Leigh is still awaiting her first Super League win of the season after suffering a daring loss at Wakefield.
Joe Mellor’s score and Ryan Brierley’s two goals gave Leigh an 8-0 lead, but Jay Pitts and James Batchelor tried to turn things around at the break.
Joe Westerman accelerated to extend the lead, but Mellor and Lewis Tierney crossed to put the Centurions back in the lead.
Liam Kay and Mason Lino crossed paths late to crush the hopes of Leigh, who saw boss John Duffy leave midweek.
Acting boss Kurt Haggerty has been given the ominous task of guiding Leigh to a first win of the season and his players have shown huge signs of promise, but it’s now been nine unsuccessful games in 2021 as they have was admitted to the Super League late after Toronto. death and withdrawal.
They led twice, playing excellent badge football – particularly Mellor’s solo try for the first score and a Tierney weaving run for his try – but they failed in the energy battle again as Wakefield in had enough to revise them.
Chris Chester’s Wakefield wasted in good ball positions for big chunks of the first half, but offered crucial plays at the back of the half to score tries after good forward work before half-time.
As they let the lead slip away again in the second half, after Westerman’s 100th career try, they had the creativity and structure to find Kay’s score wide and sniper fire from the quick. Lino to watch the game.
Wakefield head coach Chris Chester told BBC Radio Leeds:
“First and foremost we have to congratulate Leigh, the way they played and the way they made it difficult to defend. The challenge is the sideways moves, caused us a lot of trouble, but I’m happy that players get these two points.
“If we hadn’t won in the last two weeks I think the result could have been different, but I’m glad we found a way to win in the end. It wasn’t great, it was was very disjointed but the points are what is important.
“It was about calm heads and attention to detail defensively. We just needed to focus and execute. We’re talking about playing the Wakefield way and sometimes if you do that you make mistakes.
“We made a lot of mistakes which was disappointing because everything stuck last weekend.”
Leigh’s interim head coach Kurt Haggerty:
“Considering the week we’ve had, I’m really happy with the energy and effort they put into each other to stay in the game.
“I am very disappointed [with the result]. We are hurting in this locker room. The game was there for us, but for us to move forward, it’s a very good start.
“When we come back to the game, we’ll look at all the positive things we’ve done. We talked about the areas of effort and we’ll focus on them.”