• Leigh Centurions
  • 10 - 46

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Leigh Centurions
  • HT 06 - 10
  • Leeds Rhinos
13th August 2021 | KO 20:00 | Leigh Sports Village | Betfred Super League

Leigh Centurions 10 Leeds Rhinos 46

Leeds Rhinos overcame the loss of Luke Gale and Konrad Hurrell to injury to finish strongly against Leigh Centurions and run out 46-10 winners at the Leigh Sports Village.

Leeds made a quick start on their return to the Leigh Sports Village and could have scored in the opening set of the game as they rolled up field only for the final ball to be adjudged to have gone forward.

However, the Rhinos did make their next spell of pressure count after a repeat set near the Leigh line, a short pass to Zane Tetevano gave the New Zealand international a simple walk to the line for his first Leeds Rhinos try. Rhyse Martin added his 34th consecutive kick at goal to give the Rhinos a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Two minutes later however the Rhinos were dealt a blow when Luke Gale had to be helped from the field with a knee injury that put him out of the rest of the match.

Leeds had other opportunities after that, most notably when Rhyse Martin went over only for play to be pulled back for a forward last pass by Rob Lui. The visitors did eventually increase their advantage when quick thinking by Brad Dwyer and Harry Newman put Tom Briscoe in space down the short side and the winger reached out to score in the corner. Unfortunately, Rhyse Martin was unable to add the conversion, his first miss since 1st July but Leeds were good value for their 10-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Leigh, who had come to their first win of the season the previous week against Hull KR, showed why they are gaining admirers after that by putting those early set backs behind them.

They kept the ball alive before Matty Gee ran onto the ball on an angle and got through the tackler on the line to score for the home side. Mullen added the conversion to cut the Rhinos lead to 10-6 after 27 minutes.

Both teams were guilty of errors in the remaining stages of the first half with the Rhinos having slightly better of the possession but unable to find a way through the committed Leigh defence. Cameron Smith created the best chance for the Rhinos with a 40 metre break from half way but the Centurions managed to regroup and see out the half.

The Rhinos were having to do it tough at the start of the second half. With Gale already changed and back in the stands with a brace on his left knee, several players were walking wounded however they dug deep and found a way to turn the game in their favour with two tries inside ten minutes.The first was created by some quick hands down the right before Myler timed his pass to perfection to give Tom Briscoe enough space to slide in to score in the corner.

The Rhinos fourth try was a great piece of off-the-cuff play as Leeming chipped over the top and chased his own kick. The ball narrowly bounced away from him but Ash Handley was in support to scoop up the loose ball and pass to Cameron Smith. The forward stepped back inside before accelerating away to score between the posts. Rhyse Martin converted both tries to give his side a 22-4 lead.

Martin then extended the lead with 26 minutes to go with a penalty to put his side three scores in front.

Leigh once again refused to lie down and crossed for a second try with Gee proving too big to stop once again near the line. Mullen missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos lead had been cut to 24-10.

Just like their attractive away kit, Leeds enjoyed a purple patch once again in the final ten minutes as they made sure of the points. The Rhinos kept the ball alive on the last tackle once again before Rob Lui gained possession and he bumped off a would be tackler before going over for the try.

The lead was extended two minutes later following good work by Leeds to regain possession from a short kick off. Brad Dwyer spotted some tiring defenders and raced through the gap to score between the posts.

In the final minutes, skipper Ash Handley got in on the scoring as he finished off a flowing move to score in the corner, Rhyse Martin converted all three tries.

Leeds then put a bow on the win with a try for Kruise Leeming as the hooter sounded. Leigh lost possession attempting to attack up field, Handley got the ball and fed Gannon who kicked ahead. Leeming continued to hack on the ball on before collecting and just beating the cover to score. Martin missed the conversion but the Rhinos were good value for their 46-10 win.

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Leeds Rhinos overcame the loss of Luke Gale and Konrad Hurrell to injury to finish strongly against Leigh Centurions and run out 46-10 winners at the Leigh Sports Village.

