Duffy admits Leigh have things to work on following Salford defeat

Leigh head coach John Duffy admitted they have plenty to improve on after suffering a 40-14 loss at Salford on Saturday.

The Centurions went within eight points of Ian Watson’s side with two early second half tries, but they were second best for most of the match at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Choosing to play two different teams against last year’s Super League Grand Finalists, Duffy felt his side lacked rhythm in both attack and defence.

“We could have done a bit better with the ball,” he said. “First half we didn’t do what we’d been doing in training. We did though play a lot better stuff in the second half.

“I think we’ve still got a few more gears in us from that first hit out, there are lots of things we need to work on individually and collectively but we’ll be ready in three weeks time.”

Leigh, who will be one of the main contenders for promotion from the Championship this season, face Dewsbury Rams in their opening game on Friday 31st January.

Before that though they have their annual pre-season showdown with Wigan at Leigh Sports Village and Duffy says he will prepare for that like a league fixture.

“When we are playing against better opposition like Super League teams we need to think quicker, move quicker and make sure you’re there fitness wise as well.

“It’s all about competition for places which we probably didn’t have last year. We’ll do fewer changes against Wigan and go with maybe 19 or 20 players.”

Despite it being a friendly, Leigh brought a solid following to the home of the Red Devils and Duffy vowed that his side will look to improve and impress the Leythers faithful more in the coming weeks.

“It’s good to see them (the fans) back out again,” he said. “I know they got a bit frustrated with the referee. The games over now and we just look at ourselves and make sure we get better.

“We look at performances, both individually and collectively, not too much the result, but I thought we could have done a lot better today.”

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