Brierley inspires Centurions to 27th straight win

Ryan Brierley scores one of four tries for Leigh at Whitehaven. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Ryan Brierley scores one of four tries for Leigh at Whitehaven. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Whitehaven 16 Leigh Centurions 46

RYAN Brierley scored four tries and kicked four goals as Leigh Centurions extended their club record winning run to 27 games with a comfortable success at Whitehaven.

Leigh had the game sewn up by half time, capitalising on the sin binning of Tom Chappelhow to run in three tries against 12 men and build a 30-6 half time lead.

The second half failed to match the action of the first, making for a drab finish enlivened only by two late tries from the home side.

But there was still time for Brierley to claim his fourth try which was surprisingly converted by Fuifui Moimoi.

Leigh had Ben Reynolds making a rare start at stand off with Martyn Ridyard rested.

The change to a key position appeared to have had little affect as Centurions led after seven minutes. Liam Kay made a powerful break from inside his own half to open up the defence and the play was switched to the opposite wing where Pownall scored in the corner.

The home side were level minutes later when Ben Davies crashed over from close range and Louis Jouffret added the extras.

But Whitehaven, who had been penalised several times for lying on, were reduced to 12 men when the patience of referee Jamie Bloem snapped. Ted Chappelhow was sinbinned and Leigh took full advantage, scoring three times in his absence.

First Matt Sarsfield hit a good line to score from close range on his first senior appearance of the season after a pectoral injury. Brierley added the extras.

Then Brierley produced a great bit of skill, kicking over the defensive line and winning the race for the bouncing ball, scoring under the posts. He added the goal himself.

Brierley then set up Adam Higson for a well taken try after a fierce drive from Gareth Hock had split the Haven defence.

Sarsfield had another try disallowed for a forward pass but moments later, Pownall did go over for a second try, producing a fine finish from 10 metres.

Moments before half time, Brierley scored his second try after a break and pass by Higson. Brierley also added the extras for a half time score of 6-30.

Two tries early in second half from Brierley and Greg Worthington appeared to have set the tone for a Leigh points avalanche.

But leading 40-6, Centurions took their foot off the pedal and the remainder of the game offered few moments of note.

The home fans had something to cheer with tries from Jordan Johnstone and Richard Lepori but Centurions had the final word when Brierley claimed his fourth try after a break by Reynolds. Moimoi’s conversion from in front of the posts was greeted with great cheers from the travelling Leigh fans.

Teams:

Leigh: McNally, Pownall, Worthington, Higson, Kay, Brierley, Reynolds, Hovk, Beswick, Acton, Sarsfield, Dixon, Spencer. Subs: Higham, Wilkes, Moimoi, Emmitt

Whitehaven: Jouffret, Sigismeau, Wilde, Parker, Burns, Gore, Johnstone, Chapplehow, Coyle, Brooks, Hepi, Davies, Allen. Subs: Newton, McAvoy, Fox, Lepori

Pitch: Average

Weather: Dry and sunny

Attendance: 841

Referee: Jamie Bloem