London Broncos’ undefeated run at Trailfinders came to an end as table toppers Leigh Centurions ran out 12-38.
The Broncos, who gave Matt Garside his 50th appearance, were behind the eight ball from the start as Leigh worked themselves into a handy position.
Josh Drinkwater crossed for the Centurions who duly converted. London applied pressure forcing consecutive goal line drop outs.
The Centurions showed great resilience and managed to work their way up the field. Micky Higham made a clean break before linking up with Gareth Hock and Cory Paterson who strolled over with ten minutes gone.
Leigh were in the mood for more as London’s defence began to feel the strain, as Lee Smith kicked a penalty to extend their lead.
Mark Ioane was sent to the bin for a dangerous throw, but Jack Bussey and Mark Offerdahl held firm, as the Broncos began to gain a stranglehold in the game.
But when the Broncos gave an inch – the Centurions – to their credit, took a yard. Dan Weston burrowed over as Leigh extended their lead even further.
London’s back three managed to get the team back into contention, with Elliot Kear’s jinking feet allowing the Broncos a good vantage point to attack from.
Rhys Williams was the beneficiary, but Joe Cobb pulled the flying Welshman back as he deemed it was a forward pass.
With heads dropping from the London side, Leigh seized the chance to increase the gap – Gregg Worthington and Liam Kay scoring shortly before halftime.
London came out after the break and were a lot more resilient. The wind played into the hands of the hosts who forced Leigh in to a number of errors.
Scott Leatherbarrow dashed over, but any chance of a comeback was scuppered by the visitors who were consistently dominant in the tackle.
Adam Higson scored to enlarge the Leigh lead. Only a late Api Pewhairangi effort gave the Broncos any solace, as their undefeated run came to an end.
“It was a disappointing day for us, to be honest. Obviously we had a really good week building up into in the game, and we had a lot of belief and a lot of confidence,” said head coach, Andrew Henderson.
“I have to say that Leigh were excellent today. First half they out-energised us, they had more intent, more purpose in the way they carried and defended.
“We probably had our worst half of football that I can remember this season. Leigh really put us under pressure defensively.
“Our one thing we’ve held our hat on this season is our resilience and character and defensive attitude and we were just cut up way too easily in that first half.”
London Broncos: Kear, Williams, Hellewell, Foster, Macani, Pewhairangi, Leatherbarrow, Slyney, Cunningham, Ioane, Harrison, Garside, Offerdahl
Interchange: Bussey, Magrin, Battye, Thackray
Tries: Ioane (42), Pewhairangi (62)
Goals: Pewhairangi 2/2
Leigh Centurions: Lee Smith, Adam Higson, Greg Worthington, Tom Armstrong, Liam Kay, Josh Drinkwater, Travis Burns, Fui Fui Moi Moi, Micky Higham, Dane Weston, Reni Maitua, Cory Patterson, Gareth Hock.
Interchange: Liam Hood, Harrison Hansen, Sam Hopkins, Ben Evans.
Tries: Drinkwater (2), Paterson (9, 19), Worthington (31, 69), Kay (34), Higson (58)