Leeds Rhinos: Celebrations on hold as Leigh look to measure themselves at Leeds

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ALL-CONQUERING Leigh Centurions have put their promotion celebrations on hold until after tonight’s game at Leeds Rhinos.

Centurions secured a place in First Utility Super League for 2017 when they beat Huddersfield Giants two weeks ago.

The offer of free admission lured a 10,000 crowd to see them beat Batley Bulldogs last Saturday in their final home game as a Kingstone Press Championship club.

That was an emotional day for Neil Jukes and his players, but the coach insisted the real partying has had to wait.

“We’ve had a really serious week and after that the players can do what they want,” Jukes said. “We are going to go to Leeds with the best of attitudes, because if you don’t you get hammered.

“We want to go there and see how far this group can go; can they win this competition we are in at the moment?”

Tonight’s victors will finish top of the Qualifiers. Leigh have won all their six games so far and have not been beaten since going down 10-8 to Toulouse in the Challenge Cup in April.

Their only other defeat this year was 24-22 at Batley two months earlier and Jukes rested seven senior players against the same opponents last week to keep them fresh for tonight.

“We’ve got to come up with a really good performance,” Jukes added. “We will give it everything we’ve got.”

Former Leeds utility-back Lee Smith has been included in Leigh’s squad for tonight, but another ex-Rhinos man Liam Hood is among the players left out.