Rugby League: In-form Eagles look to upset leaders

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Eagles boss Mark Aston is confident his side can cause a surprise by inflicting a first defeat of the season on league leaders Leigh Centurions.

The Eagles go into the top-of-the-table clash unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions but despite their fine form it is the Centurions who will be favourites as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Aston’s side warmed up for tomorrow’s highly-anticipated clash with a stunning demolition of Featherstone Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday, but he admits his side will have to step it up again if they are to move level on points with Leigh at the summit of the Kingstone Press Championship table.

“They are full-time and they have fantastic players like Gareth Hock amongst others so we know they have a strong squad,” Aston told The Star. “They are on a run of 18 or 19 games unbeaten but we have won eight on the spin as well so something has got to give. They are good but we have seen some weaknesses that we believe that we can exploit.

“The sequence of fixtures over recent weeks will be hitting us hard so there is no better preparation for this game than the performance we showed against Featherstone.

“We need to be at the top of our game for 80 minutes but the pleasing thing for me is that our defence has been excellent over the last eight or nine games.”

Jamie Langley is expected to passed fit and Rob Worrincy and Cory Aston are also back in contention.

Meanwhile, prop Tony Tonks has been charged by the RFL following an incident with Featherstone’s Ian Hardman. Tonks has been charged with a Grade B striking offence and will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday. Hardman has been charged with a Grade A offence, also for striking, and has until 11am on Tuesday to submit an early guilty plea.

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