Rowley maintains Halifax have Championship’s best squad

Sam Barlow was sent off when Leigh and Halifax last met
Sam Barlow was sent off when Leigh and Halifax last met

PAUL Rowley says he stands by comments he made earlier in the season about Halifax having the best squad in the Kingstone Press Championship.

The Leigh coach reportedly made his opposite number Karl Harrison “chuckle” when he made the claims before the sides met at The Shay in April.

“I still stick by that,” said Rowley. “They have a good squad and have strengthened it since we played them. Plus they have had some good results and a few unlucky losses.”

Centurions face a demanding schedule of two games in five days as they look to get over the disappointment of their Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter final exit at Leeds last Friday.

First up are Halifax on Wednesday night before Bobbie Goulding’s Barrow on Sunday. Both games are at Leigh Sports Village,

Leigh’s lead at the top of the Championship has been cut to four points by Featherstone though Centurions have a game in hand.

“Halifax have had a long run-up to the game which will obviously help them,” said Rowley, a former Halifax player.

“We have had only a short recovery time from playing one of the best teams in the world so it’s going to be a factor.

“Ahead of the Leeds game we spoke about the importance of not attaching too much emotion to it ­– whatever the outcome. We needed to save some of that for the two Championship games which are round the corner.”

It was an amazing game when Leigh met Halifax back in April. Centurions trailied 24-0 at one point and had Sam Barlow sent off yet came roaring back in the second half to eventually claim a 38-26 win.