Challenge Cup  Friday 11th May 2012  Leigh Sports Village  Att: 5,290

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Gregg McNally

Tommy Goulden

GOAL SCORERS:

Martyn Ridyard

Martyn Ridyard

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ryan Hall

Kevin Sinfield

Lee Smith

Kevin Sinfield

Shaun Lunt

Rob Burrow

Ryan Hall

Ben Jones-Bishop

Brent Webb

Danny McGuire

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler


Sinfield leads by example

Captain Kevin Sinfield scored 28 points as Super League champions Leeds safely negotiated a smooth passage into the semi-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 60-12 victory over plucky part-timers Leigh.

Sinfield was one of eight different tryscorers to demonstrate impressive teamwork as the Rhinos, runners-up for the last two years, moved to within 80 minutes of a third consecutive Wembley appearance.

Inspired perhaps by clips of the club\'s 1971 Cup final win over Leeds shown on the big screen and the appearance on the pitch before kick-off of Alex Murphy, architect of that famous victory, the Centurions matched their illustrious visitors for the opening quarter.

The tie looked to be going according to the script when Leeds scored the first of their 10 tries after eight minutes, stand-off Danny McGuire touching down after centre Lee Smith had collected Sinfield\'s kick over the defence.

Sinfield kicked the first of his 10 goals but the 5,290 crowd sensed an upset when Leigh drew level four minutes later, the influential Bob Beswick handling twice before sending second rower Tommy Goulden over for a try, converted by Martyn Ridyard.

But that was as good as it got for Paul Rowley\'s men as the champions showed their class.

Another pinpoint kick from Sinfield created a try for full-back Brent Webb midway through the first half but the part-timers were still in contention until the Rhinos hit them with a twin strike in a decisive four-minute spell just before half-time.

Leigh were caught out by cut-out passes from Webb and McGuire which enabled wingmen Ben Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall to both cross unmarked and Sinfield converted both touchdowns to stretch his side\'s lead to 24-6.

Had full-back Gregg McNally managed to touch down on the stroke of half-time following a superb break, Leigh would have gained renewed hope but referee Ben Thaler ruled a knock-on and that signalled the end of the tie as a contest.

The never-say-die Centurions still had their moments but the pace and skill of the world club champions gradually began to tell on the scoreboard.

Rob Burrow marked his return from a four-match absence with a trademark solo try six minutes into the second half and then combined with McGuire to get substitute Shaun Lunt racing over for his third try in four appearances of his loan spell from Huddersfield.

Sinfield took McGuire\'s pass and sidestepped McNally to score his first try but Leigh gained some reward for their persistence when McNally won the race to his own kick to score his side\'s second try, with Ridyard adding the goal.

Jones-Bishop was denied a second try by a forward pass from Webb before substitute Weller Hauraki provided the final passes for Smith and Sinfield to add further scores.

Leigh were still pressing for a consolation score when Hall picked off a stray pass to race 95 metres for his second try and Sinfield maintained his 100% record with the boot.

Match Action

  • 79m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 79m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    Leeds

  • 75m
    try

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 75m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 72m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 72m
    try

    Lee Smith

    Leeds

  • 60m
    goal

    Martyn Ridyard

    Leigh

  • 60m
    try

    Gregg McNally

    Leigh

  • 56m
    try

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 56m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 54m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 54m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Leeds

  • 46m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 46m
    try

    Rob Burrow

    Leeds

  • 34m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    Leeds

  • 34m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 32m
    try

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Leeds

  • 32m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Brierley

    Leigh

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Nicholson

    Leigh

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Weller Hauraki

    Leeds

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Lunt

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 21m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Craig Briscoe

    Leigh

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Michael Ostick

    Leigh

  • 21m
    try

    Brent Webb

    Leeds

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Rob Parker

    Leigh

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Tommy Gallagher

    Leigh

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Leeds

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Paul McShane

    Leeds

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Sam Hopkins

    Leigh

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Steve Nash

    Leigh

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 13m
    goal

    Martyn Ridyard

    Leigh

  • 13m
    try

    Tommy Goulden

    Leigh

  • 9m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 9m
    try

    Danny McGuire

    Leeds