03 Jun 2018 in News
EAST LEEDS 50
LEIGH EAST 4
By Dave Parkinson
East Leeds ran in nine tries to defeat Leigh East in muggy conditions at their Easy Road home.
Leigh East made a positive start when Jake Beaumont sent Adam Wilkes through the line and the prop forward made sixty metres. The tackle count was wiped down, but after going wide, Adam Wrigg intercepted and went ninety metres for the opening score in the third minute.
Nathan Conroy put the first of seven goals between the posts and East Leeds led 6-0.
Within a few minutes it was 12-0 when East Leeds dragged in the defence and Ryan Wooffitt put Wrigg over for his second try.
Leigh East had their best chance after 12 minutes when Harvey Massey linked with Adam Holland and he jinked close to the line.
Things remained close for the next eight minutes before Regan Brown skipped under the posts and Conroy goaled to make it 18-0. After that, things quickly got scrappy. Jay Yarwood was prominent throughout for Leigh East and when he was manhandled, Jordan Hellam attempted to clear the ruck which resulted in both teams coming together. Brown and Hellam were sinbinned.
It didn't slow the hosts down and they scored a fourth try through Jake Normington. Conroy goaled to make it 24-0.
Just after the half hour, Leigh East were reduced to 12 men again when Holland was harshly dismissed for his part in a melee.
Then, ten minutes into the second half home prop Ash Holmes was red carded for an off the ball incident with Ryan Gray.
East had a couple of promising chances - Gray and Nathan Gaskell out on the right, while Hellam was also stopped but couldn't find a way through.
It was East Leeds who extended their advantage after 58 minutes when Conroy kicked wide and Curtis Winstanley outpaced the defence over thirty metres.
Four minutes later Yarwood lost the ball over the goal-line, East Leeds had a twenty metre tap. Casey Canterbury went seventy metres with only David Griffiths and Ryan Holcroft stopping a score, however the hosts moved play right and centre Jack Norfolk scored. Conroy's fifth conversion made it 34-0. Within a minute East showed some defiance from a scrum when a late change of direction from Yarwood took the pocket rocket through the defence and over the line. Tom Worthington couldn't goal but Leigh East were finally on the scoreboard.
A strong finish brought three more tries with Callum Landale, Jack Norfolk and Ryan Wooffitt all scoring to take East Leeds to fifty points and condemn Leigh East to their heaviest defeat of the season.