FORMER Leigh star Craig Hall claimed 12 points as Featherstone Rovers gained first bragging rights in this season’s anticipated battle of the Championship heavyweights, winning 28-6.

Hall scored one of Rovers’ five tries and kicked four goals as Adrian Lam suffered his first defeat as Centurions’ head coach.

Leigh trailed 16-0 after a first half when they lost Chris Green to injury plus James McDonnell and Ben Reynolds to the sin bin.

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The visitors later slipped 22-0 in arrears in the club’s first ever game before the cameras of Premier TV.

But Lam will be heartened by his side’s effort in the final quarter which brought Nene Macdonald’s fourth try in two games.

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Rovers, twice runners-up in the Million Pound Game, are now one of four teams with 100 percent records after two games while Leigh will look to return to winning ways in next Monday’s Valentine’s date with Bradford Bulls.

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Centurions, already without co captain Adam Sidlow, lost fellow prop Green to a game ending arm injury after only three minutes.

And it was double trouble as Rovers scored the game’s first points after 12 minutes.

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Denied on Centurions’ right edge, Fev moved the ball to the left and former NRL star Joey Leilua’s flicked pass saw Luke Briscoe step in off his wing to touch down.

Hall landed a superb touchline goal and then after 22 minutes sent Morgan Smith scampering away for Featherstone’s second try. Hall improved again to make it 12-0.

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At the same time, Leigh hooker Aaron Smith was receiving treatment for concussion 70 yards away and had to leave the field.

If the game already looked a fair way back it was practically out of sight after an ill disciplined 10 minutes.

Wigan loanee James McDonnell’s first action after his introduction as substitute was a dangerous tackle that resulted in a yellow card from referee Robert Hicks.

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Leigh were quickly down to 11-men as Reynolds was sin binned for a late hit. And Fev punished their visitors with Hall catching Dane Chisholm’s kick for an unconverted try.

For all their trials and tribulations Leigh finished the half encamped on Fev’s try line but couldn’t pierce the resolute home defence.

Leigh also enjoyed their fair share of possession at the start of the second half but often started sets from inside their own half.

Rovers weren’t as potent though an offside decision spared Kieran Dixon’s blushes as he dropped the ball behind his own line.

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The former Hull KR and London Broncos’ winger wasn’t as fortunate after 61 minutes, dropping Caleb Aekins’ pass in front of his own posts.

From the scrum, Rovers worked the ball to their right where John Davies scrambled over for Hall to convert.

Eleven minutes from time Macdonald’s touchdown avoided the whitewash but Rovers had the last word with Brandon Pickersgill’s last gasp try.

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Teams: Featherstone: Pickersgill; Briscoe, Leila, Hellewell, Hall; Smith, Chisholm; Cooper, Wilde, Lockwood, Moors, Hardcastle, Bussey: Substitutes (all used) Jones, Davies, Field, Cuthbertson.

Leigh: Aekins; Dixon, Brand, Macdonald, Nisbet; Reynolds, Mellor, Green, Smith, Amone, Wardle, Stone, Asiata; Hingano, Ioane, McDonnell, Jones.

Referee: Robert Hicks.

Attendance: 4,562.