Leigh 26 – 40 Wakefield

Wakefield Trinity completed a Betfred Super League double over the Centurions and condemned the hosts to an eighth successive defeat in all competitions after a thrilling eleven-try game at LSV.

Leigh’s losing streak began when they went down 28-24 at Wakefield in late March and they had a mountain to climb in the return after conceding 20 unanswered points in the opening 14 minutes.

Jacob Miller, Danny Kirmond and Reece Lyne all crossed- the latter from an 80-metre interception- with Liam Finn tagging on all three conversions and a penalty goal.

But after that lightning start all Trinity could manage in the rest of the half was a further Finn penalty as Leigh fought back.

Quick-fire tries by Curtis Naughton and Man of the Match Jamie Acton sparked the comeback and the Centurions clawed their way to within six points when Matty Dawson stretched over to ground the ball one-handed in the corner just before the break.

Dawson brilliantly touched down a Ryan Hampshire kick and Naughton then grabbed his second to give the Centurions the lead for the only time in a gripping contest within ten minutes of the re-start.

Joe Arundel burst over to regain the lead for Trinity as the game went into the final quarter.

Crucially Naughton had claims for a try disallowed and Danny Tickle was then sin-binned after being ruled to have obstructed Trinity’s attempt at the 20 metre re-start.

 With Leigh down to 12 men Trinity sealed the game with tries by Mason Caton-Brown and skipper Kirmond’s second as the influential Finn finished with a perfect eight from eight from his boot.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes said: “I wasn’t pleased with effort in the first eight minutes when all we did was defend. We were soft defensively but when we started to get a grip on things we gave ourselves a chance.

“We showed great character to fight back from 20-0 down and then be in front. But again it was a case of not having the quality to make the right calls at the right time. We have got to get better and are missing that bit of quality in crucial areas.

“Scoring 26 points we ought to be winning games but the margins at this level are very tight.”

 Wakefield Trinity Head Coach Chris Chester said: “It was a bizarre game. We controlled the ball really well and for about 10-15 minutes I don’t think Leigh touched the ball.

“We deserved the two points but we allowed Leigh back into the game with some poor discipline. Leigh are a good side and we knew they were going to challenge us.

“We are pleased to get a win because this is a tough place to come and the crowd got behind them.”

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Mitch Dawson, Ben Crooks, Mitch Brown, Curtis Naughton; Ryan Hampshire, Josh Drinkwater; Gareth Hock, Eloi Pelissier, James Green, Danny Tickle, Harrison Hansen (capt), Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Liam Hood, Lachlan Burr, Jamie Acton, Dayne Weston.

 Tries: Naughton (16, 50), Acton (19), Dawson (38, 45);
Goals: Drinkwater 3/ 5.

Wakefield Trinity: Scott Grix; Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Joe Arundel, Mason Caton-Brown; Jacob Miller, Liam Finn; Craig Huby, Kyle Wood, David Fifita, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Dean Hadley. Interchange: Bill Tupou, Mikey Sio, Tinirau Arona, Keegan Hirst.

Tries: Miller (2), Kirmond (6, 68), Lyne (14), Arundel (56), Caton-Brown (64);
Goals: Finn 8/ 8.

Half-time: 16-22;
Referee: Chris Kendall;
Attendance: 4,938.

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Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Jamie Acton.

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