Leeds made a quick start on their return to the Leigh Sports Village and could have scored in the opening set of the game as they rolled up field only for the final ball to be adjudged to have gone forward.

However, the Rhinos did make their next spell of pressure count after a repeat set near the Leigh line, a short pass to Zane Tetevano gave the New Zealand international a simple walk to the line for his first Leeds Rhinos try. Rhyse Martin added his 34th consecutive kick at goal to give the Rhinos a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Two minutes later however the Rhinos were dealt a blow when Luke Gale had to be helped from the field with a knee injury that put him out of the rest of the match.

Leeds had other opportunities after that, most notably when Rhyse Martin went over only for play to be pulled back for a forward last pass by Rob Lui. The visitors did eventually increase their advantage when quick thinking by Brad Dwyer and Harry Newman put Tom Briscoe in space down the short side and the winger reached out to score in the corner. Unfortunately, Rhyse Martin was unable to add the conversion, his first miss since 1st July but Leeds were good value for their 10-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Leigh, who had come to their first win of the season the previous week against Hull KR, showed why they are gaining admirers after that by putting those early set backs behind them.

They kept the ball alive before Matty Gee ran onto the ball on an angle and got through the tackler on the line to score for the home side. Mullen added the conversion to cut the Rhinos lead to 10-6 after 27 minutes.

Both teams were guilty of errors in the remaining stages of the first half with the Rhinos having slightly better of the possession but unable to find a way through the committed Leigh defence. Cameron Smith created the best chance for the Rhinos with a 40 metre break from half way but the Centurions managed to regroup and see out the half.

The Rhinos were having to do it tough at the start of the second half. With Gale already changed and back in the stands with a brace on his left knee, several players were walking wounded however they dug deep and found a way to turn the game in their favour with two tries inside ten minutes.The first was created by some quick hands down the right before Myler timed his pass to perfection to give Tom Briscoe enough space to slide in to score in the corner.

The Rhinos fourth try was a great piece of off-the-cuff play as Leeming chipped over the top and chased his own kick. The ball narrowly bounced away from him but Ash Handley was in support to scoop up the loose ball and pass to Cameron Smith. The forward stepped back inside before accelerating away to score between the posts. Rhyse Martin converted both tries to give his side a 22-4 lead.

Martin then extended the lead with 26 minutes to go with a penalty to put his side three scores in front.

Leigh once again refused to lie down and crossed for a second try with Gee proving too big to stop once again near the line. Mullen missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos lead had been cut to 24-10.

Just like their attractive away kit, Leeds enjoyed a purple patch once again in the final ten minutes as they made sure of the points. The Rhinos kept the ball alive on the last tackle once again before Rob Lui gained possession and he bumped off a would be tackler before going over for the try.

The lead was extended two minutes later following good work by Leeds to regain possession from a short kick off. Brad Dwyer spotted some tiring defenders and raced through the gap to score between the posts.

In the final minutes, skipper Ash Handley got in on the scoring as he finished off a flowing move to score in the corner, Rhyse Martin converted all three tries.

Leeds then put a bow on the win with a try for Kruise Leeming as the hooter sounded. Leigh lost possession attempting to attack up field, Handley got the ball and fed Gannon who kicked ahead. Leeming continued to hack on the ball on before collecting and just beating the cover to score. Martin missed the conversion but the Rhinos were good value for their 46-10 win.

Team Performance

Goals

1

7

Tries

2

8

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Tom Briscoe2000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Robert Lui1000000
Luke Gale0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Kruise Leeming1000000
Zane Tetevano1000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Rhyse Martin0700000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer1000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Cameron Smith1000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Keanan Brand0000000
Matty Russell0000000
Iain Thornley0000000
Jack Logan0000000
Junior Sa'u0000000
Craig Mullen0100000
Joe Mellor0000000
Jordan Thompson0000000
Josh Eaves0000000
Alex Gerrard0000000
Ben Hellewell0000000
Matthew Foster0000000
James Bell0000000
Interchanges
Ben Flower0000000
Mark Ioane0000000
Jamie Ellis0000000
Matty Gee2000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards