East Leeds defeat East in NCL
Leigh East 34 East Leeds 12
East Leeds remain unbeaten in Division Three thanks to a hard fought 34-12 win at Leigh East. East gave a good account of themselves, playing an entertaining brand of rugby throughout but just found the extra size of the visitors pack too much to hold.
The league leaders had to contend with a number of injuries that reduced their options while the hosts were also forced into a change minutes before the start after Louis Else pulled up during the warm-up and Callum Leonard stepped in to a bench spot with Cam Coulton starting.
East Leeds started scoring four minutes in when Nathan Conroy supported the outstanding Ben Walkin and ran to the posts, also kicking the conversion.
Ben Wharton went around the outside of his man and looked set to respond for Leigh East before being hauled into touch. East Leeds responded when Kane Riley chipped over and James Duckworth flew to the posts. Tommy Milburn took over kicking and it was 12-0.
Leigh East refused to buckle with Wharton going on another long run and Kieron Prescott pulled back after a forward pass, but it was the visitors who scored again 12 minutes from half-time when a dropped ball at a scrum led to Andy Djuekessi going 90 metres to make it 0-16 at half-time.
Duckworth got his second try before Leigh East rallied and Wharton seared over. Jay Boyd goaled but two more tries from East Leeds Moris Kamano and Lucas Riley, both goaled by Milburn stretched the lead to 6-34.
There was final consolation for Leigh East when some good passing unlocked the defence and Prescott cantered through the middle to score for Boyd to goal.