Leigh Centurions: Beaumont likens himself to UFC champion

Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont has total faith in his players and coaching staff. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont has total faith in his players and coaching staff. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont says he stands by comments made about how he thinks his team will fare this season.

In his exclusive Leigh Observer column last week, he suggested that Centurions could go through the Championship season unbeaten and backed them to win promotion to Super League.

His comments attracted criticism from rival fans but he says like Conor McGregor the UFC fighter, he backs up his words with actions.

He wrote: “My column last week saw me get some stick for suggesting we won’t be beaten in the 23 rounds, and even Paul Rowley has commented that the competition had become stronger.

“I don’t doubt that for one minute, but our team has recruited top quality proven Super League players and recruited at a different level in my opinion, so it is for that reason I say we will improve on what we have achieved for the last two seasons.

“That isn’t disrespecting other clubs and whilst it isn’t a goal or a necessity and there are no prizes for doing so, it is in my opinion just the by-product of a Super League quality side, playing every game to win as I believe every single rugby team goes out to do.

“I expect coaches to play things down and take pressure off themselves but that isn’t my style. I am cut more from the cloth of the Conor McGregor-type, who says it as he sees it then goes out and backs it up. I believe I have got a team and coaching staff to back my words up but will have no problem whatsoever if it doesn’t happen. The pressure is on Super League as that is what we are he’ll bent on achieving.”