Match Report – Leigh 6 – 34 Wigan

Jay Field and Abbas Misky scored two tries each to help Wigan Warriors claim a resounding victory in the ‘Battle of the Borough’ with rivals Leigh Leopards; Bevan French, Jake Wardle – who was sin-binned in the first half – and Toby King also scored for the visitors at the Leigh Sports Village.

Last Updated: 30/03/23 10:34 PM


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Highlights of the Super League match between Leigh Leopards and Wigan Warriors

Highlights of the Super League match between Leigh Leopards and Wigan Warriors

Two tries from Jay Field and Abbas Misky helped Wigan Warriors claim bragging rights as they won 34-6 in an all-action ‘Battle of the Borough’ with Leigh Leopards in the Betfred Super League on Thursday Did.

The Leopards seized the initiative early in the Lehigh Sports Village as Tom Briscoe gave the home side the lead with his 200th career try, however a head injury following a late hit by Jake Wardle forced Gareth O’Brien to miss the game. ‘Brien also lost, resulting in the Wigan center being sin-binned.

Bevan French got the Warriors on the board when they were temporarily down to 12 men, and the visitors led 10–6 at the time thanks to a try from the field and a Harry Smith conversion.

However, Field’s second try of the night, each from center duo Wardle and Toby King, and Lebanese international Miski’s double on his first start of the season after the break disappointed the home crowd of 9,189 in Leigh’s Super League record-attendance .

game story

There is only eight miles between the two clubs, but Warriors duo Field and player of the match French proved a class apart as they shuffled to secure their side’s third straight Super League win.

Switched at half-back in place of the injured Cade Cust, the fleet-footed Field played a hand in two other tries, as well as scoring one, but the Australian was forced into the second half and is unlikely to feature in Good Is. Friday derby at home to bitter rivals St Helens next week.

Once again the newly promoted hosts played their part in a spectacular occasion with pre-match fireworks and a performance by local band The Lottery Winners, and it threatened to get the better of the Leopards when they went into a seventh-minute lead.

Tom Briscoe of Leigh Leopards scores his 200th career try to give his side the lead against Wigan Warriors

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Tom Briscoe of Leigh Leopards scores his 200th career try to give his side the lead against Wigan Warriors

Tom Briscoe of Leigh Leopards scores his 200th career try to give his side the lead against Wigan Warriors

Leh Leopards: Try – Tom Briscoe; Target -Ben Reynolds.

Wigan Warriors: tries – Jay Field (2), Abbas Misky (2), Bevan French, Jake Wardle, Toby King; Target -Harry Smith (3).

A quick series of passes out on the right, instigated by the influential Ben Reynolds, ended with Briscoe dunking in the corner, before Reynolds increased his side’s lead with the conversion.

But Leigh’s early efforts paid off as full-back O’Brien failed a head injury assessment when he was flattened in the build-up to the try by Wardle, in an incident which earned him a yellow card. had earned

The hosts, however, failed to press their advantage during the power-play, and instead replays deep in Leopards’ territory allowed the French to cleverly slice through the home defense and reduce the deficit .

Halfway through the first period, Field sank in from a high kick from Smith for Wigan’s second, and subsequently converted the visitors into a 10–6 half-time lead.

Jay Field weaves his way through the Leigh defense to score another try for Wigan Warriors

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Jay Field weaves his way through the Leigh defense to score another try for Wigan Warriors

Jay Field weaves his way through the Leigh defense to score another try for Wigan Warriors

Five minutes into the second half there were more signs of the added power of Wigan’s new line-up, when French scored one of his trademarks in a move downfield that led to his side’s third try.

French ended his run with a kick which was knocked over by Wardle, who duly extended his side’s lead, but a second failure with Smith’s boot put the hosts in touch at 14–6.

The Australian was the instigator again 10 minutes later when he showed a pass into the arms of Miski, who squeezed into the corner for his side’s fourth.

Field leapt through a steadfast Leigh defense four minutes later, but sealed victory, and late tries from King and a second for Miski, the first converted by Smith, sealed a one-sided victory for Wigan.

what did they say

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peat says he was proud of the team's performance after defeating Leigh Leopards but reckons Jay Field will miss their next match against St Helens due to a hamstring injury.

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Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peat says he was proud of the team’s performance after defeating Leigh Leopards but reckons Jay Field will miss their next match against St Helens due to a hamstring injury.

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peat says he was proud of the team’s performance after defeating Leigh Leopards but reckons Jay Field will miss their next match against St Helens due to a hamstring injury.

“We were close to our best but we still have a lot in us. It was a positive step forward, especially with the ball, but I thought the effort in defense was the difference.

“We are a good team, we work hard, and we are on a journey together. We are where we have been in recent weeks and we know where we need to improve.”

Lehigh Leopards Head Coach Adrian Lamm

Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lamm reflects on disappointing result against Wigan Warriors

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Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lamm reflects on disappointing result against Wigan Warriors

Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lamm reflects on disappointing result against Wigan Warriors

“We just ran out of gas. It took a lot of energy and effort to perform, but I don’t think we put enough pressure on the other end of the field.

“There were some key errors, and we had an opportunity to post points and we didn’t, so it hurts.”

Player of the Match Bevan French

Player of the match, Bevan French praised his Wigan Warriors team-mates for handling the atmosphere and pressure in their win at Leigh Leopards

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Player of the match, Bevan French praised his Wigan Warriors team-mates for handling the atmosphere and pressure in their win at Leigh Leopards

Player of the match, Bevan French praised his Wigan Warriors team-mates for handling the atmosphere and pressure in their win at Leigh Leopards

“We knew that, given the location and history of Leigh v Wigan, it was going to be a high-intensity start. We had to dig deep and go down a man and do just that.

“There are still some things we have to work on; we scored a lot of points, but what impressed me the most was the character of everyone in the team.”

What will happen next?

circle of rivals further up, live sky gameAnd leh Welcome salford red devils Saturday, April 8 (2.30pm) at Leh Sports Village. During this, Wigan host st helens The traditional Good Friday derby at the DW Stadium where over 20,000 fans are expected to be in attendance (3pm).

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