Rowley happy to answer critics with crushing win

Gregg McNally scores one of three tries against Sheffield
Gregg McNally scores one of three tries against Sheffield
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PAUL Rowley was delighted with the way his side demolished Sheffield to stay top of the Kingstone Press Championship.

Liam Kay and Gregg McNally both scored hat-tricks as Leigh made the most of a third minute red card for Sheffield scrum half Cory Aston.

However some of the shine was taken off the result by an injury to McNally in the second half which saw him taken to hospital for scans on a neck injury.

Rowley said: “Sheffield came here very hyped up but you saw a very controlled performance from us.

“I thought they came here with the mentality that they were going to have to be ultra aggressive to beat us.

“They crossed the line on numerous occasions but we went about our business.”

Leigh raced into a 28-4 half-time lead against the 12-men of Sheffield who at one stage went down to 11 following a yellow card for Misi Taulapapa.

“It was a fantastic result for a team that their coach Mark Aston said were ‘starting to crack’. We were back to our best and sent out a few messages across the league.

“We have some skilfull players but they are also courageous to play in the way they did.”

Rowley added that he was anxiously waiting for news on McNally who appeared to have been taken late by Sheffield centre Sam Smeaton. The incident was placed on report by referee Mike Woodhead.