Rowley says Centurions are victims of their own success

Leigh had a tough encounter at Workington on Sunday. Photo: Brian King.

Leigh had a tough encounter at Workington on Sunday. Photo: Brian King.

  • by Mark Taylor

Paul Rowley has bemoaned the fact that Leigh’s Challenge Cup progress has caused a fixture pile-up that could threaten their Championship chances.

On Friday, Centurions face Super League heavyweights Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in the quarter finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

But because sides in the Kingstone Press Championships don’t get a free weekend like their top flight counterparts, it means Leigh have to play Halifax next Wednesday and Barrow on Sunday.

“It’s a frustrating situation,” said Rowley. “And another sign of how the Championships are neglected.

“I have the utmost respect for the Challenge Cup and we are excited about going to Headingley.

“We are also looking forward to being underdogs – probably for the first time this season – and we’ll have some fun.”

Leigh go to Leeds on the back of their 16th successive win in all competitions.

On Sunday they had to work hard for a victory in Workington and Rowley said the win came at a cost.

“Workington were probably the biggest side we’ve played all year,” he said.

“It was a tough, physical battle and we picked up a few injuries which we’ll have to assess before picking the squad for Friday.”




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