Eagles: All go for Misi, as winger or hooker

Misi Taulapapa
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Misi Taulapapa is ready to take on any challenge to help Sheffield Eagles win the Championship shield.

The Samoan international winger was given a surprise role as substitute hooker in the win at York.

It gave Andrew Henderson a spell on the bench and allowed regular back-up number nine James Davey a rare break as Eagles completed three games in nine days.

“I enjoyed it but it’s pretty tough, I was enthusiastic about it,” said Taulapapa. “The middle of the pitch is a lot more work than being a winger and I have a lot of respect for hookers and props. It’s a different ball game from being out on the edge.”

Taulapapa has played at nine before, for Samoa against Ireland in the 2008 World Cup. He added: “I’ve fond memories of that. It’s another thing I put on my resume and say ‘I’ve played hooker’.”

He will be back out wide against Leigh Centurions in a key league game at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow right. The Eagles vice-captain says there is unfinished business to be sorted after the Lancashire club inflicted a rare defeat in the Northern Rail Cup final.

“It’s one of those games we are looking forward to,” he said. ”We are not nervous just pumped up and ready to go. We know that we’ are the better team. We lost the final because we lost ourselves and we want to show what we can do.””

Leigh have staged a charge up the Championship, taking over third place in the table and a win tomorrow would throw open the title race.

A defeat for Eagles would wipe out their three points lead over second placed Featherstone Rovers.

Taulapapa said: “It’’s tight in the league but there are five games to go and we have to do the job on Leigh and we still have to go to Featherstone.”