Leigh bemoan RFL decision

Leigh have been left frustrated by the RFL’s decision to arrange their league game with Featherstone for next Tuesday, May 18.

The Centurions had hoped to play the game a day later, on Wednesday night, to give them as much recovery time as possible from their local derby against Widnes on Thursday.

However, Featherstone preferred the Tuesday date as they are due to fly out to play Toulouse next Friday.

A statement on the Leigh website said: “The (RFL) Board offered no explanation as to why the decision had been upheld. The original decision was taken to ‘reduce any perceived advantage to either team’ however the Centurions’ appeal was based on the fact that the game is to take place five days after our derby game with Widnes which is always a torrid affair but also that Featherstone will be playing their first game in twelve days.
“To suggest that the game needs to be moved because Featherstone play Toulouse three days later does not stack up either as we had to play Toulouse away on Good Friday and back that up with a “local derby” against Batley on Easter Monday.

The Club feel we have done everything in our power in the most trying of circumstances this season with the Easter fixtures and then the Coach trip to Limoux but are disappointed that this doesn’t seem to have counted for much.”

Leigh are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Championship following Featherstone’s surprise home defeat to Toulouse last Thursday.

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