An empathic performance by Adrian Lam’s men on a fine spring Sunday afternoon saw Leigh Centurions run out 64-0 winners over London Broncos in the Betfred Championship Round Nine clash at Leigh Sports Village.
With three minutes on the clock, the Centurions had their first try of the afternoon already through Aaron Smith, as he sprinted to the try line after receiving a pass from Joe Mellor.
Within ten minutes, Caleb Aekins had got on the scoresheet with a tremendous try, as the former Canberra Raiders man ran the entire length of the pitch to get the ball down following an Adam Sidlow interception on the 10m line.
A third try followed soon after, as Nene Macdonald rose highest to catch the ball mid-air, kicked the ball through a small gap in the Broncos defence and managed to chase down his own kick to score. Krisnan Inu was going strong with his kicking at this point, scoring all three of his conversions.
After just 16 minutes, Leigh had a fourth try on the scoreboard as Tom Nisbet finds a gap in the Broncos line and put the afterburners on to extend the lead.
Midway through the first period and co-captain Joe Mellor somehow broke through two tackles by oncoming London defenders to get the ball over right below the sticks. Inu continued to go strong with his kicking, making his fifth kick of the contest.
Five minutes to go until the interval and newbie Kai O’Donnell scored his first try for the club, showing some mesmeric footwork to jink his way through the defence and crash the ball down.
A moment of confusion followed, as Krisnan Inu was sent to the sin bin for a suspected crusher tackle, despite the hooter going for half time prior to this.
Half Time – Leigh Centurions 36-0 London Broncos
He scored after three minutes in the first half and he managed to do it again, as Aaron Smith latched onto a pinpoint O’Donnell pass on the 10m line, to slide over the tryline to open the second half scoring. Ed Chamberlain took over the kicking duties, in Inu’s absence, and smashed his kick through the posts to take the Centurions lead into the 40s.
Second half substitute Ben Reynolds put his mark on the game minutes prior to the hour mark, as he dazzled the Broncos’ defence with nifty footwork to go over beneath the sticks.
Moments later and Krisnan Inu was left in acres of space down the left flank, as he collected a strong pass and motored through to the line to make it a 50-point deficit for Jermaine Coleman’s men.
Ten minutes were left on the clock as Inu doubled his try tally for the afternoon, with all-star style passing play from Nisbet to allow the former New Zealand international to get over in the corner. Inu did miss his first kick of the evening, taking his tally to (8/9) at this point.
The winger sealed the victory with his hattrick try, who stormed over once again to cap a superb victory for the Centurions in this Championship clash.
Full-Time Leigh Centurions 64-0 London Broncos
Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Brand, Macdonald, Chamberlain, Inu, Hingano, Mellor (C), Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Nisbet, Stone, Asiata.
Interchange: Jones, O’Donnell, Roberts, Reynolds.
Tries: Smith (2), Aekins, Macdonald, Nisbet, Mellor, O’Donnell, Reynolds, Inu (3).
Goals: Inu 9, Chamberlain 1.
Sin Bin: Inu
London Broncos: Walker, Ulberg, Grant, Moceidreke, Macani, Leyland, Chisholm, Foster, Gahan, Lovell, Palumbo, Williams, Parata.
Interchange: Oakley, Latu, Bienek, Albert.
Sin Bin: None.