ON paper, there is only one winner at the Shay tomorrow.
And they play in red and white, not blue and white.
Leigh are the Championship’s only 100 per cent side, brimming with confidence and purpose and with three wins from three starts. Ian Millward’s side have scored 126 points and conceded just 54.
Fax are win-less at the foot of the ladder, their only bonus point coming in the home defeat by Featherstone Rovers, having posted just 54 points in attack while leaking a less-than-watertight 99.
Fortunately, rugby league has never been a sport played on paper.
And there is absolutely no doubt that if last year’s Grand Final winners can click into something like top gear, they have the ability to win this game.
The big question, of course, is whether they are currently capable of finding that gear.
There were, apparently, some encouraging signs during last weekend’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final win in Toulouse, although the French are not exactly looking like contenders at the moment either.
So much of Fax’s problems seem to stem from a visible lack of confidence, both individual and collective, and the knock on effect that has on the quality of their play.
If victory in France has genuinely begun the process of restoring that self-belief, they have every chance of winning tomorrow. If not, it could be a long and painful afternoon.