“Fantastic” Centurions delight boss Rowley

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
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LEIGH boss Paul Rowley hailed his side’s “fantastic” rugby as they scored 11 tries to demolish Swinton 60-24 at the Sports Village.

In what was Leigh’s tenth straight win in all competitions, Liam Kay scored a hat-trick while Kurt Haggerty, Gregg McNally and Tom Armstrong got two tries apiece.

“It was a really enjoyable afternoon from my point of view,” he said. “Our fans were outstanding again and to get a crowd of more than 2,200 on Good Friday is excellent. We scored some fantastic tries,

“We showed a lot of skill in scoring some exciting tries against a very good Swinton side who have been playing with a lot of confidence. I thought their winger Kevin Penny was a star performer and how he is not breaking into the Warrington team I will never know.”

Penny is with Swinton on a dual registration deal along with Gene Ormsby from the Wolves and both took every opportunity to show their pace.

Rowley said he was pleased his three quarters had been able to cash in with some tries on the edges against Swinton where Haggerty and Armstrong looked especially potent.

“We exploited a weakness there,” said Rowley. “We kept on it and didn’t get bored - it’s good we made the most of opportunities with some meticulous execution.”

Centurions now face Featherstone Rovers two weeks in a row with the first of those being a Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round tie at the Sports Village. Leigh have no fresh injury concerns though Jake Emmitt and Adam Higson face dates with the RFL disciplinary committee in the coming week.

Emmitt will answer charges relating to offences in Leigh’s recent win at Halifax while Higson was sent off against Swinton after trading punches with Zach Johnson, who was also red carded.