Co-operative Championship preview
Tuesday 18 May
Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers (8pm)
Table-topping Leigh host second placed Featherstone knowing that victory could put them four points clear at the top of the Co-operative Championship.
Ian Millward’s Centurions saw off Widnes 30-16 last week. They now face Rovers and Whitehaven in an action-packed week that could go a long way to influencing their chances of claiming the minor premiership.
Leigh assistant coach Paul Rowley said: “We were very good against Widnes. It was probably one of our best performances of the season.
“However, we know Tuesday’s game is a big test. Featherstone have had a 12-day rest while we’ll be playing our second of three games in a week.
“We’re pretty confident and there’s a buzz around the place. The club is kicking on big style, and we’ve got a lot of forward momentum at the moment.”
He added: “We took a lot of positives out of our game against Featherstone earlier this year.
“They’re very workmanlike and they’ll give 100 per cent effort all the way through, so we’ve got to match that.”
Jake Emmitt, Lee Mitchell and Tyrone McCarthy will not feature for Leigh while Steve Nash is also expected to miss out as he recovers from a shoulder operation.
Featherstone coach Daryl Powell said: “It’s a big game for us, and we’ve analysed ourselves pretty strongly after the Toulouse defeat.
“We need to be right on the money against Leigh because they are the form team at the moment.”