Super League: Josh Charnley hat-trick secures Leigh Leopards hard-fought 24-16 win over Hull FC | Rugby League News

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Three tries from Josh Charnley plus a strive from Kai O’Donnell was sufficient to carry off a fightback from Hull FC; Hull FC have now misplaced 4 video games in a row in Tremendous League

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Josh Charnley’s hat-trick helped Leigh get their third win since promotion again to Tremendous League

Leigh Leopards floor out a hard-fought 24-16 win over Hull FC due to a hat-trick from Josh Charnley as they claimed their third victory since returning to Tremendous League.

The Leopards confirmed super attacking prowess, led by John Asiata and Lachlan Lam, but additionally a dedication and desperation in defence to repel Hull, who threatened a comeback late within the recreation, to assert a well-earned two factors.

For Hull, it was one other disappointing efficiency at house and in stark distinction to their valiant effort in defeat final week to Saints and Tony Smith’s aspect have been left ruing a horrible begin to the sport, falling to their fourth-straight defeat.

Story of the sport

Leigh raced right into a 16-point lead contained in the opening quarter of an hour, slicing Hull’s proper edge aside virtually at will.

The Leopards got a strong early lead over Hull FC

The Leopards received a powerful early lead over Hull FC

Kai O’Donnell raced onto a flat Lam cross to attain a easy strive earlier than the half-back orchestrated a quick-fire double to Charnley to shock the hosts early within the recreation.

Hull responded positively although and constructed their manner again into the competition off the again of a extra strong defence and located some vitality to check Leigh.

Shortly after Jake Clifford had a strive chalked off for obstruction, Brad Dwyer break up the visiting defence and a free ball discovered its solution to Davy Litten, who raced for his first strive in Tremendous League and reduce the hole to 10.

The hosts have been placing Leigh beneath stress and virtually doubled their tally by way of Carlos Tuimavave, who was taking part in his first recreation since June, however the kick from Joe Lovodua simply evaded him.

Davy Litten fought back in the corner for the hosts

Davy Litten fought again within the nook for the hosts

The half ended with frustration for Hull as Ligi Sao was sin-binned for a excessive sort out, however Ben Reynolds missed the ensuing penalty aim to see Leigh take a 10-point benefit into the break.

Reynolds did add a penalty 10 minutes into the second half earlier than Charnley accomplished his hat-trick, seconds after seeing Sao go to the sin bin for a second time to place the Leopards in management.

Nonetheless, Hull responded nicely and arrange a nervy end with back-to-back tries from Jake Clifford and Liam Sutcliffe to chop the hole to 4.

It was a hard-fought tie as Hull FC came back in the second half

It was a hard-fought tie as Hull FC got here again within the second half

It finally led to disappointment for Hull although, who have been penalised for an unintentional offside of the ensuing restart, the place Reynolds added an additional penalty to place Leigh two scores forward and wrap up the win for Adrian Lam’s aspect.

What’s subsequent?

Hull FC have one other massive take a look at subsequent as they make a journey to face Warrington Wolves on Saturday April 1, with kick-off at 1pm. For Leigh Leopards, they’ve an enormous conflict awaiting as they welcome native rivals Wigan Warriors on Thursday March 30, dwell on Sky Sports activities Area, with kick-off at 8pm.