Centurions 30 Warriors 6

Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors
Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors

WIGAN went down 30-6 to Leigh in their first game of the year.

A young Warriors side - including new signing Scott Taylor - were out-muscled and out-classed by a stylish Leigh at the Sports Village.

Shaun Wane had challenged his players to present him with a few selection headaches, but there were few positives to come from their first of four friendlies before the new campaign begins next month.

Head of youth John Winder said: “We lacked enthusiasm at the start, which was unacceptable.”

Taylor, recruited from Hull KR in the off-season, had two solid spells, but no-one in the new purple and navy colours covered themselves in glory.

Leigh were 20-0 up at the break, and had swelled their lead to 30 points before Wigan got on the scoresheet through Jamie Doran in the 71st minute.

Wigan’s squad had so many youngsters involved, Wane handed the coaching reins over to Head of Youth John Winder.

But there were a few familiar faces, with Taylor linking up with Gil Dudson and Logan Tomkins in the front-row and four other players with Super League experience - Murphy, Iain Thornley, Anthony Gelling and Lloyd - also in the starting line-up on a surprisingly mild-weathered afternoon.

The youngsters in the XIII featured Lewis Tierney, son of legend Jason Robinson, while a nine-man bench included Tom Spencer - playing against the team he had a spell on dual-registration last term - and Connor Farrell, Liam’s younger brother.

Ex-Warriors Martin Aspinwall, Bob Beswick and Thomas Coyle were in a strong Leigh outfit.

Matt Gardner scored two of Leigh’s four first-half tries.

Sam Hopkins and Steve Maden also crossed, before Sean Penkywicz and Ryan Brierly grabbed tries early in the second-half.

With Leigh easing off the gas and Wigan fighting to restore their pride, they did manage to get off the mark eventually, Gelling’s powerful run laying the foundations for Doran to score a scrappy try in the 57th minute, which Ryan Hampshire improved.

Wane is expected to field more experienced players for their next friendly, at Hull KR next Sunday.