Leigh Centurions will play their first game in front of their home supporters in 435 days on Monday evening when they welcome Wigan Warriors to Leigh Sports Village.
The sides will meet for the second time in 2021 with Wigan coming out victorious the last time round as they fought back from 18-0 down to defeat Leigh 20-18 at Emerald Headingley.
Leigh head coach John Duffy was very excited at the prospect of having fans back to watch the local derby:
“It means everything to us and the players to have supporters back inside the Sports Village. Obviously, not as many as we’d like at this stage but it has been so surreal playing in empty stadiums.
“We have really missed the fans especially when we’ve been doing it tough at the start of the season. It’s going to make a massive difference to hear those Leigh fans getting behind us, especially in a derby game. It’s just going to be sensational to hear those fans cheering us on.”
Adrian Lam spoke to the media earlier this week ahead of the Betfred Super League clash:
“They are a team who’ll be physical, aggressive and they’ll be up for it. It was tough in Round 1, going right down to the wire, so I can’t see why it won’t be any different on Monday night.
“There’s a lot of emotion connected to the game for Leigh, I presume, with fans back at their home ground. And for us, there’s emotion of wanting to get back out there after that loss.”