A look ahead to this weekend’s Kingstone Press Championship action with League Leaders Shield winners Leigh aiming to reach the Grand Final.
Leigh Centurions v Dewsbury Rams (3.00pm)
Tom Spencer, Tommy Goulden, Sam Hopkins and Martin Aspinwall are all unavailable for Leigh Centurions – but coach Paul Rowley believes his men still have enough strength to book a place in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final.
Rowley said: “We’re keen to get to the final and pick up more silverware, and we’re more than capable of doing so with the team we’ve got available.”
He added: “Dewsbury have got a really good kicking game from Anthony Thackeray and Tom Hemingway; that’s a big threat of theirs, and they’re also very enthusiastic and work hard.
“They’re a big side and they’re very physical. They like to stamp their authority on a match, and they’re not afraid to give you a bit of a tickle – but we’re expecting that and we’re ready for it.”
Makali Aizue returns from suspension to give Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison a major boost.
Morrison said: “There’s a great buzz around the club.
“We’ve said from the start of this year that we’d put a squad together that could match the top sides if we play for 80 minutes. For the last two weeks, we’ve done that.
“We’ve scored 75 points and conceded just six in our last two games, so we’re doing something right. We’ll go there confident.”
Featherstone Rovers v Sheffield Eagles (3.00pm)
Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay will check on Andy Bostock (groin), Sam Smeaton (hamstring) and Liam Walmsley (arm) before making a decision on which players will face Sheffield Eagles in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship play-off showdown.
Rovers lost 40-28 against Sheffield last month, and Hay will be keen to gain revenge.
He said: “We’re really looking forward to it; one win and we’re in the Grand Final.”
Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston will check on James Davey (knee) before finalising his team.
Aston said: “We had a bit more momentum about us (against Doncaster) and looked clinical at times. If we can put our offence and defence together at the same time then we’re in good shape and we’ll take some beating.
“We went to Featherstone a number of weeks ago and came away with a great result, and we need to do it again.
“It’s going to be a physical battle. We want to get to the Grand Final, and we’re looking forward to the game on Sunday.”