Leigh 50 – 24 Swinton

Leigh Centurions’ hopes of a top four finish in the Betfred Championship were all but extinguished, despite achieving their 14th win in their last 16 games.

Results elsewhere at Featherstone and Halifax leave the Centurions in sixth place with just one round to go.

Toulouse, Halifax and London will secure top four places with victories over Dewsbury, Rochdale and Barrow respectively next weekend.

Toronto have 41pts, Toulouse, London and Halifax 31pts apiece with Featherstone Rovers and Leigh both on 30pts.

With the majority of the 3,680 crowd feverishly following scores on their mobile phones the game had a slightly unreal atmosphere.

The Centurions raced into a 28-0 lead after only 28 minutes but thereafter Swinton played with real application and fight to pull back 24pts and win the second half.

Harrison Hansen, Matty Dawson-Jones (2), Bodene Thompson and Craig Hall each scored tries before the Lions got on the score sheet through Josh Barlow.

Liam Hood’s opportunist try and the fifth of Ben Reynolds’ seven goals set up a 34-6 interval lead.

Swinton roared back with converted tries by Robert Fairclough and Rhodri Lloyd within six minutes of the re-start and added a fourth late on through Kyle Shelford.

Hall’s second try and further scores by Peter Matautia and Drew Hutchison brought up the half century for the home side.

Leigh Centurions: Peter Matautia; Matty Dawson-Jones, Ben Crooks, Craig Hall, Jack Owens; Ben Reynolds, Drew Hutchison; Adam Walne, Liam Hood, Harrison Hansen, Kevin Larroyer, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson.

Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Nathan Mason, Greg Richards, Jack Blagbrough.

Tries: Hansen (10), Dawson-Jones (13, 28), B Thompson (17), Hall (20, 52), Hood (37), Matautia (64), Hutchison (70).

Goals: Reynolds 7/ 9.

Swinton Lions: Gabriel Fell; Joe Brown, Rhodri Lloyd, George Tyson, Mike Butt; Robert Fairclough, Jack Hansen; Andy Bracek, Hayden Hansen, Andy Thornley, Macauley Davis, Kyle Shelford, Will Hope.

Interchange: Josh Ganson, Josh Barlow, Aaron Hall, Patrick Jones.

Tries: Barlow (30), Fairclough (42), Lloyd (46), Shelford (68).
Goals: J Hansen 3/ 3, Fairclough 1/ 1.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths
Attendance: 3,680.
Penalty count: 6-10.
Half-time: 34-6.

Main Match Sponsor: Leigh Market.
Associate Sponsor: BD Joinery.
Match Ball Sponsor: GM Projects.
Programme Sponsor: Slater and Gordon.
Leigh Centurions Man of the Match: Adam Walne.

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