LiveFULL TIME: Leigh Centurions 20 Warrington Wolves 34

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  • Leigh Centurions v Warrington Wolves pre-season friendly, Sunday, February 2, 2014, kick off 3pm


FULL TIME: Leigh Centurions 20 Warrington Wolves 34


Jack Johnson's appearance on the left wing means all 10 subs have seen some action for Warrington today


Gareth O'Brien's goal puts Wolves 34-20 in front with three minutes plus injury time remaining


TRY: Joe Philbin powers home from Glenn Riley's slipped pass, that should sew up the victory for Warrington


Great cover tackle into touch by Toby King as Ryan Brierley threatened to get away on a kick return. Scrum to Warrington.


Anthony England returns to the action too, with seven minutes remaining


James Laithwaite's 72 minutes of work ends as Andy Ackers comes on


Leigh's man of the match is Adam Higson


Today's attendance: 2139


The day's work is done for Stefan Ratchford and Rhys Evans, with Toby King and Declan Patton now joining the action


TRY: A nice switch of play by James Laithwaite from a tap penalty allows Ryan Shaw to force his way over and make it 28-20 with 15 minutes remaining


George King enters the fray for Wolves


Leigh are also making changes thick and fast now


Brad Dwyer is back on the field for Micky Higham


Tom Walker has replaced Roy Asotasi, who did 20 minutes of solid graft on his debut


Joe Philbin is now on for Wolves


TRY: Ryan Duffy crashes through a limping Danny Bridge on the line as Leigh keep in touch. Ridyard's goal attempt was wide and Bridge limps out of the action. It's Leigh 20 Wolves 24 with 52 minutes played.


Anthony England takes a breather after 49 minutes play


Stefan Ratchford is now on for Ben Currie


TRY: Hat-trick for Kevin Penny. He got in the right spot to collect Jordan Burke's fine offload after Wolves had broken free on the left through Gene Ormsby and Ryan Shaw. O'Brien's boot adds the extras to make it 24-16.


Leigh full back Gregg McNally has just limped off. Didn't look good for him, possible groin strain.


TRY: Jordan Burke galloped home from a lovely inside pass by Ben Currie. O'Brien's conversion from just to the left of the sticks puts Wolves in front 18-16. Wolves have started the second period as hot as the first.


Wolves have started the second period with the same 13 that finished the first



That's it for the first half, which ends 16-12 to Leigh.

Roy Asotasi and Micky Higham got about three minutes of action at the end of the half.

Anthony England played for the full 40 on his debut and delivered a solid effort. He will be glad to get those minutes under his belt on his return to action from a shoulder reconstruction.


Roy Asotasi is on for his Wolves debut and Micky Higham is also on


TRY: Adam Higson has been put over by Kurt Haggerty for 16-12 to Leigh.


Wolves hold Bob Beswick up over the line as they survive some heavy weather


I spoke too soon. Jake Emmitt and Jamie Acton are now on as Leigh rotate their props


No subs yet by either team


TRY: Wolves have hit back. Good approach work by Anthony England and Danny Bridge allowed Gareth O'Brien to send a looping ball over Alex Brown and Kevin Penny picked up the pass off his bootlaces to cross for his second try on a ground that was home turf for him last season. O'Brien's touchline conversion levels matters at 12-12


This is Leigh's third game against Super League opposition in three weeks and it is showing. They were not far away from beating Wigan and Salford.


TRY: The 40-20 paid dividends. After a strong Ryan Brierley dart, Stuart Littler flipped out a pass for Adam Higson to scoot over from close range and Ridyard's boot makes it 12-6 to the home side.


Leigh are after another score after a 40-20 kick success from Martyn Ridyard


TRY: Ryan Brierley for Leigh. Wolves were exposed on their left after Gene Ormsby dropped back for a kick. Staurt Littler took advantage breaking down the right. His pass beat Ormsby to send Higson away, Littler was again in support to hand over to Brierley for the completion of a 70-metre move. Martyn Ridyard converted for 6-6


TRY: Kevin Penny opens the scoring for Wolves. Try came after a penalty was awarded and Wolves quickly shifted the ball right through the hands of Gareth O'Brien, Jordan Burke and Rhys Evans to put the former Swinton wing man over on the right. O'Brien converted for 6-0


The main stand is pretty full, the terraced North Stand about a quarter full. The other two sides of LSV are not open today



We've kicked off


First match for Wolves in their blue kit with yellow V


A good number of the Wolves players not involved today are sat in the main stand, including Chris Bridge with his nipper on his knee. What a cutie!









