 20

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