Sept 5 2004
Leigh Centurions 21 (18-8) 14 Whitehaven
HAVEN lost this important away
game but they have the ability to upset the Centurions in the
play-offs in three weeks time.
Leigh, without injured playmaker
Tommy Martyn, made the most of their limited chances while Haven
failed to grasp their opportunities in the close and clammy conditions.
Notable throughout were Gary
Broadbent, scrum-half Sam Obst, Props Ryan Tandy and David Fatialofa
and Big Paul Davidson.
Leigh scored first after three
minutes, Neil Turley booting a penalty after an Aaron Lester
high shot. Two minutes
later, Leigh were in again, a chip over the top leaving the Haven
defence stalled and Dave Alstead crossed out wide.
But Fatialofa responded by
diving through under the posts, virtually unopposed, Nanyn adding
Haven took the lead on 15 minutes,
Nanyn slotting a penalty.
Turley made a huge breakthrough
from his own try line before passing for Alstead who crossed
for his second try.
Turley's conversion gave the
hosts a 10-point lead. Obst with a high kick gave Seeds
the chance to make a try, only to see it disallowed .
Haven kept up attacks as the second half opened,
but that man Turley again scored with a drop goal.
Tandy, Broadbent and Obst combined
in winning fashion for a deserved try Nanyn converting.
Haven continued to press, with
Haven exploiting winger Craig Calvert's pace on one close shave.With
only seconds remaining, Obst's quick feet created another chance,
but his pass to Sice hit the sub's shoulder and Leigh again survived.
Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Seeds, Nanyn, Wilson,
Joe, Obst, Tandy, Lester, Fatialofa, Miller, Hill, Walsh. Subs:
Davidson, Sice, McKinney, Jackson
Tries: Fatialofa, Obst
Goals: Nanyn 3
Leigh: Turley, Smyth, Weston, Percival, Alstead,
Jones, Duffy, Knox, McConnell, Sturm Larder, Wilkes, Knott. Subs:
Swann, Marshall, Isherwood, Cruckshank
Tries: Alstead 2, McConnell
Goals: Turley 4, plus one
Referee: Bob Connolly (Wigan)
Star Man: Gary Broadbent