Centurions ready for uphill task at Batley

Leigh players celebrate a try against Batley earlier in the season
Leigh players celebrate a try against Batley earlier in the season

LEIGH face an uphill challenge – literally – to keep their Championship charge on track at Batley.

Centurions are 10 points clear at the top of the table and a win at Mount Pleasant will edge them closer to sealing top spot.

But it’s a venue, with its formidable slope, that is hardly welcoming to visitors.

“Batley are a well rounded and powerful team,” said Rowley.

“I don’t think there are many grounds in the Championship where you look forward to going to but Batley offers its own challenges with its slope. Batley know how to play the pitch too.

“It will be a hard game and a good challenge for us. They have some quality players and Miles Greenwood has come back earlier from injury that first thought.”

Leigh were in fine form on Sunday as they demolished Rochdale 72-22, a performance which had Rowley purring. “I was very happy with the win and the week’s training before it,” he said. “Days like that are rewarding for the players and coaching staff.

“I must pay tribute to our fans too who considerably outnumbered their Rochdale counterparts.

“I was sat across from our fans so to see them all enjoying themselves and singing was fantastic. I hope they turn up in numbers again at Batley because they really do make a difference and the players appreciate it so much. After the match the lads were talking in the changing room about how good our supporters were.”