Sheffield Eagles: Samoan expects success

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SHEFFIELD Eagles full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae is confident he’ll be finding his way regularly to the try line as the season hots up, writes James Collins.

The Eagles have plundered 24 tries in a four-match winning run but the player the fans like to call QLT has been restricted to two.

The Samoan international, who set a club record of 35 tries last season, expects that to change soon.

With the Championship kicking off before winter has released it’s grip, a swift return following pre-season knee surgery has seen QLT edge towards match sharpness.

“I’m still trying to find my feet, I don’t think I’m there because obviously I haven’t trained a lot since my surgery,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll find my stride soon and get back to where I was last year.

“It’s always a bit tough to score tries, the boys have been a bit greedy this year – Tommy Armstrong is ‘stealing’ all the tries.”

He added: “English weather, it’s doing my head in. But that’s something you have to get used to the weather always up and down.”

Laulu-Togagae has come into the line more often in recent games and that could be a big factor when the Eagles travel to Leigh Centurions on Friday.

It’s the big game of the round with only a bonus point keeping the Eagles ahead of Leigh in the top six.

“Leigh will be different from some of the teams we’ve played, we can’t play up and down like we have been playing for weeks,” said Laulu-Togagae. “We have had a good start but we’ve got to stay there, be more consistent because when it comes to playing Leigh we have to capitalise on our chances.”

Prop forward Mitch Stringer’s big performance when captaining the team in the win over York Knights has earned him a place in the Premier Sports Team of the Week.