Leigh Centurions 54 Workington Town 6
GARETH Hock scored two tries on his Leigh debut as Centurions recorded their 19th consecutive victory, beating Workington 54-6 at the Sports Village.
The former Wigan and England forward started on the bench but was called into action early following a knee injury to Fuifui Moimoi.
Hock scored twice in the second half as Centurions pulled clear after a relatively tight first half hour to stay top of the Kingstone Press Championship.
“We are averaging more than 50 points a game in our last six so I’ve got to be very happy,” said Leigh coach Paul Rowley.
“We scored some good tries but the frustrating thing was we bombed about eight,
“But if you’re annoyed after winning with a scoreline like that it showed how far we have come in the last few years.”
Rowley also said Moimoi needed a scan on a knee injury which he estimated would keep him out for “a couple of weeks.”
Sean Penkywicz scored two tries while Liam Kay continued his outstanding run of having scored at least one try in every game this season.
Martyn Ridyard kicked nine goals from as many attempts to pass the 500 mark, making him only the fourth player in Leigh’s history to achieve such a feat.
There was another personal milestone for hooker Bob Beswick who made his 100th Leigh appearance.
Leigh made several changes from the side which won at Hunslet on Good Friday with Tom Armstrong, Jonny Pownall, Martin Aspinwall, Kurt Haggerty, Oliver Wilkes and Jonny Walker all missing.
Penkywicz opened the scoring after just three minutes with a typical dart from dummy half. Ridyard added the conversion.
Workington were soon level when former Leigh scrum half Carl Forber spotted a gap in the defence and cut through to score a try he also converted.
But Leigh responded almost instantly when Penkywicz ran across the line and with no-one offering a tackle as they waited for the pass, the Leigh hooker cut through for his second try. Ridyard again goaled.
Centurions continued to make chances as they got the ball out to the edges but they had to wait until seven minutes before the break for a third try. Ryan Brierley and Gregg McNally combined well and gave Adam Higson, playing in only his second game of the season, the space to score in the corner. Ridyard added the extras.
Two tries within five minutes of the restart effectively ended the game as a contest. First, McNally broke dangerously and his pass found Ryan Brierley to finish off. Then a frankly comical try as Ridyard’s bomb was being allowed to roll dead by the Workington defence only for Kay to swoop in and ground the ball. Ridyard converted.
A well-timed Penkywicz pass got Hock in for his first in the 58th minute then the Leigh hooker helped to create Leigh’s seventh try for Michael Platt with a clever ball.
McNally finished off a swift attack on the right edge with eight minutes remaining then with time almost up, Hock barged in for his second. Ridyard’s ninth goal rounded off a perfect afternoon with the boot for the stand-off.
Leigh: McNally, Higson, Worthington, Platt, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Moimoi, Penkywicz, Acton, Dixon, Goulden, Hopkins. Subs: Beswick, Hock, Barlow, Emmitt,
Workington: Murphy, Forrester, Stack, Whiteley, Carter, Doran, Forber, Walker, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips, Horton, McAvoy. Subs: C Phillips, Duerden, Scholey, Fifita
Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow
Weather: Dry and bright
Pitch: Very good