• Leeds Rhinos
  • 52 - 22

  • Leigh Centurions
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT -
  • Leigh Centurions
1st June 2018 | KO 00:00 | Headingley | Challenge Cup

Leeds Rhinos 52 Leigh Centurions 22

Leeds Rhinos booked their place in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with a clinical display against Leigh Centurions at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Short of nine first team players, the Rhinos arrived in Featherston for their ‘home’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Final against Leigh Centurions with a tough task on their hands.

The size of the challenge seemed to get even bigger in the opening minutes when Leigh prop Nathan Mason powered over from short range. As Ben Reynolds added the conversion it seemed that the Betfred Championship side might add the Champions to the Super League scalp of Salford their claimed in the previous round.

However, there was a crucial moment in the game two minutes later when Leigh were reduced to 12 men. Leigh full back Peter Mata’utia allowed a high kick by Jordan Lilley to bounce and Matt Parcell was on hand to collect and go for the line. However, Mata’utia desperately raced back to grab Parcell before a horrendous throw tackle that flicked the Leeds man over onto his upper back and rightfully saw the Leigh player shown a red card.

Leeds soon made their numerical advantage count when Jordan Lilley drew the last man before putting Tom Briscoe over in at the corner. Lilley missed the conversion attempt but it was not long before the Rhinos were in front as Briscoe crossed for a second try, this time converted by Lilley.

The Rhinos lost Carl Ablett and Matt Parcell to injury after that score and the game was very much in the balance. However, the Rhinos then began a sensational period of play kick started by a brilliant try from full back Jack Walker. He supported a break from skipper Stevie Ward before wrong footing the Leigh defence to score between the posts.

Walker then turned provider for the next try as he broke through on half way before passing to Ash Handley to score between the posts.

The Rhinos then ran riot before the break with Jimmy Keinhorst crossing before limping off with a ham string injury as he supported the break by Richie Myler.

Ashton Golding continued the try scoring run as he supported the fine break by Handley to make it 34-6 after 27 minutes.

Leigh managed to get a try back through Drew Hutchinson but the Rhinos got themselves back on the front foot with four minutes to go until the break when Richie Myler started and finished the move as he interchanged passes with Walker before racing through to score. Lilley converted six of his side’s seven first half tries to give Brian McDermott’s side a commanding 40-12 lead at the break.

Leeds, down to just one substitute in the second half, and playing up hill still had to work to do but they were clinical in the second half.

Leigh had to throw caution to the wind but after a couple of half chances it was the Rhinos who crossed first as Cameron Smith came onto a short ball and got over for his first try for the club following a great break by Ward in midfield. Lilley added the conversion and then knocked over a penalty to take some of the heat out of the game.

The visitors managed to get two tries back through Ben Crooks, who was on the spot when the ball bounced awkwardly away from Briscoe and Walker, and then Liam Hood went over from dummy half against his former club.

Jamie Acton and Brett Ferres were both sin binned with seven minutes to go for an on going row between the pair that the referee lost patience with before Adam Cuthbertson finished off a flowing move to score his side’s ninth try of the game. Leigh had Matty Dawson-Jones sent off for dissent in the final seconds as he spoke back to the referee after Cuthbertson’s try but the Rhinos were in the hat for the semi final after a well earned win.

Team Performance







Player Performance

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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards