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East march on after overcoming strong Army side
11:30am Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
Leigh East 28
British Army 24
LEIGH East progressed to the third round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup with victory against a tough and well-drilled British Army side on Saturday.
The first try came on 16 minutes.
Good vision to spot a weak defender from behind the ruck allowed Kerrod Selmes to dive over and he converted his own try.
East only had the advantage for three minutes though as the Army responded and took a 12-6 lead themselves.
Just before half time Adam Holland put a chip chick over the defence for Gavin Hunter to finish in the corner from 40 yards, leaving East two points adrift at the break.
James Noon finished off a well-worked move to put East back in front.
East were let off the hook on a couple of occasions before they had Dean Balmer sent off for a high tackle.
With backs against the wall East continued to force errors and Noon’s second and third tries, both converted by Selmes, made it 28-12.
The Army got back into the game with a try on 69 minutes and their last try with the final play of the game was unable to change the outcome.