Centurions battled to win despite sickness bug

Leigh's Matt Sarsfield (left) played against North Wales despite tonsillitis. Photo by Brian King.
Leigh's Matt Sarsfield (left) played against North Wales despite tonsillitis. Photo by Brian King.

LEIGH coach Paul Rowley has revealed the extent of a sickness bug which hit the Centurions camp ahead of yesterday’s game with North Wales Crusaders.

Matt Sarsfield played despite severe tonsillitis and several other players and members of the coaching staff were suffering with flu.

“Our energy levels were low but we had a lot to deal with,” said Rowley. “We were a bug hit camp. At least five players were really under the weather and I think that showed at times.”

Leigh were made to fight all the way against Crusaders before two late tries and a drop goal earned them a 35-22 victory which kept them top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

“North Wales proved they are a good team and provided us with the sort of tough test we expected,” said Rowley.

“They came alive with the ball when in our half and have some good players.”

Rowley also confirmed forward Martin Aspinwall suffered broken ribs against Crusaders.