Leigh look forward to home comforts

Leigh's Ryan Brierley in action at Whitehaven on Sunday. Photo: Brian King
Leigh's Ryan Brierley in action at Whitehaven on Sunday. Photo: Brian King
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AFTER a demanding schedule which sent them to Sheffield, Workington, Leeds and Whitehaven in quick succession, Leigh Centurions are looking forward to back-to-back home games.

Last Sunday, Leigh’s lead at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship grew to 10 points as Paul Rowley’s side won in Whitehaven as nearest rivals Featherstone lost at Workington.

It was a scrappy game which Centurions boss Rowley put down to a punishing schedule.

“Every training session recently has been more like a recovery session,” he said. “At Whitehaven I only decided on my team on the way to the ground.

“But this week we have been working hard in training and I am confident that by the weekend we will be crisp and sharp again.”

Leigh were boosted at Whitehaven by the return of Australian centre Cameron Pitman after a shoulder injury. But question marks remain over the fitness of Adam Higson, Tom Armstrong and Sam Barlow.

“We played poorly for large parts of the game at Whitehaven,” said Rowley.

“But we knew if we could build some sets up and concentrate on our execution we would be okay. We only had three sets in their half in the first half yet scored two tries. It was probably the ugliest win we have been involved in.”

Rowley rates Sunday’s opposition Dewsbury highly and anticipates a big test at the Sports Village. He said: “Dewsbury have had a great season so far.

“They have good players and are well coached. It was a tough battle when we met earlier in the season and I expect more of the same on Sunday.”

Leigh are looking for their 17th consecutive league win of the season but Dewsbury are in high spirits after last Sunday’s 24-8 win over high-flying Doncaster.