A touch of cold, hard Sheffield steel awaits the all-conquering Leigh Centurions when they face the current Championship title-holders.
Eagles captain Mitch Stringer says they are ready to blunt the charge that has seen Leigh win all their 11 league games.
“It’s a big game and one we’ll go out to win,” he said. “It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and hopefully a lot of people will come and see the Eagles on the comeback trail.”
Leigh are the competition’s top scorers and put 50 points past Doncaster last weekend but the Eagles showed in their 16-12 win at Batley they can defend.
“We’re tough and at Batley we showed a bit of Sh effield steel - they only scored two tries and we held them out for a good 70 minutes.
“We had to defend, it was a tough game, probably the toughest we’ve had all season but we asked for a bit of character and leadership before the game and I think we got that.
“Leigh will be dangerous and we have to be good and now hopefully it’s starting to click for us. The test will be at the weekend.”
Eagles have lost three out of their four league games at Owlerton Stadium but Stringer believes Sunday’s game is the time to end that run.
The forwards – with Eddie Battye playing his first game of the season at Batley – will be out to control possession on the narrow pitch.
Stringer added: “Eddie was absolutely brilliant, Michael Knowles was great and Tom Lillycrop bashed a few, as he does.”
Salford Red Devils winger or centre John Ford, who started the season on loan at the Eagles , has joined Oldham on a dual registration deal.