NRC Preview: Leigh v Featherstone

Chris Hill remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, while Ricky Bibey (6-8 weeks) and Stephen Nash (up to three months) are Leigh’s other absentees.

Centurions lot 13-12 at York last week but assistant coach Paul Rowley insists there is reason to be optimistic.

He said: “We’ve shown that we can create opportunities but we need to be a bit more clinical in our finishing. If we can do that when we’ve got teams under pressure then we should go on and put some points on the board.”

On Featherstone, Rowley added: “They’re a hard nut to crack. We had some good tussles with them last season and we were pretty evenly matched. It will probably be the same – a closely fought contest.”

Dual-registered centre Michael Coady could make his Featherstone debut when Daryl Powell’s men travel to Leigh on Sunday.

The Leeds Rhinos player could bolster Powell’s back line after Rovers were held to an 18-18 draw by Sheffield last week.

Powell said: “We have a lot of work to do but the signs are good.

“Our execution was down on expectations, but we’ve set ourselves a benchmark for improvement and that’s what it’s all about right now.”

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