Leigh Leopards go to Hull KR on Friday night still in search of their first win of the season since promotion after running Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons close – two members of last year’s top six.
However, the tough test of going to Hull KR, who have started the season with two wins from two including beating Salford and last year’s Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors, is made worse by the fact their journey home from France was delayed last week and coach Adrian Lam revealed on the Leopards’ Facebook page that they will only be able to train once this week.
“It’s going to be a tough week for us after such a short turn around. We will probably only get one opportunity to train this week on the captain’s run.
“We’re giving the players the best opportunity to recover and rest because it was such a difficult test and not being able to fly out till the next day takes a toll on your body so we are trying to get the players right with recovery and rehab.
“That is the priority this week and I don’t think it will take any shine off who we want to be as a team.
“We had some good meetings today and yesterday as a team about where we want to be.”
The Leopards are also facing a nervous wait on star player Edwin Ipape and new signing Jack Hughes on the injury front.
Josh Charnley is good to go:
“Josh Charnley is good to go. Edwin Ipape should be right to play, we will give him every opportunity to be right before the game. We will make a decision on him on Thursday on the captain’s run.
“Jack Hughes sadly pulled out on us in the warm up, out of the 17, we made a late change there and he was starting so that hurt us on the night.
“We will give him the time to see if he is right for this game. He is a 50/50.”