Adrian Lam on Leigh’s big win, super subs & in-form Nene Macdonald

Nene Macdonald and Jy Hitchcox Leigh SWpix
Nene Macdonald celebrates his try with Jy Hitchcox (Photo: Paul Currie / SWpix)

Leigh coach Adrian Lam said his side’s second half performance against Bradford was ‘where they want to be’ after they scored 30 unanswered points.

Doubles from Keanan Brand and Ed Chamberlain saw the Centurions ease past Bradford 38-4 in Monday night Rugby League.

“I just felt we were really clunky in the first half,” Lam told Premier Sports. “The second 40 minutes is what we want to be after last week’s performance.

“There was a bit of honesty at half-time and our message was to keep it simple.

“There’s a lot of new faces in the group and change in the team a few weeks in a row so it is going to take some time to blend as a team. Confidence is a big part of that and I’m sure we’ll get more of that in the next few weeks.”

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Leigh’s bench  had a huge impact on the game when they entered the field. Ata Hingano caused the Bradford defence problems, whilst Mark Ioane, James McDonnell and Dan Norman roughed it up in the middle.

On his subs, Lam said: “They were outstanding, they were the difference really.

“When they came on they played the way we want them to play. They played big minutes from when they came on so it was really pleasing.”

Papua New Guinea international Nene Macdonald scored his fifth try of the campaign, and Lam says the best is still yet to come from the towering centre, who has made more than 100 NRL appearances.

Lam said: “With all respect, I think he is probably a low seven at the moment.

“He’s got a lot of other parts of his game he needs to work on and understanding who we are as a group. With the ball he’s great and he’s just got to keep working hard on all the other little areas.”

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