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Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan

The Frenchman scored one try and set up two more as Wigan came from behind to win the derby match with the Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night; Harry Smith, Dom Manfredi and Jake Bibby (2) were also tried for the Warriors

Last updated: 05/17/21 23:53 pm

Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan


Highlights of the Betfred Super League clash between Leigh Centurions and Wigan Warriors

Highlights of the Betfred Super League clash between Leigh Centurions and Wigan Warriors

A masterclass from Bevan French helped the Wigan Warriors maintain their perfect start to the Super League season as they fought to see Leigh Centurions 30-16.

The French have scored one try and set up two more as the Warriors notched their sixth straight win of the season, while the Centurions have yet to win a game in 2021 and remain stuck at the bottom of the table.

For Leigh, Lewis Tierney returned to face his old team, with Matty Russell giving way, while Wigan brought the French back to the back, with Zak Hardaker moved to the left wing. Mitch Clark was named to the bench, while Liam Farrell was moved from center to second row.

Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan

Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions in action

The home side started strong, forcing an abandonment from the goal line in their opening set and they took the lead in the 12th minute when former Wigan center Anthony Gelling dived into the corner. Ben Reynolds couldn’t convert the try, but Leigh continued his strong start by forcing another retirement from the goal line.

In the middle of the first half, the Centurions crossed paths for their second try thanks to a barge descent from the Nathan Mason pillar. Reynolds was right in front of the posts this time around to push the lead to 10-0.

The Warriors responded when the French was held back above the try line and they pushed for a score but Leigh’s impressive defense kept them at bay. Then in the 26th minute, a brilliant French grubber was caught by Harry Smith to score, and Smith converted his own attempt to cut the deficit even further.

Wigan was almost again right after, but French’s pass to Dom Manfredi was canceled. Moments later the visitors tried out the same game and this time it worked when Manfredi dove into the corner to tie the scores nine minutes before the break as Smith’s conversion from the sideline was temperamental.

Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan

Leigh fans celebrate their team’s second try

The Warriors were dominating at this point and looking for another try and they eventually took the lead as Jackson Hastings found French on an inside ball and the full-back made his way.

Smith added the extras to make it 16-10 but – with a few seconds left in the half – Ryan Brierley gave Jamie Ellis a perfect kick to pick up and answer for the hosts. Reynolds also nailed his conversion to tie the scores 16-16 at the break.

In the second half, Wigan regained the lead after 47 minutes when Farrell touched Hastings’ pass, and Smith made it 22-16 with his successful conversion.

The visitors increased their advantage when Jake Bibby crossed over on the left flank 10 minutes later, but Smith was unable to add the extras.

Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan

Wigan Warriors’ Dom Manfredi scores second try

The contest eluded Leigh’s grip and soon Bibby was again to complete his second half brace.

Another smart pass from Hastings found the cross in the 60th minute and he crossed for his second.

Smith couldn’t land the kick, but the Warriors were comfortably 30-16 ahead, while Leigh failed to fabricate a response and continue their search for a first win.

Leigh coach John Duffy cracked down on his team’s poor discipline: “The first half we were exceptional, we stuck to the plan”.

“Then I just thought we were a little poorly disciplined after half time and got beaten by a great team. We have to keep plugging in, we have to compete for longer stretches. We have to be better. in training and that it continues in the games for us.

“We are working hard – I saw a big change for us that week. But we have to be smarter, come out after half time and give a penalty kick in our first set – you just can’t do it at this level. “

Wigan coach Adrian Lam praised his team’s defense after firing back to win.

“Physically yes, defensively we responded very well,” said Lam.

“I thought the way we started was probably a bit of a Challenge Cup hangover. It was a 10 day turnaround, there were a lot of mistakes and that part was concerning.

“But in the second half we kept them at zero, which brings us back to where we want to be.”

Lam admitted that the atmosphere at Leigh Sports Village was impressive and believes it will be an asset for the Centurions.

Match Report – Leigh 16-30 Wigan

Leigh fans enter the stadium through the turnstiles

“Anyone who comes here, any Super League team for the rest of the year, it’s going to be a real uphill battle for them because the crowd is right behind them,” he said.

“It looked like it was crowded at times. I can imagine them gaining momentum and it’s a really tough day for the teams.

“I’m glad we came here and got the two points.”


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