Eagles want revenge against Leigh

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Leigh Centurions head to the Eagles’ lair this Friday night when they stage a rematch of their Northern Rail Cup Final clash with high flying Sheffield.

The game kicks off at 7.30pm at the Don Valley Stadium and the Eagles will be determined to avenge that 43-28 Final defeat and record a Championship double over the Centurions.

But Leigh coach Paul Rowley says his players are determined to keep their winning run going: “Every game is important and when you have won nine on the trot like we have, the players are even more keen to keep that winning habit going.

“Sheffield are a very good side. They are top of the table and we had to play very well to beat them in the Northern Rail Cup Final. But we know better than most that they are beatable and we are heading to the Don Valley determined to come back as winners.”

Rowley will leave the naming of his team till late in the week as he seeks fitness tests on three players who picked up knocks in the win over Swinton.

“Adam Higson, Simon Finnigan and Matt Gardner are all under treatment after the efforts of last week,” he said. “And we are keeping an eye on Rob Parker to see whether he is back in the frame. But whoever is fit and available we will take it in our stride.

“We have a good strong squad of players who are all working for each other, enjoy playing together and who are determined to win more silverware. Injuries are part of the game and we will just take one game at a time and play with the cards we’ve got.”

One good piece of news is that Martin Aspinwall is fit and ready to play again.

“He is raring to go,” said Rowley. “It’s been such a disappointing season for him with injuries, but he is looking to feature on Friday night, and that is the decision I will have to make.”