Rowley hails Leigh’s fighting spirit

Ryan Brierley scores for Leigh at Halifax. Photo: Brian King.
Ryan Brierley scores for Leigh at Halifax. Photo: Brian King.
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Leigh boss Paul Rowley said his team’s remarkable fightback at Halifax could define the entire season.

Trailing 24-0 after 26 minutes, Leigh’s eight match winning streak looked like it would be coming to an abrupt halt.

But the Kingstone Championship leaders overhauled the deficit to take the lead in a thrilling second half and ended up winning 36-28.

“I thought we had a really poor start,” said Rowley. “Halifax did to us what we wanted to do to them.

“Halifax were running with 100 per cent completion at one point on the back of some aggressive football. I was really disappointed and let the players know it at half-time.”

In an eventful game which saw two players from each side sin-binned and Leigh forward Sam Barlow sent off against his old club, Centurions had to play half an hour down to 12 men.

“There were a couple of scuffles and they turned out to be a game changer for us. I knew we had it in us to come back and when we did you could see a few heads go down in the Halifax side.

“Maybe Halifax put their tools away too early and underestimated what we are about. We have got some good spirit in the camp and that showed through.

“But on Sunday we showed some fire when it kicked off a bit - maybe we needed something like that to wake us up a bit.”