Tough choices ahead admits Leigh boss Rowley

Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi during the win over Keighley. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi during the win over Keighley. Photo: Brian King.
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LEIGH boss Paul Rowley says he is close to deciding on which 17 will take on Bradford in the Kingstone Press Championship opener on February 15.

But he admits to being spoilt for choice in the wake of three highly impressive pre-season friendly wins.

Last Sunday Centurions thrashed Keighley 86-0 and this week another Championship One side Oldham visit the Sports Village.

Leigh were ruthless in their demolition of Keighley and wingers Liam Kay and Jonathan Pownall both scored hat-tricks.

“We trained magnificently on Saturday,” said Rowley. “We have got a very talented bunch of players and their skill level is phenomenal.

“We spend a lot of time practicing our skills and we got lots of opportunities to show that against Keighley. We scored some excellent tries which typified the mood we were in.

“I got more frustrated as the game went on because I was willing Keighley to do something different and challenge us.

“We wanted some pressure to see how we’d cope but that didn’t happen.”

The desire to earn a starting place has pleased Rowley who faces some tough decisions when picking his 17 to meet Bradford later this month.

“Everyone looks like they are desperate to play for a place and it is getting more difficult for me,” said Rowley.

“I have got a rough idea of my starting 17 but people keep changing my mind with their performances. We are not far off.”

Adam Higson, Tom Armstrong and Sam Barlow picked up injuries in the win over Keighley and all three are expected to be rested against Oldham.

Rowley was also pleased with performances of Martyn Ridyard and Kurt Haggerty as they returned from injury. He said: “They looked like they’d never been away and carried on where they left off last season. Both looked very fit.”