Rowley says it’s “do or die” for Leigh’s top four hopes

Gareth Hock could return for Leigh on Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Gareth Hock could return for Leigh on Sunday. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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LEIGH can give their Super 8 ambitions a lifeline with a win over Sheffield on Sunday.

Paul Rowley’s side have not won a game in the Super 8 qualifiers so far despite being in commanding positions against both Hull KR and Wakefield before losing.

“There’s no argument that we have had the toughest start,” said the Leigh coach.

“But I have been really happy with our performances and the effort shown by the players.

“There are certain areas where we know we need to improve but the team is in a good place mentally and have trained really well.

“But we need to win on Sunday to have any hope of finishing in the top four so it’s do or die.”

Leigh have faced three Super League teams in a row at the start of their Super 8 campaign and Sunday will be the first time they have played a Championship team.

But Sheffield have a nasty habit of upsetting Leigh in big games and they will not be taken for granted says Rowley. He said: “Sheffield are a good team and a good club and have been one of the most successful in the recent history of the Championship.”

Leigh have beaten Sheffield twice already this year. At the Sports Village in June, Leigh thrashed Mark Aston’s side 58-18.

Back in April at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, Leigh survived a few scares before getting home 36-22,

Gareth Hock could return after a clean-up operation on his knee.

“I’m hoping Gaz will be fit,” said Rowley. “He has trained well and finished the regular season strongly.”

Rowley will wait on the fitness of Sam Hopkins before finalising his squad but has hinted that he might make changes.