It’s just short of three hours from Derwent Park to the Leigh Sports Village Stadium and that journey would have felt a lot longer going back on this Easter Monday as Workington were on the receiving end of a real power packed pounding from Leigh who were giving a debut to Gareth Hock on his first start for the club.
Leigh began the opening half with authority and opened up the scoring in the opening minutes with a try from Sean Penkywicz which was duly converted by Martyn Ridyard who had a 100% strike rate with the boot.
Town came back and equalised on 10m when Scrum Half Carl Forber got the only try for the way side which he then added the two to make it 6-6
Centurions though we’re not happy about conceding and Penkywicz got his second of the afternoon after Hock came on to replace the injured Fuifui Moimoi to the cheers of the Leigh faithful,Adam Higson got in at the corner but Leigh really should have added a fourth had the not wasted a golden opportunity when Liam Kay with just metres to go found himself the hare to the Workington hounds as they managed to catch up and forcing him to recycle the ball which eventually got turned over.
HT Leigh 18 Workington 6
The second half was basically a Leigh masterclass, Ryan Brierley got his ninth try of the campaign which meant that apart from the Halifax game he has scored a try in every match so far this season, Liam Kay then scored an unbelievable try as he chased down a kick from the opposite side of the pitch on the fifth tackle and with pace that even Usain Bolt would have struggled to keep up with he sprinted through to down the ball to the huge roars of the LSV faithful.
After Sam Barlow had a disallowed try the moment finally came when Gareth Hock began to repay the faith showed in him by everyone at Leigh when going through to score his first Leigh try right in front of the loud and raucous North stand which went wild.
Michael Platt and Gregg McNally then got in on the act and Ridyard kept up the completion rate with his conversions but the final of Leigh’s tries then came as Hock got his second of the afternoon with Ridyards boot to make it a six unanswered scores to Workington’s none in the second half.
FT Leigh 54 Workington 6
This was a perfect nine from nine in the league for the Centurions this season and with an impending Challenge Cup match against Salford coming up next weekend the club is riding on a huge quest of a wave as the assault for Super League Rugby continues.
It was also a club record of nineteen consecutive wins for Leigh as a Sunday trip to Sheffield Eagles now beckons to go for the big Twenty.