Warrington Wolves 46 Leigh Centurions 4
LEIGH full-back Gregg McNally will miss the start of the Kingstone Press Championship season after suffering medial ligament damage in today’s friendly defeat at Warrington.
McNally, who was Leigh’s Player of the Season in 2015, suffered the injury early in the first half. In the same incident, Leigh centre Greg Worthington had to have stitches and was treated for concussion. Leigh coach Paul Rowley said McNally could be out for seven weeks,
The pair were injured trying to prevent Warrington’s third try and the injuries compounded a long afternoon for Leigh who were outclassed by their Super League rivals.
Centurions were also missing new singing Rangi Chase who suffered a hip injury in the build-up to the game and the suspended Harrison Hansen.
Rowley later revealed that another new recruit Willie Tonga needed a knee operation which will see him miss the next six weeks.
Adam Higson gave the visitors a fourth minute lead as he scored in the corner on the back of successive penalties but Martyn Ridyard could not convert.
Warrington were soon in front though as Daryl Clark’s break was finished off by the supporting Ashton Sims. Kurt Gidley added the conversion.
The Wolves scored a second try minutes later as Gene Ormsby crashed over in the corner and Gidley’s goal pushed Warrington further ahead at 12-4.
Three more tries before half-time underlined Warrington’s superiority. Rhys Evans scored a routine effort as the Leigh defence opened up then Gidley had an equally easy task to score a few minutes later.
Tom Lineham scored Warrington’s fifth try after being put clear by Evans and Chris Sandow was on target with the conversions.
On a rare trip into the Wolves 20, Leigh were unlucky not to score when Higson just missed Ryan Brierley’s kick to the ingoal area.
The second half was no better for the Centurions as Warrington added tries regularly. Within five minutes of the restart, Ormsby scored his second in the corner though Gidley couldn’t convert.
Ben Currie powered through in the 53rd minute for a try which Sandow converted then Kevin Penny finished off a slick move in the corner.
With 16 minutes remaining, Ormsby completed his hat-trick and it seemed inevitable that Warrington would pass the half century mark.
But with Leigh enjoying some rare possession in the Wolves half, they did at least prevent that unwanted milestone.
Penny, Ormsby, Evans, Atkins, Lineham, Gidley, Sandow, Hill, Clark, Sims, Hughes, Currie, Westwood. Subs: Westerman, Dwyer, King, Philbin, Wheeler, Patton, Julien, Cox
Leigh: McNally, Higson, Worthington, Armstrong, Pownall, Ridyard, Brierley, Moimoi, Higham, Weston, Dixon, Hock, Paterson. Subs: Foster, Emmitt, Kay, Acton, Spencer, Hopkins, Harper
Referee: James Child