Championship Round Five round-up: Centurions lead way at the top

Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi on the charge at Featherstone. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi on the charge at Featherstone. Photo: Brian King.
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LEIGH maintained their two-point lead at the of the Kingstone Press Championship thanks to a 40-6 win at Featherstone in a repeat of the 2014 Grand Final.

Rovers led 6-4 at half-time thanks to a try from Nathan Chappell, converted by Paul Sykes, but the Centurions scored 36 unanswered points after the break to extend their winning run to 15 matches.

Winger Liam Kay scored Leigh’s only first-half try and he touched down for a second, taking his total for the season so far to 10. Centre Tom Armstrong also got two and others came from Tommy Goulden, Kurt Haggerty, Michael Platt and Ryan Brierley, with Martyn Ridyard kicking four goals.

Leigh have won their last 15 matches, a record which stretches back to July 2014. On Friday they meet London in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Leigh Sports Village.

Whitehaven broke their duck in the Kingstone Press Championship with an 18-16 win over London Broncos to climb off the foot of the table.

Former Great Britain amateur international John Paul Brocklebank scored a try and kicked three goals to give James Coyle his first win as head coach and condemn the Broncos to their third defeat in five matches since being relegated from Super League.

Jordan Burns and James Newton scored Whitehaven’s other tries while Iliess Macani, Rhys Williams and Brad Dwyer touched down for the Londoners and acting captain Wes Naiqama kicked two goals.

The other relegated club, Bradford, needed two late tries to beat Batley 26-19.

The Bulls were staring at a surprise defeat when they trailed 19-14 with four minutes to go but wingers Danny Williams and Chris Ulugia ran in tries to spare their blushes.

Ryan Shaw and Jake Mullaney had earlier scored the tries that gave Bradford a 14-6 half-time lead while Shaun Squires, Joe Chandler and Keegan Hurst touched down for John Kear’s Bulldogs, with Cain Southernwood kicking three conversions and drop goal.

Sheffield Eagles are two points behind Leigh after holding on for a 14-12 victory at Workington.

Tries from Menzie Yere and Sam Smeaton and three goals from Kyle Briggs put the Eagles into a 14-0 lead, but the Cumbrians hit back through Sam Forrester and Perry Whiteley, whose tries were goaled by Carl Forber, to leave the visitors hanging on for a fourth successive victory.

Halifax climbed up to fourth thanks to a 26-13 win over Dewsbury at The Shay.

The Rams led 12-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Karl Pryce and Anthony Thackeray, both goaled by Kieran Hyde, but the home side drew level when James Saltonstall added to Ben Heaton’s first-half try.

Hyde edged the visitors back in front with a drop goal but Halifax finished strongly and secured victory with late tries from Gareth Potts, Steve Tyrer - who took his goal tally to three - and Luke Ambler.

Former Featherstone and Castleford half-back Andy Kain scored a hat-trick of tries for Hunslet in their 32-12 win over bottom club Doncaster at the South Leeds Stadium.

Kain opened the scoring with his first try for the club and 150th of his career while Jim Watson and Brad Brennan also touched down in the Hawks’ second win of the season.

Danny Ansell kicked six goals while Curtis Naughton, playing on a dual registration from Hull, and Stewart Sanderson scored tries for Doncaster, whose eighth successive defeat leaves them two points adrift at the foot of the table.