“THAT was for the fans.” was John Duffy’s verdict on Leigh’s glorious 36-22 Summer Bash victory over Widnes Vikings.

A breath-taking game was settled by Gregg McNally’s second try, giving Duffy’s in-form team a fourth successive win since losing to Widnes on Good Friday.

“We came to perform and we were outstanding across the board,” said Duffy.

“The fans turned up like they always do, and we owed them that.

“We had a couple of shaky moments in that second half, but we battled through and came out with a great win against a great team.”

The win also included a debut for on loan St Helens teenager, Josh Simm, who, at 18, became the first person to play for the club born in the new Millennium.

“When Josh comes to make his Saints’ debut he’ll be all the better for having had the experience of playing for Leigh Centurions,” said Duffy.

““Josh has been doing really well at Academy level, where he’s a prolific try-scorer and was ready for the next step.

“He has got a big frame and he’s very athletic. He has a sureness about him and is dynamic in the way he trains.

“You could tell straight away he’d been well coached and has been through a good system.

“He came to training and was 30 minutes early and was very keen to get his clips and ask questions.

“I just told him to go out and enjoy the start of what will hopefully be a massive career.”

Leigh, keen to re-sign Ryan Brierley on loan until the end of the season after his four tries in three games, now face another major effort to keep the winning run going.

They travel to France on Saturday to face second in the table Toulouse Olympique.

When the teams met in the opening round of the year, Leigh defeated their visitors 241-16.

Aaron Smith, Stefan Marsh, Matty Costello and Tom Spencer scored the tries with Martyn Ridyard kicked four goals on his 250th career appearance.

Victory will lift Centurions level on points with Toulouse who suffered only their fourth defeat of the season at Summer Bash against leaders Toronto.

When the teams met at the Stade Ernest Argeles last June, Leigh won 18-16. Only one player from Kieron Purtill’s team that day-Liam Hood-is still with the club.

*Leigh’s second round 1895 Cup home tie with Workington Town will take place on Sunday, June 2, kick-off 3pm.