Pala makes immediate impact for Centurions

Mathias Pala scored on his Leigh Centurions reserves debut
Mathias Pala scored on his Leigh Centurions reserves debut

Leigh Centurions Reserves 28 Dewsbury Rams 22

Mathias Pala made a try-scoring start to his Centurions career as Paul Anderson’s side came from behind to snatch a late victory in a thrilling Reserves Championship game at Leigh East on Thursday.

Pala, who arrived in this country on Tuesday from Catalans Dragons, opened the scoring after swooping on a loose ball and racing away from the cover to open his account.

With further tries by Mitch Cox and Eze Harper and two Leighton Ratchford goals, the Centurions Reserves led 16-0 before the visitors hit back.

The Rams replied with two converted tries before half-time and then continued their dominant spell either side of the interval with two further tries to lead 22-16.

Sam Dunne, Austin Buchanan, James Glover and Joel Farrell scored the Rams’ tries, Brad Delaney kicking three goals.

But Elliot Liku steamed over for a try that Ratchford converted to tie the scores and young prop Frankie Halton grabbed the match-winning try in the closing stages with Ratchford adding his fourth goal of the evening.

Leigh Centurions Reserves: Tyler Whittaker; Mitch Cox (try), Eze Harper (try), Mathias Pala (try), Sam Baggaley; Leighton Ratchford (4 goals), Jack Hansen; Tommy Holland, Brad Smith, Elliot Liku (try), Matt Sarsfield, Jacque Peet, Jamie Tracey. Subs: Lewis Foster, Jamie Acton, Connor Ratcliffe, Frankie Halton (try).