NRC Preview: Leigh v Swinton

Sunday February 13th – 3pm 

Leigh Centurions continue to have a fully fit squad as they aim to take a second Northern Rail Cup scalp in seven days. Leigh were impressive in a 24-4 victory at Batley last week. Now Swinton Lions are in their sights.

Centurions’ assistant coach Paul Rowley said: “It was a great start for us. There wasn’t a bad performer on the pitch and I think we sent a few messages out.

“Batley’s a tough place to go but we were strong all over the park. It’ll be nice to get back on our home turf on Sunday.

“Swinton have a team full of ex-Leigh players, so there’ll be familiar faces. There should be some good individual battles and we’ll be going into the match very confident.”

Dana Wilson remains sidelined for Swinton, while Richard Flooks (knee) definitely won’t play on Sunday and Tommy Gallagher (knee) will have a late fitness test.Lions’ coach Steve McCormack last week watched his side lose 28-22 against Halifax. He said: “I was encouraged but disappointed. We competed and probably should have beaten a really good Halifax side.

“I was really pleased with a lot of aspects of our play, but we need more composure and patience. If we get that, we’ll be alright. We just need to direct our efforts into being a little bit smarter.”

On facing Leigh, he added: “It’s another massive task. Leigh have started well, but as long as we keep improving, that’s the main thing. Leigh’s supporters are always very passionate and they’ll create a good atmosphere. We’re looking forward to going to one of the best stadiums outside of Super League.”

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