Boss Rowley says Leigh must up their game

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley

PAUL Rowley has accused his players of failing to meet their own standards.

Despite beating Keighley 30-0 last Saturday, the Leigh coach says his side must improve ahead of Sunday’s trip to Rochdale.

“Defensively I thought we were excellent against Keighley,” he said.

“But we made far too many errors when in possession and I am demanding a big improvement because Rochdale are a good team boasting some quality personnel.

“We need to respect the ball and complete better because that’s an area where we have fallen away in recent games. We need to reach our own high standards that we have set ourselves.

“There has been a lack of fluency in our play and we have worked hard in training this week to address that.”

Leigh have already beaten Rochdale twice this season but both games were extremely tight; once in the league at the Sports Village (34-22) then a week later in the Challenge Cup at Spotland (28-22).

Ian Talbot’s side are currently second bottom of the Championship and look like being relegated. However their performances in recent weeks have been good, even managing to upset second placed Featherstone.

“In the games against Rochdale we have found them to be a side which just won’t go away,” said Rowley.

“And while they are near the bottom of the league, they’re near the top of the form table.”