Leigh Centurions Head Coach John Duffy says his players are looking forward to testing themselves against Super League opposition when they face Hull KR on Sunday in the fifth round of the Coral Challenge Cup.
Last Sunday’s win over Halifax was Leigh’s fourth straight win in the Betfred Championship, a run which has taken them to second in the table.
But Duffy knows that Tony Smith’s outfit will pose a formidable challenge despite their indifferent start to the season. “It’s a game we’re really looking forward to,” he said. “We will have to prep well but it’s a good chance for us to see where we’re at as a team.
“Obviously Hull KR are playing in Super League week-in, week-out so it’s up to our lads to see if we can step up and play at that pace.
“It’d be great if we could take all the North Stand with us but I know it’s a tough journey. Hopefully they Leigh fans will travel in good numbers because we really appreciate it and they make a massive difference.”
Last Sunday, Leigh had to cope with being reduced to 12 men – and 11 for 10 minutes – but held their nerve to secure the win against Halifax.
“It was a massive result,” said Duffy. “It’s a game we will look back on during the season and take a lot from.”
This Sunday’s game is a repeat of last season when Hull KR edged home 14-10 in the fourth round at Craven Park. Leigh were leading for much of the game but were pipped at the post by the top flight side.