Super League: Leigh 16-30 Wigan – Warriors rally to beat neighbours


Jake Bibby is now out on his own as Super League top try scorer with eight for the 2021 season
Jake Bibby is now out on his own as Super League top try scorer with eight for the 2021 season
Leigh (16) 16
Tries: Gelling, Mason, Ellis Goals: Reynolds 2
Wigan (16) 30
Tries: Bibby 2, Smith, Manfredi, French, Farrell Goals: Smith 3

Wigan were given a slight scare by Leigh for the second time this season before coming from behind to win and maintain their 100% record, and keep their promoted neighbours winless.

On a night when crowds were allowed back in the five Super League games being played, Wigan ran in six tries.

Jake Bibby crossed twice for Warriors along with Harry Smith, Dom Manfredi, Bevan French and Liam Farrell.

Wigan old boy Anthony Gelling, Nathan Mason and Jamie Ellis scored for Leigh.

Leigh led 18-0 at half-time when the two sides met on the opening day of the season.

They again got off to a great start, building a 10-0 lead with tries from Gelling, playing on the wing, and forward Mason.

Wigan roared back to lead with three tries in quick succession from Smith, Manfredi and French, before fit-again scrum-half Ellis marked his first Super League start of the season by crossing to tie it up again at 16-16.

But, with full-back French on top form, scoring one and making two other tries, Wigan stretched clear after the break with a try for Farrell and two for in-form converted winger Bibby.

As well as being a local derby, the game had added significance as it was one of the first rugby league fixtures to welcome fans since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But around 4,000 Leigh supporters witnessed their side lose their seventh game in a row, in all competitions.

Gelling, who is currently facing a trial over a charge of grievous bodily harm, was included on the wing – and marked his appearance with the first try.

The former Wigan and Warrington centre pleaded not guilty to the charge prior to the start of the trial at Liverpool Crown Court on 12 May.

Leigh: Brierley; Gelling, Thornley, Sa’u, Tierney; Wildie, Reynolds, Ioane, Hood, Mason, Hellewell, Thompson, Bell.

Interchange: Peteru, Ellis, McCarthy, Peats.

Wigan: French; Manfredi, Isa, Bibby, Hardaker; Smith, Hastings; Singleton, Powell, Partington, Farrell, Bateman, Smithies.

Interchange: Byrne, Clark, Havard, Shorrocks.

Referee: Ben Thaler (RFL).



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