Centurions maintain winning run

In-form Leigh winger Liam Kay
In-form Leigh winger Liam Kay

Leigh stayed top of the Kingstone Press Championship after an eventful Good Friday.

Paul Rowley’s side have the only 100 per cent record in the game and enjoyed a 42-6 triumph at promoted Hunslet, a club record-extending 18th successive win.

The Centurions led only 6-0 at half-time thanks to Oliver Wilkes’ 36th-minute try and the Hawks drew level when Luke Briscoe went over five minutes into the second half but in-form winger Liam Kay touched down twice to take his tally of tries in his last eight matches to 16 and put the visitors in the driving seat.

Leigh went on to dominate the match thanks to other tries from Martin Aspinwall, Sam Barlow, Jonathan Pownall, Sean Penkywicz and Andrew Dixon, with Martyn Ridyard kicking five goals.

London Broncos climbed three places in the Kingstone Press Championship to fifth thanks to a 24-4 win over last year’s Grand Final runners-up Featherstone.

Welsh international winger Rhys Williams scored two tries and Brad Dwyer and Oscar Thomas also touched down, with Wes Naiqama kicking four goals in the Broncos’ first away win since their relegation from Super League at the end of last season.

Jack Ormanroyd scored Featherstone’s only try six minutes before the break.

Bradford produced a dominant second-half performance to avoid a shock defeat in their derby with Halifax in front of a crowd of 6,134 at the Provident Stadium.

Halifax led 13-0 thanks to tries from Mitch Cahalane and Ross Divorty, both goaled by Steve Tyrer, and a drop goal from skipper Scott Murrell.

Ryan Shaw pulled two points back with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and the Bulls dominated the second half, running in tries through Shaw, Danny Williams, Jay Pitts, Lee Gaskell and Adam Henry.

Ben Heaton scored a third try for the visitors 11 minutes from the end but it could not prevent Bradford running out 32-19 victors to stay in touch with leaders Leigh.

Dewsbury won the Heavy Woollen derby 21-6 at Mount Pleasant to leapfrog their neighbours in the table.

Former London Broncos centre Shane Grady touched down twice for the Rams and Joel Farrell and Mattie Wildie also scored tries for the visitors, who led 11-0 at the break.

Winger Wayne Reittie scored the Bulldogs’ only try 15 minutes into the second half.

Workington thrashed Whitehaven 40-0 in the Cumbrian derby at Derwent Park, where Phil Veivers’ men had seven different tryscorers in Liam McAvoy, Jamie Doran, Carl Forber, Jarrad Stack, Brett Carter, Jack Murphy and Perry Whiteley.

Coventry enjoyed a 32-10 win over Oxford in their League One debut at Butts Park Arena, where Eddie Medforth scored two of their six tries.