Wakefield Trinity repel Leigh Centurions fightback to clinch victory

Danny Kirmond
Danny Kirmond

Wakefield Trinity withstood a fightback from hosts Leigh Centurions to claim a thrilling 40-26 win in Betfred Super League.

Trinity got off to a flying start at Leigh Sports Village, storming into a 20-0 lead in 13 minutes thanks to tries from Jacob Miller, Danny Kirmond and Reece Lyne. Liam Finn added all three conversions and a penalty to stun the home side.

But Leigh’s response was equally emphatic and Curtis Naughton and Jamie Acton both crossed, Drinkwater adding the extras, to cut the gap to eight points midway through the half.

Finn added a penalty to Trinity’s tally but Matty Dawson touched-down either side of the interval to put Leigh two points adrift at 22-20.

The comeback was completed on 50 minutes when Naughton bagged his second and Drinkwater goaled to edge Leigh ahead 26-22.

But the visitors refused to buckle and they dominated the scoreboard from then on, Joe Arundel crossing and Finn converting to restore their lead.

Danny Tickle was sin binned for a high tackle on the hour and Wakefield capitalised with quick fire tries from Mason Caton-Brown and Kirmond.

Finn continued his excellent kicking display with both goals to seal the win.