Rowley: It’s Leythers against the world

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
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LEIGH’s fans have been challenged to be at their loudest for Sunday’s Championship semi final against Dewsbury at the Sports Village.

Centurions coach Paul Rowley expects a tough battle against an in-form Rams side which last week nilled Halifax on their own ground.

“The league games between us have been tough this year and Sunday will be no different,” said Rowley.

“It’s a game we are all looking forward to and it’s one where our fans need to pull us through because Dewsbury will come here high on confidence.”

Rowley was at Halifax to see Dewsbury’s impressive 25-0 win and he is all too aware of their capabilities. “With Tom Hemingway and Anthony Thackeray they have the best kicking game in the league. They out-enthused Halifax but they won’t out enthuse us.

“The Dewsbury fans were brilliant at Halifax and we’ll have three sides of the ground open on Sunday so it should be a really good atmosphere.

“But we have the league’s best ground and the league’s best fans. It’s Leythers against the world.”

Leigh are without Sam Hopkins, Tom Spencer, Tommy Goulden and Martin Aspinwall but their formidable backline remains intact.

Rowley said he was pleased to be nominated for the Championship Coach of the Year Award but wasn’t confident about winning the accolade which is picked by his fellow coaches.

“There are too many Yorkshire love triangles going on,” he said. “It’s like asking Iraq to vote for Iran. I expect nothing but I will be at the awards to support Martyn Ridyard and Ryan Brierley who have been nominated for the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.”