Solid Centurions impress boss Rowley

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley

Leigh boss Paul Rowley was full of praise for his side after they were comfortable winners at Batley, a win which keeps Centurions on course to clinch top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Centurions led 16-0 at half-time playing up the infamous Mount Pleasant slope thanks to tries from Ryan Brierley and Matt Sarsfield while Martyn Ridyard added both conversions and two penalty goals.

Despite conceding a try almost straight from the restart, Centurions went on to produce a fine display in the second half, scoring three tries in six minutes to secure the win.

“It was a convincing win for us,” said Rowley. “Many people make a lot of the slope here but we were tuned in and defended really well.

“It was a solid performance against a good Batley side and we are delighted. We built pressure at the right time and with 20 minutes to go Batley looked well beaten.

“We showed some good pieces of skill and I thought Martyn Ridyard was pure class.”

Leigh have sometimes found Batley a tough place to win but Rowley said his side’s attitude was spot on against a side in danger of being dragged into the relegation spots.

“We faced a highly motivated team that’s teetering on the edge of the drop,” said Rowley. “But we dismantled them today.”