Centurions fired up for final warm-up match

Leigh's Tom Armstrong is likely to miss Sunday's friendly against Oldham
Leigh's Tom Armstrong is likely to miss Sunday's friendly against Oldham
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LEIGH complete their pre-season programme on Sunday when Oldham visit the Sports Village.

Centurions have won all three of their warm-up games so far and last week they looked razor sharp as they dismantled Keighley Cougars 86-0.

With the Kingstone Press Championship opener against Bradford Bulls looming on February 15, Leigh boss Paul Rowley is close to deciding on his best 17.

“We will approach it in the same way we have approached all our friendlies and train for it like any other game,” said Rowley.

“The pressure for places provides the intensity and competition for places.”

Leigh will not risk Tom Armstrong, Sam Barlow and Adam Higson on Sunday after they picked up minor injuries against Keighley. Martin Aspinwall, Matt Sarsfield and Tom Spencer are also unavailable through injury.

“I will rest a few against Oldham,” said Rowley. “But I expect Oldham to provide a full-bloodied and enthusiastic challenge.

“Last Sunday they gave Swinton a tough game and they’ll probably test us more that Keighley did.”

Oldham were beaten in last year’s Championship One Grand Final by Hunslet though this year newly relegated Barrow and Keighley are seen as competition favourites. In recent seasons they’ve gone agonisingly close to returning to the Championship. They’ve lost six Grand Finals in eight years.