Catalans survive Leigh scare to go top

Catalans survive Leigh scare to go top

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Catalans Dragons survived a late comeback to beat Leigh Centurions 36-30 at Leigh Sports Village.

Leigh hit the front early, as Ben Reynolds went over after seven minutes. Catalans were able to respond though former Centurions halfback Josh Drinkwater.

The Centurions then went into an 18-6 lead after tries from Brendan Elliot and Matty Gee, and would have been sensing a first Super League win of the season.

But tries either side of half-time from James Maloney, Samisoni Langi, Benjamin Jullien and Arthur Mourgue turned the game around for the Dragons.

Leigh hit back late on with tries from Ryan Brierley and Ben Hellewell, but fell just short in the end.

Catalans go top of the table after their fifth straight Super League victory, while Leigh remain rooted to the bottom, still looking for their first win.

Leigh Centurions: Ryan Brierley, Lewis Tierney, Iain Thornley, Junior Sa’u, Brendan Elliot, Joe Mellor, Ben Reynolds, Tyrone McCarthy, Liam Hood, Mark Ioane, Matty Gee, Ben Hellewell, James Bell.

Subs: Matty Wildie, Nathaniel Peteru, Nathan Mason, Nathan Peats.

Head Coach: Kurt Haggerty.

Tries: Reynolds (7), Elliot (15), Gee (24), Hellewell (74), Brierley (75).

Goals: Brierley (7, 15, 24, 74, 76).

Catalans Dragons: Sam Tomkins, Fouad Yaha, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Tom Davies, Josh Drinkwater, James Maloney, Julian Bousquet, Micky McIlorum, Mikael Goudemand, Benjamin Jullien, Mike McMeeken, Ben Garcia.

Subs: Jason Baitieri, Arthur Mourgue, Paul Seguier, Lambert Belmas.

Head Coach: Steve McNamara.

Tries: Drinkwater (11), Maloney (29), Langi (48), Davies (50), Jullien (53), Mourgue (58).

Goals: Maloney (11, 29, 48, 50, 59, 65).

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