Leigh seals Super League return with deserved win over Batley

Leigh is back in Super League after beating Batley’s brave run in the Grand Final of the Betfred Championship in front of 7,233 at the Leigh Sports Village.

The star-studded Centurions were the hottest favorites, having won all but one of their 27 regular-season games, and as expected, they had too much pace and power for their part-time opponents as they led to a 44-12 win.

Winger Krisnan Inu led the points hunt with two tries and six goals from seven tries as Leigh, who was relegated from the Super League in late 2021, hit back at the first try in former Wigan boss Adrian Lam’s first season in charge.

It completed a hat trick of trophies for the Centurions, who won the 1895 Cup as well as the League Leaders Shield.

Lam’s men accumulated 1,306 points, including 100 in a game against York, and 116 total in two encounters with the Bulldogs – but they met stiff initial resistance from Craig Lingard’s men this time.

Batley survived an early scare when impressive second rower Sam Stone stepped through their defense only to be brought back for handicap. However, they gifted their opponents the opener in the 15th minute when Lachlan Lam, half-back, tumbled a dropped ball from winger Dale Morton 30 yards from his own line.

Inu kicked the first of his six conversions and as Leigh increased the pressure, both Ed Chamberlain and Edwin Ipape were held over the line and Inu fumbled the ball as a try beckoned.

Their brave defense gave the 1,000 Batley fans plenty to cheer for, but there was a sense of inevitability in the final 10 minutes of the first half as a feeble 6-0 lead turned into a comfortable 18-0 lead for the hosts.

Former Huddersfield second rower Joe Wardle squeezed a pass out of the tackle for Inu to go over and then fell over himself thanks to a short ball from the influential Lam.

Any chance of Batley coming back was dashed within a minute of the second half when full-back Caleb Aekins sprinted 80 yards for a solo attempt after intercepting Tom Gilmore’s kick, and shortly thereafter in the 250 of his career.

Naked Papua New Guinea international Nene MacDonald took the Centurions’ try tally to six, but Batley was rewarded for her persistence in the hour when Morton was the first to get Gilmore’s kick to the Leigh line and Gilmore converted the try.

Normal serve quickly resumed, with Inu fending off defenders to score his second try and substitute Kai O’Donnell crossed over for the eighth-place Centurions.

Well beaten but never bowed, Batley fought to the end and they had the satisfaction of completing the goal when propsman Adam Gledhill carved a path from close range and Gilmore kicked his second conversion.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-league/leigh-batley-super-league-championship-wigan-b2191162.html Leigh seals Super League return with deserved win over Batley

Fry Electronics Team

Fry Electronics.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@fry-electronics.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button