Rowley happy to have a selection headache

Fuifui Moimoi in full flow for Leigh Centurions against Hunslet. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Fuifui Moimoi in full flow for Leigh Centurions against Hunslet. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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PRESSURE for places is keeping Leigh sharp ahead of the play-offs says coach Paul Rowley.

Last night Leigh beat Hunslet 72-6 just days after winning in Workington 50-12.

The result saw them displace Bradford at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

Rowley was able to rest several players including Jonathan Pownall, Gareth Hock, Tommy Goulden, Jake Emmitt, Greg Worthington and Jonathan Dixon.

On Sunday Leigh face Featherstone and competition for a starting spot is giving Rowley some selection headaches.

Leigh have been boosted further still by the return from injury of forwards Martin Aspinwall, Sam Barlow and Matt Sarsfield.

“You can see how desperate the lads are to perform and stay in the team,” said Rowley.

“The pressure is coming from within. people have really upped their game and there will be some really difficult choices ahead. We have people coming back like Sam Barlow after injury and Mathias Pala making his mark on debut.”

Gregg McNally scored five tries as Leigh crushed Hunslet on Wednesday but it was the quality of the all-round display which pleased Rowley.

He said: “There were lots of good performances, none more so than Gregg McNally who was Man of the Match. He is a good all round player. He is very skilful and a lot of the stuff he does goes un-noticed.

“The speed of our ruck was very good and it’s a good way to be playing especially looking forward to the big games to come.

“We had Bob Beswick at scrum half in the end and had two props in the back row but you wouldn’t have noticed. Everyone knows their role. Everyone is working hard and we are doing the little things right which pleases me.”