Leigh Centurions: Beaumont impressed with preseason training intensity

Leigh's Gregg McNally is back in training. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Gregg McNally is back in training. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont has been very impressed with what he has seen from the players in preseason training.

Writing in his exclusive Leigh Observer column, Beaumont noted how well new signing Rangi Chase was settling in alongside Martyn Ridyard.

“Wow’ is the first word to describe what I saw,” said Beaumont.

“I was shocked by the full on contact and ferocity of the session. I have often seen the lads in opposed training over the last couple of years but this was different than anything I had seen before – it was a far higher level of intensity and got very tasty at times, although under control and with genuine spirit.

“The lads were certainly roughing each other up and putting in some big shots. What I also witnessed was some real good play and as well as watching the class of Rangi Chase it was also great to see Martyn Ridyard looking really sharp especially coming back from injury, it’s easy to forget just how good he is.

“I have never seen Gregg McNally make so many tackles in a game as he did in that session it was really pleasing to see him so involved. It was also good to see young Lewis Foster getting stuck in.

“It really whet my appetite for the season to see the boys looking so good and so far ahead of where they were last year.”