Leeds Rhinos 48-18 Leigh Centurions
Leigh Centurions’ wait for their first Betfred Super League win of the season goes on after they were convincingly beaten 48-18 by Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley.
Jack Broadbent scored four tries for the Rhinos as they continued their fine recent run despite being depleted by injuries and suspensions.
You have to go back to 1984 for the last time a Leigh team won at Headingley and that record never looked in danger of being ended in a one-sided affair.
Centurions led in the early moments when Matty Russell produced an acrobatic finish to score in the left corner after some fast hands had created the chance. Ryan Brierley added the goal from the touchline to make it 6-0.
But Leigh’s hopes suffered a huge blow when James Bell was shown the yellow card for a high tackle in the 13th minute. A man down, Leigh were punished in clinical fashion by the home side. James Donaldson crashed over moments later and Rhyse Martin added the conversion to level the scores at 6-6.
Leeds continued to make their advantage count with two tries in quick succession from Jack Broadbent. Martin had no luck with the conversions but Leeds led 14-6.
Worse was to follow for Leigh as Kruise Leeming went over for a try 11 minutes before the break and Liam Sutcliffe followed suit just before halftime. Martin added the goal to give Leeds a commanding 24-6 half-time lead.
Mark Ioane claimed his second try in as many games as he barged over from close range nine minutes after the restart and Brierley’s conversion made it 24-12.
That was as close as Leigh would get as the Rhinos powered home in the closing stages. Broadbent completed his hat-trick in the 59th minute and Sam Walters went in a few minutes later. Martin converted both tries to make it 36-12.
Brierley produced some brilliant footwork to get away from the Leeds defence and weave his way through for a try 12 minutes from the end and he added the conversion himself.
Broadbent got his fourth try with five minutes remaining and Tom Holroyd also crossed. Martin converted both to make it 48-18 to the Rhinos.
Leeds: Sutcliffe, L Briscoe, Martin, T Briscoe, Broadbent, Lui, Leeming, Oledzki, Dwyer, Holroyd, Donaldson, Gannon, Prior. Subs: O’Connor, Vuniyayawa, Walters, Tindall
Leigh: Mullen, Russell, Thornley, Sa’u, Brand, Brierley, Mellor, Thompson, Hood, Peteru, Hellewell, Gee, Bell. Subs: Ioane, Wildie, Gerrard, Peats