Dewsbury Rams slipped to defeat at the hands of Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh Centurions.
Dewsbury trailed 12-8 at half-time but were hit by a four-try blast in the space of just eight minutes as Leigh racked up a seventh win of the season. Sam Hopkins opened the scoring after 10 minutes and the Centurions prop charged over for his second try soon after, with Martyn Ridyard adding both goals as Leigh led 12-0.
Dewsbury fought back and neat work by Nathan Conroy saw him break through and send Luke Adamson crashing over. Paul Sykes converted and added a penalty goal.
The match was held up for eight minutes due to an injury to Leigh forward Harrison Hansen, who was stretchered from the field. Soon after the re-start, Dewsbury were penalised for offside and Leigh moved play quickly right for winger Adam Higson to race over in the corner.
Gareth Hock was sin-binned after Leigh were placed on a team warning but the Centurions took control with a four-try blast. Ben Reynolds nipped over from acting half back before Tom Armstrong sent Liam Kay over in the left corner. Cory Paterson raced over for Leigh’s sixth try and Whiting crossed a minute later, with Ridyard adding two more conversions to stretch their advantage to 40-8.
Dewsbury centre Jason Crookes and Leigh’s Jamie Acton were sin-binned for their part in a brawl before Dewsbury scored two consolation tries through Dale Morton and Jack Teanby, with Sykes converting one.
Dewsbury: Guzdek; Morton, Crookes, Uaisele, Grant; Glover, Sykes; T Adamson, Speakman, Walker, Hale, Grady, Farrell. Subs: Teanby, L Adamson, Conroy, Trout.
Leigh: Smith; Higson, Armstrong, Whiting, Kay; Ridyard, Reynolds; Hopkins, Higham, Weston, Maitua, Hock, Paterson. Subs: Hood, Emmitt, Acton, Hansen.
Referee: S Ansell.