Kingstone Press Championship Match Preview: Leigh v Oldham

Its a meeting of league leaders v league leaders as Leigh welcome Oldham Roughyeds to the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday Afternoon.

Leigh will be looking for their first win of the season as they suffered a shock defeat to Batley Bulldogs at Mount Pleasant last Sunday. The game looked to be going to a draw but errors from Rangi Chase allowed the Bulldogs back into it and he also conceded the final penalty which allowed a penalty to be slotted over which saw Leigh lose a regular season fixture for the first time since a 20-8 defeat against Sheffield Eagles in August 2014.

It has been a turbulent time for Leigh as they lost coach Paul Rowley and then rumours of unsettled Ryan Brierley and his supposed desire to leave the club as he would exercise a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave if Rowley left the club. This will be the club’s first game at home since the loss of Rowley and it will be interesting to see how the home side will cope without Rowley and how the fans react to Rowley not being in the hot seat.

Leigh have one change in their 19 man squad as they welcome Lee Smith into the fold as he replaces Greg Worthington

Oldham’s first fixture back in the championship ended in defeat to the London Broncos as they lost 22-0 in their first league fixture at Bower Fold. The Roughyeds are back in the division for the first time in nine years but couldn’t muster any points on their return to the second tier of rugby league.

The last time these two sides met in the league was back in September 2006 and the Centurions won comfortably that afternoon with a 52-12 victory.

Leigh 19 man squad – Higson, Smith, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, MoiMoi, Beswick, Weston, Hansen, Hock, Higham, Pownall, Maitua, Spencer, Hopkins, Dixon, Chase, Emmitt

Oldham 19 man squad – Lepori, Clay, Holmes, Ashton, Chisholm, Palfrey, Roper, Ford, Joy, Gee, Spencer, Crowley, Langtree, Hope, Files, Hughes, Thompson, Ward, Owen


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