Jukes: Hull KR test is a big game for us

Leigh coach Neil Jukes says this weekend’s Challenge Cup tie against Championship side Hull KR is a big test for the Centurions.

Centurions are currently on a five match losing sequence following the Easter period while Tim Sheens’ Rovers have been going great in the Championship, save for a youthful side’s narrow defeat in France on Easter Monday.

The Challenge Cup game is a departure from their Super League campaign for Leigh, but there will be no let up.

Jukes said: “We’ll get a lot of video into them and prepare for next week which will be a tough one. Hull KR are looking towards that, they left eight or nine boys over in Hull while the rest of them went over to Toulouse. I know they will be earmarking us and probably smelling a bit of blood.

“We’ll look after ourselves, recover, still get out there but we’ll make sure we are ready to go again next week.”

Mitch Brown is expected to return for the Centurions, who will run the rule over Josh Drinkwater following his surprise inclusion against Hull and Gareth Hock is described as “touch and go”, while concussion protocols also ruled Adam Higson out of contention for the Hull encounter.

Micky Higham will also receive treatment this week on a tight hamstring that forced him to play a brief cameo role on Monday.

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