However, the former Canterbury Bulldogs forward’s career in England got off to a surprise start, with the ‘Dogs holding a 14-0 advantage at the interval following tries from Matty Fozzard, Sam Scott and Shaun Ainscough, with one goal from Cain Southernwood.
However, playing down the slope at the Mount, Rovers enjoyed a stellar second period. After Southernwoood’s penalty on 52 minutes, Ben Blackmore scored a brace on the hour mark to haul the visitors back into the game, before Maitua got over for a debut try on 67 minutes.
But, with the scores locked at 16-all with minutes to go, Will Sharp proved to be the hero of the day, crashing over for a decisive four-pointer with two minutes to play. Gareth Moore‘s conversion was followed by drop goal to finally seal the points with seconds left.
In a high-intensity affair, Cory Aston, a surprise selection at half-back for the Eagles, opened the scoring, reaching over to hand his side the lead on ten minutes, but Sam Barlow‘s converted score four minutes later brought the sides level.
A penalty from Martyn Ridyard extended the Centurions’ lead shortly after the interval, but McNally was sin binned on 55 minutes to offer Sheffield a route back into the contest.
But Leigh preserved their unbeaten record with three tries in the final 12 minutes, two tries from Ryan Brierley either side of Jacob Emmitt‘s effort helping the Champions finally get over the line for their ninth league win of the season.
In front of a league-high 4,023 crowd, the second-placed Bulls were not at their clinical best, but still had enough to overcome the Broncos, who had started the game in fourth place.
Staying in West Yorkshire, Halifax produced the biggest margin of victory this weekend with a convincing 38-6 win over Workington Town.
At the Keepmoat, Dewsbury moved up to fifth place in the Champinoship with a 24-12 win over Doncaster.
Finally, in South Leeds, Hunslet Hawks battled back from 12-10 down at half-time to beat Whitehaven 26-18 for their third win of the season.
Tyla Hepi‘s converted score stretched the visitors’ advantage to eight points early in the second half, but Mufaro Mvududu, Jimmy Watson and George Flanagan went over for the hosts to earn a hard-fought victory on home soil.