MILLWARD: DRAGONS WILL POSE TOUGHEST TEST YET

LEIGH Centurions have their sights set on dousing the Dragons’ fire when they take on Catalan in Friday night’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round clash.

The game is at the Leigh Sports Village and with the Centurions undefeated this season, that record will face its toughest ever test against a fired up Dragons side that has won its last five games including victories over Warrington, Wigan and Huddersfield.

“It’s our toughest game of the season without any doubt,” confirmed Centurions coach Ian Millward. “But it gives us a real opportunity to test ourselves at a new and higher level. Catalan have shown their quality with recent results and they will be red hot favourites for this one.

“But we are all raring to have a go at them, and it should be great game on Friday night.”

The game kicks off at 8pm and Leigh will have concerns over record-breaking goal kicker Mick Nanyn who limped out of last Sunday’s 36-12 win over Batley Bulldogs that moved the Centurions three points clear at the top of the Co-operative Championship.

Nanyn climbed into the top 10 list of all-time rugby league points scorers by helping Leigh strengthen their position at the top of the Co-operative Championship with the 36-12 win over Batley.

The much-travelled Nanyn kicked four goals at Leigh Sports Village to take his career points tally to 3,282 and displace Jim Ledgard from 10th place. He is now just 99 points behind ninth placed Wigan legend Andy Farrell.

The Dragons will certainly be a tough test with Australian half back Scott Dureau in red hot form alongside others such as Australian Test legend Steve Menzies and superb French Test stand off Thomas Bosc.

But Leigh can do no more than they have so far, and to have gone seven League games without defeat as well as those in the Northern Rail Cup speaks volumes for the way the side has improved since last season and the arrival of Millward.

Reflecting on last week’s win and Nanyn’s record making haul, Millward said: “We coughed up a little too much of the ball at times but overall I am happy with the win.

“Defensively we were strong and our kicking was good, but we got a little loose in the second half and the scoreline probably makes the game look more comfortable than it ever was.

“But it was a good win and it is always good to be where we are at present.”

Leigh did have Steve Nash back in action and scoring a try on his return while the form of Anthony Nicholson continues to impress.

Meanwhile when speaking of Nanyn’s record achievement, he added: “Mick’s scored 500 points for Leigh, which is an achievement in itself, but to score so many points that he gets into the all-time top 10 scores in the history of the game is something that cannot be taken away from you.

“He has earned that place and it is a credit to the effort he has put in over his career.”

l The Centurions ticket office will be open till 8pm tonight (Thursday).

Chief Executive Allan Rowley said: “Don’t forget that tickets can be purchased over the phone on 01942 487888, or over the internet on www.leightickets.com”.