JOHN Duffy has hit back at Toronto counterpart Brian McDermott after the former Leeds chief described Leigh as “bullies” during last Saturday’s 46-12 defeat in Canada.

Among other allegations blunt McDermott claimed his players had been the victims of gouging and testicle grabbing.

But ahead of Sunday’s must win play-off home game to Featherstone Rovers, Duffy described the accusations as “ridiculous.”

He told Journal Sport: “He (McDermott) seems like he has spat out his dummy because we were aggressive with them.

“The words he has chosen are not true. They showed their class and what they are about and won the game.

“So, I don’t see why he has to come out with rubbish like that. To use ‘bully’ is a strong word and they need to look closer to home.

“I don’t know why he used that sort of term towards this club. Only a couple of teams have had a dig over there, every other has sat back.

“We just went over there to have a dig. It baffles me sometimes when I hear stuff like that.”

The game produced four yellow cards to go with 10 tries: Emmitt and Brierley for Leigh; Springer and McCrone for the Wolfpack.

“We knew it was going to be tough, especially with the squad they have got,” added Duffy.

“They are a mile in front of everyone else and that probably showed in the game.

“But our lads ‘ effort and attitude were there so you can’ knock that. We just have to be smarter when we play these big teams.”

Liam Hood (hand) is the main injury worry for Rovers visit (kick-off 6.30pm) while Micky Higham will play the final home game of his career…for a second time.

Higham, who will be 39 on September 18, said: “The end of the season is the right time to start my next chapter in life.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, well nearly every minute – but all good things come to an end.”

“I hope I can have a fairy tale finish with Leigh this year in the play-offs but regardless of that, I’ve had a blast.”

Leigh will travel to Toulouse or York should they beat Featherstone.

“There is no second chance now but the beauty is we play in front of our owns fans,” said Duffy.

“Hopefully, as many as possible will come down, especially to the North Stand, and make sure we are singing loud and proud.

“If you look at where we have come from since the beginning of December last year and to have them supporters following us all season, including some in Canada, you can’ ask for much more.”