Super League Round 9
Unfortunately, Covid is still lingering around in a few camps this week with games falling victim to positive tests for Huddersfield and Leeds Rhinos with the games against Saints and Wigan canceled.
We still had 4 great games this round with the pick been the class between bottom club Leigh Centurrions coming up against high flyers Catalans Dragons.
Leigh Centurions 30 – 36 Catalans Dragons ( MOM James Maloney )
Newly promoted side Leigh have been struggling since returning to the league this season and are yet to pick up a win, despite the poor results they have pushed a few of the top sides in recent games including Wigan.
The visitors from France have been on fire this season and this win took them to the top of the table with the Saints game been canceled.
The game’s opening try at the Leigh Sports Village went to the home side with Ben Reynolds latching onto a loose pass from the Dragons playmaker James Maloney, he managed to race away from a spirited chase for McMeeken to score in the corner.
A strong piece of play from former Penrith centre Dean Whare allowed Sam Tomkins to send Josh Drinkwater through a hole in the defensive line to get back on level terms.
Drinkwater then had a moment to forget when he forced one pass too many in his own 20 with the pass been intercepted by Elliott who gave his side the lead once again.
The next try would certainly have sent a wave of nerves through the Catalans team as a great line break from former London Broncos’ favourite Matty Gee gave Leigh an 18 – 6 lead after 24 minutes.
Catalans hit back 5 minutes later through the mercurial James Maloney who was once again Man of the Match today, his try game on the back of his half-back partners clever kick under the posts.
After the break, the Dragons scored a quickfire 4 tries in the space of 10 minutes. The first was created through Maloney who chased his kick and knocked the ball back from over the dead ball line with Langi pouncing on the ball. Tom Davies got the second on the back of slick hands from Dean Whare and Tomkins.
The next 2 tries that sealed the game in that short period were scored by the 2 French internationals Athurt Mourgue and Benjamin Jullien who broke away from tired defense to score.
Leigh gave Catalans a late scare scoring 2 late tries through Hellewell and Brierly.
Castleford Tigers 12 – 30 Hull FC ( MOM Jake Connor )
Warrington Wolves 38 – 18 Wakefield Trinity ( MOM Gareth Widdop )
Hull KR 40 – 4 Salford Red Devils ( MOM Shaun Kenny-Dowell )