Crusaders will pose “stiffest test yet” says Leigh boss

Leigh's Tommy Goulden has been praised by boss Paul Rowley. Photo by Brian King
Leigh's Tommy Goulden has been praised by boss Paul Rowley. Photo by Brian King

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley has warned his players to expect their toughest test of the season when North Wales Crusaders visit the Sports Village on Sunday.

The Welsh team have invested heavily since their promotion to the Championship and boast several players with Super League experience.

“Crusaders have got a lot of good players,” said Rowley.

“There has been a lot of money spent there on the likes of Stuart Reardon, Stephen Wild and Michael Platt.

“The club as a whole seems to be extremely ambitious and I would say they are nailed on for a play-off place this year. They are a solid outfit with few weaknesses and we will need to be at our best.”

Leigh currently top the Kingstone Press Championship after winning their opening four fixtures. They made sure of their place in the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup with a comfortable win over amateur side Wigan St Patrick’s.

“Our concentration levels were probably about 30% down on what they should be against St Pat’s,” said Rowley. “But we made a lot of ground and had plenty of possession.

“I thought Tommy Goulden was outstanding and Ryan Brierley tried hard despite not scoring.

“I was also delighted with Sean Penkywicz as he continued his comeback from injury.”