In a significant Super League victory, Tom Briscoe led the Leigh Leopards to triumph over Hull KR.
Betfred Super League Score:
Leigh Leopards (22) 34
Tries: Briscoe, Ipape, Chamberlain, Charnley, penalty try, Mulhern Goals: Reynolds 5
Hull KR (0) 4
The dominant Leigh Leopards outplayed Hull KR to clinch the second spot in the Super League table.
The Leopards’ talented Pacific Islands contingent set the stage for this decisive victory, keeping the underperforming Hull KR team constantly on the defensive.
Scoring tries were Tom Briscoe, Edwin Ipape, Ed Chamberlain, and Josh Charnley, putting Leigh comfortably ahead by half time.
Ricky Lautele instigated a penalty try while Robbie Mulhern scored another, with Mikey Lewis offering a last-minute consolation run.
The Leopards, in spectacular form, scored six tries, proving too swift, robust, and efficient for the disconcerted Robins, who now occupy the seventh spot in the table.
Hull KR’s performance was indicative of their disastrous evening, as they immediately kicked the ball out of bounds from the kick-off and saw Lewis receive a sin-bin for an ill-advised challenge on Tom Briscoe just minutes into the match.
Leigh capitalized on these missteps, validating chairman Derek Beaumont’s bold pre-season assertion of their playoff potential.
In the first try of the game, Briscoe finished off a smoothly executed Leigh move, followed by Ipape muscling his way through with a sharp pass from Leopards’ strategist Lachlan Lam.
Even in challenging conditions, Leigh took advantage of the slippery field, with Chamberlain scoring after breaking two tackles from Lam’s pass.
The Leopards’ Pacific Islander quintet—Lam, Ipape, Tom Amone, Ricky Leutele, and John Asiata—were at times unstoppable, though the Robins’ own mistakes exacerbated their plight.
On-loan fullback Tanguy Zenon’s misjudgment of Ben Reynolds’ brilliant 40-20 kick resulted in an out-of-play, which led to Josh Charnley scoring his 20th Super League try this season after a rapid ball switch.
The visiting team’s struggles persisted after halftime, with Lautele earning a penalty try when Matt Parcell brought him down as he pursued the ball.
Robbie Mulhern’s charge to score the final try was the cherry on top for Leigh, while Lewis’ late run provided the only highlight for Hull KR’s fans on a dismal night.
Leigh Leopards’ coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:
“I’m genuinely thrilled and proud of our team, our town, and everyone who has been a part of this journey. We’ve been striving for this position, and now we need to maintain it.
“The team’s performance in the first half was exceptional and the best we’ve seen this year. The 22-point lead at halftime was exactly what we needed in these conditions.
“Our big players delivered when it mattered the most.
“I wanted to see a strong response from the group after last week’s game, and I think everyone rose to the challenge magnificently.”
Meanwhile, Hull KR’s boss Willie Peters told BBC Radio Humberside:
“The game began poorly for us, with the kickoff going out of bounds, and the sin-bin incident just added to our troubles. That pretty much set the tone.
“There’s no denying that it was a disheartening evening, starting right from the kickoff.
“We managed to put together some sets when we were 16-0 down and looked like we might recover, but then they scored right before halftime, significantly denting our momentum.
“The start had a massive impact on us and we lost the ruck. They outperformed us in every respect, right from the start.”
Leigh Leopards Team: O’Brien, Briscoe, Hardaker, Leutele, Charnley, Reynolds, Lam, Mulhern, Ipape, Amone, Chamberlain, Holmes, Asiata
Interchanges: Hughes, Nakubuwai, Mellor, Norman (Davis)
Hull KR Team: Zenon, Yaha, Opacic, Kenny-Dowall, R. Hall, Lewis, Milnes, Luckley, Litten, King, Hadley, Linnett, Minchella
Interchanges: Parcell, Kennedy, Storton, Aydin (C. Hall)
Referee: Marcus Griffiths.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Super League Victory
Who won the match between Leigh Leopards and Hull KR in the Super League?
Leigh Leopards triumphed over Hull KR with a score of 34-4 in the Super League.
Which team is currently in the second place in the Super League?
Following their victory over Hull KR, Leigh Leopards have ascended to the second spot in the Super League.
Who were the key players for Leigh Leopards in the match against Hull KR?
The key players for Leigh Leopards in their match against Hull KR were Tom Briscoe, Edwin Ipape, Ed Chamberlain, Josh Charnley, Ricky Lautele and Robbie Mulhern.
What was the half-time score in the match between Leigh Leopards and Hull KR?
The half-time score was 22-0 in favor of Leigh Leopards.
What did Adrian Lam, the Leigh Leopards boss, say after the match?
Adrian Lam expressed his pride and satisfaction with the team’s performance, praising the exceptional first-half play and the response from the team following the previous week’s game.
How did Hull KR’s boss Willie Peters react to the result?
Willie Peters expressed disappointment over Hull KR’s performance, citing the poor start and the inability to recover as key factors in their defeat.