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Miners trounce rivals to retain their Trophy crown
11:05am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
MINERS Rangers retained their Conference Challenge Trophy crown with a resounding 42-14 derby triumph over Wigan St Pats at Leigh Sports Village.
A superb Jonny Youds performance and tries from Scott O’Brien, Tony Doyle and Andrew Groves secured a third success in the competition – and its 1980s predecessor – for Miners.
Pats played their part in a hard-fought final, penning the Miners’ defence in their own twenty and pounding at the line early on.
Sean MacDonald, O’Brien and the returning Lee Gittins led a magnificent defensive effort, but the Wiganners’ breakthrough came from a mistake by an otherwise faultless Youds.
Trying to clear a kick from his in-goal, he lost possession and Anthony Griffiths pounced to score, Brad Smith goaling.
Midway through the half Miners replied as Muir broke and sent Gittins galloping, but followed up in support to score himself, Youds’ conversion levelling.
Despite Pats’ territory it was Miners who entered the break ahead, scoring in the final first half minute when Youds cut through out wide.
Nine minutes into the second half and Pats were level, Phil Glover scoring at the left corner.
However, straight from kick off Miners regained the lead when Doyle stole possession and play moved right for Youds to burst through a gap for a converted try.
Miners opened a commanding 18-point lead with two tries around the hour mark, both coming from captain and man-of-the-match O’Brien.
The first capped a flowing move from inside the Miners' half, Muir, Gittins and Youds making the break and O'Brien finishing off.
The second an individual effort from O’Brien as he stepped, twisted and stretched through the defence to dot the ball down.
Pats registered another try when Anthony Atherton chipped the line and re-gathered before putting Matt Charnock in at the corner.
Miners finished strongly when Youds kicked a penalty and two more conversions, the first when Doyle bolted through a gap close to the line and second after Groves finished from O'Brien and Adam Thomason’s passing.
The women’s team’s campaign ended in play-offs defeat at Stanningley while the Alliance went down to Thatto.
Miners and Pats meet again in the league on Saturday, 1pm at Twist Lane.
Castleford Panthers Ladies...22 Leigh East Ladies...32
LEIGH East prepared for this weekend’s Grand Final Qualifier at Crosfields with a hard-fought win at Castleford Panthers.
East enjoyed a hat-trick of tries from Natalie Weaving, a performance which earned her the player-of-the-match award.
Melissa Dodman added two more and Becky Etchells grabbed one as Claire Mullaney converted four goals for a 10-point victory.
Leigh East u13s...34 Leigh Miners u13s...6
LEIGH East under 13s came out on top in a tough encounter.
Tries came from Ryan Horne, three, Lewis Clarke, two, Ben Crompton and Gabs Abaco, with Horne adding three goals.
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