Leigh 8 – 24 Widnes

Widnes Vikings completed a hat-trick of wins over Leigh Centurions during the 2017 season and perhaps the most important of them all.

Inflicting the Centurions’ second home defeat of the Qualifiers campaign, Denis Betts’ side made a powerful case for their own Super League survival.

Widnes have 6pts from four games and are third behind Warrington and Hull KR, who both have 100pc records so far.

Meanwhile Neil Jukes’s side, level on four points with Catalans but with a superior points difference have away games at Warrington and London sandwiched by a home game against Halifax to come.

Widnes dominated the early possession and territory in a desperate, tension filled game at LSV with the stakes so high.

Lloyd White’s early try and two Rhys Hanbury penalties gave the visitors an 8-0 lead as Leigh faced up to losing the influential Daniel Mortimer, who suffered a serious bicep injury.

Captain Micky Higham ran his blood to water to try and inspire his side in a marathon 75-minute stint as he desperately tried to turn the tide.

But after Cory Paterson had claims for a try disallowed the Vikings went to the other end and Alex Gerrard ploughed over under the posts for a converted try and a 14-0 interval lead.

James Clare, called up on the wing in place of Adam Higson had a fine game. The Centurions Clubman of the Year has fought back bravely from a serious pre season injury and he capped his debut with an acrobatic finish in the corner to register Leigh’s first points.

But the Vikings, forced to readjust through injuries to Hanbury and Danny Craven, sealed the game with Corey Thompson’s try just before the hour-mark.

Matty Dawson went over in the corner from a scrum move for his 14th try of the season, but two Chris Bridge penalties saw Widnes safely home.

Super 8s Qualifiers.

P W D L Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 4 4 0 0 8
2 Hull KR 4 4 0 0 8
3 Widnes Vikings 4 3 0 1 6
4 Leigh Centurions 4 2 0 2 4
5 Catalans Dragons 4 2 0 2 4
6 London Broncos 4 0 1 3 1
7 Featherstone Rovers 4 0 1 3 1
8 Halifax RLFC 4 0 0 4 0


Round 5
Catalans v Featherstone
Warrington v Leigh
Hull KR v Widnes
London v Halifax

Round 6
Leigh v Halifax
Featherstone v Warrington
Hull KR v Catalans
Widnes v London

Round 7
London v Leigh
Catalans v Widnes
Warrington v Hull KR
Halifax v Featherstone

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Matty Dawson, Mitch Brown, Samisoni Langi, James Clare; Ben Reynolds, Josh Drinkwater; Danny Tickle, Daniel Mortimer, Harrison Hansen, Cory Paterson, Atelea Vea, Lachlan Burr. Interchange: Micky Higham (captain), Sam Hopkins, Glenn Stewart, Greg Richards.

Tries: Clare (58), Dawson (66);
Goals: Reynolds 0/ 2.

Widnes Vikings: Rhys Hanbury; Stefan Marsh, Chris Bridge, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson; Joe Mellor (co-captain), Danny Craven; Jack Buchanan, Lloyd White, Gil Dudson, Matt Whitley, Chris Houston (co-captain), Hep Cahill. Interchange: Alex Gerrard, Manase Manuokafoa, Tom Olbison, Danny Walker.

Tries: White (4), Gerrard (25), Thompson (58);
Goals: Hanbury 3/ 4, Bridge 3/ 3.

Referee: Ben Thaler;
Attendance: 6,209;
Penalty count: 11-9;
Half-time: 0-14.

Main Match Sponsor: JDM Contracts Limited.
Associate Sponsors: IMG Seat Warrington.
Match Ball Sponsors: Anthony’s Travel.
Programme Sponsors: GM Projects.

Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Micky Higham.

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