LEIGH’S nearest rivals in the Kingstone Press Championship title race suffered a surprise home defeat against Featherstone last night.
Bradford’s 17-match winning run came crashing to a halt when they lost 37-18.
Rovers never looked back after Australian winger Jy Hitchcox raced over for a hat-trick of tries inside the first half-an-hour.
Former Featherstone full-back James Mendeika pulled a try back for the Bulls but Reni Maitua scored a fourth to put the visitors into a 22-6 half-time lead.
Skipper Chev Walker and Mendeika went over for Bradford tries in the second half but touichdowns from Ben Blackmore and Andy Ellis enabled the visitors to retain their stranglehold.
Paul Sykes kicked six goals and Remi Marginet put over a drop goal as Featherstone condemned the Bulls to a first defeat since the opening day of the season and climbed above Halifax in the pursuit for the all-important fourth place.
Leigh are two points behind Bradford but now have two games in hand. It’s a busy July for Paul Rowley’s side as they look to fit in games that were postponsed due to their continued involvement in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
On Sunday, Leigh are at Workington then at home to Hunslet the following Wednesday.