Leigh Leopards held a 16-12 lead when the match was suspended on Friday due to floodlight failure; Edwin Ipape, John Asiata and Lachlan Lam all scored tries as they returned to complete victory over Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon
Last Updated: 03/09/23 4:46pm
Leigh returned to the field two days after a floodlight failure to wrap up a bizarre 34-16 victory over Huddersfield in the Betfred Super League on Sunday.
The Leopards had led 16-12 when Friday’s encounter was suspended in darkness with 48 minutes played at Leigh Sports Village.
Tries from Edwin Ipape, John Asiata and Lachlan Lam saw them finish with a flourish as the game was finally played to a conclusion some 42 hours later.
Those scores added to the two tries scored by Josh Charnley and one by Tom Briscoe on Friday, while Ben Reynolds finished with five goals. The result tightened Leigh’s grip on a play-off place and put another dent in Huddersfield’s hopes of making the top six.
Leigh began the final 32 minutes on the offensive and, although two handling errors initially spared Huddersfield, they soon took firm command.
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The hosts declined a penalty kick at goal after a high shot on Zak Hardaker and the decision paid off as Ipape barged his way over by the posts. Reynolds converted to extend the advantage to 10 points.
Leigh threatened again when Lam burst through and kicked forward but Oliver Gildart could not quite touch down. The contest was not quite over as Sam Halsall did well to claim and wriggle over on the left to reduce the deficit but Jake Connor was unable to add the goal.
The hosts ended any doubt over the result when Asiata powered through a gap to score in the closing minutes and Lam wrapped up the scoring with a fine individual effort.
Leigh Leopards travel to St Helens on Friday, live from 7.30pm on Sky Sports Mix (8pm ko), while Huddersfield host Hull KR the same evening. Stream the Super League and more with NOW.