Warrington too strong for Leigh

Warrington too strong for Leigh

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Warrington Wolves went up to third after a 44-18 win over Leigh Centurions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Warrington missed an early chance to take the lead. Gareth Widdop missed the target with a penalty attempt after a high tackle on Ellis Longstaff.

Despite that, the hosts did take the lead five minutes later. Blake Austin picked up the ball, and his dummy got him through the gap to score. Widdop was on target this time to open up a six-point lead.

Soon after, Warrington would double that lead. Matt Davis ran onto a short ball, and got through the defence to score. Widdop was able to convert.

Just past the half-hour, Widdop added another two points, after Liam Hood was caught not square at the play-the-ball.

Leigh had to score first in the second half, and they did. Liam Hood went from dummy half and was able to spin his way over. Ryan Brierley scored the conversion.

But just four minutes later, Warrington were able to extend their lead. Danny Walker was able to break through the middle, before offloading to Widdop, who scored. Widdop was then able to convert his own try.

It was soon two tries in four minutes for the hosts, as Widdop’s cut out pass found Josh Charnley, who scored in the corner. Widdop added the conversion.

Leigh were able to hit back for a second time just before the hour. Junior Sa’u got the ball from short range, and was able to power over. Brierley converted to put them 14 points behind.

Soon after, Warrington extended their lead again. This time, Walker went himself from dummy half and got through two tackles to score. Widdop was again on target with his conversion attempt.

It was then a moment to remember for Eribe Doro. The forward came onto a short ball and went over for his first try for the club. Widdop added the extras to maintain his good record with the boot.

There was time for one more Warrington try. Tom Lineham intercepted a pass out wide, and ran the length of the field to score. Widdop scored the conversion.

However, the final word would go to Leigh. Joe Mellor came out of dummy half and dropped a short ball to Maerk Ioane, who barged over. Brierley maintained his perfect record with the boot.

Warrington now have a short turnaround before they face the side they replaced in third, Wigan Warriors, on Wednesday.

As for Leigh, they travel to Leeds Rhinos next Thursday.

Warrington Wolves: Josh Thewlis, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Connor Wrench, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Danny Walker, Sitaleki Akauola, Ellis Longstaff, Jack Hughes, Matt Davis.

Subs: Rob Butler, Riley Dean, Eribe Doro, Ellis Robson.

Head Coach: Steve Price.

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

Subs: Jordan Thompson, Matty Wildie, Nathaniel Peteru, Nathan Mason.

Head Coach: Kurt Haggerty.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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