Centurions looked ‘broken’ in Super 8s admits Rowley

Tommy Goulden looks to break clear for Leigh against Bradford. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Tommy Goulden looks to break clear for Leigh against Bradford. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

PAUL Rowley says Leigh will learn lessons from their disappointing Super 8 campaign and are already thinking about next season.

On Saturday, Bradford Bulls beat Centurions 32-16 at the Sports Village to end any outside hopes Leigh had of making the so-called Million Pound game.

Leigh have only beaten Sheffield in the new format and will complete their season with a trip to Widnes on Sunday.

“Our form has been poor in recent weeks,” said the Leigh coach who guided Leigh to back-to-back Leaders Shields. “I don’t think we could have prepared any differently. It has been a long year and our first as a full-time club.

“We looked broken at the back end of the season and lacked conviction and energy which is disappointing.

“With a season of being full-time under our belt and some fresh personnel, we will be better for it next year.”

Leigh scored twice just before half-time to level the game at 10-10 having been 10-0 down against Bradford. But they couldn’t sustain their fightback after the restart.

“I thought if we had got anywhere near 75 per cent completion we would have won the game,” said Rowley. “But our completion was not good enough. Just before half-time I said to my coaching staff if we went in at 10-0 down I’d be made up. As it was we scored twice at the end of the half to make it 10-10 and we looked full of energy.

“Bradford did nothing spectacular, they just worked hard. We need to approach the Widnes game in a professional way and do ourselves justice. It has been a disappointing end to what had been a successful season up until a few weeks ago. It would be a shame for this group of players and staff to finish on a sour note.”