Leigh boss Rowley fears Spencer’s season is over

Leigh Centurions prop Tom Spencer
Leigh Centurions prop Tom Spencer

LEIGH prop Tom Spencer could miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury against Swinton.

The former Wigan Warriors forward went down in agony after being tackled late in the game at the Sports Village which Leigh won 62-6.

“It’s bad news” admitted Rowley. “Tom had been finding some good form ready for the run in. Initial fears are that it’s an ACL which could mean a reconstruction so it’s not good at all.”

The injury blighted another assured display from Leigh who last week claimed the Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield with three games to spare by beating nearest rivals Featherstone.

Every player in the Leigh backline scored a try as Swinton were ruthlessly dismantled in a one-sided second half. Tom Armstrong and Gregg McNally both scored two tries each while Martyn Ridyard landed nine conversions from 11 attempts.

Rowley was pleased with the way his side improved after the restart. “We scored some good tries when we put some sets together and started to run with a bit more conviction,” said Rowley.

“I thought we were really soft in that first half - we were doing enough but it’s not about that, it’s about playing to the standards we have set.

“We challenged the boys at half-time to improve and it was clear we had added another 20 per cent to what we were doing. We ran harder and tackled with a lot more conviction and you get the rewards.”

Rowley felt it was always going to be a big ask for the players to get up for this game in the wake of their Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield celebrations. He said: “It was always going to be a challenge on the back of some pretty heavy celebrations and the dressing room was a bit quiet. I am glad we raised the bar in the second half.

“We are playing some good rugby and have got some skilfull players. By the end we were having a bit of fun but I was disappointed not to keep Swinton to zero.”

Leigh made several changes to the side that beat Featherstone and handed loan signing Michael Platt his debut. The former Bradford centre scored a try and made two more and Rowley was pleased with his contribution.

“I thought Michael Platt had a solid debut and showed some good touches,” said Rowley. “He was able to deal with Mick Nanyn who is also a big fella and he fitted in well. All the team did their job today.”