Leigh at full strength

Leigh Centurions will be at full strength as they look to maintain their 100 percent record in 2011. Leigh have already beaten Batley Bulldogs and Swinton Lions in this year’s Northern Rail Cup.

Assistant coach Paul Rowley said: “We didn’t play as well against Swinton as we did in the previous week and our intensity dropped off, so there’s a new challenge this week for us to maintain the intensity we showed against Batley.

“However, we still scored 42 points and Swinton have recruited pretty well. We’re not over-thrilled with how we played and that probably shows more about where we feel we should be.”

Rowley was quick to acknowledge Sheffield’s strengths. He said: “They knocked us out of the play-offs last year.

“We know they’re a dangerous side and a very difficult side to beat. We’re concentrating on ourselves and what we’re offering rather than the opposition, but we do realise we’ll have to be on the top of our game against them.”

Sheffield Eagles are under pressure to claim a second win of the season if they are to give themselves the best possible chance of progressing past the Northern Rail Cup group stages.

Coach Mark Aston is still without overseas pair Misi Taulapapa and Quentin Laulu-Togagae.

The Eagles chief is also promising a change of line-up after last week’s forwards dominated selection against Whitehaven. “We won’t go to Leigh with the same sort of squad,” he said.

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