Leigh Centurions vs Featherstone Rovers: Kick-off time, TV channel and predicted line-ups

Leigh vs Featherstone is one of the biggest games in rugby league at present.

Two teams full of star players from the NRL and Super League with bags of experience even in State of Origin and at international level, both vying for a place in Super League in 2022.

That should be story enough to carry tonight’s heavyweight battle, but the fact both teams have constantly tried to out do each other in the transfer market alongside their recent meetings adds extra spice. Fev had everything going their way after beating Leigh in Round Two, but the Centurions dealt Fev a massive psychological blow in beating them in the 1895 Cup Final recently. How will that affect today’s game?

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 19:45.

TV coverage starts at 19:15 on Premier Sports 2.

Predicted Line-ups

Leigh Centurions
The big call for Adrian Lam is whether or not to recall Joe Mellor into the halves. If he does, it could see Ata Hingano start on the bench for impact. Most of the side will remain the same as they continue to build momentum after victory in the 1895 Cup Final. Blake Ferguson and Krisnan Inu will bring experience on the wing and Caleb Aekins’ battle with Mark Kheirallah will be fascinating.

1 Caleb Aekins
26 Blake Ferguson
16 Ed Chamberlain
4 Nene Macdonald
23 Krisnan Inu
6 Ben Reynolds
7 Joe Mellor
8 Adam Sidlow
9 Aaron Smith
13 Tom Amone
11 Joe Wardle
12 Sam Stone
18 John Asiata
Substitutes
24 Kai O’Donnell
25 Ben Nakubuwai
21 Edwin Ipape
15 Ata Hingano

Featherstone Rovers
Brian McDermott will also name a star-studded team as he always does with his first choice backline available. The big call will be whether he brings Craig Hall back into the centres in place of Ben Hellewell or keeps Hellewell out wide alongside Gareth Gale. In the halves there’s also a call to make. Morgan Smith’s form should keep him alongside Ryley Jacks but expect Johnathon Ford to feature on the bench which could see Connor Jones start and Matty Wildie miss out. Adam Cuthbertson could start due to his experience and the fact Junior Moors may have to move to second-row.

28 Mark Kheirallah
2 Luke Briscoe
3 Joey Leilua
17 Ben Hellewell
5 Gareth Gale
20 Morgan Smith
27 Ryley Jacks
8 Craig Kopczak
9 Connor Jones
21 Luke Cooper
16 Junior Moors
15 John Davies
26 Adam Cuthbertson
Substitutes
29 Johnathon Ford
32 Sam Eseh
31 Tyla Hepi
11 Brett Ferres

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