Leigh Centurions half-back Ryan Brierley insists his team will not underestimate Tetley’s Challenge Cup third round opponents Wigan St Patrick’s ahead of their clash on Friday March 14 (7.30pm).
Centurions have made an impressive start to the new season and Brierley, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, is determined not to take their good form for granted.
“Our target is to win every single game that we can and next up are Wigan St Patrick’s, so they are our priority,” said Brierley. “We will stay professional and not underestimate our opponents.
“As a team we are reluctant to set ourselves goals for the season because we do not want to get carried away and lose focus on the present.
“Nothing is won in March so we will make sure that our feet are on the ground. We have a brilliant coach who is making sure we take each game one step at a time and with hard work I am confident that we will continue our good form.”
Brierley’s eyes are firmly on round four and a potential clash against Super League opposition in Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition.
“As a child I grew up watching and dreaming about playing in the Challenge Cup so it is a great feeling for the club and everyone associated to be involved,” he said. “Our main priority now is to make sure we put in a good performance to ensure we get through to the next round.
“It is a massive honour every year to be a part of this historic competition.”
With 12 tries, Brierley is the Kingstone Press Championship’s top try-scorer so far this season and in the process has become the first Leigh player to score three consecutive hat-tricks in the league.
“I am definitely playing the best Rugby League of my professional career, and I have my teammates to thank for a lot of that,” said Brierley.
“They put me into positions where I can finish off moves and it is testament to our collective spirit that we have started the season so brightly.
“Playing in front our fans is always fantastic and the stadium has become something of a fortress for us.
“Hopefully the Wigan players will appreciate coming to our ground – if they can bring a bit of a following it should make for a great atmosphere.”