Leigh 30 Huddersfield 0: Pointless Giants left stunned by Reynolds

Leroy Cudjoe.
Leroy Cudjoe.
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Leigh Centurions picked up their second win of the Betfred Super League season with a 30-0 shut-out of Huddersfield Giants.

The win means Leigh have already won as many games as they did in the entire 2005 season, their last in the top flight.

Huddersfield dominated the early exchanges, Leroy Cudjoe was held up over the Leigh tryline before a kick to the in-goal area from Kruise Leeming just ran dead.

They were made to pay for missing those chances as Leigh winger Adam Higson scored in the corner. Ben Reynolds converted for a 6-0 lead.

Five minutes before half-time, Josh Drinkwater’s delicate kick was cleared dead and from the drop-out, Leigh set up the second try – Jamie Acton reaching out of the tackle to ground the ball from Eloi Pelissier’s short pass.

Reynolds again added the goal but was not as lucky with a long-range drop goal attempt.

Huddersfield started the second half brightly but they were continually thwarted by some outstanding Leigh defence.

Both sides were reduced to 12 men when Huddersfield’s Sebastiane Ikahihifo was guilty of hitting out at Pelissier. Centurions forward Acton was also sent to the sin bin for getting involved in the aftermath.

Leigh capitalised with a third try from Danny Tickle. Reynolds added the conversion for 18-0.

Centurions piled more misery on the Giants when Reynolds shot through a gap in the defence to score a try he also converted and with time almost up, Sam Hopkins charged over for a try which Reynolds again converted.

Leigh: Hampshire, Higson, Brown, Crooks, Dawson, Reynolds, Drinkwater, Tickle, Higham, Acton, Vea, Hock, Hansen. Substitutes: Pelissier, Burr, Hopkins, Green.

Huddersfield: Gaskell, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Mellor, Murphy, Brough, Brierley, Rapira, Leeming, Ikahihifo, Roberts, Ta’ai, Hinchcliffe. Substitutes: Wakeman, Clough, Smith, McIntosh.

Referee: C Campbell (RFL).