40 unanswered points in the second half saw Adrian Lam’s men take the two points back to Leigh, as they ran out 58-4 winner at Olympic Legacy Park.
After a slow opening couple of sets, quick hands from Leigh sees them break down the right through Keanan Brand. His pass to Blake Ferguson was kicked on by the winger and bounced perfectly into the hands of Joe Mellor to open the scoring. Ben Reynolds was on kicking duty on the night and made his first kick with ease. (1/1)
With ten minutes, two tries had been scored as a quick dummy inside the 10m line from John Asiata infiltrated the space, before offloading to skipper Adam Sidlow to touch it down. Reynolds did the rest with the extras. (2/2)
It was a fantastic opening few attacking phases of play for Leigh, as a short ball from Aaron Smith on the Eagles’ line was ran onto at pace by Joe Wardle. He spun through the tackle to touch it down through a melee of tackles. Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion. (3/3)
Midway through the half and Wardle looked to have gone over in the corner, after latching onto a pass from Reynolds, but referee Ben Thaler adjudged him to have dropped the ball during the near try.
Two minutes were left before the break and Sheffield got in at the corner through Bass. Farrell stepped up and cannoned his kick off the sticks and missed.
Half Time – Leigh Centurions 18-4 Sheffield Eagles
A sin bin began the second period’s action, as Holmes was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Mellor merely minutes into the half.
Leigh made the extra man count, as Reynolds went in untouched under the posts. The same man converted the kick with his cultured right boot to extend the Centurions’ lead. (4/4)
After signing his new three year deal earlier in the week, Edwin Ipape got in on the action with a powerful surging run under the posts to send the travelling support ballistic. Reynolds stayed perfect with his kicking soon after. (5/5)
He was in again just prior to the hour mark, as the Papua New Guinea international dove over after a quick play of the ball from Kai O’Donnell! Reynolds did the rest. (6/6)
Ipape then thought he had gone over for his hattrick, but referee Thaler blew up for a knock-on. Ipape stopped a quick penalty from the Eagles, which saw him enter the sin bin.
Wardle was back in on the offensive side of things bang on the hour mark, as he was on the end of a superb right to left move that finished with the former Scotland international going over down the left flank. Reynolds continued to go perfect as he sent the ball through the sticks. (7/7)
A kick over the top three minutes after the last try saw the ball bounce up perfectly for Nene Macdonald to get in on the act. Reynolds was racking up the points on the night, as he continued his excellent kicking form. (8/8)
Seven minutes remained as Macdonald crossed over in the corner for his second of the game, but Reynolds couldn’t make the tough conversion attempt. (8/9)
The final action of the game saw skipper Sidlow crash over for his second of the evening, after a short ball from Aaron Smith. Reynolds made the conversion (9/10)
Full-Time: Leigh Centurions 58-4 Sheffield Eagles
Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Ferguson, Brand, Macdonald, Nisbet, Reynolds, Mellor (C), Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Stone, Wardle, Asiata.
Interchange: O’Donnell, Ioane, Ipape, McDonnell.
Tries: Mellor, Sidlow (2), Wardle (2), Reynolds, Ipape (2), Macdonald (2).
Goals: Reynolds (9).
Sin Bin: Ipape
Sheffield Eagles: Laulu-Togaga’e, Jones-Bishop. Welham., Johnson, Chrimes, Farrell, Aston, Douglas, Halafihi, Kirk, Bower, Hodgson, Dickinson.
Interchange: Bass, Broadbent, Williams, Holmes.
Sin Bin: Holmes.