Rugby League: Misi keen to finish on a high as Eagles aim for Grand Final

Massive influence: Coach Mark Aston has paid tribute to the impact Misi Taulapapa has had on the Eagles.
Massive influence: Coach Mark Aston has paid tribute to the impact Misi Taulapapa has had on the Eagles.
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SAMOAN international Misi Taulapapa plays his last home game for Sheffield Eagles tomorrow and has pledged to make it one to remember.

He’ll be a key player for the Eagles when he lines up at centre for the suspended Menzie Yere in the play-off clash with Halifax at Bramall Lane, kick-off 3pm..

“There are going to be mixed feelings – Sheffield has been my home for the last two years,” he said.

“It will be a big game for me and I really want to end the season in a big way.”

Taulapapa will join Super League club Hull KR next season but his sights are firmly fixed on helping the Eagles to their first Championship Grand Final first.

He scored a try in the win over Widnes Viking last week but wasn’t happy with his performance over the 80 minutes.

“I went all right in the last game but not as well as I should have,” he said.

“I’ll be going all out, and when we win we’ll be only a game away from the Grand Final.

“To get to a Grand Final is what every team wants – that’s the game you remember.”

Coach Mark Aston says it’s a chance for the fans to thank Taulapapa – who has scored 18 tries in 41 games for the club.

“Misi has been a true champion, his attitude has been first-class,” said Aston.

“He’s had a massive influence on everyone at the club because he’s a very strong character and a leader.”

Back-row forward Sam Scott is expected to play after recovering from an abdominal strain that sidelined him for the second half in the win over Widnes.

Prop Mitch Stringer (knee) and stand-off Dane McDonald (shoulder) are carrying long-tern injuries but will play.

If the Eagles beat Halifax they will travel to Leigh Centurions in the elimination semi-final next Thursday. Featherstone Rovers booked their place in the Grand Final with a 35-20 win over Leigh in the first qualifying semi-final on Thursday night.