Centurions supporters are backing Beaumont

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont

SOME Leigh fans are planning to wear Derek Beaumont masks when they travel to see Centurions take on Bradford this Sunday.

Beaumont, Leigh’s head of rugby, was told he would not be granted admission to Odsal for a recent Championship game between Bradford and Featherstone.

It was the latest example of strained relationships between the rivals who have been vying for top spot all season.

So in a show of support for the club’s owner, fans have been picking up Beaumont masks which they intend to wear at the game.

Leigh beat Bradford in the opening game of the season. It was an explosive and exciting game which was packed with talking points on and off the pitch.

After the game Beaumont issued a strongly worded statement criticising the behaviour of Bradford and some of their officials.

He was fined after an investigation into incidents that took place before and after the game.

The Bulls received a formal warning as to their future behaviour after members of the club were deemed to have acted in a manner which is prejudicial to the interests of the game at the same fixture.

This Sunday’s game had been billed as a “title decider” but with Bradford suffering recent defeats against Featherstone and Sheffield, Leigh need only win one of their last three games to finish top.

There had been some suggestions Leigh might send a reserves side to Odsal this weekend with the play-offs around the corner but coach Paul Rowley has rubbished such talk.