LEIGH Centurions interim head coach Kurt Haggerty says he has a few tricks up his sleeve as he seeks to guide the Centurions to a first Super League win at the expense of Leeds at Headingley on Thursday night.

The Centurions have lost all 12 matches since being fast-tracked into the top flight for 2021 but have shown signs of improvement since Haggerty took charge a month ago, having scored 90 points in their four games under him.

"I thought there were a lot of positives to take from our game at Warrington last week, especially on our edges," said Haggerty.

"Leeds are a team that can certainly score points from all over the field, and they are a team which has some real strike.

"We've got some ideas we want to try against them. We've come up with some things, especially in offence, where we can trouble them.

"Across the board, we are doing some really good things, we just have to bring it all together."

Leigh have not beaten Leeds since gaining an 18-6 Stones Bitter Championship victory at Hilton Park in February 1988 but Rhinos coach Richard Agar is warning his players to expect a stern challenge after witnessing the improvements under Haggerty.

"They will see this as a great opportunity and I'm sure their coach will be finding some positives from their last three or four performances," Agar said.

"I know they've lost every game but offensively they have shown a willingness to throw the ball about and they've certainly got some strike in the backs.

"I've seen enough to suggest that, if they get enough of the ball, they can ask you some serious questions.

"I like their attitude, they are turning up and having a crack with the ball. The numbers say defence has been an issue but I like their style of play."

While Haggerty expects to welcome back experienced forwards Adam Sidlow and Alex Gerrard from lengthy injury lay-offs, Agar is still well down on numbers, having lost Luke Gale, Bodene Thompson and Alex Mellor to suspension and Konrad Hurrell and Richie Myler to injury.

With a half-back crisis, Agar will turn to one of - or even both - Rob Lui and Callum McClelland to step up on their first appearances of the season while Matt Prior, Kruise Leeming and Mikolaj Oledzki will play their third games in seven days after appearing in the England-All Stars match last Friday.

"We've got our own challenges, with players playing out of position and with heavy workloads but we've a positive bunch of guys," Agar added.

"It's been challenging most of the year. Rarely have we had less than 10 players unavailable and we're without nine or 10 this week.

"The silver lining to the short-term pain is that our young players are having some great exposure to first grade and doing a really good job and we'll be relying heavily on them this week."

In Thursday's other game table-toppers Catalans Dragons will seek to extend their winning sequence to seven matches when they visit Huddersfield, who have lost their last three.