Leigh in good shape ahead of Challenge Cup quarter final

Liam Kay scored a hat-trick for Leigh against Sheffield
Liam Kay scored a hat-trick for Leigh against Sheffield
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Winger Liam Kay scored a hat-trick of tries to take his tally for the season to 25 as Leigh strengthened their position at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship with a 58-18 win over third-placed Sheffield Eagles.

Full-back Gregg McNally also touched down three times and Greg Worthington, Adam Higson, Tom Armstrong and Ryan Brierley got the other tries, with Martyn Ridyard kicking nine goals, as the Centurions warmed up in style for their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington.

Sheffield scored tries through Sam Smeaton, Dave Petersen, Dane Straughier and Misi Taulapapa, who was sin-binned along with Leigh’s former England forward Gareth Hock for fighting.

Bradford remain level on points with Leigh after extending their winning run to 16 matches with a 38-16 win at Workington.

Australians Adam Henry and Jake Mullaney both scored two tries and others came from Adam Sidlow, Epalahame Lauaki and Danny Williams, with Ryan Shaw kicking five goals.

Half-back Sam Powell, playing on a dual-registration from Wigan, scored two first-half tries to keep Town in touch while his Wigan team-mate Connor Farrell touched down in the second half.

Halifax boosted their top-four hopes with a 46-16 win over Dewsbury at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Mitch Cahalane, Dane Manning and Scott Murrell all scored two tries apiece and Ben Johnston and Ross Divorty also touched down, with Steve Tyrer kicking seven goals for the visitors.

Dewsbury’s tries came Toby Adamson, Anthony Thackeray and Jason Crookes, who was making the 100th appearance of his career.

London Broncos are level on points with fourth-placed Halifax after gaining a 34-12 win over Hunslet at The Hive.

Wes Naiqama scored 22 of the Broncos’ points with five goals and three tries while Elliot Kear, Oscar Thomas and Rhys Williams, on the 100th appearance of his career, also touched down.

Hooker Robbie Ward, one of the Hawks’ dual-registered players from Leeds, was a scorer for the visitors.

Whitehaven climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Batley after gaining a 24-12 win over the Bulldogs at the Recreation Ground.

Long-serving winger Craig Calvert touched down twice and half-back Grant Gore also scored a try to help the Cumbrians to a decisive18-0 lead at half-time.

Louis Jouffret scored Whitehaven’s only try after the break while Shaun Ainscough and Joe Chandler touched down for Batley, with Scott Leatherbarrow kicking two goals.