Purtill: “We need to approach each week like it’s going to be a final”

Leigh Centurions caretaker coach Kieron Purtill admits every game is a cup final for his team ahead of their trip to Halifax on Sunday.

Off the back of four defeats from their opening five games, Purtill needs a response from his team.

“We need to approach each week like it’s going to be a final,” said Purtill.

“We’ll approach with that mentality, get to the game and hopefully get the result we need.

“We’re getting down to that stage where everything is a must win. It’s not just a win to get into the top four but to start our season and put a bit of faith back into the fans and repay Derek for all the backing he’s given us as a club.

Purtill has brought in young halfback Jordan Lilley on loan from Leeds Rhinos during the week and he hopes that his involvement could provide the spark for his team.

“Jordan’s played in some big games over there at Leeds and he’s just desperate to play some regular rugby,” continued Purtill.

“He’ll add another dimension to our attack, he’s a great little organiser.

“I think one of his biggest assets is his great little kicking game. We’re hoping he brings all those attributes to our team and hopefully, players can thrive off him.

Meanwhile, Purtill himself says he’s still taking it week by week as he takes caretaker charge of Leigh for the second time on Sunday.

“I’m going week to week, I’ve not spoken with Derek about anything in the future. All I’ve said is I’ll approach it as if I’m in charge this week, when we get to the end of the week, we’ll look at the next one.

“I want whatever is best for the club. Everyone at the club is working hard and we’re all wanting to go in the right direction.”