Leigh boss Rowley full of praise for opposite number Cooke

Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke
Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke

LEIGH go to Doncaster on Sunday looking for a remarkable 19th straight league win and with a 12 point gap between them and the rest.

But their coach Paul Rowley has warned that winning streak is at serious risk against a Doncaster side he rates highly.

“They are a very good team,” said Rowley. “Paul Cooke has done extremely well as player-coach and the club as a whole look to be building in the right way.

“Cooke is a player who could walk into any side in the Championship. He can control a game with his kicking and clever distribution.

“We scored some magnificent tries to beat them at the LSV and we will need to be at our best again on Sunday.

“I expect another tough game at the Keepmoat Stadium which is a great facility with a big, wide pitch.

“Doncaster have enjoyed some good results and real duels with the top teams in this division and will fancy their chances of getting the second spot.”

Leigh are likely to be missing the injured Martyn Ridyard and Adam Higson but Oliver Wilkes is set to return. Cameron Pitman is available again but his replacement at centre Chris Hankinson has been in good form and likely to retain his place.