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Leigh Centurions aiming for treble
LEIGH Centurions boss Paul Rowley is focused on tonight’s trip to Batley as things start to hot up with only two games remaining in their Kingstone Press Championship campaign.
Centurions already have two wins over the men from the Loverugbyleague.com Stadium this year, winning in the league before ending the Bulldogs’ interest in the Northern Rail Cup.
Rowley is expecting a difficult trip for the fifth versus fourth battle, but believes Batley’s giant pack is no longer a surprise element to Leigh.
“Our next game is the one we are focused on,” he said. “If you look at their team on paper, it is phenomenal.
“They’ve got electrifying backs, quality half backs, a huge pack with the likes of Keegan Hirst and Alex Rowe, and Anthony Mullally from Huddersfield is nearer seven foot tall than he is six foot.
“They’ve got a really good team, a good coach and a ground that is difficult to play on – it’s a challenge and a half.
“It’s probably who is fresher on the day, who gets the bounce of the ball. There are a lot of contributing factors and we are just going to have to turn up ready and play as we can.”
Rowley is relishing the remaining fixtures in what has proved an exciting Championship.
“The players might be of so-called better standard in Super League but the competition is certainly the best in terms of excitement and unpredictability,” he added. “Nothing is settled yet. I think everyone can move two or three spots in the last two games.
“There is lots of homegrown talent in every team and it has levelled out – everyone’s standards are really high, there is a very minimal foreign influence.
“To be where we are is fantastic but there are two games left and we’ll continue our philosophy of one game at a time.”
Leigh are set to be without Simon Finnigan for the game but could welcome both Anthony Bate and Sam Hopkins back with the forward pair being declared fit.
The club enjoyed good news late last week when it was announced John Roddy had been appointed chairman.
“It is fair to say that the last three months have been challenging for the Board of Management,” he said.
“We have dealt with both organisational and financial issues and at the same time galvanised everybody connected with the club to focus on our future success and stability.
“We are now in a position to consolidate my role as chairman and I am delighted to accept the position knowing I can now concentrate my energy and focus on achieving Leigh Centurions’ rightful place in the upper echelons of the rugby league structure once that is formatted.
“I would like to thank the Thomas family and in particular Darren Thomas for his part in ensuring the club was finally able to progress with the new board and hopefully achieve the goals shared by his late father Arthur Thomas.”
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