Rowley challenges Centurions to hit the heights again

Ryan Brierley of Leigh launches an attacking kick against Dewsbury. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Ryan Brierley of Leigh launches an attacking kick against Dewsbury. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

LEIGH players have been enjoying an extended Bank Holiday break to refuel physically and mentally ahead of Sunday’s game against Halifax

The Kingstone Press Championship leaders extended their club record winning run to 23 games with a win at Dewsbury on Sunday.

It was a hard fought win as Rowley admitted: “We were a bit low in the run-up to the Dewsbury game.

“What with the Challenge Cup win over Salford we have been on the ceiling for a few weeks. I don’t think any sporting organisation can maintain that level of enthusiasm forever.

“Our staff have allowed for that and have been aware of it. As a result we knew it was going to be a tough battle at Dewsbury because of mental fatigue.

“The players have had three days off this week to go and refresh mentally and re-enthused before we attacked two big games against Halifax and Wakefield.

“I am hoping the players come back rejuvenated and re-motivated.”

Leigh raced into a big lead at Dewsbury only to be pegged back in the second half which made for a nervy finish.

“We have probably not been that poor in attack and defence in a game this season,” said Rowley.

“We showed that when we want to we can score and have the ability to win games. There is a desire to dig a win out. The ruck speed was absolutely diabolical and we were on the wrong end of a big penalty count. We also had five tries disallowed.

“But I was pleased to get to the end of a really difficult cluster of games. We have now played everyone in this league and won - plus a top four Super League side. There are 101 positives and the fact we went to Dewsbury and won despite being well below par is one of them.”