Rowley “buzzing” after Leigh hammer Hornets

Leigh's Tom Armstrong scored twice at Rochdale
Leigh's Tom Armstrong scored twice at Rochdale
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Leigh are hitting top form again at just the right time according to their coach Paul Rowley.

A fortnight after they suffered their first league defeat of the season at Doncaster, Centurions scored 12 tries on their way to a 72-22 win at Rochdale.

“It was a good all round performance, I’m really buzzing about it” said Rowley. “I thought we were impressive in every facet of the game and we got our homework right.

“We did a lot of good work in training and in our video review during last week and I think that showed. Our skill level was very high and we stuck to our principles.”

Cameron Pitman scored a hat-trick of tries while there were two from Tom Armstrong and Gregg McNally as Leigh recovered from a 12-0 deficit to lead 30-12 by half-time.

“I really enjoyed watching us today,” said Rowley. “You can take the scoreline out of it - it was the manner with which we went about our business.”

Martyn Ridyard kicked 12 goals from as many attempts and his all-round game delighted Rowley.

“Martyn was outstanding today,” he said. “It wasn’t just his goal-kicking, it was his overall game.I’ve said it many times over the years, Martyn is a quality player who brings out the best in those around him. He is blessed with talent.

“Our defence is improving as shown by nilling Keighley last week now our attack is coming together again. We have hit some seriously good form.”

Unusually, Leigh hadn’t made a substitution by half-time but there was no masterplan behind it said Rowley. “I’m not a coach who has to time every sub,” he said. “I go with what I think but given it was a hot day it was a bit unusual. Game sense got us through it. It was good to give all the players a long stint and it looked like they enjoyed themselves.”