Match Report: Leeds Rhinos 25 Leigh Centurions 12

In a Nutshell

Leigh Centurions held the Rhinos for 72 minutes at Headingley on Friday night before the the Rhinos scored 13 points in the last eight minutes to clinch a Challenge Cup semi-final spot.

How it unfolded

The Rhinos opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a fine try by Ryan Hall, converted by Sinfield, which gave no indication of what was to come in the next eight minutes.

The Centurions shocked their hosts with tries from Tom Spencer, who impressed in the front row, and Tom Armstrong, who touched down in the corner after an amazing series of passes and kicks. Martin Ridyard converted both tries.

And the Centurions held off their opponents until Stevie Ward scored a try awarded by the video referee on 30 minutes, despite suspicions of a knock-on. Sinfield converted and levelled the scores.

The second half got underway with a fight, after Mark Sarsfield appeared to headbutt Jamie Peacock, with both players being sinbinned and the incident put on report.

The Centurions matched the Rhinos all the way until Robbie Ward was able to cross from dummy-half with less than eight minutes remaining. And when Sinfield converted and then added a field-goal, the game was finally up for the gallant Centurions, who had done the Championship proud.

A full report and pictures of this game will feature in Monday’s Rugby League Express,which will be in the shops and online from 11.00pm on Sunday evening.