Leigh Centurions 64 London Broncos 12
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Four
LEIGH stormed into the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a hugely impressive win over London Broncos at Leigh Sports Village.
Ryan Brierley scored twice in the first half to reach 100 tries for the club as the Kingstone Press Championship leaders raced to a 36-0 interval lead.
It was Leigh’s second win over London in a month having beaten them 25-12 in the Championship. It was also Centurions’ 16th successive win which equals a club record set only last season.
The game will also be long remembered as the night Fuifui Moimoi scored his first try for the club. He celebrated by jumping over the advertising boards and running up the steps in the North Stand where he was mobbed the Centurions fans who have taken him to their hearts. It was a fitting way to finish the day for Moimoi who has just extended his contract with the club.
Leigh scored 11 tries in all and some of their attacking play was simply breathtaking. During one spell in the second half they scored four tries without London touching the ball. Sam Hopkins also scored two while Martyn Ridyard kicked 10 goals.
“I thought our performance at Featherstone last week was very good and we’ve continued it tonight,” said coach Paul Rowley.
“We completed but also played with a lot of skill and our error count was very low. We were certainly good value for money.
“I’m delighted, we were were brilliant.”
With eight minutes on the clock, Ridyard’s 40-20 kick gave Leigh a scrum in a dangerous position and from it, quick hands got Jonny Pownall in at the corner. Ridyard also added the conversion.
Leigh continued to dominate and scored a second try in the 16th minute. The outstanding Sean Penkywicz fired out a short ball from dummy half to Sam Barlow who charged over. Ridyard again added the extras.
There was no slowing down from Leigh as Brierley then Haggerty went over in quick succession. Eleven minutes before half-time, Gregg McNally broke superbly and his pass inside saw Brierley go clear and score his 100th try for the club.
Six minutes before the break, Jake Emmitt’s short pass got Hopkins over and Ridyard’s conversion was his sixth from as many attempts. At half-time, Leigh were already “in the hat” for the next round, leading 36-0.
A try from London hooker Ray Nasso early in the second half hinted at better things from the Broncos but it was the equivalent of smashing a beehive with a cricket bat.
Leigh came roaring back with four tries in 10 minutes. It was such an amazing spell, London went from 36-6 down to 58-6 down without even touching the ball.
Brierley and Ridyard linked to send Tom Armstrong over in the 49th minute. The a smart break and pass from Bob Beswick got Hopkins in for his second try.
Beswick - again - set up Liam Kay for a clear run to the line then some outstanding attacking play ended with McNally racing under the posts. With Ridyard converting all but one, Leigh led 58-6 after an hour.
London scored their second try after a kick through by Daniel Harrison, converted by Naiqama with 11 minutes remaining.
But the final act was something special. Moimoi took a short pass from Brierley 15 metres and charged over for a try which almost lifted the roof. Moimoi vaulted the advertising boards then raced up the steps in the North Stand - incredible scenes. He was substituted soon after and he received a standing ovation.
Leigh: McNally, Pownall, Platt, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Moimoi, Penkywicz, Acton, Haggerty, Goulden, Barlow. Subs: Beswick, Wilkes, Hopkins, Emmitt
London: Thomas, Williams, Farrar, Hellewell, Morris, Naiqama, Keyes, Wallace, Nasso, Everett, Harrison, Garside, Wickes. Subs: Macani, Thackray, Dollapi, Burnett
Pitch: Very good
Weather: Dry and clear