Rowley says Leigh are not fazed by busy Easter schedule

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PAUL Rowley was delighted with the way his side demolished Whitehaven 60-0 to claim a club record 17th consecutive victory.

Wingers Jonny Pownall and Liam Kay both scored hat-tricks as Centurions tightened their grip at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

“We are rolling on very confidently at the moment,” said the Leigh coach. “We are playing some good rugby and the tries we scored were almost freaky.

“But they are tries which take bravery and confidence to score. Whitehaven really struggled to deal with us on several fronts but it takes a lot of skill to play in the way we did.”

Rowley chose to rest three of his first team forwards - Fuifui Moimoi, Sam Barlow and Kurt Haggerty - but their replacements, Tom Spencer, Andrew Dixon and Martin Aspinwall - fitted in effortlessly.

“There were some opportunities for others today and the guys really took their chances today. Fuifui has been under the weather and Sam has been struggling with his back and hamstring. Kurt has also had a lower back problem.

“We also have Greg Worthington waiting to come back but Michael Platt hasn’t done anything wrong so we can’t move him.”

Leigh go to Hunslet on Good Friday and are at home to Workington on Easter Monday.

“This period doesn’t faze us,” said Rowley. “We will make sure we are prepared and use our squad as we need to.”