Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont has been reflecting on an emotionally charged week at the club.
Writing in his exclusive Leigh Observer column, Beaumont said: “Well what a week that was – talk about highs and lows.
“The funeral of Tommy Sale was an amazing experience. It is the first time I have been in church at a funeral and not felt sad, which was a weird feeling. I think it was a combination of the fantastic reflections of his life from Andy Burnham, Lord Peter Smith, Mike Latham and members of Tommy’s proud family, most endearingly from his great-grand daughter referring to him as Tommy T.
“And the mere fact that, at 97, it wasn’t tragic or unexpected – very sad, yes – but I felt overwhelmed by the way his life was celebrated. As I said back at the LSV when I spoke, if before we arrived on this earth we were able to purchase a life package, then Tommy Sale’s would have been a best seller.
“It was also rather poignant that the latest Tommy Sale his great- great grandson watched his first ever rugby game on Sunday against Wigan, the first game Tommy Sale himself obviously didn’t see.
“The high was the result from that game and I am sure Rolls got what he wanted from the game in various quarters.
“The attitude towards winning was most pleasing to me and seeing how, when certain plays that are worked on were executed, they just scored with ease.
“A lot of people will say that Wigan weren’t full strength but they still play the Wigan way to their structures so Paul and the boys should take credit from the victory, as in the end that is what it was.
Warrington will pose a different test and I am looking forward to making the trip over.
“They are a great club with some top class players and a top drawer coach, so I am sure we will be challenged in every department on Sunday and I hope our fans get down to LSV and buy a ticket to join us over at Warrington to cheer on the boys.”