LEIGH are at full strength as they begin their quest for Super League but coach Paul Rowley says they are still “massive underdogs” against Hull KR.
The Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield winners take on Rovers at the Sports Village on Saturday in one of the stand-out games of the Super8 Qualifiers.
“There are a lot of similarities between the teams,” said Centurions coach Paul Rowley.
“On the day if we both play to our best it will be some game. All the ingredients are there for an exciting encounter.
“Like us, Hull KR like to play off-the-cuff and under coach Chris Chester they have been a breath of fresh air in Super League this year.”
Rowley played alongside Chester while at Halifax and the two have remained friends as their respective coaching careers have developed.
“I have enjoyed watching him and his teams this year,” said Rowley. “Hull KR are a much better club with him in charge and we go into the game as massive underdogs.”
Leigh have not lost at the Sports Village in two seasons but Hull KR are full of confidence having reached the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final with a win over Warrington last Saturday.
Rovers have already won at the Sports Village this year, beating Wigan in a Challenge Cup tie moved from the DW Stadium.
Rowley is not giving anything away regarding his team selection. He said: “I’ve got a picture of what my squad will be based on performances, not just in recent games but also training sessions. I have some tough choices because everyone is fit.”
The likes of hooker Bob Beswick and prop forward Fuifui Moimoi who both missed the final game of the regular season against Doncaster will come back into contention.