RUGBY LEAGUE: Wigan St Patricks 6 LeIgh Centurions 74
Updated 10:26pm Friday 14th March 2014 in Sport
LEIGH Centurions fought their way through to Round four of the Tetleys Challenge Cup with a convincing 13-try performance.
"We did what we had to do," head coach Paul Rowley succinctly summed up after the game.
"We scored some good tries and although you tell players not to push the pass in those type of games, they pushed the pass, but the good news is that we picked up no major injuries and are into the hat for the next round of the cup."
Five players finished with two tries each, including Gregg McNally, Adam Higson, Johnathan Pownall, Sean Penkywicz and Tommy Goulden while although Ryan Brierley did not get over for a try, he kicked 22 points.
Leigh scored six tries in the first half with some excellent handling.
They opened the scoring after five minutes when Brierley kicked ahead smartly for Adam Higson to touch down at the corner. Brierley hit the first of five first half goals and stretched the Centurions' advantage three minutes later when Tommy Goulden hit a great Brierley ball.
Wigan St Patricks were plucky and responded with a well worked try from Jayden Sandford, converted by Brad Smith.
Normal service was resumed moments later however when Ryan Duffy barged over before a scoring burst from Higson, Penkywicz and Kurt Haggerty made it 34-6 at the break.
Leigh started the second half at great speed and quickly took the contest away with Pownall claiming both his tries before a flowing effort from McNally saw the full-back skirt away from the defence.
Debutant Chris Hankinson also got in on the try-scoring act after 52 minutes before Anthony Bate cleverly slipped the ball to Goulden for his second to take the Centurions beyond 60 points.
Sean Penkywicz then showed his class 10 minutes from the end with a brilliant individual try and the evening was rounded off three minutes from the end when McNally claimed his second for Brierley to tag on his 11th goal to bring up the 74-6 scoreline.
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