Leigh Centurions vs Halifax RLFC: Match Preview

8th June 2018, 12:37

Leigh Centurions vs Halifax RLFC: Match Preview

By Jacob Kilbride

The Match

Halifax RLFC continue their away trips with a visit to Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village (3pm kick-off).

Halifax climbed up to third in the Betfred Championship table with a 32-18 win at Batley last week and another victory for Fax would put them five points clear of Leigh in the race for the top four.

Leigh currently sit sixth in the league standing, just three points behind Halifax on 18 points and two behind London and Featherstone.

Form Guide

Halifax extended their fine form with a hard-fought 32-18 triumph at Batley last week, their seventh win from their last nine matches.

Since Halifax’s 38-18 win over Leigh at the MBi Shay Stadium in March, the Centurions won 11 straight matches in all competitions but have suffered back-to-back losses in recent weeks, losing to Toronto at the Summer Bash and Leeds in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Team News

Richard Marshall makes three changes to the side that defeated Batley last week, with Kieren Moss in line for a Halifax debut after joining the club on loan from Hull KR earlier this week.

Moss comes straight into the 19-man squad, wearinig the number 24 shirt, with Simon Grix and Conor McGrath also coming into the side, the former recovering from a groin strain.

Steve Tyrer is ruled out due to a one-match suspension for a tripping offence against Featherstone at the Summer Bash whilst injuries mean Will Sharp and James Woodburn-Hall are not  included.

Forward pair Brandon Douglas (knee) and Harry Kidd (ACL) remain on the sidelines as longer-term absentees.

For Leigh, centre Peter Mata’utia and winger Matty Dawson-Jones begin their suspensions after both were shown red cards in the recent Cup defeat to Leeds and subsequently handed Grade E charges.

Leigh Centurions squad: Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Rhys Evans, Ben Reynolds, Drew Hutchison, Jamie Acton, Kevin Larroyer, Bodene Thompson, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Mason, Jack Owens, Greg Richards, Nick Gregson, Ricky Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Micky Higham, Jordan Baldwinson

Halifax RLFC squad: Ed Barber, Chester Butler, Jacob Fairbank, Dan Fleming, Shane Grady, James Green, Simon Grix, Ben Heaton, Ben Johnston, Sion Jones, Ben Kaye, Will Maher, Conor McGrath, Brandon Moore, Elliot Morris, Kieren Moss, Scott Murrell, James Saltonstall, Adam Tangata

What Richard Marshall says: "They've got a quality team and they spend quite a lot more money than us. They're at home, where they're strong, the atmosphere can be bouncing there. We've got to overcome all of that this week."

What Simon Grix says: "When we played them at the beginning of the season, they were a different team - their results (since then) can back that up - so they're a better team and that means we have to be a lot better in our performance as well."