Leigh Centurions made it eight wins out of their last nine games and moved up to third in the Betfred Championship, level on points with second-placed Toulouse and fourth-placed York, with a fine team performance at the Tetley’s Stadium.

John Duffy’s men produced an outstanding defensive performance to nil the home side in a rugged and physical encounter and displayed their attacking prowess in patches to score seven tries.

 The outstanding Luke Douglas produced another top display in the pack and grabbed a rare brace of tries with Liam Forsyth and Stefan Marsh also scoring two tries apiece while Mitch Cox took his personal tally to five tries in his last three games. Martyn Ridyard kicked six goals.

Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “It was a very tough game. We knew they’d come hard at us. They’ve got a big, physical set of players and on this tight pitch they’re tough to break down, but I thought our togetherness and attitude was superb and our goal-line defence was bang on.

“We coped with their dangers really well. We were a bit clunky in attack which it always is on a tight pitch, but I was most pleased with our defensive efforts.

 “We’ve got the kind of players who can finish and it was all on the back of our defensive effort.

“To keep Dewsbury to zero was a big achievement. They score the majority of their tries inside the opposition 20, they don’t score many from long range, so we worked a lot on that. Both nines are real smart and Kyle Trout runs some good aggressive lines near the goal-line so we had to be good to deal with that. We showed our togetherness.”

Leigh started smartly, Ridyard and Gregg McNally combining to send Forsyth in at the corner before Micky Higham cleverly reversed the direction of the attack to create Douglas’s first try. Marsh then followed up with a brace, Ridyard and Josh Woods providing the assists for finishes by the left corner flag and a Ridyard penalty from halfway sent the visitors in 24-0 ahead at the break.

 Leigh’s defensive effort during several spells of sustained pressure from the Rams had been unflinching and they showed the same resilience after the break before providing the finishing touches to a very good win with three late tries.

Forsyth fastened onto Woods’s kick for his fourth try in his last two games, McNally brilliantly joined to line to create Cox’s try and Ridyard ushered the mighty Douglas under the posts to complete a very satisfying performance.

 Jake Emmitt marked his 100th Leigh appearance and Cory Paterson his second Leigh debut and Duffy picked out both players after first praising Douglas.

“Luke Douglas enjoys being here, he’s been outstanding all year,” Duffy said. “It was good to see Cory get some minutes in as well and also Jake Emmitt’s 100th Leigh appearance. Big effort from Jake, not many players do that in their career.”

Leigh Centurions now face Barrow Raiders in the Quarter-Final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup at St Helens on Wednesday (7-30pm).

“We get a couple of bodies back for Wednesday so it’s a headache for me, but a pleasant one,” Duffy said.

 “It’s quick turnaround and we go into the cup competition in three days’ time. We’ve got to recover well, then focus on Barrow. They’ve had a great win at Featherstone so it all points to a great game at St Helens.

“Our fans were unbelievable again today and there was a great atmosphere down that bottom end. Now we need them all to go to St Helens to cheer us on because that’s another big game. We’ll be ready.”

Dewsbury Rams: Joe Martin; Rob Worrincy, Owen Trout, Adam Ryder, Andy Gabriel; Paul Sykes, Liam Finn; Chris Annakin, Robbie Ward, Jode Sheriffe, Lucas Walshaw, Michael Knowles, Kyle Trout.
Interchange: Sam Day, Toby Richardson, Daniel Igbinedion, Tom Garratt.

Sin bin: Gabriel (75) dissent

Leigh Centurions: Gregg McNally; Mitch Cox, Liam Forsyth, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh; Martyn Ridyard, Josh Woods; Luke Douglas, Micky Higham, Luke Adamson, Cory Paterson, Andy Thornley, Jordan Thompson.
Interchange: Liam Hood, Joe Cator, Gareth Hock, Jake Emmitt.

Tries: Forsyth (5, 65), Douglas (10, 80), Marsh (24, 36), Cox (78)
Goals: Ridyard 6/8

Referee: Billy Pearson;
Attendance: 1,668;
Half-time: 0-24;
Penalty count: 7-12.