Leigh 26 – 37 Catalans

Catalans Dragons marked their first Betfred Super League visit to LSV by ending a run of five games without a win to leapfrog above their hosts.

All the damage was done inside the first 24 minutes as the Dragons opened up a 28-2 lead.

Halfbacks Richie Myler and Luke Walsh were highly influential as the Dragons scored five tries in an inspired passage of play after Ben Reynolds had given Leigh an early lead with a penalty.

Iain Thornley, Brayden Wiliame, Krisnan Inu, Louis Anderson and Myler himself all crossed with Walsh tagging on four conversions, two of the tries coming while Leigh were short-handed after Gareth Hock was in the sin bin for dissent.

Though Curtis Naughton scored his first Leigh try in the corner to reduce the half-time arrears to 20pts, the Centurions still had a mountain to climb in the second half.

Dayne Weston crashed over to further reduce the arrears as Leigh played with more purpose and resolve but despite several spells of pressure they were unable to narrow the gap further.

Catalans fullback Tony Gigot secured the points on his first appearance of the season after successfully overturning a two year ban earlier in the day. Gigot, charged with inappropriate behaviour towards an anti-doping officer, had his ban reduced to three months, which he had already served.

Leigh finished strongly with tries by Gregg McNally and Sam Hopkins but their sixth defeat in their opening nine games had long been confirmed.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes said: “Our discipline was horrendous in the first half. In the second half we started showing up for each other but it showed how inconsistent we are.

“We are either really good or nowhere near the level which is acceptable in Super League. We are too hit and miss and have been for the past few weeks.

“All the guys are hurting but they will take it on the chin. I have told them all it was always going to be a tough season but we just have to keep working hard.”

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “The first half was very good offensively and defensively. We were clinical with the ball and defensively we showed the right attitude. It was a pretty good performance.”

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Curtis Naughton, Ben Crooks, Mitch Brown, Matty Dawson; Ben Reynolds, Martyn Ridyard; Gareth Hock, Micky Higham (Capt), Sam Hopkins, Atelea Vea, Glenn Stewart, Harrison Hansen. Interchange: Eloi Pelissier, Dayne Weston, Danny Tickle, Lachlan Burr.

Leigh tries: Naughton (33), Weston (44), McNally (74), Hopkins (80)
Goals: Reynolds 5/ 5

Catalans Dragons: Tony Gigot; Iain Thornley, Krisnan Inu, Brayden Wiliame, Vincent Duport; Luke Walsh, Richie Myler; Sam Moa, Paul Aiton, Remi Casty (Capt), Louis Anderson, Benjamin Garcia, Jason Baitieri. Interchange: Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Luke Burgess, Alrix Da Costa.

Catalans tries: Thornley (7), Wiliame (10), Inu (13), Anderson (21), Myler (24), Gigot (65)
Goals: Walsh 6/ 7 plus one drop-goal

Referee: Jack Smith;
Attendance: 5,612;
Half-time: 8-28.
Main Match Sponsor: Leigh Market
Associate Match Sponsor: Ameon
Match Ball Sponsor: Premier Sport
Programme Sponsor: Chassis & Cab
Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Micky Higham

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