SHEFFIELD Eagles will aim to cut out ‘elementary mistakes’ that could gift Leigh Centurions an early points boost in their top of the table clash.
It was panic stations as the Eagles handed St Helens three early tries in their Challenge Cup defeat.
There was a similar story as Leigh piled up early points in a 68-6 hammering in a Rail Cup game in February.
That defeat has never been far from coach Mark Aston’s thoughts as he prepares the team for Sunday’s game at Bramall Lane.
“We’ve not forgotten that but the team has come a long way since the game at Leigh,” said Aston. “That hurt and if ever the lads needed motivation they’ve got it.”
He added: “We have to be strong in defence - as we have in the last five games. We have to look at the mistakes we made in the first half at St Helens.
“They scored three tries off elementary mistakes - that costs you because quality teams are clinical and will score tries.”
Leigh are unbeaten and top of the Championship and pushed Catalan Dragons all the way before going down 22-16 in the Challenge Cup. That kind of form will test the Eagles, who have won their last five league games.
Misi Taulapapa is set to come into the team after his delayed return from New Zealand.
Whether Taulapapa starts at fullback or is on the bench could depend on the Eagles four dual-registration players being released by their parent Super League clubs.
The only injury doubts are forwards Joe Hirst and Sam Scott who picked up dead legs against St Helens.
Meanwhile Eagles’ centre Menzie Yere has been issued with a formal caution by the RFL Match Review Panel for a dangerous throw on St Helens’ winger Ade Gardner during the second half of the Challenge Cup game.
The caution will remain on Yere’s record and could be considered in the event of future disciplinary breaches.
Doncaster have boosted their forward power ahead of Sunday’s testing Championship One clash against second-placed Keighley at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Joining the Keepmoat Stadium club on an initial month’s loan - though Dons’ boss Tony Miller is hoping it will be for the season - is Featherstone Rovers prop Dominic Dee.