Rowley proud to guide Leigh to Grand Final

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
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Leigh Centurions beat Dewsbury 33-22 to reach their first Grand Final since 2004, the year they won promotion to Super League.

In a pulsating semi final at the Sports Village, Adam Higson scored a hat-trick of tries while Martyn Ridyard kicked six goals and a drop goal.

Centurions will now meet the winners of Sunday night’s other semi final between Featherstone and Sheffield at Headingley in a week.

For coach Paul Rowley who has has already guided Leigh to the League Leaders Shield in 2014, it was a proud day.

“It was a good end to a good season,” said Rowley. “The players deserve it because they had to work hard against a good Dewsbury side.

“I am not surprised to be where we are but privileged to be in a Grand Final and I’m looking forward to this week.”

Centurions raced into a 12-0 lead but were pegged back by a well organised Dewsbury side which has stormed the play-offs with wins over Halifax and Workington.

“Dewsbury played as we expected, they are a good team,” said Rowley. “But we showed again that when we have good spells of possession we can score points. We have got some wonderfully talented players.

“We weren’t faultless but at the semi final stage of a competition a win is all that matters.”