Rowley praised after Centurions pick up second trophy

Gareth Moore's break is stopped by Ryan Brierley of Leigh.
Gareth Moore's break is stopped by Ryan Brierley of Leigh.
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Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont has heaped praise on coach Paul Rowley and his players after last night’s sensational Grand Final triumph.

Centurions beat Featherstone for the fourth time this season, claiming the Kingstone Press Championship title with a stunning performance. The trophy will join the League Leaders Shield at the Sports Village which was wrapped up with three games of the regular season remaining.

For Beaumont, who rejoined the Leigh board last year amid something of a financial crisis last year, the night was deeply satisfying.

“It was an unbelievable night,” said Beaumont. “We have come a long way in a short space of time and this is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. None have worked harder than Paul Rowley - he has done a brilliant job.

“The style of rugby we played against Featherstone comes straight from the coach. The players deliver it but it’s Paul who allows them to play that way.

“The coaching staff work hard with the stats side of things but they are no regimented that it detracts from an exciting brand of rugby. I’d like to think we are the Brazil of rugby league when we’re in that mood.

“We are a team which has achieved a lot without dual contract players too which is incredibly pleasing. We are in a good place and have a few more signings to announce.

“I’d also like to thank the fans who were brilliant again. This trophy is for them because they were awesome.

“For me one of the defining moments of the season was when we were losing 24-0 at Halifax and the fans kept singing and that pulled us through.

“There was a game early in the season at Keighley where we ran the ball and scored in the last minute instead of taking a penalty to get the draw. Those are the things I will look back on as well as nights like this.”