Leigh hoping to strengthen to face Giants

Coach John Duffy has held his hands up following his Leigh side’s heavy defeat by Warrington on Friday.

The Super League new boys are tenth in the embryonic table after the 44-12 setback, having shown plenty of promise in their season opener against Wigan, who edged a 20-18 victory.

But they conceded eight tries to the Wolves, and Duffy said: “It was disappointing because we prepared really well and then went away from what we had practised after six or seven minutes.

“We’ve got to be able to put into the performance what we have done during the week.

“We did it in bits of the second half, but we expected to do it from the word go.

“I’ve got to be better there myself, so I’ve got to take that defeat on my shoulders.

“The mood in the dressing room was a bit sombre afterwards, but we knew how tough this league would be and we’ve got to stick together. It’s only round two.”

Leigh host Huddersfield in the third round of the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

And Duffy is awaiting the result of a scan on winger Matty Russell, who has an ankle problem.

“He turned it in a collision and had ice on it after the game as it was swollen,” he added.

“But we’ve cleared all the major ligaments, so hopefully it’s just a bit of bruising.”

Duffy hopes prop Ben Flower, playmaker Joe Mellor and newly recruited Australian hooker Nathan Peats will all be available for the meeting with the Giants.

Former Gold Coast player Peats must pass a Covid test after a period of self-isolation upon arrival in the UK.

“We’ll have to see where Nathan is up to. I know he’s been training really hard in Australia,” explained Duffy.

“Once he’s out of quarantine, we’ll test him and see where he’s at.”

Leigh’s next Super League game is away to Castleford on Friday week, April 16.

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