Centurions expect serious test against in-form Rovers

Leigh staged a great escape to beat Wakefield on Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh staged a great escape to beat Wakefield on Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

LEIGH won’t have the time to bask in the glory of their epic comeback win at Wakefield in the Challenge Cup says coach Paul Rowley.

A thrilling fightback from 22-0 down to win 36-30 captivated not only the travelling army of Centurions fans but thousands more watching the drama unfold on BBC2.

Leigh’s reward was a quarter final tie at another Super League club Warrington.

“We are on the crest of a wave,” admitted Rowley. “Our profile has rarely been higher and the brand of Leigh Centurions is gaining credibility.

“We all enjoyed the Cup win but the games are coming thick and fast. On Sunday we have another tough test against Featherstone at the Summer Bash in Blackpool and they are one of the form teams in the Championship.”

Featherstone went close to pulling off a Cup upset of their own on Sunday but lost out in the final moments away at Catalan Dragons.

“That was a fantastic display,” acknowledged Rowley.

“They have been so consistent recently. Also they have a few players we’ve not come up against before so it’s up to us to do our homework.”

The Summer Bash has been billed as a Magic Weekend for the Championship. Over Saturday and Sunday, a full programme of fixtures will take place plus the iPro Sport Cup Final between North Wales and Swinton.

Leigh’s game against Featherstone is the final fixture of the weekend on Sunday at 5.15pm.

Rowley thinks the concept has potential but is concerned about what state the Bloomfield Road pitch will be in.

During the football season, Blackpool FC attracted criticism for the poor quality of the playing surface. Six games will have been played on it by the time Leigh and Featherstone kick off.

“I’m worried how that pitch will stand up to so many games,” said Rowley. “With the bad weather we have had already this week, the surface is bound to be affected.”