Cameron Scott scored his first professional hat-trick in Leigh Centurions’ Betfred Championship win over Halifax on Sunday.

The winger, who is on season-long loan from Hull FC, scored twice in the first half and added another in the second as Centurions recovered from the 38th minute sending-off of Jarrod Sammut.

“It was a tough game,” admitted Scott. “Halifax are a good side and we faced some adversity going down to 12 men.

“That’s another tough test ticked off for us. The home fans gave us some great support and really pulled us through.

“I had the easy job of dotting the ball down for the tries. Through the week we’d looked at some plays and Ben Reynolds executed them perfectly on the day. The last one was special because it was in front of the North Stand and really killed the game off.”

Leigh were down to 11 men for a spell as Sammut was dismissed moments after Adam Higson had been shown a yellow card. But Scott said: “Sometimes things like that happen. Rugby League is a physical sport but we weathered it well and didn’t concede a point when we were down to 11.”

Scott (#HN1493) has enjoyed a dream start to his Leigh career with the Club winning four from four in the league. He said: “We are absolutely flying and have a game in hand as well. But we are taking things week by week and not looking beyond the next game.

“I’m really enjoying it at Leigh and growing in confidence by playing regularly, to get games under my belt is really important for me.”

Scott is familiar with life in the Championship after dual registration spells from Hull FC at Dewsbury Rams and York City Knights as well as time with League One Doncaster. As a youngster, he captained England Academy in their 14-8 win over Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village in 2018.

On Sunday, Leigh go to Hull KR, the city rivals of his parent club Hull FC. Scott says it’s a test his team-mates will enjoy. “They’re not in the best of form at the minute,” he said. “Hopefully with the team we’ve got and the way we’re playing we can pull off a big surprise.”

Cameron Scott is sponsored by AB Sundecks