There's no truth to the rumour that Wolves are going to play like Sheffield Eagles today in order to help Leigh Centurions preparations for the new season!

Ha! Loved it that Wolves defended like Wigan in a training session with Sydney Roosters last week to help the NRL champions prepare for the World Club Challenge.

Surely all Wolves fans will be cheering on Roosters won't they?


The temperature is dropping by the minute. Anyone fancy bringing me a hot drink just to cradle my hands around?


Some other interesting points of note from today's teams as well as the two Wolves debutants:

Ben Currrie, usually a back rower, named at stand off. He played in the role for Ireland against England in the Rugby League World Cup. Is Tony Smith considering him in that position this year?

Leigh have nine new signings in their ranks - Tom Armstrong from Sheffield Eagles, Alex Brown from Hull KR, Tom Spencer from Wigan, Matt Sarsfield from Huddersfield, Sam Barlow from Halifax, Jake Emmitt from Salford, Liam Kay from Wakefield, Kurt Haggerty from Barrow and Mick Govin too

Lots of Warrington links in the Leigh squad: Ryan Duffy has played for Warrington Academy, Jake Emmitt is a Warrington lad, Steve Maden started his career with Wolves, Mick Govin came through Wolves' youth structure

Stuart Littler and Bob Beswick were an Ireland teammates of Ben Currie and Danny Bridge during the World Cup

The Evans twins and Jake Emmitt were in the Wales squad for the World Cup

Ten players in the Leigh ranks today have played in Super League games


Leigh Centurions team:

Greg McNally; Adam Higson, Stuart Littler, Tom Armstrong, Alex Brown; Martyn Ridyard, Ryan Brierley; Tom Spencer, Bob Beswick, Ryan Duffy, Matt Sarsfield, Andy Thornley, Sam Barlow. Subs (all 11 of them): Lewis Foster, Chris Hankinson, Jamie Acton, Jake Emmitt, Liam Kay, Kurt Haggerty, Mat Gardner, Anthony Bate, Martin Aspinwall, Steve Maden, Mick Govin


Wolves team:

Jordan Burke; Gene Ormsby, Ryan Shaw, Rhys Evans, Kevin Penny; Ben Currie, Gareth O'Brien; Anthony England, Brad Dwyer, Glenn Riley, Danny Bridge, James Laithwaite, Ben Evans. Subs (all 10 of them): Tom Walker, Declan Patton, Stefan Ratchford, Roy Asotasi, Micky Higham, Jack Johnson, Toby King, George King, Andy Ackers, Joe Philbin


Team news is in and it is now confirmed that new prop signings Roy Asotasi and Anthony England will be making their debuts for Wolves this afternoon.


The main stand here at the LSV is starting to include occupied seats, so there will be something of a crowd today. More fans from Warrington than Leigh at the moment.

Just had a step back in time with the tannoy music - Happy Hour by the Housemartins




Warrington Guardian:

The conditions for the match are pretty good considering the time of year.

The air is crisp with a cold breeze, but a mainly blue sky with some white cloud.

Hopefully the rainfall will stay away.

The pitch has a good covering of grass and looks quite firm despite all the rain we've had recently


Welcome to Leigh Sports Village for this afternoon's pre-season friendly between Leigh Centurions and Warrington Wolves.

It is the first chance to get a glimpse of Tony Smith's squadmen in action since the three-week training camp in Australia.

The boys landed back in England on Tuesday, having benefited from shared training sessions with 5 NRL clubs - including current champions Sydney Roosters.

Smith's troops were in good spirits on Friday when they came together for the club's official photo call, and they had a chance to show off their Aussie summer tans to the gathered media.

Now it gets even more serious.

It is from otday's clash with Leigh and Wednesday's meeting with Salford Red Devils that Smith will be basing his selections for the first Super League game of the season at home to St Helens on February 13.

Team news for today's game will be published here as soon as we have it.


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