Leigh Centurions beat Halifax in Northern Rail Cup final

Tom Armstrong
Winning try scorer Tom Armstrong is dual-registered with St Helens

Leigh Centurions scored a last-minute try to beat Halifax 20-16 in the Northern Rail Cup Final.

The Centurions trailed 10-0 at half-time and Tom Armstrong's try in the closing seconds was the first time they led in the whole of Sunday's match.

Head coach Ian Millward told BBC Radio Manchester: "Half-time was really important for us, it gave us a chance to re-focus on what we can do better.

"Players don't get to win many trophies and it truly was a team effort."

It was Leigh's third triumph in the competition in eight seasons and came after a turbulent few months, which has seen both the chairman and chief executive leave the club.

The club were also docked three league points for a salary cap breach in June and Millward said the challenges they have faced made the victory even more special.

"When you go out there and see what it means to the fans and what it means to people who have put a lot of money into the club, it's pretty gratifying," he added.

"You've got to understand it's a combination of players contributing over a season.

"I thought in the first half the occasion overawed us a bit, but if we had played to the best of our ability and lost I could have lived with that."

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