Leigh 46 – 6 Rochdale

Leigh Centurions moved up to fifth in the Betfred Championship after running in eight tries against Rochdale Hornets at LSV.

Gregg McNally grabbed a brace to take his career total to the 150 mark, 98 of them for the Centurions.

James Bentley, on dual registration from St Helens, scored a try in each half.

Daniel Richardson carried on his outstanding form from the win at Swinton and earned the sponsors’ Man of the Match Award for his influential display, capped by seven goals from eight attempts.

 Iain Thornley opened the scoring on the left with his first try for the club. The returning Liam Hood, with a try in front of the North Stand, Toby Adamson and Jonny Pownall also crossed with Ryan Millington scoring a late close-range consolation for Hornets.

Leigh built a 30-0 interval lead after five tries with Hornets halfback Scott Moore sin-binned after a high challenge in the build-up to Pownall’s try in the corner.

Hornets dug deep and the second half was scoreless until Bentley’s second try sparked a quick scoring burst as the penalty count mounted in what became an increasingly disjointed and stop-start encounter.

 Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “We went away from went well for us in the first half. It looked like there was a bit of a communication breakdown there at times.

“But it was a good result for us in the end and some good points on the board, though I was really disappointed with their try at the end.

“I had to speak to certain individuals at half-time over their performances which weren’t good enough and Rochdale had a right dig. We knew they would.

 “We will have a really tough week as we prepare for Bradford away next Sunday. It’s always tough going there. We have got to make sure that we are more ruthless in everything we execute.

“Danny Richardson made a big contribution and kicked well as well and looks like he’s enjoying his rugby.

“Luke Douglas was superb again and Sam Brooks, playing his 100th career game, was superb as well.

 “There were some good performances but some poor ones as well.

“There was no fluency to the game and it seemed like whistle, whistle every set and in that situation it’s hard to get in a rhythm.

“It’s coming together. We are training hard and working hard. When we execute properly, we look crisp and clean and finish off well.

“Gregg’s is a great achievement, not many players will score that many tries in his career.

 “He probably could have had a couple more with his line breaks so well done to Gregg.”

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Jonny Pownall, Mitch Cox, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh; Martyn Ridyard (capt), Daniel Richardson; Luke Douglas, Liam Hood, Sam Brooks, Toby Adamson, James Bentley, Joe Cator.
Interchange: Aaron Smith, Luke Adamson, Tom Spencer, Andy Thornley.

Tries: I Thornley (8), T Adamson (13), Bentley (17, 67), Pownall (27), Hood (68), McNally (33, 75);
Goals: Richardson 7/ 8.

Rochdale Hornets: Tyler Whittaker; Shaun Ainscough, Jordan Case, Setareki Talatoka, Brandon Wood; Dan Abram, Scott Moore; Pat Moran, Callum Wood, Nathan Reidy, Lee Mitchell, Mike Weldon, Ben Moores.
Interchange: Liam Carberry, Carl Foster, Declan Gregory, Ryan Millington.

Try: Millington (78);
Goal: Abram 1/1.

Sin bin: Moore (27).

Referee: Marcus Griffiths;
Attendance: 2,666;
Half-time: 30-0;
Penalty count: 12-9.

Main Match Sponsor: Estate Agency Signs;
Match Ball Sponsor: Zaun Group;
Programme Sponsor: LGH Plumbing & Heating;
Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Daniel Richardson;
Mascot: Matthew Hall.

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