A smooth display from Adrian Lam’s men saw Leigh Centurions earn yet another victory in the Betfred Championship, with a 34-6 win over Sheffield Eagles at Leigh Sports Village on Friday evening.
With just three minutes on the clock and Krisnan Inu nearly had the game opening try in the left corner, following a superb pass from Luis Roberts, but his acrobatic efforts were waved off by referee Scott Mikalauskas.
Sheffield tried to respond and thought they had a try of their own through Jason Bass through the Leigh sticks, but the officials waved it off for obstruction.
Past the ten minute mark and following a brilliant carry by Joe Wardle, skipper Adam Sidlow marked his daughter’s 11th birthday with a try as he barged over the tryline. Krisnan Inu stepped up and made his first kick of the evening soon after.
Leigh continued to plow forward, with Keanan Brand fingertips away from keeping hold of Ben Reynolds’ pass down the right flank.
It took a brilliant offload mid-tackle from Tom Amone to set up Reynolds for the second score of the night, as the Yorkshireman stormed home with Inu making the extras.
Just shy of the half hour mark and Ed Chamberlain managed to wrong foot his opposing number and sprint to the tryline on the right flank. Inu made the extras, with some added help from the posts. (3/3)
Half Time – Leigh Centurions 18-0 Sheffield Eagles
Brand nearly had a Caleb Aekins esque runaway try after the restart, as he latched onto a pass from Ipape but was cut down on the 10m line.
But a minute later, he had his moment as Chamberlain put the try on a plate for Brand to gobble up and get it down in the right corner.
Next up to score was Sam Stone, as he dove through the defensive line, into the space left by the Eagles defence, and got the ball down. Inu’s first miss of the night occurred with his kicking, with the ball bouncing off the posts.
Past the hour mark and Sheffield got on the scoreboard following a suspected knock on, Brandon Holmes played to the whistle and scored Eagles’ only try of the evening.
With ten minutes to go, Wigan Warriors loanee James McDonnell entered fray and sprung through the defensive line to get the ball down and extend the Centurions lead.
Full-Time Leigh Centurions 34-6 Sheffield Eagles
Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Inu, Chamberlain, Roberts, Brand, Hingano, Reynolds, Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Stone, Wardle, Asiata.
Interchange: Jones, McDonnell, O’Donnell, Ipape.
Tries: Sidlow, Reynolds, Chamberlain, Brand, Stone, McDonnell.
Goals: Inu (5)
Sin Bin: Inu
Sheffield Eagles: Bass, Jones-Bishop, Welham, Johnson, Chrimes, Farrell, Holmes, Wood, Halafihi, Dickinson, Bower, Farrell, Hodgson.
Interchange: Oakes, Broadbent, Williams, Douglas.
Goals: Farrell (1)
Sin Bin: None