Centurions boss Rowley expects special atmosphere for Final

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley wants his players to create special memories in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final at Headingley.

Centurions face a Featherstone Rovers team they have already beaten three times this season.

And with the League Leaders Shield secured, Rowley wants his players to enjoy the special atmosphere of a Final.

“These opportunities are very rare,” said Rowley. “Finals are great occasions for players and supporters alike.

“These are the days you think about when you begin pre-season training in the depths of winter ”

Rowley says training this week has been concentrated on keeping the players fine tuned.

“It’s all about skills and pampering the players at this stage,” said Rowley. “We’ve had a year of hard work and can’t afford any more injuries.”

Centurions are missing Tom Spencer, Tommy Goulden, Sam Hopkins and Martin Aspinwall.

Despite being favourites for Sunday’s game, Rowley is well aware of the dangers Featherstone present.

“They have been the leading lights of the Championship for so long,” said Rowley. “They have an embarrassment of riches with some talented players along with loan and dual registration players.”

Rowley is hoping the Leigh fans turn out in force despite the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere with two well supported teams,” said Rowley. “But we need our fans there in force like they were for the Challenge Cup tie against Leeds.”