Centurions won’t change their attacking philosophy

Gregg McNally scores for Leigh against Hull KR. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Gregg McNally scores for Leigh against Hull KR. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

PAUL Rowley says Leigh won’t change their attacking philosophy in the wake of Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Hull KR.

The Kingstone Press Championship Leaders’ Shield winners saw a 24-6 half-time lead overturned during a second half collapse; Rovers won 36-26.

Some commentators said Leigh had only themselves to blame for failing to curb their expansive game rather than grind out a win.

But the Centurions coach argued that was an easy criticism to make.

“It was that attacking style which got us to the top and saw us score 24 points in the first half,” he said.

“It wasn’t that style which killed us, it was our own execution. That is what let us down.

“Playing like that is in our DNA. It’s our style to be dynamic and not be nervous about the consequences. I have reinforced that to the players this week.”

Even in defeat, Rowley says he learnt a lot about his team and they have taken positives from the performance.

“We need to be consistent for longer periods,” he said. “But the game reinforced my belief that we are more than a match for Super League teams.

“In the second half we gave away too much territory and our kicking game was poor. If you concede so much possession at this level, you will be punished.”

Rowley said there will be changes to his squad on Sunday because of injury but refused to be drawn as to who would miss out.