PETER Mata’utia says it’s too soon for Leigh to be considered Super League material despite a stunning Ladbrokes Challenge Cup success over Salford Red Devils.

Centurions outclassed their top-flight neighbours 22-10 to earn a quarter-final away tie against Leeds Rhinos.

And starting with Saturday’s Betfred Championship trip to third place Rovers, Leigh will play eight of their next nine games on the road, including a Summer Bash clash with Toronto Wolfpack at Blackpool.

The only home fixture in that gruelling block is against Halifax on June 10.

But after chalking up a 10th successive league and cup game Leigh are full of confidence even if full-back Mata’utia is urging caution.

“Just because we beat Salford I think it is still too early to be talking about Super League,” Mata’utia, 27, he told Journal Sport. “There is a still a long way to go.

“We have a tough month coming up and this game won’t mean anything towards the top four.

“Hopefully though we can take this momentum with us through into the next month and try to get in the top four.

“A lot of the sides are in the top four where we want to be. So, it is a good chance for us to knock-off some of these teams.”

After a slow start and trailing 10-0, Leigh dominated Salford to score 22 unanswered points with Mata’utia and Harrison Hansen among the stand-out performers.

“It was a fun, tough game,” said ex Newcastle Knight Mata’utia who says the cup helped transform Leigh’s season. “The boys had been looking forward to the challenge.

“That first game at Batley tested our attitude,” he said of the 8-4 fourth round at icy Mount Pleasant. “I thought we were really good.

“They completed very high but we didn’t let in any tries. And that win kicked off our season.”

Mata’utia has been outstanding in recent weeks and he confirms: “I am enjoying it on and off the field. It’s been a great decision to come here.”

Caretaker boss Kieron Purtill also refused to get carried away by Leigh’s cup success.

“We will put the cup to one side now,” he says.

“Our main focus is the top four.

“That’s the club’s priority and where we need to be. We have four big games coming up

“We have some momentum going now but we haven’t won anything and we are not where we are should. So, there is plenty of hard work to be done.”

Leigh put their winning streak on the line this weekend when they bid to avenge a 38-30, Martyn Ridyard inspired defeat at Leigh Sports Village on March 4.

Leigh’s quarter final against Leeds Rhinos will be played at Featherstone Rovers’ LD Nutrition Stadium.

The four quarter final ties will take place from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June.

Emerald Headingley will host the second cricket Test match between England and Pakistan from Friday 1 June.

But independent security protocol means that the stadium is not allowed to be used the night before the Test begins.