The Centurions kicked off their 2020 Championship campaign with a commanding win over home-side Dewsbury Rams.

Hilltop Products is the main sponsor of Leigh Centurions this season. Last week, Head Coach John Duffy announced the 21-man squad to face the Rams at our head office in Golborne.

Reynolds played a key part in the victory, going over the line and kicking 6/6 goals to solidify a dominant second-half performance. Without key signings Jarrod Sammut and Mark Loane, both out due to illness, the Centurions knew they would have to dig deep to secure their first win.

 

Dewsbury Rams 19-Man Squad:

1 Joe Martin

2 Andy Gabriel

3 Adam Ryder

4 Matt Fleming

5 Will Oakes

6 Paul Sykes

7 Liam Finn

8 Connor Scott

9 Dom Speakman

10 Martyn Reilly

11 Sonny Esslemont

12 Liam Johnson

13 Chris Annakin

14 Sam Day

15 Davey Dixon

16 Luke Nelmes

17 Jon Magrin

18 Frazer Morris

19 James Thornton

 

Leigh Centurions 19-Man Squad:

1 Gregg McNally

2 Ryan Ince

3 Iain Thornley

4 Junior Sau

5 Adam Higson

6 Ben Reynolds

7 Josh Woods

8 Nathan Mason

9 Liam Hood

10 Tom Spencer

11 Ben Hellewell

12 Nick Glohe

13 Danny Addy (C)

14 Matty Wildie

15 Jordan Thompson

16 Craig Mullen

17 Callum Field

18 Cameron Scott

19 Alex Gerrard

Off to a slow start playing into a strong wind, Leigh went behind after Addy conceded a penalty for obstruction and Dewsbury’s half-back Paul Sykes converted the 2-points. However, the Centurions were quick to reply with a 19th minute try from Josh Woods, who burst over the line from close-range and Reynolds kicked to make it 6-2 to the away side.

Dewsbury's Adam Ryder went over the whitewash soon after, with Sykes adding the 2-points. Four minutes later, a penalty made the score 10-6 to the Rams.

Leigh made it all to play for in the second half after a converted try from Cameron Scott just before half-time.

The Centurions power and pace lit up the second half as they added 4 converted tries without any reply from Dewsbury.

Hellewell received an unbelievable pass making the finish simple. Reynolds, in fine form again, converted the 2-points before McNally manufactured the opportunity for Iain Thornley to bag another try for the Centurions.

A spectacular team try arrived in the 70th-minute when Liam Hood burst through the centre of the field, tipping it onto to Addy who then gave it to Reynolds to finish the 60-metre move with a swan dive over the try line.

Moments before the final whistle Adam Higson intercepted a kick to the corner from Sykes and then sprinted the length of the pitch to finish off a successful evening.