Leigh and Featherstone set for battle

Table-toppers Leigh Centurions host fifth-placed Featherstone Rovers this afternoon in what is sure to be a thrilling game at Leigh Sports Village.

Leigh lost the opening game of the season but have proven their worth this year, remaining unbeaten in the 15 Kingstone Press Championship games since, opening up a three-point lead at the top of the table.

With second-placed London Broncos strong favourites to win at Swinton Lions, the Centurions can’t let their high standards slip against the in-form Rovers.

Featherstone sit a point behind fourth-placed Halifax, who salvaged a point at Whitehaven yesterday on the hooter in a disappointing performance.

Richard Marshall’s side’s failure to win gives the Rovers a real opportunity, as, should they sneak a win tomorrow, they would be strong favourites to finish in the top four.

Leigh’s recent win at Swinton Lions came at a price, as they are without the influential trio of Micky Higham, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton all suspended for the game.

The pressure is off for Featherstone with Halifax’s failure to win yesterday, along with the fact that ‘Fax still have to travel to Leigh and Bradford, making this, in effect, a free game for Featherstone.

At the beginning of the season, Leigh would’ve been expected to beat Featherstone comfortably, but this contest will really test their credentials, particularly without the influential Higham. Should they lose, their title hopes would take a blow with London going strong, but victory would be a big boost in their preparations for the Qualifiers.