The Centurions make the trip over the Pennines on Monday, 7:45 pm kick-off, night to take on Featherstone Rovers. Both sides come into this one knowing a win will be an early-season statement to both their opponents and the league. Both sides won their opening round fixtures – Rovers defeating York City Knights 30-12, while Leigh beat Whitehaven 50-4.
Although not much to separate the two teams on paper, Leigh Centurions head coach, Adrian Lam, knows that his side will have to be at their best to come away on Monday night with the spoils. Following on from this, he says the focus in training this week hasn’t been how to nullify their opponents but to constantly improve their own performance.
“It’s going to be a tough job for us to go up to Featherstone, play them at their home ground and come away with a great performance. For me, it’s about making sure we build the season correctly.
“We’ve had a good round one match against Whitehaven, but we have a lot of areas that we can fix and improve on and that’s what we’re going there to do.
“I’m not looking too much at the opposition if I’m being honest with you. We’ve got to make sure that we sort ourselves out, we get up there and give ourselves the best chance for a great performance.”
Leigh may be able to call on experienced backrower, Joe Wardle, and winger, Jy Hitchcox, who both missed their side’s Round One game. Wardle missed out with a calf strain and Hitchcox with lower leg strain, but both are back in training this week and have a chance of making the squad. After joining this week on a month-long loan from Wigan Warriors, James McDonnell will be in contention to make his Centurions debut. Lam in his pre-match conference declared a clean bill of health across his squad otherwise.
The hosts will be without second-rower, Jesse Sene-Lefao, who dislocated his shoulder against York and prop Craig Kopczack, who picked up an injury in their pre-season match against Wakefield Trinity. Rovers head coach, Brian McDermot, will be able to call on powerhouse centre, Joey Leilua, and forward, Adam Cuthbertson, who could both make their Featherstone bows in this one.
Last Time Out:
The last meeting between these two sides came in September 2019, when the hosts came out victorious with a 34-18 win at Leigh Sports Village. Leigh will be hoping for a change in the script in a fixture that they historically struggle in – claiming only one win in the previous five meetings.
Tickets for this fixture can still be purchased, with adults priced at £20, over 65s and students priced at £15 and under 16s tickets FOC. You can secure your ticket online here or by calling 01942 487888.
The match officials have been announced for this fixture, with Robert Hicks taking charge of this one. The full officials’ list is as follows:
Referee: Robert Hicks
Touch Judges: Jonathan Roberts & Mark Craven
Reserve: James Vella
MC: Steve Williams
TK: Paul Hewitt
Comms: Wayne Pickup