Rowley expects another tough tussle with Halifax

Liam Kay of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Liam Kay of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

LEIGH can give themselves a fighting chance of a play-off spot in the Super 8 qualifiers with a win at Halifax on Sunday.

After three consecutive defeats against Super League opposition, Centurions got on the board with a 52-16 thrashing of Sheffield last weekend.

If they could beat Halifax for a third time this season, it nicely sets up their LSV clash with Bradford which was this week moved to Saturday, September 19 for Sky Sports.

“These are always good games,” acknowledged Rowley, a former Halifax player.

“Both Leigh and Halifax are well supported clubs with ambitions to be up there with the elite. They have been fantastic from day one this year and are a very good team.”

Richard Marshall, the Halifax coach and former team-mate of Rowley, was at the Sports Village on Sunday to see Leigh beat Sheffield. Halifax have not won a game in the qualifiers and are bottom of the middle eight.

“Richard landed a very good job at Halifax,” said Rowley. “He is building on the foundations laid down by his predecessor Karl Harrison and they seem to have got better as the season has gone on.

“Halifax are always highly motivated for games against Leigh and it should be another entertaining tussle.”

Leigh hope to have Gareth Hock back for Sunday after he was a late withdrawal from the squad to play Sheffield but Gareth Haggerty is still suspended.