Aston banks on speed in crunch clash

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are promising to play fast, attacking rugby in a bid to end Leigh Centurions’ unbeaten record in the league.

Championship pacesetters Leigh come to Bramall Lane for the top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.

“We are big and strong and we can play fast rugby, the weather is better and the grounds firmer and we want to move the ball about,” said Eagles coach Mark Aston.

“We’re playing against a quality team in Leigh and we need to ask them questions. We have won five on the bounce so it’s going to be a great game.”

Both teams are on a high after big performances against Super League clubs in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

Leigh ran Catalan Dragons close before going down 22-16 and the Eagles put in a late burst of tries as they lost 52-26 at St Helens.

Eagles felt the power of Leigh as they were hammered 68-6 in a Rail Cup game earlier in the season.

“We got a good lesson in how to play the game and Leigh have done that to a few teams and that’s why they are top of the league,” said Aston.

Aston will be without Huddersfield dual-registration signing Jamie Cording and Jason Crookes may also be recalled by his parent club Bradford Bulls. Vinny Finigan and Kyle Wood are available.