Centurions thrash Bulls to cement playoff position

Leigh Centurions beat Bradofrd Bulls 52-20 at Leigh Sports Village to cement their place in the Championship playoff race.

It was the Bulls who were first on the board as Jordan Lilley put a penalty between the posts to give them the lead after eight minutes.

But the Centurions responded with tries from Iain Thornley and Matty Costello. Both tries were converted by Martyn Ridyard to put the Centurions ahead by 10 points midway through the first half.

Bradford then got a try back as Matty Wildie managed to get over. Lilley converted the try to bring the Bulls right back into the game.

But a Greg McNally try and three penalties from Ridyard put the Centurions ahead by 14 points going into the break.

The visitors then threatened to come back in the second half as they scored again through George Flanagan. Lilley converted again to bring the Bulls to within eight points.

That was when the Centurions pulled away with a dominant second half performance. Liam Forsyth scored twice with McNally and Thornley also grabbing their second tries. All tries were converted by Ridyard to bring the Centurions past 40 points.

The Bulls did add another consolation score as Matthew Storton crossed the line. Lilley converted once again to bring the Bulls up to the 20 point mark.

But the last word would go to the Centurions as Thornley completed his hat trick. Ridyard converted to bring Leigh past the half century.

That result means the Centurions are fourth in the Championship and they are right in the close race for the playoffs. They travel to Dewsbury Rams next Sunday.

As for Bradford, it is another heavy defeat against a playoff rival. They welcome Halifax next Sunday as both sides look to get back into contention.

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