Keighley Cougars v Leigh Centurions Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
After two games on the road which saw a disappointing defeat to Doncaster and a comprehensive victory at Rochdale, the Cougars return to Cougar Park this Sunday.
But it couldn’t come tougher for the Cougars, with the free scoring Championship leaders Leigh Centurions making the trip to Lawkholme Lane.
Player-Coach Paul March may still be without James Feather (Groin) and himself, with Paul being suspended for four games after being charged with questioning the integrity of a match official.
The fixture will also see a home debut for Luke Haigh. Luke, who joined prior to the Rochdale fixture, made his debut at Spotland but with a lack of match fitness only featured for twenty minutes.
Speaking ahead of the fixture, Marchy said: “Everybody came through OK against Rochdale, which is good news. On paper, Leigh have probably got the strongest squad in the Kingstone Press Championship. It’s a massive challenge for us, but we’ll go in as underdogs and you’re always dangerous when you’ve got that tag.”
For the visitors, Leigh Centurions, they have started the season in scintillating form winning the opening three against Batley, Barrow and Whitehaven with comfortable ease.
And the danger for the Cougars lies with reigning young player of the year, Ryan Brierley, who is the only man to register more tries than Keighley’s Paul White in the opening three games.
Leigh Coach Paul Rowley said: “We’re happy with what we’ve done so far, but we’ve also been pretty critical of ourselves at training this week. We really do need to improve in some areas. Keighley are a well-rounded team, they’ve started pretty well and they’ve not got many chinks in their armour. They scored some fantastic tries last week and I was really impressed with their go-forward, particularly from Jode Sheriffe.”