SHEFFIELD Eagles plan to make a meal of Leigh Centurions in tonight’s Championship play-offs semi-final.
Coach Mark Aston says defeat isn’t on the menu for his players adding: “I know the lads are hungry, they’re starving for the Grand Final and the fact is Leigh Centurions are in our way and we’re going there to get them.
“It’s about mental strength and the desire for 80 minutes to get to a second Grand Final. We’ll go into the game with a focus and belief.”
The game is a repeat of last year’s elimination semi-final which the Eagles won 20-10 at the Sports Village. The prize tonight is the same – a final against holders Featherstone Rovers.
“Leigh will be smarting from us beating them in the semi-final last year but we’re not looking back we’re looking forward,” said Aston.
The Eagles are the form team of the play-offs with big wins over Batley and Halifax but go into tonight’s game (kick-off 7.30pm) after only four days recovery time.
Leigh will be without Kevin Henderson, brother of the Eagles Andrew, who has been suspended for two games after being sent off in the first qualification semi to Rovers.
Aston is set to send out the same 17 that beat Halifax on Sunday. Prop Mitch Stringer is a doubt with a back strain.