LEIGH are looking to extend their winning run to 12 games when they go to Halifax this weekend.
Paul Rowley’s side started the new season impressively with a come-from-behind win over Bradford Bulls at the Sports Village on Sunday.
But Halifax, now coached by former Centurions forward Richard Marshall, are a team the Leigh boss rates highly.
“Games between these sides always seem to deliver,” said Rowley who played for Halifax with distinction.
“We are two evenly matched sides and it will be interesting to see if Halifax utilize their dual registration link-up with Hull KR.
“Last weekend in the Championship we saw some of Hull’s first team squad playing for Doncaster as part of their dual reg arrangement.
“Halifax have strengthened well during the off-season and have a few ex-Leigh players in there like Miles Greenwood, Alex Brown and Richard Moore.
“It’ll probably be mentioned in the build-up about us being full-time again but there are part-time players at Halifax on bigger contracts than some of our full-time lads.
“From our point of view it’s good to get back into the routine of weekly rugby, especially after all the build-up to the Bradford game.”
Last season there were two epic clashes between the sides with Leigh just coming out on top in both.
In the game at The Shay, Leigh fought back from 24-0 down to win 36-28. And they performed this great escape with 12 men after Sam Barlow was sent-off while not even on the pitch.
Barlow was at the centre of more controversy in the return fixture at the Sports Village as he had to go to hospital following a challenge from Dane Manning which earned the Halifax forward a 10 match ban.
Halifax won their opening game of the season at Whitehaven on Sunday, 44-16.
Rowley will be forced to make changes to his squad after winger Adam Higson suffered a broken hand against Bradford.
Jonathan Pownall could replace Higson though Michael Platt and Cameron Pitman are also in contention.
Leigh are already missing forwards Martin Aspinwall and Matt Sarsfield through injury but could soon have Tom Spencer back who is due to play in tonight’s Steve Maden Testimonial game at Leigh East.