Leigh Centurions: Leigh and Warrington to field strong teams

Leigh's Adam Higson scoring against Wigan last Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Adam Higson scoring against Wigan last Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Both Warrington and Leigh will be close to full strength for Sunday’s Simon Grix Testimonial game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Centurions coach Paul Rowley will not make major changes to the team which defeated Wigan at the Sports Village last weekend.

A few players including Martyn Ridyard, Gregg McNally and Cory Paterson suffered slight knocks but were quickly withdrawn from the action.

Leigh had four players on debut – Harrison Hansen, Paterson, Rangi Chase and Willie Tonga. Reni Matuai did not feature despite being on the teamsheet and is unlikely to play on Sunday.

It has since emerged Hansen should not have played against Wigan because he was still carrying a suspension from when he was at Salford. A spokesman for the RFL blamed an “administrative error” for the oversight.

Rowley was happy with the performance against Wigan but added: “I didn’t think anyone was great.

“The game was pleasing for a few reasons because we had one block of players making their debuts then another block who were coming back from injury. It was good to see them out there and get some minutes under their belts.”

Like Leigh, Warrington have only played one preseason game so far – an impressive win at Widnes on December 27.

Tony Smith’s side have strengthened for the new campaign and much is expected of Kurt Gidley, who has arrived from NRL side Newcastle Knights and former Hull FC winger Tom Lineham.

The game also marks the first time Leigh hooker Micky Higham has faced his former club since his transfer midway through last season. Former Leigh prop Chris Hill is also the new Wolves skipper.

Warrington beat Leigh 34-24 when the sides last met - an exciting Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter final clash in June last year.

Warrington squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Jordan Cox, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Gene Ormsby, Declan Patton, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Matty Russell, Chris Sandow, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood, Gary Wheeler.