Doncaster RLFC v Leigh Centurions preview

Doncaster welcome Leigh Centurions to the Keepmoat Stadium this Sunday, as the South Yorkshire side search for their first win of the season.

Paul Cooke’s side faced Workington Town in round three, but were convincingly beaten 33-6 by the Cumbrians at the Zebra Claims Stadium.

Player-coach Cooke was majorly disappointed by the loss, saying: “We were in it up to half-time then came out poorly in the second half which is most unlike us,”

“We’ve prided ourselves on being a tough team to play against but that just wasn’t evident in the second half.”

The former Super League star has acknowledged that the task in hand at the weekend is a tough one, but he also takes comfort from the fact that people will be writing his side off.

“Unfortunately the start gets no easier,” he said.

“We always knew it was going to be difficult and this week we play Leigh. When this group are given absolutely no chance from anybody on the outside, I know what I’m going to get from them so I think they’ll turn up.” 

Stewart Sanderson needs four points to reach the 500 barrier for Doncaster. Sanderson’s total of 496 has been reached with 42 tries and 164 goals in 97 games for the club since 2011.

Leigh Centurions have started the 2015 season in the same way they finished 2014; winning rugby matches.

With three wins from as many games, the top team in the Championship at the moment are on a roll.

However, coach Paul Rowley has admitted that their last match with London Broncos was a tough one.

“They wanted to prove a point on the back of a disappointing result for them,” he said.

“They played well, it was a slow game, which didn’t suit us but I never thought we were in danger of losing.”

Rowley has praised Doncaster ahead of the upcoming matchup, saying: “Whilst Doncaster haven’t picked up any league points they’ve played some really good stuff. They are a club with serious ambition and they’ve got some quality from Hull FC.”

Ryan Brierley is four tries off reaching 100 for the Leigh club. Brierley has reached 96 tries in 92 games since 2012.

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