Rowley makes case for the defence

Leigh's Sam Barlow
Leigh's Sam Barlow

Leigh boss Paul Rowley says he did his players an injustice by describing his side’s performance against Workington as “poor”.

Having reviewed the video of the game which Leigh won 22-12, Rowley said his players deserved more credit, especially for their defensive effort.

“It was play-off level defence from us,” said Rowley. “We defended four consecutive sets on more than one occasion and I have to say I did them an injustice. We actually showed some outstanding defence.”

On Sunday Leigh complete their Kingstone Press Championship fixtures at North Wales Crusaders who have already been relegated.

“I said Crusaders were definite play-off material at the start of the season,” said Rowley. “They invested heavily and have a squad worthy of a top half finish but their season seemed to implode at the half-way stage.”

With the play-offs around the corner, Rowley will resist the temptation to make wholesale changes to the squad and he expects Sam Barlow to return after missing the game against Workington.

Matt Sarsfield is a doubt for Leigh after suffering a nasty reaction to a cut.