Revenge mission for Centurions in play-offs

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley

Leigh Centurions will begin their quest for the Kingstone Press Championship title with a home play-off against Doncaster this weekend.

Revenge will be on the cards for the Championship League Leaders’ Shield winners, whose only league defeat of a momentous season came at the hands of the South Yorkshire club.

The Championship title will be determined by the winners of a top-eight play-offs series, which next week also sees Featherstone Rovers host Halifax in a qualifying play-off.

Rovers sealed second spot with a late victory over Keighley that also saw the Cougars relegated to the new League 1 in 2015.

The winners of Leigh v Doncaster and Featherstone v Halifax will have a bye in Week 2 of the play-offs, while the losers will be at home to the winners of the two elimination play-offs featuring the teams that finished fifth to eight.

Those ties see Sheffield Eagles host Batley Bulldogs, who confirmed their place in the play-offs with a stirring win at Doncaster, whilst Dewsbury Rams are at home to Workington Town. The two losing team from these two matches will be eliminated.

In Kingstone Press Championship One, League Leader York City Knights have a bye in Week 1 of the five-team play-offs that will ultimately decide the title and promotion to the Championship in 2015.

York will be at home in Week 2 to the winners of the play-off between second-placed Hunslet Hawks and third-placed Oldham.

The other play-off sees Gateshead Thunder play Hemel Stags next week, when the losers will be eliminated whilst the winners’ reward is a trip to the losers of Hunslet v Oldham in Week 2.

Next week’s play-offs (finishing positions at end off regular season in brackets) are as follows:

Kingstone Press Championship

Leigh Centurions (1st) v Doncaster (4th)

Featherstone Rovers (2nd) v Halifax (3rd)

Sheffield Eagles (5th) v Batley Bulldogs (8th)

Dewsbury Rams (6th) v Workington Town (7th)

Kingstone Press Championship One

Hunslet Hawks (2nd) v Oldham (3rd) – Friday September 12 (8.00pm)

Gateshead Thunder (4th) v Hemel Stags ((5th)

*York City Knights (1st) have a bye.

Full details of kick-off dates and venues for all the above matches will be confirmed today (Monday).