Rams suffer heavy defeat at champions Leigh

Lucas Walshaw tried hard for Dewsbury but was unable to prevent defeat to champions Leigh Centurions.
Lucas Walshaw tried hard for Dewsbury but was unable to prevent defeat to champions Leigh Centurions.

Dewsbury Rams suffered a 58-0 defeat away to Leigh Centurions in their final game of the regular Kingstone Press Championship season.

Defeat means Dewsbury finish the first part of the campaign in eighth place but they are guaranteed four home games in the Championship Shield campaign.

Leigh were celebrating winning the league leaders shield for a third successive season and were in no mood to allow Dewsbury to spoil their party.

Loan signing Lucas Walshaw and Matt Groat attempted to drive Dewsbury forward but they found the going tough against a Centurions side who have not been beating in the league since their opening day defeat to Batley.

Gregg McNally scored a hat-trick inside the first 17 minutes as Leigh set the tone for a one-sided contest.

The full-back opened the scoring after just three minutes following a neat runaround.

Martyn Ridyard missed the conversion but that was to be his only failure as he went on to land the next nine on his way to passing 100 goals for a fifth consecutive season.

Leigh debutant Matty Dawson created their second try when he broke through before sending the supporting Reni Maitua over for the try.

Micky Higham then carved open the Dewsbury defence and McNally was in support to finish off and score his second try.

McNally completed his hat-trick just two minutes later following a break by Fuifui Moimoi.

Greg Worthington scooped up a pass close to halfway and he raced away to the line.

Ridyard tagged on his fourth goal from five attempts and Leigh led 28-0 at half-time.

Dewsbury briefly threatened in the second half, forcing two goalline drop outs as half-backs Bobbie Goulding and Dominic Speakman tried to orchestrate attacks.

But it didn’t take long for Leigh to regain their supremacy as they scored a further five tries, with winger Adam Higson bagging an 11 minute hat-trick

Higson gathered Josh Drinkwater’s clever kick out wide and dived over, with Ridyard again converting.

McNally and Ridyard combined to set up Higson’s second and he completed his hat-trick soon after.

Ben Reynolds, who began the season on loan at Dewsbury before returning to the Centurions, went over from close range and Higham scored the final try following an attack down the right.

Ridyard’s ninth goal completed the scoring and the Rams have a week’s break before the Shield commences.