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26th March 2021: Leigh 18 Wigan 20
Posted by Bilko on March 26 2021 - 22:58

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Friday 26th March 2021
Leigh Centurions 18 Wigan Warriors 20
Headingley Stadium, Leeds
(Switched from Leigh Sports Village, Leigh due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 26 - Round 1 of 25

Kick Off 8:20pm

 

- Wigan       - Leigh    
3 Zak Hardaker  T   G2    1 Ryan Brierley    G3 
6 Jai Field       5 Lewis Tierney    
11 Willie Isa       24 Keenan Brand    
22 Jake Bibby  T2      3 Iain Thornley  T   
30 Umyla Hanley       2 Matty Russell    
20 Harry Smith       6 Blake Wallace    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7

Joe Mellor

   
8

Brad Singleton

      10

Mark Ioane

   
9 Sam Powell       9 Liam Hood  T   
10

Joe Bullock

 T      20

Adam Sidlow

   
13 John Bateman       11 Ben Hellewell  T   
12 Liam Farrell       18 Matty Gee    
14

Oliver Partington

      12

Jordan Thompson

   
Interchange:
15 Morgan Smithies       16 Nathaniel Peteru    
19 Liam Byrne       19 Nathan Mason    
21 Ethan Havard       27 Josh Eaves    
25 Joe Shorrocks       28 Matty Foster    
               
Report: 

The first 35 minutes of this season opener was a complete disaster for Wigan. They were dominated in every department by a spirited Leigh side and lost debutant Jai Field to injury.

The 18-0 deficit was a fair score. Leigh were all over Wigan at marker and were forcing errors left right and centre. They were out enthused and tries from Liam Hood, Iain Thornley and Ben Hellewell left Wigan in total disarray. The only excuse you could offer was that Leigh had two friendlies to Wigan's one.

The injury to Jai Field left everyone wondering what chance could Wigan have from this situation but initially John Bateman had switched to centre to cover the absence but with the first half closing he was swapped with Liam Farrell probably playing at centre for the first time in his Wigan career.

The switch worked because Bateman's offload got Jake Bibby over for 18-4 on 37 minutes and he was involved again before Bibby got Hardaker over for 18-8. The conversions were both missed but that was a flattering reward for that first half.

However the signs were showing that Leigh had shot their energy bolt and in truth Wigan, without sparkling too much, controlled the second half against an increasingly tired looking Leigh side.

Leigh had opportunity to increase the lead and that probably would have won had they scored but two quick fire tries from Joe Bullock and a second Bibby on 62 and 66 minutes had turned an 18-8 deficit into a 20-18 lead with Hardaker converting these two.

That proved enough. Leigh only had one chance to threaten but Wigan looked more in control with a better forward effort laying platform for Harry Smith to have better options on the last and two kicks pinning Leigh right in the corner to start a set highlighted his potential.

Wigan very ugly in this opener but relieved to get the victory and will be delighted to move on with two points on the board.

Scoring: 
04:23 Leigh 04 Wigan 00

Try: Liam Hood

Leigh 06 Wigan 00

Conversion: Ryan Brierley (1/1)

22:59 Leigh 10 Wigan 00

Try: Iain Thornley

Leigh 12 Wigan 00

Conversion: Ryan Brierley (2/2)

25:38 Leigh 16 Wigan 00

Try: Ben Hellewell

Leigh 18 Wigan 00

Conversion: Ryan Brierley (3/3)

36:01 Leigh 18 Wigan 04

Try: Jake Bibby

Leigh 18 Wigan 04

Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (0/1)

38:45 Leigh 18 Wigan 08

Try: Zak Hardaker

Leigh 18 Wigan 04

Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (0/2)

Half` Time Leigh Centurions 18 Wigan Warriors 4
62:00 Leigh 18 Wigan 12

Try: Joe Bullock

Leigh 18 Wigan 14

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/3)

65:26 Leigh 18 Wigan 18

Try: Jake Bibby (2)

Leigh 18 Wigan 20

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/4)

Full Time Leigh Centurions 18 Wigan Warriors 20
Referee: 

Ben Thaler

Attendance: 

0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)

Betfred Super League 26 - Round 1 Results
Fri 26 Mar St Helens 29 Salford 6 (at Leeds) 0
Fri 26 Mar Leigh 18 Wigan 20 (at Leeds) 0
Sat 27 Mar Wakefield 22 Leeds 28 (at Leeds) 0
Sat 27 Mar

Catalan 29 Hull KR 28 (GP) (at Leeds)

0
Sun 28 Mar Hull FC 22 Huddersfield 10 (at Leeds) 0
Sun 28 Mar Castleford 21 Warrington 12 (at Leeds) 0

2020 Betfred Super League 26 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Diff % Pts %
1 St Helens 1 1 0 0 29 6 +23 2 483.3% 100
2 Hull FC 1 1 0 0 22 10 +12 2 220% 100
3 Castleford Tigers 1 1 0 0 21 12 +11 2 175% 100
4 Leeds Rhinos 1 1 0 0 28 22 +6 2 127.2% 100
5 Wigan Warriors 1 1 0 0 20 18 +2 2 111.1% 100
6 Catalan Dragons 1 1 0 0 29 28 +1 2 103.5% 100
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 1 0 0 1 28 29 -1 0 96.5% 0
8 Leigh Centurions 1 0 0 1 18 20 -2 0 90% 0
9 Wakefield Trinity 1 0 0 1 22 28 -6 0 78.5% 0
10 Warrington Wolves 1 0 0 1 12 21 -11 0 57.1% 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 1 0 0 1 10 22 -12 0 45.4% 0
12 Salford Red Devils 1 0 0 1 6 29 -23 0 20.6% 0

Top 6 Qualify for Play Offs / Bottom Club Relgated
Table to be calculated by points percentage in case of Covid postponements.
Diff percentage is Points Scored divided by Points Against x 100.

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