Sheffield Eagles gained revenge for the Northern Rail Cup final defeat with a 20-8 win to complete a league double over Leigh Centurions.
ntre Menzie Yere scored two tries but the Eagles were made to work hard in an untidy game littered by 26 penalties for a victory that ensures they keep
a three-point lead at the top of the Championship.
Eagles top try scorer Yere sidestepped inside from a Patch Walker’s long pass to open the scoring.
The Centurions were being hemmed in their own half but the flow of the game suffered with both teams conceding penalties as they desperately tried not to concede an advantage.
On the back of a penalty the Eagles went further ahead with Michael Knowles’s sharp pass missing out Yere to send winger Vinny Finigan in at the corner. Dominic Brambani converted both ties.
Leigh hit back with scrum-half Ryan Brierley swapping passes with Jonathan Pownall before going in.
Martyn Ridyard added the goal to cut the Eagles lead at half-time to 12-6.
The deadlock continued after the re-start with Brierley was pulled back as he went for his own chip kick and Knowles knocking on at the other end. Brambani pushed out the Eagles lead with a penalty and they were given a let off when Andy Thornley knocked on as he went for a touch down under the posts.
Two further penalty chances were missed by Brambani in an increasingly disjointed game. Eagles rode their luck and Yere blasted his way over from 10 metres with Brambani adding the goal at the Don Valley Stadium.
Leigh salvaged a bonus point with a late penalty from Ridyard.
Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Armstrong, Taulapapa; Walker,
Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Szostak, Hirst. Subs: Davey,
Roche, Green, Higgins.
Tries: Yere 13, 75, Finigan 28.
Leigh: McNally; Maden, Littler, Gardner, Pownall; Ridyard, Brierley; Ostick,
Beswick, Duffy, Thornley, Goulden, Briscoe. Subs: Penkywicz, Aspinwall,
Tries: Brierley 35,
Goald: Ridyard 2/2.
Referee: Matt Thomason.