Win or bust for Leigh

Paul Rowley
Paul Rowley

Leigh Centurions welcome Dewsbury Rams to the Leigh Sports Village knowing that nothing less than a win will maintain their top four status in the Kingstone Press Championship.

And coach Paul Rowley is urging the fans to turn out in force to cheer them to victory.

It’s now Leigh’s biggest game of the season as they look to maintain their two points advantage over fifth placed Batley Bulldogs who head to York City Knights on the same day. Should Leigh lose and Batley win or draw then Leigh could slip out of the top four and exchange places with the side that dramatically beat them 24-18 at Mount Pleasant last Thursday, and if that should happen then Leigh would miss out on the opportunity to book the quickest route to the Grand Final.

A Leigh win, and a Halifax defeat could see the Centurions slip into third spot, but with Halifax in top form and seventh placed Workington as their visitors, the odds would be against such a scenario.

In essence then, Leigh are bidding for fourth spot and a trip to either Sheffield Eagles or Featherstone Rovers, who met each other last night (Wednesday), and then complete their League campaigns with trips to Hunslet Hawks and Doncaster Dragons respectively on Sunday.

“There are plenty of permutations. Nothing has been resolved as yet,” said Centurions head coach, Paul Rowley. ”But the only one we have to worry about is what we do. We have to beat Dewsbury on Sunday and then everything else will sort itself out, and to that end the fans can be our 18th man.

“We saw at Batley how the home support can lift a side and how sometimes plenty of noise sees the penalty count go that club’s way. We want our fans to turn out and give us the same sort of support on Sunday. It is a massive game and we want our fans to come along and cheer us on to give us a lift that will make it hard for Dewsbury.

“We were dreadfully disappointed to lose out at Batley. We had prepared well, but when it came to execution we made too many errors and we were poor in too many areas. But the hardest thing to get in any team is commitment and enthusiasm and we certainly don’t lack that. The players know what we did wrong and they will work hard to correct it.