Leigh too good for Rovers yet again

Featherstone full-back Ian Hardman scored a first-half try at Leigh. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Featherstone full-back Ian Hardman scored a first-half try at Leigh. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Featherstone Rovers faded after a promising first 25 minutes in new head coach Jon Sharp’s first match in charge in Sunday’s Championship game at Leigh Centurions.

Rovers led 12-6 mid-way through the first-half but they trailed 28-12 at the break and eventually lost 52-18 as they suffered their third defeat against Leigh this year and their seventh in the last two seasons.

They will look to bounce back in next Sunday’s crucial top-four clash at Sheffield Eagles.

Fuifui Moimoi’s seventh minute try put Leigh ahead but Rovers rallied excellently.

Paul Cook’s looping pass led to Jy Hitchcox kicking ahead for centre Brad England to cross in the 11th minute.

Reni Maitua’s break then saw full-back Ian Hardman go over and Paul Sykes added his second goal to put the visitors six points in front after 22 minutes.

The Centurions were stung into action and replied with four tries in a blistering 10-minute spell.

Ex-Rover Greg Worthington sparked the points blitz, with Gregg McNally also scoring and Ryan Brierley bagging a double before the interval.

They extended their lead early in the second-half when Moimoi went over twice in three minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Brierley then grabbed his third try and Martyn Ridyard kicked his seventh goal to make it 46-12.

Rovers got their only second-half points when Sykes sent in Ben Blackmore for a 68th minute score that Sykes improved but leigh had the last word with Gareth Hock’s late try that Jake Emmitt goaled.

Leigh: McNally; Pownall, Worthington, Armstrong, Kay; Ridyard, Brierley; Moimoi, Beswick, Emmitt, Haggerty, Dixon, Hock. Subs: Higham, Barlow, Wilkes, Hopkins.

Featherstone: Hardman; Blackmore, Sykes, England, Hitchcox; Cooke, Moore; Baldwinson, Ellis, Wood, Cording, Maitua, Spears. Subs: Cooper, Ormondroyd, Bussey, Foster.

Referee: Chris Kendal.