Centurions spirit is strong - Millward

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Leigh are playing some of the best rugby they have played for years!

And according to the Centurions coach, Ian Millward it is all down to the spirit within the camp based on local players playing for their local professional club!

“About 75 per cent of the players are from Leigh East or Leigh Miners,” he said. “And that has certainly helped them to gel into a very strong unit fully committed to each other on the field.

“We get on well together off it too, and it has provided a bedrock on which all our players can found a really strong squad.

“We played some really good stuff at Sheffield, but there is still room for improvement, and we will be working on that for the Hunslet game this Sunday.”

The quality of Leigh’s attacking and defensive play is certainly attracting attention with a good number of fans and media pundits sitting up and taking notice.

Leigh’s crowds are on the up and the atmosphere generated within the Leigh Sports Village Stadium is only adding to a game-day experience that is proving well worth the entrance money.

Last Sunday night’s 44-8 win at Sheffield Eagles was shown live on Sky Sports and there was no mistaking that the broadcasters could not get over the fact that Leigh dominated from the first minute to the last in a game that they had billed as a potential first defeat for the Centurions.

“They seemed a little surprised at the way we played,” confirmed Millward.

“But I thought we played some exceptional rugby out there and have been doing so as the season has progressed.

“We have worked on a structure and the players have worked at understanding it and putting it into practice – and all that hard work is starting to pay off.

“But that doesn’t mean we can relax.

“We play Hunslet on Sunday and they will be coming to the LSV determined to knock us off top spot and it’s up to us to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Leigh have now gone eight Championship games without defeat, but Millward insists that they are only taking one game at a time.

“We have had no goals other than to win the next game,” he said.

“I didn’t set any points totals for a mid-way, threequarter or even end of season. I just know that if we play well and look to win every game then we would be there or thereabouts for the play-offs and have a good chance of being in the Northern Rail Cup semis.

“But that approach is still what we are using. Our most important game is the next one and that is Hunslet.”

Leigh should have a fully fit squad available with the exception of long term injuries to Ricky Bibey and Robbie Hunter-Paul.

“They are some weeks off yet,” added Millward. “But that is a mark of how well we are doing.

“They are two of our most experienced players and yet without them, it has meant other players have had to step up to the mark and deliver.

But Leigh have won nothing yet and that is a message that Millward is always hammering home as he keeps his side focused on winning that next game.