Adrian Lam was understandably “very proud” of the performance his Leigh Centurions side put on yesterday afternoon, as they defeated Halifax Panthers 36-0 at Leigh Sports Village

MOG: Adrian, we earned a 36-0 victory against Halifax Panthers at Leigh Sports Village this afternoon. Is that the sort of response you were looking for after our performance at Barrow?

AL: Yeah, absolutely! I’m very proud of the boys’ effort today. We had seven fresh bodies come back after we decided to rest them for the Barrow game. We knew Halifax had an extra two days off than us leading up to his game so that decision to rest our boys looks to have paid off today.

MOG: The effort put in from the team in defence kept Halifax scoreless, a stat I’m sure you’ll be delighted with. It was a thoroughly professional performance today, wasn’t it?

AL: It was probably one of our best performances of the season. I loved our live ball mentality and how we were disciplined with that, leading to our aggressiveness off the back of it.

When you have three games in quick succession, you’re always concerned for your squad, but they’ve trained really well this week – they’ve even said they feel better than they did in previous weeks. I’m pleased our preparation was right and we could play some of the best rugby of the year.

MOG: We certainly did have some of our best rugby of the year on show – with a lot of power coming from our middles and quality shown from our backs, highlighted in both Nene Macdonald and Blake Ferguson crossing for two tries each. Does this show the firepower we have right across the park and what a threat we can be?

AL: I felt we were disciplined with our approach today. We came with the right attitude. Before the big games, like the one today, you’re always hopeful that the players are tuned in with their attitudes. With that in mind, I thought today was special. We did everything we possibly could to give ourselves the right start.

We completed our sets, didn’t give away penalties and as a result, suffocated them. They had no more than four or five plays inside our quarter of the pitch in the second half. Overall, it was a really aggressive and powerful display, but it’s one we had to produce following the disappointment we felt following the Barrow game.

MOG: We have a longer turnover between matches before Monday night’s game against Featherstone Rovers. Is it a case of just refocusing the group ahead of this massive test?

AL: Both teams will get a longer turnaround ahead of this one, giving us a bit of a rest. It’s exactly what we need after coming through a difficult period – especially emotionally after winning the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup. We needed to come back down to earth and really focus on the team we want to be for the rest of the year. This is a top of the table clash and they’ll be looking to bounce back after last weekend’s game, and they will – they’re a quality outfit. It’s another tough test but a challenge we’re all relishing.

MOG: We brought the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup trophy out at full time, and we were lucky enough to parade it around the pitch. How special a moment is that for you, the squad, and our fan base?

AL: I’m really pleased that all our fans got to see the trophy again. It was our first game back at LSV since we won the Cup at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so it was our first opportunity to parade the trophy at home.

We, as a club, haven’t had too many opportunities to do this in the history of the club and it’s something we’re incredibly proud of. To give the fans the chance to see the trophy up close, shake the hands of players and get photos is a really special moment.

As our crowds are growing, on behalf of everyone at the club I want to thank you for your continued support and can’t wait to hear and see you all when we take on Featherstone next Monday night.