In the most hotly-anticipated Kingstone Press Championship fixture in years, the spoils were shared as Leigh Centurions maintained their place at the top of the table following a 36-all draw with Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
In front of a 2015 Championship record crowd of 9,181, hat-tricks from Omari Caro and Johnny Pownall were the highlights, where the attendance easily topped the competition’s previous best of 7,449 set in the Round One duel between the same two sides back in February.
Gareth Hock, Greg Worthington and Ryan Brierley scored the other tries for Leigh, while Martyn Ridyard kicked six goals to help his side to a sixth successive win.
Centre Thomas Minns, who is joining Hull KR at the end of the season, scored four of Rovers’ six tries, Paul Sykes and Reni Maitua getting the others, but it wasn’t enough for Jon Sharp’s men to produce the result they needed.
Substitute Ryan Maneely and centre Steve Tyrer also touched down twice.
Their other tries came from Tom Saxton, Andy Bracek and Ben Johnston as Richard Marshall’s side built on their 18-0 half time lead to secure an eighth straight win and seal their place in the top four.
In Cumbria, Dewsbury leapfrogged London Broncos into sixth place thanks to a 34-16 win over Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground.
Following Haven’s defeat, Workington leapfrogged their Cumbrian neighbours into eighth spot with their 29-18 victory over London Broncos at Derwent Park, where Scotland international Brett Phillips marked his 100th career appearance with a try.
London have now fallen to seventh in the table as centre Ben Hellewell touched down in each half for the Broncos, with Joe Keyes getting their other try and Wes Naiqama kicking three goals.
Hooker Jack Lee scored two of the Hawks’ tries, with the others coming from Callum Casey, Jim Watson and Andy Yates, while Simon Brown kicked four goals for Barry Eaton‘s men, who drop to 11th in the table.