Championship preview: Leigh v Featherstone

Leigh Centurions went back to the top of the table with their 72-6 victory over Hunslet Hawks on Wednesday. Assistant coach Neil Jukes said: “They’ve played well over the last two games, saved a lot of energy, completed very well and defended really well so it’s shown that after the Warrington game they can back up with big performances and they’ve done two back-to-back.

“Featherstone will be a tough game, they’ve got a lot of good individuals and a lot of ex-Super League players in there, but it’s up to us to prepare ourselves. It can be unpredictable when you are coming up against a team without a coach, they can be a bit fragile but it sometimes pulls them together as a squad.

“Again we’ve got to make sure that what we do is very good and the result will look after itself. There were probably seven or eight fresh bodies on Wednesday who didn’t play last Sunday. On Wednesday it wasn’t the quickest game so the lads came back in the following morning and were bouncing and I don’t think we have any injuries in the squad at the moment so it’s good.”

Featherstone Rovers assistant coach Danny Evans said: “We got beat by Dewsbury and everybody was disappointed but we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for our next challenge, which is Leigh away.

“We understand that we’ve got to play well to beat them, they’re riding high at the top of the division but we’ll go there with confidence and try and knock them off and take the points.

“They’ve had two very good wins so will go into it full of confidence. We know how it feels to play three games in a week, so we’re not going to use that as a springboard or an excuse we’re just going to go there and try and perform to the best of our ability.”