Leigh coach Rowley rates Halifax as Championship’s best team

Halifax coach Karl Harrison
Halifax coach Karl Harrison

Paul Rowley has warned Leigh they face the Kingstone Press Championship’s “best team” at Halifax on Sunday.

Centurions have won their last eight games in all competitions and currently sit top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

But Halifax are one of the league’s form teams and are especially dangerous on their own ground.

“I have said from day one that I rate Halifax as the best team in the Championship,” said Leigh boss Rowley.

“They have an excellent squad and a very good coach in Karl Harrison. They look to be hitting top form but we are up for the challenge.

“There have been some great games between the sides in recent years – we seem to bring out the best in each other.

“Hopefully our fans will be there in numbers and the Halifax supporters will be up for it so it should be a great atmosphere.”

Centurions fans have mixed recent memories of The Shay. Almost a year ago Halifax thrashed them 60-10 but in July it was the scene of Leigh’s Northern Rail Cup win over Sheffield.

Leigh have doubts over Sam Barlow and Tom Armstrong who have both been suffering with tonsillitis. Martin Aspinwall is also unavailable as he recovers from a rib injury but Tommy Goulden should be back after missing out against Rochdale.