12th April 2018, 11:55
The Ones To Watch - Leigh Centurions
Ahead of Sheffield Eagles’ home tie against the rejuvenated Leigh Centurions at the Olympic Legacy Park, Dan Fowler takes a look at the Ones To Watch in the opposition camp.
After a sloppy start to the campaign, the club and head coach Neil Jukes went their separate ways and assistant Kieron Purtill took over in his place.
In Purtill’s short time at the helm, the Centurions have won five games out of seven in all competitions and currently sit two points adrift of the top four.
They will be looking to close that gap completely on Sunday with a victory against the Eagles, as well as help from Rochdale who take on fourth-placed London.
Here’s our picks of Leigh’s Ones To Watch this weekend..
Jack Owens – A familiar face to the Eagles fans. Jack Owens was an integral part of Sheffield’s run to the Championship Shield final last season, following a mid-season move from St Helens.
Having played at full-back and in the halves during his stint with the Eagles, he was a shrewd pickup by Mark Aston and there’s no doubt the Eagles fans will give him a fitting reception at the Olympic Legacy Park on Sunday.
Craig Hall – Craig Hall joined Leigh Centurions in the off-season after leading Toronto Wolfpack to League 1 glory as club captain in their inaugural campaign.
The 30-year-old can play all along the backline, giving interim coach Purtill a bit of choice if his side pick up any injuries.
Before moving to the Wolfpack in 2017, Hall enjoyed a decade in Super League and he will be wanting to help his current team back to the top tier at the first time of asking.
Harrison Hansen – With a vast amount of experience in Super League, Leigh captain Harrison Hansen will be a massive threat at the weekend.
The six-time Samoan international has been a fixture in the Leigh squad since his move to the Sports Village in 2016.
Able to play in the second-row or at loose forward, Hansen is a tough customer for any defence and the Eagles can’t afford to shy away from his presence.
By Dan Fowler