HEAD coach Neil Jukes insists Leigh’s rocky road Qualifiers journey will eventually end in Super League.

But Jukes says Centurions must remain masters of their own destiny.

Wins over Halifax at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow (Friday) and at London Broncos on September 22 will guarantee a place in the Million Pounds game.

They could even push Leigh into an automatic promotion spot behind Warrington and Hull KR.

“It’s still in our own hands and that’s what is important,” says Jukes.

“The day when you are relying on other results, irrelevant if it gets down to the Million Pounds game, is more worrying.

“I am a strong believer with the staff and the players we have got, we can get through the journey and come out the other side and maintain that Super League spot.

“But there is no room for error. We must make sure we are good, ruthless and get some scruffiness out of our game.

“It’s challenging and at times, as a club, we are really up against it.

“We are there to be shot out and I know exactly how it feels. But the day we don’t believe we can do it is the day we can all go home.”

Leigh have made life tough for themselves by losing three of their last four games including last Saturday’s 32-30 defeat at Warrington.

The defeats have dropped Centurions down to fifth with Broncos now challenging for the slot after beating Halifax last Sunday.

“It’s the complete opposite to last season,” agrees Jukes. “We had a tight win against Salford and and a tight win at Hull KR.

“This year we conceded a disappointing try towards the end of the game against Hull KR and had a poor decision at Warrington which has been backed up by Steve Ganson “We have had a couple of rough calls on the end of some close games.

“At this level, when there are only 14 points to play for, it has put us in a position from potentially playing again in Super League to battling to get in the Million Pounds game.

“Those are the margins. We have not hit the straps as we would have liked in every game though we have in a couple and got a couple of good wins.

“We have not been a million miles off.

“So, we have got to stay upbeat and work hard.”

Halifax have lost all five games so far and scored fewest points of all eight teams.

But Richard Marshall’s men were unlucky to lose at Hull KR and have been competitive in most of their other matches.

“We are not going to take them lightly at all,” insisted Jukes. “They were unlucky at Hull KR, they they unlucky at Warrington.

“They have a team of good experience, some good youth and experience in their coaching staff.

“It’s about making sure we play really well and when we have done that, as we have shown, especially against Super League sides, we are a good match for everyone.”

Jukes will add half back Ben Reynolds and captain Micky Higham to his squad for the penultimate Middle 8s fixture.

Reynolds is free from suspension and Higham has recovered from illness.

Both missed the 32-30 defeat at Warrington.