SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Samoan ace winning fitness battle

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SHEFFIELD Eagles expect to have try-scoring full back Quentin Laulu-Togagae fit to face Leigh Centurions.

The Samoan international was left in Sheffield when the Eagles travelled to South West France to play Catalan Dragons in the Challenge Cup.

Coach Mark Aston said: “Quentin pulled a groin in the Keighley game and he wasn’t 100 per cent so we couldn’t risk him. He stayed home and got on with the rehab and hopefully he’ll be fit for Leigh.”

Laulu-Togagae - nicknamed Q or QLT - is the Eagles leading try scorer this season with 12. His return would boost a team that took an 68-6 hammering in the fifth round game at Perpignan.

Back row forward Michael Knowles and Scott Turner, who took Laulu-Togagae’s place against Catalan, are both being treated for bruised ribs but are expected to be fit to play.

The Eagles need to put the French nightmare behind them as they attempt to rekindle their challenge in the Championship against Leigh at Don Valley Stadium on Sunday.

Defeats in two of the last three league games have seen the Eagles tumble from second to seventh in the table – but in a tight division that’s still only two points behind leaders Halifax.

Leigh are above the Eagles on points difference and maintained their good run of results with an added time ‘golden point’ drop goal win over Halifax in the Challenge Cup.