Warrington Wolves Vs. Leigh Leopards: Sam Burgess Warns of Looming Threat

Warrington Wolves Head Coach Sam Burgess Warns of Leigh Leopards’ Threat Despite Lowly League Position

As Warrington Wolves prepare to host Leigh Leopards in Round 8 of the Super League, head coach Sam Burgess has cautioned his team not to underestimate their opponents despite the Leopards’ struggling start to the season.

Leigh, who defeated Warrington in pre-season, have endured a string of serious injuries, winning just one of their six Super League matches so far in 2024. Last week, they were also eliminated from the Challenge Cup by Hull KR, making it six losses in eight games across all competitions.

However, Burgess, whose Wolves side have secured five league wins in the first seven rounds and booked a semi-final spot in the cup, believes Leigh are a far better team than their current league position suggests. The Wire boss has highlighted five key threats that his players must be wary of, including a former South Sydney Rabbitohs team-mate.

“They’re a great team, I don’t think their record in the league serves them correctly,” Burgess said. “They’ve got a number of threats, obviously Lachlan Lam is a great player. They’ve got some good, powerful back-rowers and obviously their middles, Tom Amone is a great player.”

Burgess also praised the impact of the injured hooker Edwin Ipape, as well as the qualities of centre Ricky Leutele and scrum-half Brad Dwyer, warning that Leigh possess a potent attacking threat.

The Wire coach reserved particular praise for Amone, who played alongside Burgess at the Rabbitohs in 2019, describing the Leopards forward as “a great player” and “a great character off the field” who has “done fantastically well” since joining the Super League club.

Warrington will be looking to continue their strong start to the season when they host Leigh at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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