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Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 10 March 2017

Kells at Leigh.jpgKells made the perfect start in the National Conference Premier Division with a superb 56-12 win at Leigh Miners Rangers.

Coach Peter Smith said: “We have lost seven players from last season through one reason or another, so this was going to be a tough test against one of the best teams in the League.

“But we responded magnificently and I couldn’t have asked any more of them. They were brilliant.”

The enthusiastic approach from Kells put Rangers onto the back foot very early in the game.

After only five minutes scrum-half Dominic Wear gave Kells the start they were looking for with a try which his half-back partner Ross Gainford converted.

It was a blistering start by the Cumbrians and they dominated the first half an hour, racing into a 26-0 lead.

Hooer Bradley Smith wen in after ten minutes and four minutes later it was the turn of winger Reece O’Neill to make the line. Gainford converted all three.

But the next two tries went unconverted, with O'Neill crossing for his second on 24 minutes and second row Ryan Watson getting over on the half hour mark.

Three minutes before the break Leigh managed to get themselves on the scoreboard with a try by Andy Philbin which was converted by Johnny Youds.

It was business as usual for Kells three minutes after the break when centre Scott Lofthouse scored the sixth try, which Gainford converted.

There was no respite for the over-worked Leigh defence and on 45 minutes Wear scored his second try.

It was now a question of saving some lost pride and on 54 minutes Leigh scored a second try through Jack Reynolds and Youds added the goal.

But the final quarter belonged to Kells as they went past the half century mark with four more tries.

Smith scored his second; substitute Connor Hetherington and Martin O’Neill also crossed whileReede O’Neill completed his hat-trick. Gainford converted two of them.

Whitehaven had struggled to beat West Hull 18-16 in the Challenge Cup a week earlier.

Wath Brow Hornets also defeated the Humberside team when they clashed in west Cumbria for the opening Conference Premier fixture.

It finished 18-12 to the Hornets with the hosts doing a lot of their best work in the first-half.

Winger Greg Howland scored a try after nine minutes while full-back Cole Walker-Taylor crossed seven minutes before the break. Walker-Taylor converted both.

But by the 65th minute West Hull were level as they scored tries through centre Richard Squires and winger Luke Foster. Both conversions were put over by Foster.

West Hull, though, lost their momentum when Squire was sent-off for a high tackle on Peter Caddy and that proved to be decisive.

Against the 12 men, Wath Brow’s man of the match stand-off Fran King slipped through for the winning try which Walker-Taylor converted.

Egremont got off to a flying start at newly-promoted Myton Warriors but were beaten 34-8 in the end.

The signs were encouraging when centre Leon Crellin crossed the home line after only two minutes.

But by the time Matthew Bewsher scored the second try ten minutes from time Rangers were well behind.

They had stormed back from the early set-back to lead 22-4 at half-time with tries from Ran Marazza (2), Nathan Slater and Liam Ward. Ash James converted three.

They added two second-half tries through James and Marrazza, both converted by James. 

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