Toronto 28 – 26 Leigh

Leigh Centurions suffered defeat for the first time in a dozen games in a dramatic Betfred Championship Summer Bash encounter at Blackpool.

Despite leading 26-12 midway through the second half they conceded three tries in the final quarter and then saw Ben Reynolds’ 40-metre penalty attempt on the hooter ruled out by the touch-judges.

Man of the Match Ben Crooks scored two tries with Nathan Mason, Jamie Acton and Jack Owens also crossing.

Kieron Purtill said: “It was a heartbreaker. I suppose if you were a neutral it was an exciting game to watch and a good spectacle for the Championship.

“The effort from our boys was really good but we needed to be smarter in certain areas of the game. We were a bit loose in the ruck and some of last plays weren’t great .

“It’s not the end of the road for us. We have still got plenty of games left and we just need to dust ourselves off and come back and improve as a group.

“We are disappointed with the loss but we have come a long way as a group .

“The fans were fantastic and were very vocal. The town of Leigh was very quiet today as everyone seemed to be here.

“We go to Featherstone now for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter final. We got a good result there last week and though we go into the game as massive underdogs against Leeds it’s a game we are looking forward to.”

Leigh Centurions– Matautia; Dawson-Jones, Crooks, Hall, Owens; Reynolds, Hutchison; Ryan Bailey, Higham, Mason, Hansen, B Thompson, J Thompson. Interchange: Hood, Richards, Baldwinson, Acton.

Tries: Mason (4), Crooks (22, 47), Acton (32), Owens (57);
Goals: Reynolds 3/ 6.

Sin bin: Matautia (72)

Toronto Wolfpack– O’Brien; Russell, Rawsthorne, Worthington, Kay; McCrone, Brierley; Emmitt, Beswick, Hopkins, Dixon, Paterson, Krasniqi. Interchange: Sims, Buchanan, Sidlow, Ackers.

Tries: McCrone (12), O’Brien (44), Rawsthorne (64), Krasniqi (67), Paterson (76);
Goals: Brierley 4/ 5.

Referee: S Mikalauskas
Attendance: 7,877
Half-time: 16-6
Penalty count: 9-7

Photos courtesy of SW PIX

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