Boss Rowley hails ‘resilient’ Centurions

Bob Beswick of Leigh moves in to tackle Will Sharp of Featherstone. Photo: Brian King
Bob Beswick of Leigh moves in to tackle Will Sharp of Featherstone. Photo: Brian King

Leigh boss Paul Rowley was delighted with his side’s attitude after they recorded a second successive win over Championship rivals Featherstone.

The victory saw Leigh go five points clear at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship and extended their winning run to 12 matches.

“It’s a good view from the top,” said Rowley. “I was really proud of our efforts.

“I think Featherstone may have underestimated us, thinking last week’s Challenge Cup win might have drained us.

“But we were quite confident coming here and still had plenty of energy. We made life hard for ourselves in the first half but we are a very resilient team.

“We have got plenty of grit and determination in our team so when we started playing smarter in the second half we had some positive finishes.”

Leigh were hindered by the late withdrawal of Tommy Goulden with flu on Sunday morning while Jamie Acton played despite having an abscess on his tonsils.

“We were hit with adversity,” said Rowley. “But it wasn’t a big issue because I had confidence in the people we had to come in.”

Centurions powered to victory in the second half playing down the Post Office Road slope, their 19-point winning margin denying Featherstone even a bonus point.

But at half-time it was anyone’s game after a tight first half ended 4-4.

“We dug deep and tested ourselves,” said Rowley. “I would be happier if we could have completed from the start rather than just in the second half.

“But Featherstone have been a very good team for a long time so to come here and get a win is very pleasing.”

An all-in brawl which saw Leigh’s Matt Sarsfield and Will Sharp of Featherstone sent off but Rowley wasn’t too concerned.

“I was a long way away from it,” he said. “I saw one of our players on his back and we got the penalty so I think we’ll be okay. I think it might look nasty from Featherstone’s point of view.”

Featherstone also had Tim Spears placed on report for a high tackle on Leigh full-back Gregg McNally.

Centurions will be looking to keep their amazing run going when they go to sixth placed Dewsbury.