Leigh’s start to the season shouldn’t see teams write them off; after all, they were a Super League team last season and have a squad full of ability. However, for Featherstone to turn up today at the Leigh Sports Village and leave with the two points is a testament to their own own skill and team spirit, something coach John Duffy is very proud of.
“We played tough and stuck together for the full 80 minutes,” the former Swinton boss said, adding that “our team spirit is probably the best I’ve seen while coaching.” It is a clear testament to the resolve and togetherness Rovers have shown under his stewardship and is a vital part of their make up which sees them, while being a team generally of part timers, often upsetting the apple-carts of the so called ‘bigger’ teams.
Today’s victory was in no small part down to the experience of their former Leigh half back as Martin Ridyard put in a man of the match performance. Duffy suggested that, before the game, the occasion of returning to his old club had got to Ridyard, suggesting that “he looked really nervous before the game.” However, it was a different story after the game and he was glad to see that to former Huddersfield Giant performed and proved a point.
The victory wasn’t without sacrifice for Rovers as Anthony Thackeray had to depart early with a dislocated elbow and is likely to face a long lay off.