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Teenagers Callum Lines and Tawanda Chipadza, both products of the Bears junior set-up, showed plenty of promise on the wings and Bears will be reinforced for the Centurians showdown by the return of props Drew Harper, Dan Ljazouli and Mike Venn, half-backs Chris Stephenson and Scott Clendenning-Fenton, and backs Andy McGrory and Tanaka Chamunokara.
Leigh took a one point lead from a Phil Kendrick drop goal, but from the restart the Centurians spilled the ball and Widnes, reduced to 12 men after Paul Mansson was sent off in the 52nd minute for a high tackle, came away to score the winning try through James Briers.
Teams from Huddersfield Giants, Halifax RFL, Keighley Cougars, Hunslet Hawks and Leigh Centurians all entered.
It is hoped about pounds 36,000 could have been raised for the club so far, including a pledge of pounds 25,000 from supporters' group Centurians.
Youngsters aged seven and eight from Kells Lane Primary in Low Fell, Gateshead, dressed as Centurians, Romans and Celts as the highlight of their history project.
Lloyd Smith scored a century to guide Sully Centurians to Village Cup victory in 2004 at Lord's.
The championship, which has a gladiatorial theme because of its proximity to Hadrian's Wall, is divided into four categories ( Legionnaires for first school children, Centurians for middle school pupils, Emperors for adults and Boudiccas for women.
CLAYMORES cornerback Alphonso Roundtree insists the Scots can bounce back from their poor start to the season by dumping Cologne Centurians.
The popular annual King of Tons battle takes place at Moorlands Farm on Tuesday when the past year's centurians at the venue face the final hurdle in the three-session showdown.
improving outfit, they are not in the Centurians class.
The same is true this year, but Centurians first-year coach John Robb hopes to put an end to the streak.
The lads also had time to visit Centurians Cricket Ground in Pretoria, where they met South Africa fast-bowling ace Morne Morkel.