Centurions reserves ready to shine on their big night

Leigh reserves coach Paul Anderson. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh reserves coach Paul Anderson. Photo: Brian King.

LEIGH Reserves coach Paul Anderson says his team can’t wait for Friday night’s Grand Final against Sheffield Eagles at Leigh Sports Village.

The former Centurions player is hoping fans will turn out in force to watch the rising stars who, like the first team squad, have dominated their league this season.

“It is extra special to be playing the game at Leigh Sports Village,” said Anderson. “I’d to thank Derek Beaumont, Mike Norris and the Leigh board for making this possible.

“It is a big game and one we’ve all been looking forward to. I’m sure it will showcase the very best in Rugby League and demonstrate what a tremendous competition the Championships Under-20s has been this year.

“We completed our league season with the tremendous record of played 20, won 19, lost one.”

Several players from the reserves have been given opportunities in the first team including Cameron Pitman and Chris Hankinson.

“It shows there is a pathway for young, ambitious players,” said Anderson. “We’ve played some great rugby and run in some big scores, scoring over 1,000 points.

“The tries have been shared around the team which shows what a great team effort it has been. On top of that Josh Ward has had a phenomenal season with the boot- he is one of the best goal-kickers I’ve seen.”

During the season, Leigh reserves have played at Leigh Miners, Leigh East, Golborne Parkside and at Leigh RU Club.

“Everywhere we’ve gone we’ve had a great welcome and the support has been tremendous,” said Anderson.

“That’s helped to get the kids interested in the game and has been really good for us.”

Friday’s game kicks off at 8pm and senior coach Paul Rowley has called on as many Leigh fans to attend as possible.