Leigh captain seeking a trophy double
Leigh captain Stuart Donlan believes an historic double is within touching distance for the Centurions as they bid to add the Co-operative Championship title to the Northern Rail Cup that already sits proudly in their trophy cabinet.
Victory over League Leaders Featherstone Rovers at The BigFellas Stadium on Thursday, September 15 (7.30pm) will take Leigh into the Championship Grand Final and leave them just 80 minutes away from their first trophy double since 2004.
“Winning the Grand Final would be massive for us,” said Donlan. “You don’t often get the chance to compete for a trophy, never mind two in one season, so we’re planning on capitalising on our opportunities.
“We were very happy with the victory in the Northern Rail Cup final, but now we want to push on and win again and we’ll be giving it our best on Thursday to give ourselves the best chance of doing so.
“There will be lots of changes during the off-season and everyone at the club would love to send Ian Millward off with another trophy to his name. Then there are also guys like Robbie Hunter-Paul leaving the club and what better way to see them off than winning a double?
“We’ve had two weeks off to prepare for this one, the squad is all fit and well and we’re looking forward to the test. We’re pretty lucky to have everyone fresh at this stage of the season and that’s credit to the coaching staff.”
Having pipped Leigh to a second successive League Leaders’ Shield ahead by just three points, Featherstone will be determined to return to the Grand Final and avenge last year’s Golden Point defeat to Halifax and Donlan knows Thursday’s game will be keenly contested.
“Featherstone are an experienced side and they know what it’s like to play in these type of games,” he said. “They’re dangerous and they know how to win so it’s going to be a tough game.
“Separating the teams on the day could be tough, it might come down to a lucky bounce or a kick of the ball. We’ve been the two most consistent teams in the league all season and we know that we need to be clinical against them.
“Liam Finn is a real key player for them but they’ve also got a great forward pack who are dangerous if they get on a roll. We know we need to get our defence right and every player from 1-17 will have to give 100 per cent.
“There’s a quietly confident spirit in the squad and we’re all looking forward to a great night at The BigFellas on Thursday. We’ll be going there to battle for 80 minutes and come out on top and if we leave the pitch knowing we’ve given it our best then the result will hopefully follow.”
Tickets for the Co-operative Championship Qualifying Semi-final play-off between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions at The BigFellas Stadium on Thursday, September 15, cost from £15 Adult, £9 concession and £3 children and can be purchased at the turnstiles.
The Co-operative Championships Kids Go Free offer returns for this year’s Grand Finals Day (Sunday October 2) meaning that for the first time at a Rugby League Final, children have free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
The East Stand of The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, has been dedicated solely to families, so to take advantage of this offer select an East Stand ticket by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk and book your free child ticket under Kids Go Free.
Adult tickets for the Co-operative Championships Grand Finals day at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Sunday October 2 cost from £14 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk