Leigh and Featherstone earn semi final spots

Leigh came from behind to defeat Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh came from behind to defeat Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.
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Leigh and Featherstone both came from behind to gain victories in the first round of the Kingstone Press Championship play-offs and secure their semi-final places.

The Centurions scored 35 unanswered points to beat Doncaster 41-14 at the Leigh Sports Village and earn a week off

Threequarters Michael Platt and Tom Armstrong and scrum-half Ryan Brierley all scored two tries apiece and full-back Gregg McNally also touched down to add to forward Kurt Haggerty’s third-minute score as Leigh averted the threat of a shock defeat.

Player-coach Paul Cooke and Richard Wilkinson scored the tries for Doncaster, who will be at home to reigning champions Sheffield Eagles in next week’s eliminator.

Halifax will also need to use a second life after going down 34-16 at Featherstone.

Tries from Ben Kaye, Keith Holden and Gareth Potts, plus two goals from player-coach Scott Murrell, put the visitors 16-6 up after half-an-hour.

However, Rovers scored five unanswered tries through Luke Teasdale, Matt James, Jason Crookes, Kyle Trout and Gareth Moore, who also kicked five goals, to move to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final.

Halifax will be at home in the second week of the play-offs to Dewsbury, who ran in eight tries in a 50-6 rout of Workington in Sunday’s elimination play-off.

Half-back Anthony Thackeray scored a hat-trick and other tries came from Scott Hale, Makali Aizue, Ben Hellewell, Ryan Hepworth and Tommy Gallagher while Jack Murphy scored Workington’s only try on 63 minutes.