Rowley backs players after stormy clash

Leigh's Bob Beswick takes on the Featherstone defence. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Bob Beswick takes on the Featherstone defence. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley has dismissed claims that his team are indisciplined in the wake of yesterday’s win over Featherstone, instead arguing his players are being targeted.

In a scrappy encounter, Featherstone had their prop Paul Wood sent off while Gareth Moore was sin-binned.

Centurions trio Bob Beswick, Liam Kay and Gareth Hock were also sin-binned but Leigh ended up comfortable 31-12 winners.

Rowley said he expected his players to get a tough battle in the final game of the Summer Bash weekend in Blackpool but was not impressed with Featherstone’s tactics.

“We had to go to war because we were being bashed from pillar to post,” he said.

“We had to work hard but couldn’t get any momentum. I think the speed of the game was very slow and the ruck was disgraceful.”

Centurions went behind early on but came back strongly with a Gregg McNally hat-trick the highlight of a stop-start encounter. It was Leigh’s 26th straight win in all competitions.

“We worked hard for a spell then put the cue on the rack,” said Rowley. “We just did what we needed to do to bring it home.

“I am really pleased even after that scrappy first 30 minutes because we showed we know how to win a game and when to step it up. Teams will contnue to rough us up and then probably say it’s us roughing them up. But that’s a mystery to me.

“Featherstone had some interesting tactics. We still scored more than 30 points on a very tight pitch. To do that takes a lot of guts and we showed plenty of spirit and good discipline and I was proud of them.

“It’s common practice now for teams to try and slow us down which is frustrating.”