Centurions keep perfect start going

Jonny Pownall scored a hat-trick for Leigh against Whitehaven. Photo: Brian King
Jonny Pownall scored a hat-trick for Leigh against Whitehaven. Photo: Brian King

Leigh Centurions maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the Kingstone Press Championship after mauling Whitehaven 60-0.

Wingers Jonny Pownall and Liam Kay each grabbed a hat-trick of tries, Martyn Ridyard bagged a brace, while Michael Platt, Jake Emmitt, Gregg McNally and Ryan Brierley crossed once apiece.

Ridyard added six conversions to take his points tally for the afternoon to 20 as Leigh brushed past their over-matched opponents for their sixth successive win of the season.

It keeps them two points ahead of second-placed Bradford, who claimed their fifth win on the trot by easing to a 36-6 victory over Workington.

Jay Pitts and Jake Mullaney scored tries in the opening 10 minutes to put the Bulls on their way, while doubles from Danny Williams and Adam Henry and one from Lee Gaskell, with four conversions from Ryan Shaw, gave them a comfortable win.

Perry Whiteley’s converted second-half try came too late for Workington to launch a comeback.

Sheffield are level on points with the Bulls after a routine 28-14 triumph over Halifax.

Misi Taulapapa’s brace of converted tries put the Eagles, who never trailed, in charge, and although the winger was given his marching orders on half-time, second-half tries from Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Michael Knowles and Kyle Briggs helped them to victory.

Patrick Walker added the extras to four of the five scores meaning Rob Mulhern and George Flanagan’s tries, converted by Danny Ansell who added a penalty, counted for little.

Batley hit back from a 14-point deficit to edge out Doncaster 16-14.

Converted tries from Jansin Turgut and Mitch Clark plus a penalty from David Scott seemed to put Doncaster well on the way to the points, but James Brown’s try just before half-time gave the Bulldogs a lifeline.

Wayne Reittie narrowed the deficit with his 69th-minute score, while Cain Southernwood crossed and added the extras four minutes from time to give Batley the points.