Hull KR boss Tim Sheens is expecting a physical battle when his side face Hull KR in a meeting between the two sides that traded places in 2016, live on Sky Sports Arena.
After the Centurions secured promotion to Super League in style against Huddersfield, Rovers were sent down by Salford in dramatic circumstances in the Million Pound Game.
Hull KR finished top of the Championship to set up the opportunity of an immediate return to the top flight and will head to Leigh on the back of a hard-fought win over Halifax.
Tim Sheens’ men were 23-10 winners at Leigh Sports Village in the Challenge Cup fifth round but the experienced Australian head coach insisted that would count for nothing this weekend.
“This is a different competition and both teams have moved a long way since then,” said Hull KR coach Sheens.
“We’ve both recruited new players and Leigh had some injuries that day as well, so there’ll be some different faces.
“All we can take from that game against Leigh earlier in the season and the one against Salford is that we can compete at this level.
“We’re expecting Leigh to be big and physical. We’ve played against big teams in the Championship this season but Leigh will be fitter as you’d expect from a Super League team.”
Rovers have been handed a boost ahead of the trip to the Leigh Sports Village with forwards James Greenwood and Chris Clarkson named in the 19-man squad.
The duo return to the squad having missed the opening round victory against Halifax, Liam Salter and Zach Docklar-Clay both miss out.
Thomas Minns and Mose Masoe are both selected despite injury worries in the week.
Leigh head coach Neil Jukes has named an unchanged squad for the match, sticking with the 19 that got their Qualifiers campaign off to a winning start against championship side Featherstone Rovers last weekend.
Leigh: Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Harrison Hansen, Micky Higham, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Samisoni Langi, Gregg McNally, Antoni Maria, Daniel Mortimer, Cory Paterson, Ben Reynolds, Greg Richards, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea.
Hull KR: Thomas Minns, Ryan Shaw, Jamie Ellis, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, Chris Clarkson, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Danny Addy, George Lawler, Matty Marsh, Robbie Mulhern, Andrew Heffernan, Kieren Moss, Ben Kavanagh, Justin Carney, Lee Jewitt, Chris Atkin, Mose Masoe.