Rowley happy with first preseason hit out

Leigh Centurions boss Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions boss Paul Rowley

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley was a happy man after his side kicked off their pre-season programme with an 18-14 victory over Wigan at the Sports Village.

Winger Liam Kay scored a hat-trick of tries including the decider six minutes from the end.

“The players have worked very hard during preseason and we were looking forward to the game,” said Rowley. “We had some injuries to deal with - no second rowers - so to beat a strong Wigan side is fantastic.

“It was never about the result today, it was about what we got out of it and achieving objectives. We have got some things we need to work on but it’s a good starting base.

“We did a lot well. I’m happy we looked physically fit and strong and it was a good all-round performance.”

Centurions had Fuifui Moimoi, Ben Reynolds and Greg Worthington making their debuts and all did enough to suggest they will strengthen the squad.

But Leigh were without last year’s Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Year Martyn Ridyard and forwards Tom Spencer, Kurt Haggerty and Matt Sarsfield through injury.

“I’m glad we got the win because it’s nice for the fans and a just reward for the players’ efforts during preseason.”

Rowley was also pleased with the contributions of Worthington and Reynolds in their first Leigh appearances.

“I have said before that I think Greg was probably our best signing of the close season,” he said. “He is a good player who has a wealth of skills and ability. We saw something in him to bring him here and he has got plenty in his locker.

“Reynolds had a really good debut and he can be pleased with himself.”

Rowley also revealed he was looking to bring in a new player - thought to be a forward - following the recent departure of Richard Beaumont. There was disappointing news about Sarsfield though who is looking at a six week lay-off because of a pectoral injury suffered in training.