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Sheffield Eagles v Leigh Centurions Match Preview

The Eagles will be looking to pull off another shock victory after securing a win down in the capital last time out against the Broncos but standing in their way is a Leigh Centurions side who are on a high after securing their third consecutive league leaders shield with a huge victory over Halifax.

Sheffield travelled down to London and took on one of their former players in Andrew Henderson. Many will have looked and expected a routine victory for the Broncos as they have secured their qualifiers place against an Eagles side who are battling to try and stay in the division after having a nightmare season on and off the field. But the Eagles shock victory which saw them have six different try scorers with man of the match Cory Aston kicking four goals.

Leigh secured their third consecutive league leaders shield with a comprehensive ten try performance over a Halifax side who know their qualifying place is still up for grabs with two games to. Man of the match Cory Paterson crossed for two tries while Martyn Ridyard contributed with 18 points from the boot. The Centurions led 34-6 at the break and the game was over at a contest but a mini-revival from Fax who scored two tries in three minutes early in the second half was put down as Leigh scored three tries in the final twenty minutes to ram home their advantage.

These two sides met in round five with a tight game at the Leigh Sports Village. Leigh ran out winners 36-28 in their early season encounter. The Eagles won the second half on that day and will be looking to secure another shock victory this week.


Sheffield’s 19 man squad: Laulu-Togage, Yere, Blackmore, Aston, Thorpe, Carlile, Knowles, Struaghier, James, Fozard, Wheeldon, Neal, Mexico, Minchella, Lo, Millar, Chappell, Robin, Margalet.

Leigh’s 19 man squad: McNally, Worthington, Harper, Kay, MoiMoi, Hansen, Armstrong, Reynolds, Higham, Hopkins, Spencer, Smith, Ridyard, Hock, Hood, Fash, Maitua, Dixon, Burns.


Centurions by 22 – Eagles may have had a shock victory last week but they will need a huge effort to back it up five days later against a Leigh side who are on a high after securing the shield and looking forward to battle for their Super League place.

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