Same old frailties for Leigh, admits boss John Duffy


Leigh boss John Duffy has been left with a familiar feeling of late disappointment as his side’s wait for a first win of the season continued.

As in most of their matches in their first season back in the top flight, the Centurions showed plenty of fight and were in the contest for long periods.

However, a late collapse inside the final quarter saw Huddersfield run out resounding 44-6 winners at Leigh Sports Village.

They have now lost all eight matches in 2021 and are also the only team in Super League without a point following Wakefield’s 28-12 win over Hull KR.

Speaking post-match, Duffy admitted that he was alarmed at the way his side collapsed after being competitive for large portions of the match.

“Our completion rate went down to about 34 per cent, it ended up on around 50 per cent,” he said.

“It’s upsetting to say the least, that last half-hour or so. We were in the game but it’s happening every week.

“We’ve got to keep working hard. It’s a mental thing, we can’t be doing it for 40 or 50 minutes, we’ve got to keep going for 80.”

The Centurions at least had the encouragement of a promising debut from 27-year-old Australian full-back Brendan Elliot, who produced an accomplished display following a nine-month injury lay-off.

“He’s come though unscathed,” Duffy added. “I thought he looked green at first with his nerves but I thought he looked good for us.”

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