Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions Match Preview

Leigh Centurions will play their first game since July 1 when they make the short trip to the DW Stadium on Sunday to take on Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Super League (kick-off 3pm).

Having seen their last three games postponed due to Covid cases at rival clubs Warrington Wolves, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers, Leigh turn their attention to last year’s beaten Grand Finalists.

This will be the third game this season between the near neighbours this season with Wigan having already beaten Leigh twice. On the opening night of the season, Warriors fought back from 18-0 down to win 20-18 in a game played behind closed doors at Emerald Headingley. More recently, Centurions were defeated 30-16 at Leigh Sports Village, a game where Leigh had led 10-0. The game was also significant as it was the first played in front of home fans in over a year.

On Wednesday night, Wigan were beaten 21-8 by Warrington Wolves at a rain-lashed Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Leigh’s last game was on July 1 at Leeds when they were beaten 48-18 at Emerald Headingley. Centurions are still without a win in Super League this term but morale is high in the camp according to interim head coach Kurt Haggerty (see below).

Coach comments

Leigh Centurions interim head coach Kurt Haggerty.

“I believe that first win is around the corner, absolutely. I see the hard work the players put in every single day and it’s not far off at all. Internally we still believe.”

“I hope the hard work we are putting in on the training field now starts to show itself in games.”

On games being postponed because of Covid.

“You have just got to change and adapt… it gives us more time on the training field and allows me the chance to get through to the players how I want us to play as a team.”

Team News

Rob Butler, who recently joined Leigh on loan from Warrington is in line to make his debut. Leigh could also call on Jack Ashworth who is on loan with the Centurions from Huddersfield Giants. Forward Ashworth played for Leigh when he was with the Club on dual-registration from St Helens in 2019.

Previous meetings

Wigan have won their last eleven home meetings against the Centurions, with Leigh’s last away win against their local rivals coming 26-12, in the Slalom Lager Championship, at Central Park on 28 August, 1983.

Last ten meetings:

Leigh 16, Wigan 30 (SLR6, 17/5/21)

Leigh 18, Wigan 20 (SLR1, 26/3/21)

(at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)

Leigh 50, Wigan 34 (SLR18, 8/6/17)

Wigan 20, Leigh 0 (SLR3, 3/3/17)

Wigan 60, Leigh 10 (CCR4, 19/4/13)

Leigh 22, Wigan 30 (SLR19, 1/7/05)

(at Hilton Park)

Wigan 62, Leigh 6 (SLR6, 18/3/05)

Leigh 16, Wigan 30 (CCQF, 17/3/02)

(at Hilton Park)

Leigh 8, Wigan 26 (SBC, 6/3/94)

(at Hilton Park)

Wigan 38, Leigh 12 (SBC, 19/10/93)

(at Central Park)

Super League summary

Wigan won 5

Leigh won 1

Possible milestones

LIAM HOOD needs one appearance to reach 200 for his career.

– 109 for Leigh Centurions (2016-2021)

– 4 for Widnes Vikings (2019)

– 4 for Swinton Lions (2016, loan)

– 22 for Salford Red Devils (2015)

– 36 for Hunslet (2013-2014)

– 5 for Leeds Rhinos (2012)

– 12 for Dewsbury Rams (2012, loan)

– 7 for Scotland (2012, 2015-2016)

 

RYAN BRIERLEY needs one try to reach 200 for his career.

– 151 for Leigh Centurions (2012-2016, 2019 (loan), 2021)

– 3 for Hull Kingston Rovers (2020)

– 26 for Toronto Wolfpack (2017-2019)

– 15 for Huddersfield Giants (2016-2017)

– 4 for Scotland (2016, 2018-2019)

 

How to follow

This game is not being televised. Fans will be able to keep up with the game on our social media platforms. Highlights and the full match will be available to view for LCTV subscribers in the days after the game.

Ticket news

For matchday tickets please visit: https://embed.futureticketing.ie/c/wigan-warriors/ or call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111. Supporters are advised to book online where possible. Leigh supporters will be situated in the North Stand (unreserved seating behind the posts), so please ensure when you are purchasing that you select the stand on the left, ensuring the block selected begins with ‘NS’.

Supporters wishing to purchase ambulant disabled tickets or wheelchair disabled tickets need to call Wigan Warriors directly on 01942 311111

Leigh Centurions season ticket holders who are aged under 16 years are eligible to purchase a ticket for £5. These tickets must be purchased in advance via Wigan Warriors as detailed above. When entering through the turnstiles on match day, supporters will need to present both their junior season ticket as well as their match ticket.

There will be no cash turnstiles on the day.

Ticket Prices – Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions

Adult: £23.00

22-24 Years: £19.00

Over 60 Years: £17.00

16-21 Years: £16.00

Under 16 Years: £10.00

Under 16 Years Season Ticket Holder: £5.00

All tickets must be purchased directly through Wigan Warriors.