4th May 2019, 06:55
Match Preview - Centurions vs Eagles
Mark Aston’s Sheffield Eagles side will look to bounce back from a rare defeat when the Eagles travel to face Leigh Centurions this Sunday.
The Eagles fell to a 24-32 loss to Halifax at the Olympic Legacy Park last weekend.
Ed Barber opened the scoring for Fax after five minutes, with Steve Tyrer converting for the extra two points.
The Eagles levelled up the scores when Aaron Brown intercepted a Halifax pass to go 90 metres to score. Pat Walker added the conversion.
The Eagles took the lead when Walker converted a penalty before James Davey scooted over from dummy-half to score his first try of the season. Walker added the extras.
In response, Halifax skipper Scott Murrell spotted a gap in the Sheffield defence, diving over to score before Tyrer converted for the two.
Halifax took the lead shortly after Murell’s score, former London Bronco James Woodburn-Hall touched down and Tyrer again converted for the visitors.
Sheffield went into the break with the lead in the entertaining encounter.
Anthony Thackeray’s cross-field kick was claimed by Ryan Millar whose pass to James Glover was returned for the winger to finish. Walker added the extra two.
Chester Butler reclaimed the lead for Halifax, on his return to the Halifax team; Tyrer continued his 100% conversion rate with the subsequent conversation and penalty kick later on to give Fax a 20-26 lead.
Ben Blackmore crossed in style as the Eagles looked to level up the scores. The winger showing his pace, before collecting his chipped kick over Tyrer to score.
Crucially, Walker missed the target with his attempted conversation.
With the Eagles chasing the game and their energy drained, Butler added his second try of the day, with Tyrer’s conversion sealing Halifax’s win.
After losing out in the Round four of the Challenge Cup to Sunday’s hosts, Sheffield will be looking for a good performance at Leigh Sports Village.
Leigh come into Sunday’s game in good form, with three wins from their last four Championship outings. The Centurions currently sit 5th in the table just two points behind the Eagles.
Most recently, John Duffy’s side turned over the Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Batley’s Sam Wood had a four-pointer cancelled out by scores from the Centurions’ Andy Thornley, Jack Higginson and Stefan Marsh before Johnny Campbell made the scores 12-18 at the break.
The Leythers added to their lead in the second 40 with scores from Ryan Brierley, who made his second debut for Leigh after arriving on-loan from Toronto Wolfpack.
The Scottish international’s try was added to by four-pointers from Joshua Woods and a second from Higginson.
Jo Taira scored a consolation for the hosts, who kept the score tight, until the end of the game.
One to Watch – Ryan Brierley
As mentioned earlier, Brierley recently returned to the Leythers for a second spell after a three-year stint away from the LSV with Huddersfield Giants and Toronto Wolfpack.
In Brierley’s four successful years at Leigh from 2012-2016, the scrum-half scored over 130 tries in 125 games.
By Lewis Coleman