2018 Season Review

Leigh Centurions played 35 games in 2018 with 23 wins and 12 defeats, scoring 1,161pts and conceding 752pts.

After losing five of their first six games they then won 11 in a row before losing to Toronto Wolfpack in the Summer Bash.

They reached the last eight of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before losing to Leeds Rhinos at Featherstone.

They won 15 out of their last 17 Betfred Championship games but finished sixth, just outside the top four. They suffered three league defeats at the hands of Toronto but beat promoted London Broncos three times during the season.

Leigh played in Canada for the first time against Toronto and played at Albi against Toulouse and at Sheffield Eagles’ Olympic Legacy Park for the first time.

The team reached the final of the Championship Shield for the first time, losing to Featherstone Rovers in the final.

Leigh used 45 players during the season, the most in the summer era. Of those 35 players were on debut including seven academy players who each made their debuts in the Shield Final.

Wigan Warriors quartet Sam Grant, James Barran, Liam Byrne and Ben Kilner, the St Helens pair of Kevin Brown and Chris Follin and Castleford Tigers’ Jacques O’Neill all came in on short term loan deals to help the club fulfil the fixture with 17 players after an injury crisis forced them to play with only 13 players in the previous game against Dewsbury.

Back in 1955 Bob Wilson had also made his Leigh debut in a cup final in the ITA TV Cup Final against Warrington at Queens Park Rangers.

Kieron Purtill took over from Neil Jukes as Head Coach early in the season, initially on a
Caretaker basis and Paul Anderson remained as Assistant Coach. Purtill became Leigh’s 13th permanent head coach of the summer era.

Craig Hall was top try-scorer with 21 tries with Matty Dawson-Jones scoring 18, Liam Hood 17 and Ben Crooks 16. Nine players scored ten tries or more.

Ben Reynolds kicked 100 goals in a season for the first time in his career and finished top points-scorer with 291pts.

Drew Hutchison was the only ever-present in his debut season, playing in all 35 games during the year.

The highest home gate of the season was 5,452 against Toronto. The highest away crowds were at Blackpool for the Summer Bash (7,877) and at Toronto (6,844).

The 11 Championship games at LSV attracted a total attendance of 38,924 at an average of 3,538.

In total 17 home games attracted 55,235 fans at an average of 3,249.

The 11 away Championship games, excluding the Summer Bash attracted a total attendance of 26,502 at an average of 2,409.

In total 18 away games attracted 44,412 fans at an average of 2,467.

A big thank you to all the Leigh Centurions staff and players who wore the shirt with pride in 2018 and to our fantastic supporters and sponsors.

Players

1 Craig Hall
Sponsored by:
LISA
20 games,
21 tries,
11 goals,
106pts
Top try-scorer
2 Matty Dawson-Jones
Sponsored by:
GM Projects
28 games,
18 tries,
72pts
Second top try-scorer
3 Ben Crooks
Sponsored by:
247 Technology
25 games,
16 tries,
64pts
4 Peter Mata’utia
Sponsored by:
Fitfield Ltd
20 games,
9 tries,
36pts
5 Rhys Evans
Sponsored by:
The Brick Store
17 games,
4 tries,
16pts
6 Ben Reynolds
Sponsored by:
Cloud4 Computers Ltd
28 games,
9 tries.
127 goals,
1 drop goal,
291pts
Top goal-kicker and points-scorer
7 Drew Hutchison
Sponsored by:
The Pavilion Furniture Outlet
35 games,
13 tries,
52pts
Only ever-present
8 Paterika Vaivai
Sponsored by:
Lyndon Scaffolding
9 games
9 Daniel Mortimer
Sponsored by:
CDA Business Services
12 games,
6 tries,
24pts
10 Jamie Acton
Sponsored by:
Impact Insurance
23 games,
7 tries,
28pts
11 Kevin Larroyer
Sponsored by:
Tommy Sale MBE Youth
Development Programme
26 games,
9 tries,
36pts
12 Bodene Thompson
Sponsored by:
Palatine Paints
24 games,
4 tries,
16pts
13 Harrison Hansen
Sponsored by:
ETA Skip Hire
26 games,
13 tries,
52pts
14 Liam Hood
Sponsored by:
CTR Joinery
26 games,
17 tries,
68pts
15 Jordan Thompson
Sponsored by:
CAL Sameday
26 games,
1 try,
4pts
16 Larne Patrick
Sponsored by:
Hilltop Products
6 games,
1 try,
4pts
17 Kyle Lovett
Sponsored by:
Impact Insurance
10 games,
4 tries,
16pts
18 Nathan Mason
Sponsored by:
Polar Cooling
21 games,
6 tries,
24pts
19 Jack Owens
Sponsored by:
Anthony’s Travel
26 games,
10 tries,
22 goals,
84pts
20 Greg Richards
Sponsored by:
Signtech
26 games,
3 tries,
12pts
21 Nick Gregson
Sponsored by:
LISA
14 games,
2 tries,
3 goals,
14pts
22 Ricky Bailey
Sponsored by:
Pam Ties
18 games,
12 tries,
48pts
23 Jonah Cunningham
Sponsored by:
The O’Donnell Family
2 games
24 Jack Blagbrough
Sponsored by:
Cut Throat Tattoos
13 games
25 Ilias Bergal
Sponsored by
ASK Platt Office Supplies Ltd
11 games,
13 tries,
52pts
26 Jordan Dezaria
Sponsored by:
The O’Donnell Family
12 games
27 Kurt Baptiste
Sponsored by:
Atico Hair & Beauty
1 game
28 Jordan Lilley
Sponsored by:
Cut Throat Tattoos
1 game,
3 goals,
6pts
29 Ryan Bailey
Sponsored by:
Impact Insurance
11 games,
1 try,
4pts
30 Micky Higham
Sponsored by
Glazing Systems & Installations Ltd
22 games,
1 try,
4pts
31 Jordan Baldwinson
Sponsored by:
Polar Cooling Services
6 games
32 Adam Walne
Sponsored by:
Lyndon Scaffolding
8 games
33 Josh Johnson
Sponsored by:
CDA Business Services
7 games
34 Will Dagger
Sponsored by:
Atico Hair & Beauty
4 games,
1 try,
4pts
35 Jordan Walne
Sponsored by:
Impact Insurance
8 games,
3 tries,
12pts
36 Mitch Cox
Sponsored by
Struktura Engineering Services Ltd
6 games,
1 try,
4pts
37 Sam Peet
Sponsored by:
SuperLeigh
3 games,
1 try,
4pts
38 Brad Whelan
Sponsored by LISA
3 games,
1 try,
4pts
39 Jacques O’Neill
On loan from:
Castleford Tigers
1 game
40 Ben Kilner
On loan from:
Wigan Warriors
1 game
41 Liam Byrne
On loan from:
Wigan Warriors
1 game
42 Kevin Brown
On loan from:
St Helens
1 game
43 Sam Grant
On loan from:
Wigan Warriors
1 game
45 James Barran
On loan from:
Wigan Warriors
1 game
51 Chris Follin
On loan from:
St Helens
1 game

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach
Kieron Purtill
Sponsored by:
Not Just Travel
Assistant Coach
Paul Anderson
Sponsored by:
Analysis Pro Limited
Player Welfare Manager
Steve Maden
Sponsored by:
Pennine Utilities Ltd
Former Head Of Rugby
Keiron Cunningham
Sponsored by:
Struktura Engineering Services Ltd
Former Head Coach
Neil Jukes
Sponsored by:
Ascot Services UK Ltd.
Former Conditioning Coach
Paul Wood
Sponsored by:
Pennine Utilities Ltd.

 

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