Leigh boss Rowley happy to win ugly in Whitehaven

Leigh's Martyn Ridyard takes on the Whitehaven defence. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh's Martyn Ridyard takes on the Whitehaven defence. Photo: Brian King.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley praised his side’s willingness to dig deep after they stretched their lead at the top of the Championship to double digits with a win at Whitehaven.

The result completed a triple of Cumbrian away wins for Centurions in 2014 though Rowley wasn’t entirely happy with his side’s display.

He said: “We played poorly for large parts of the game but we knew if we could build some sets up and concentrate on our execution we would be okay.

“We only had three sets in their half in the first half yet scored two tries. It was probably the ugliest win we have been involved in.”

Centurions have had a busy fixture list of late with a Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter final at Leeds followed back Championship games against Halifax, Barrow and Whitehaven in quick succession.

“I knew the workload we had had in the last few weeks would bite us,” said Rowley. “But we still had some adrenaline running through us which got us home.

“We had a disjointed training week and some of the players didn’t train until Saturday while others pulled out late on. But we were delighted with the result at Whitehaven and that’s what it was all about.

“It was a bit like a Cup tie for us. we wanted to get in, get the result and get out again.”

Leigh’s win was all the most important as their nearest rivals Featherstone suffered a defeat at Workington. It means Leigh’s lead at the top is now 10 points.

On Sunday, Leigh welcome Dewsbury looking for their 17th consecutive league win.

Rowley said: “This week we will have a full week’s training for the first time in a while. That’s important in getting us back up to our usual high standards. We will perform better in our next fixture.”