Wigan come back to beat Leigh

Wigan come back to beat Leigh

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Wigan Warriors recovered from 18-0 down to win 20-18 against neighbours Leigh Centurions at Headingley.

Leigh got off to the ideal start after just five minutes, as Liam Hood dove out of dummy half and kept fingertips on the ball to score. Ryan Brierley converted for a six-point advantage.

20 minutes later, the Super League newcomers doubled their advantage, as Iain Thornley attacked the line and went over after a good move. Brierley was on target with the conversion.

Leigh made it two tries in three minutes shortly after, as a kick forward from Hood found Ben Hellewell, who was able to spin over. Brierley converted once again to make it an 18 point advantage.

Wigan were able to strike just before half time. A clever offload from John Bateman created the two-on-one for Willie Isa and Jake Bibby, allowing the winger to go over. Zak Hardaker hit the post with the conversion attempt.

The final act of the first half saw the Warriors score again. This time, Bibby did well on the wing, and offloaded for Hardaker to go through. Hardaker could not convert again, meaning they trailed by 10 points at the break.

The second half was quite scrappy, but eventually it was Wigan who struck after the hour mark. Following a set restart, Joe Bullock threw a nice step to create the space and go over for the try. Hardaker converted to leave just four points in it.

Wigan made it back-to-back tries for the second time in the contest, as Hardaker broke down the middle, and offloaded to Bibby for his second try. Hardaker then converted to edge the Warriors into the lead for the first time.

The Super League heads to the Totally Wicked Stadium next week. It does not get any easier for Leigh, as they face Warrington Wolves, while Wigan face Wakefield Trinity.

Leigh Centurions: Ryan Brierley, Lewis Tierney, Keanan Brand, Iain Thornley, Matty Russell, Joe Mellor, Blake Wallace, Adam Sidlow, Liam Hood, Mark Ioane, Matty Gee, Ben Hellewell, Jordan Thompson.

Subs: Nathaniel Peteru, Josh Eaves, Nathan Mason, Matty Foster.

Head Coach: John Duffy

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jai Field, Willie Isa, Jake Bibby, Umyla Hanley, Tommy Leuluai, Harry Smith, Joe Bullock, Sam Powell, Brad Singleton, John Bateman, Liam Farrell, Ollie Partington.

Subs: Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Joe Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam.

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