Fax look to spoil Leigh’s party

Table toppers Leigh Centurions host a top four chasing side for the second time in two weeks knowing that, should they win, they will take the League Leaders Shield for the third consecutive campaign.

If second-placed London Broncos lose against fellow full-timers Sheffield Eagles, the Centurions would have top spot wrapped up, even if they were to lose for the first time since an opening day defeat at Batley Bulldogs.

But Leigh, fresh from breaking rivals Bradford Bulls’ hearts last week and doing Halifax a favour in turn, will be keen to confirm first place once more and put a strong message out ahead of the Qualifiers.

Despite Leigh going for the title, the game is perhaps even more crucial for Halifax as they look to solidify their place in the Middle 8’s.

They sit in joint third with Batley, three points ahead of Bradford and Featherstone respectively and a win at the Leigh Sports Village could prove crucial for a top four finish again this year.

Arguably, this is a free game for ‘Fax, with them not expected to gain anything from a visit to Leigh, especially given the fact the Centurions have won every game at home this campaign.

However, after another tight and fiery game at The Shay earlier this season, Richard Marshall’s side would love to delay the Centurions’ party.

Halifax did beat Leigh in last year’s Qualifiers on the way to a sixth-placed finish and if they can repeat that feat, albeit away from home, they will be strong favourites to finish in the top four.