Leigh boss Rowley faces trip into the unknown at Sheffield

Leigh Centurions' Tommy Goulden in action against Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh Centurions' Tommy Goulden in action against Doncaster. Photo: Brian King.
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THEY may be called the Eagles but Paul Rowley has likened Sheffield to “crocodiles waiting to pounce”.

The back-to-back Championship champions have had a mixed start to the season but Leigh boss Rowley won’t be fooled as he prepares his team for Sunday’s game.

“Sheffield are sat there like crocodiles,” said Rowley. “They’re ready to make their move after a slow start to the season and are finding their best form again.”

Leigh can set a new club record for consecutive wins on Sunday having matched the previous best of 14 with a 50-20 success against Doncaster.

But Rowley has warned Leigh they will face challenges off the field and on it at the Owlerton Stadium.

“I have never been there before,” said Rowley. “But other coaches have told me it’s pretty basic to say the least with containers for changing rooms that can’t accommodate all the players at once.

“I would also advise our spectators to take bincoluars because people tell me the pitch is a long way from the viewing areas because of the dog track.”

Rowley praised the Sheffield backline as being better than some Super League teams and is full of admiration for the job done by coach Mark Aston.

“They are a great team with talented players and are well coached,” said Rowley.