Leigh growing in confidence, says Kieron Purtill

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Leigh caretaker coach Kieron Purtill says the team are very confident at the moment following their huge win over London.

The Centurions comfortably beat the Broncos 40-0 to progress through to the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday afternoon.

Leigh have now won seven games in a row and Purtill says the team are as confident as ever following a poor start to the season.

Speaking after the game, he said: “The boys are confident and the pleasing thing for us is keeping London to zero points.

“The boys are very confident and are enjoying what they are doing. They are enjoying training and are working hard in training, which has been a big factor for us.

“Even with a minute to go, the boys were still working hard for each other and that shows how much of a fully committed team we are.

“We are nowhere near where we should be as a club, but the only way to getting back to where we should be is by working hard and not giving anything up easily. If you do that every game, it will have a big effect on the team when it matters.

“We have had some consistent combinations at one, six, seven and nine which has helped us. The boys are enjoying themselves. Wins give us confidence and it’s a good place to come into work.”

Six-time Super League Grand Final winner Ryan Bailey made his debut for Leigh after joining from Workington Town last Wednesday.

And Purtill was impressed by what he saw from the former Great Britain and England international.

He added: “Ryan did a good job.

“He came in and defended well. He covered some ground in the middle for us and won his collisions in attack as well. He will only get better with more game time.

“He has brought some talk to us. He is good in the ruck and has got a presence about him as well. He is a big boy, he will come off the bench and will be a great asset to us.

“I think everyone was good (against London). Drew Hutchison and Ben Reynolds were good, Craig Hall has been impressive since he has come back in and I thought Kevin Larroyer had a real good dig when he came off the bench.”

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