The visitors were 18-0 up going into the break, after tries from Liam Watts, Carlos Tuimavave and Albert Kelly made an impressive first half performance. Carlos Tuimavave scored his second try of the afternoon before the sixty minute mark.
Leigh scored twice late on in the game, through Liam Hood and Ryan Hampshire, however Leigh could not overcome Hull FC’s four-try advantage.
The visitors remained 5th in the Super League after fourth place Wigan Warriors won at Wakefield. Leigh’s winless run continued, and the side dropped to 10th due to Warrington’s victory against Huddersfield Giants.
The first 15 minutes at Leigh Sports Village were very end to end, with both sides offering good defensive play to keep the scores level.
However, Hull FC opened the scoring shortly after the fifteen minute mark, after excellent play by Marc Sneyd, whose short pass sent Liam Watts over the line to break the deadlock. Sneyd added the extra’s to make it 6-0 to the visitors.
Marc Sneyd continued to be influential for Hull, as five minutes after Watts’ opening try, he threaded through another short pass to Carlos Tuimavave, who scored on his return to the team. Sneyd converted and gave the visitors a 12-0 lead.
Hull FC grew in confidence as the game went by, in which was evident as Hull FC added another try through Albert Kelly. Marc Sneyd kicked through the centre, to which Albert Kelly was quickest to react, and he raced under the posts to score. Sneyd once again converted and made it 18-0.
The home side had a late opportunity in the first half to draw level, as Thompson chipped through Hood beyond the last Hull FC defender however the ball bobbled, and despite Liam Hood touching down, the referee gave a goal line drop out.
Carlos Tuimavave scored his second try of the afternoon in the second half, as Hull FC increased their advantage to 22-0 as Jez Litten offloaded it to Liam Watts who found the supporting Tuimavave to crossed the line. Sneyd converted once again to maintain a perfect kicking record, making the scores 24-0.
Leigh Centurions needed a fight back to ensure any hope of a comeback, in which they did just that, after Liam Hood found a gap in the Hull FC defence to touch down a try which was later converted by Ben Reynolds.
Leigh Centurions narrowed Hull FC’s lead to 10-24, after Ryan Hampshire was found by Crooks on the right side, in which the full back crossed the line. Reynolds failed to convert in what was a difficult angle.
Hull FC defended well from Leigh Centurions attempts to comeback into the game, and almost added to their lead in over-time, but the ball could not find Albert Kelly who would have had a clear run to get over the line.
The scores stayed 10-24, meaning the visitors would return to Hull with the victory.
Leigh Centurions: (0) 10
Tries: Hood, Hampshire
Hull FC(18) 24
Tries: Watts, Tuimavave(2), Kelly
Leigh: McNally, Hampshire, Crooks, Dawson, Thompson, Reynolds, Drinkwater, Green, Hood, Hopkins, Vea, Stewart, Hansen.
Replacements: Higham, Weston, Tickle, Burr.
Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Connor, Tuimavave, Michaeals, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Washbrook, Watts, Manu, Minichiello, Thompson.
Replacements: Ellis, Fash, Litten, Turgut.
Referee: Gareth Hewer
by Jay Whittle