Wakefield rally to claim controversial win over Leigh

By Peter Thompson 23 March 2017 70
Wakefield rally to claim controversial win over Leigh

Ben Jones-Bishop scored a contentious winning try as Wakefield Trinity produced a rousing second-half fightback to beat Leigh Centurions 28-24 in a gripping Super League contest on Thursday.

Leigh looked to be heading for a third consecutive victory when they opened up a 24-12 lead at half-time, but Chris Chester's men raised their game after the break and ran in three tries to secure their third win of the season.

Ben Reynolds threw a dummy to go over for an early try against his former club, but Wakefield hit back with two converted tries in the space of three minutes from Joe Arundel and Scott Grix.

Leigh were the better side in the opening 40, though, and they were rewarded when Micky Higham caught Trinity out by barging his way over from dummy half before Sam Hopkins and Ben Crooks touched down.

Reynolds was perfect from the tee in the first half to give Leigh a 12-point lead at the break, but Wakefield were a different side following the interval, levelling courtesy of four-pointers from Tom Johnstone and Jacob Miller - which were converted by Sam Williams.

Leigh's Matty Dawson had a try ruled out for offside with the visitors 24-18 to the good and Jones-Bishop was awarded what proved to be the decisive try by the TMO 14 minutes from time despite doubts over whether he was short of the line.

Jones-Bishop's try was the 100th of his career and moved Wakefield level on points with Leigh.

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