Super League: Leigh 34-16 Huddersfield: Leopards turn back on the power to beat Giants

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Leigh (16) 34

Tries: Charnley 2, Briscoe, Ipape, Asiata, Lam Goals: Reynolds 5

Huddersfield (6) 16

Tries: Connor 2, Halsall Goals: Pryce 2

Leigh Leopards carried on where they left off on Friday night as they completed a six-try Super League win over Huddersfield Giants.

Friday's game was abandoned after 48 minutes because of floodlight failure at Leigh Sports Village, when the hosts led Huddersfield 16-12.

With a resumption not possible on the evening, Huddersfield coach Ian Watson had wanted the game to be expunged from the record and replayed in its entirety. He highlighted that forwards John Asiata and Tom Amone, who had just been taken off when the lights went out, had the massive advantage of being able to resume after more than 48 hours' rest.

But after it was decided to play the final 32 minutes on Sunday, Asiata, along with Edwin Ipape and Lachlan Lam scored tries, all converted by Ben Reynolds, as Leigh stretched their victory margin.

That added to the two tries from Josh Charnley and one from fellow winger Tom Briscoe Leigh had run in on Friday.

Sam Halsall did get one further consolation try to add to Jake Connor's brace on Friday for the visitors, but it was not enough to prevent the Giants slumping to their 14th defeat of the season.

Having trooped off in relative darkness on Friday, Leigh struck first in the starkly contrasting Sunday Lancashire sunshine when the hosts declined a penalty kick at goal after a high shot on Zak Hardaker. The decision paid off as Papua New Guinea forward Ipape barged his way over by the posts.

Reynolds converted to extend the advantage to 10 points, but the contest was not quite over as Halsall showed when he wriggled over on the left to reduce the deficit to 22-16, within one converted score of potential golden point.

Connor was unable to add the goal and Leigh ended any doubt over the outcome when big Australian Asiata powered through a gap to score.

Half-back Lam then wrapped up the scoring with a fine individual effort to tighten fourth-placed Leigh's grip on a play-off place and put another dent in ninth-placed Huddersfield's hopes of making the top six.

Leigh: O'Brien; Briscoe, Hardaker, Gildart, Charnley; Reynolds, Lam; Mulhern, Ipape, Amone, Hughes, O'Donnell, Asiata.

Replacements: Halton, Nakubuwai, Mellor, Wardle.

Huddersfield: Pryce; Halsall, Bibby, Naiqama, Marsters; Connor, Lolohea; Hill, Milner, English, Cudjoe, McQueen, Yates.

Replacements: Peats, Wilson, Hewitt, Ikahihifo.

Referee: Liam Moore.

What happened before the lights went out?

7 mins: Josh Charnley touches down in the corner as he chases an angled kick by Gareth O'Brien but Ben Reynolds unable to add the conversion. 4-0.

15 mins: Jake Connor spots a gap and steps his way to the try-line from close range. Pryce's conversion edges the Giants ahead. 4-6.

20 mins: Tom Briscoe makes a defence clearing run after taking a high kick from Lolohea and the ball is switched to the opposite wing where Oliver Gildart feeds Charnley for a classy finish from 20 metres. Reynolds converts brilliantly from the touchline.10-6.

39 mins: Reynolds and Hardaker combine on the right edge leaving Briscoe with space to score in the corner. Reynolds again converts brilliantly. 16-6.

45 mins: Connor scores his and Huddersfield's second try within five minutes of the restart. Lolohea sends a high kick to the corner and Connor leaps highest to collect and score. Pryce conversion.16-12.

48 mins: The lights go out in Leigh.

Leigh coach Adrian Lam:

"That's something we've not experienced before but we had a mentality of thinking whether it was going to be 80 minutes or 30 minutes that was exactly what we wanted.

"Playing 80 minutes would have been ridiculous with where the season is at. I think it was the fairest thing.

"They had the chance to win but it's gone our way.

"I'm pleased with the outcome and thought we did some really good stuff with the ball."

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson:

"We wanted an 80-minute game. We wanted to restart. You seem like you are moaning when you lose but they had two players, in Asiata and Amone who had only just gone off coming straight back on. They'd had 48 hours rest.

"They wouldn't normally have come off for 30 seconds and then gone straight back on. I don't think it was fair to both teams. We had to travel back home on a coach. Leigh players would have been in bed while we were still travelling.

"We had a couple of players that couldn't play. Chris Hill and Adam Milner would have been good to go again on Friday because the adrenaline was there but as soon as they take their boots off, it's game over.

"We looked as if we'd got beaten on Friday and were thinking we can't make the play-offs, and put the cue on the rack. They showed a level of desire and discipline to win - and we didn't. It does look highly unlikely now we'll be able to make the top six."