Young stars impress Leigh boss

Leigh Centurions defeated North Wales Crusaders on a Sunday with a youthful team

Leigh Centurions defeated North Wales Crusaders on a Sunday with a youthful team

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PAUL Rowley was delighted with the way some of Leigh’s rising stars took their chance to shine in Sunday’s friendly win over North Wales Crusaders.

Leigh had 10 players on debut and several more had only one or two senior games to their name.

But Centurions were still too good for the Welsh side, running out comfortable 42-22 winners.

Reserves boss Paul Anderson and assistant coach Neil Jukes took charge for the game leaving Rowley to get a good look at the rising stars.

“It was brilliant,” said Rowley. “It shows the future is bright and that from top to bottom we have some very talented players at this club.

“We gave the youngsters a chance to flourish and I hope they will keep entertaining us for years to come.

“We don’t have as much money as other clubs but players want to come here because they see an opportunity to progress.”

Winger Corey Lee scored a hat-trick of tries while Ben Reynolds again impressed with a busy game at half-back.

Two players with famous fathers – Elliot Liku and Jack Hansen – also made their debuts following in the footsteps of Tongans Tau Liku and Lee Hansen who played for Centurions in the 1990s.