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Leigh end winless run against Wigan in SL

Press Association logoPress Association 8/06/2017

Leigh have beaten Wigan 50-34 in a Super League that marked the first victory over their near-neighbours since 1984.,

Having lost 10 of their past 11 matches to sit bottom of the Super League, the Centurions win lifted them above Widnes, while Wigan are now without a league win in their past seven.

It was the visitors who went ahead after just four minutes when a break down the left side by Oliver Gildart saw him outstrip the Leigh defence and his pass sent winger Marshall racing to the corner.

But the hosts responded positively though their first try came on the counter attack in the 14th minute, with Joe Burgess' pass intercepted by Hampshire, who raced 80m to the tryline, just evading a valiant chase from Wigan's Lewis Tierney.

The Centurions went further ahead in the 20th minute when Josh Drinkwater's well-timed pass sent Tickle through from close range to take him past 2500 points for his career which includes 572 for Wigan.

Wigan made a determined start to the second half and within four minutes of the restart, Tierney had set up Gildart for a try in the corner though Marshall's missed conversion meant Leigh led 20-18.

But rather than ignite the Warriors' fightback, the score just sparked Leigh back into action. In the 54th minute, Brown just managed to ground the ball from close range and Reynolds again converted.

Wigan, who had won the last 19 meetings between the teams, scored twice in the final five minutes through Burgess and Ganson, Marshall converting the former, but it hardly mattered.

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