Leigh 36 – 4 Dewsbury

Leigh Centurions completed their pre season programme with a seven try victory over the Dewsbury Rams at LSV.

Twelve days from now Neil Jukes’s side will face Castleford Tigers in their opening Betfred Super League game.

And the Centurions Head Coach was satisfied with their second Warm Up game.

“I won’t be jumping out of bed in the morning looking forward to watching the video again,” Jukes said.

“But the players put in a good shift and created their own atmosphere.

“All credit to Dewsbury- we picked them as opponents as they are a tough team that don’t go away.

“It wasn’t the most clinical of performances but we got what we wanted out of the game. In twelve days time we will be up against a very good Castleford team and we will make sure we are ready.”

The Centurions picked up several minor injuries but Jukes said none was serious.

Club captain Micky Higham, James Clare, Ben Reynolds and Willie Tonga, who all were forced out the action, are all expected to be soon on the mend.

Jukes picked out Lewis Foster and Ryan Hampshire for special praise. Foster got plenty of game time and showed some good touches and creative skills while Hampshire was outstanding at fullback.

Two-try Atelea Vea, Sam Hopkins, James Green, Antoni Maria and Danny Tickle continued their strong pre season showings among the forwards to leave Jukes with plenty of selection headaches ahead of the Castleford game.

First half tries by Clare and Tonga got the Centurions off the mark but the Rams were tough, resolute and determined. They opened their account when Lucas Walshaw showed his strength and determination to score in the corner just before the break.

Glenn Morrison’s Rams side kept an impressive shape and defensive resolve but rarely threatened again in attack. Gradually the home side picked them off with five second half tries

Mitch Brown and Matty Dawson capitalised on good approach play from hookers Foster and Liam Hood respectively before Vea (2) and Hopkins added further tries.

Leigh Centurions: Ryan Hampshire; James Clare, Mitch Brown, Willie Tonga, David Thompson; Ben Reynolds, Josh Drinkwater; Jamie Acton, Micky Higham, Dayne Weston, Atelea Vea, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock. Interchange: Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Danny Tickle, James Green, Antoni Maria, Lewis Foster, Matty Dawson.

Tries: Clare (12), Tonga (24), Brown (42), Dawson (52), Vea (55, 60), Hopkins (75);
Goals: Reynolds 2/ 5, Hampshire 2/ 2.

Dewsbury Rams: James Glover; Gareth Potts, Hamish Barnes, Lucas Walshaw, Donald Kudangirana; Paul Sykes, Andy Kain; Mitch Stringer, Dom Speakman, Jode Sheriffe, Rob Spicer, Scott Hale, Aaron Brown. Interchange: Robbie Ward, Aaron Ollett, Tony Tonks, Jack Teanby.

Try: Walshaw (38);
Goal: Sykes 0/ 1.

Attendance: 1,632;
Half-time: 10-4;
Referee: Phil Bentham.

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