Leigh boss Rowley has learned to expect the unexpected from Doncaster

Leigh coach Paul Rowley
Leigh coach Paul Rowley
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PAUL Rowley says Leigh’s dreadful record in the play-offs won’t have any affect on his current squad.

On Sunday, Leigh take on Doncaster, the only side to have beaten them in a league game all season.

With the Grand Final now in their sights, Leigh are looking to cap an astonishing season which saw them finish 15 points clear at the top the Kingstone Press Championship, winning the Leaders Shield with three games to spare.

But Leigh have failed to make progress in the play-offs since 2004 when they won the Grand Final to earn promotion to Super League.

“We can’t worry about our play-off performances of the past,” said Centurions boss Rowley. “Most of the current squad have no reason to think about that. We are winners here at all levels - we’ve got the Leaders Shield and the reserves won their Grand Final last week.”

Rowley has played down talk of revenge ahead of Sunday’s game.

“That defeat sticks with me,” said Rowley. “But Doncaster deserved to win that day.

“I’m not getting wrapped up in thinking about what happened that day because we are on track for one of our best ever seasons. We have got new targets now.

“The hardest bit for us is not knowing who will be playing for Doncaster. They have got a dual registration set up with Hull FC which is more than significant.

“The last time we played them they came up with a team full of surprises including a half back that had played in the NRL. I’ve asked the RFL for some clarity on who is eligible to play against us but they haven’t got back to me yet. It’s really hard to prepare a game plan.”