Ben Reynolds entered the top 10 all-time point scorers for Leigh, as Adrian Lam’s men made it four games unbeaten at Leigh Sports Village this afternoon.

First Half

In a cagey first ten minutes, Newcastle nearly opened the scoring through a Umyla dive for the Centurions’ line in the corner, but the touch judge flags and Leigh regained possession on their 10m line.

At the midway point through the first period, Leigh opened the scoring following strong carries from Amone and Stone, a pinpoint Ben Reynolds kick to the left-hand side saw Nene Macdonald outjump Boafo to claim the ball and score. Reynolds can’t make his first attempt of the afternoon.

Newcastle immediately replied with a quick overlap down the left flank allowing Halsall to power over the line. Shorrocks added the extras.

Just over ten minutes left and the Centurions retook as Macdonald found a gap at the rook, offloaded the ball to Joe Mellor, who in turn passed the ball on to the supporting Reynolds. He touches down to enter the top ten all-time Centurions points scorers. He went on to make the extras.

Minutes later and after a series of offloads, the ball found the hands of Caleb Aekins who turned on the afterburners to waltz through the Thunder defensive line untouched. Reynolds once again put the ball through the sticks.

Newcastle seemed stunned, as a strong run from Reynolds was followed by a quick play of the ball which allowed Smith to sneak over from close range. Reynolds converted the kick with ease.

Half Time – Leigh Centurions 22-6 Newcastle Thunder

Second Half

Seven minutes is all it took for Adrian Lam’s men to extend their lead, following a fantastic acrobatic offload from Jy Hitchcox. As the winger got grappled into touch he flung the ball back inside for the supporting Aekins to score his second of the day. Reynolds did the rest with the kick.

Eamon O’Carroll’s men weren’t going down without a fight, as after three repeat sets on our own line, Newcastle finally broke through and reduce the deficit through Jesse Dee. Shorrocks made the extras following a short injury break to tend to Dee.

The Thunder were trying to get back into this one, but on the last tackle of three repeat sets saw Hallas drive low for the line – but three bodies are there to prevent him touching down. A great defensive effort from the Centurions.

However it was Leigh who scored next, Sam Stone broke the line and passed to Mellor. Our number six drew in Mullen and passed to Keanan Brand who scored close to the posts. Reynolds made his fifth kick of the afternoon.

With just ten minutes to go, Newcastle scored Isaac Nokes as he showed a turn of pace to score for the visitors. Shorrocks made the extras to reduce the deficit to 16 points.

Full-Time Leigh Centurions 34-18 Newcastle Thunder

Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Hitchcox, Macdonald, Chamberlain, Brand, Reynolds, Mellor (C), Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Stone, Wardle, Asiata.

Interchange: Jones, Ioane, McDonnell, Hingano.

Tries: Macdonald, Reynolds, Aekins (2), Smith, Brand.

Goals: Reynolds (5)

Sin Bin: None

Newcastle Thunder: Mullen, Boafo, Nokes, Halsall, Hanley, Shorrocks, Woods, Wilde, Eaves, Chapelhow, Foster, Dee, Hallas.

Interchange: Peachey, Nicholson, Moran, Day.

Tries: Halsall, Dee, Nokes.

Goals: Shorrocks (3)

Sin Bin:

Attendance: 3009