Kingstone Press Championship
Leigh Centurions 36 Bradford Bulls 24
Programme £2.50 - Superb 48 pages of interesting articles and colour photos. Great read. No wonder it got sold out.
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From start to finish this was a pulsating match including six sin-binnings between possibly the two heavyweights of the Championship.
Bulls got off to a flyer and sort of caught Leigh by suprise by combining very well to score an early try and took a 12-0 lead. But Leigh were able to finally get in the Bulls 20' and score under the posts. Leigh's fightback was momentarily halted after a massive players brawl which ended up on the terraces. It soon became 11v11 as star Leigh signing Fuifui Moimoi entered the pitch. Few minutes later Leigh thought they had scored another try only for it to be ruled out for a forward pass. Moments later Leigh had yet another player shown the yellow card for a tackle of a Bulls player in mid air. It was an action packed first half. HT 6-20 During the interval i got mobbed by a group of beautiful Models who for some reason kept wanting to kiss me !
Leigh exploded in the 2nd half and fought back impressively.
Centurions’ hopes were further enhanced when Siejka was sinbinned for a second time for obstruction on the hour. A shattering break from Fuifui Moimoi put Leigh on a roll and Sean Penkywicz sent Tom Armstrong over for a try which leveled things at 20-20. Ridyard added the conversion to give Leigh the lead for the first time in the game, 22-20. But Bulls pounced on a Leigh knock on to nudge ahead 20-24 (conversion was missed).
Just when we thought the game was over with a Bulls win the Centurions came fighting back in gladiator fashion.There was no time to even draw breath in this breathless finale when late on Leigh grabbed a famous victory with a try, conversion and penalty. But then Leigh tried to seal the win with a drop goal but it hit the post and bounced out into the arms of a Bulls player who surged forward to get something from the game but then Leigh got the ball and scored a fantastic breakaway try in the last few seconds to send the home faithful into celebration.
I loved the way the players came and met the fans at the end of the game on the pitch. Signing autographs, posing for photos, and shaking everyones hands.
Both sets of fans generated an awesome atmosphere and LSV was bouncing all afternoon in Leigh Centurions' biggest match for many years.
It was a fantastic afternoon's entertainment and believe me, it very rarely gets better than this ... how could it ?