Neal: Let’s replicate London win

Sheffield prop forward Adam Neal believes there could be an upset on the cards when they take on Championship winners Leigh Centurions this evening.

“The guys are really excited. If we can reproduce last week’s performance I don’t see why we can’t get a positive result against them,” he told Love Rugby League.

“It is probably a good time for us to be playing a team like Leigh off the back of such a big win against London Broncos.

“I thought it was really close when we played them earlier in the season so it should make for a really good game.

“If you can’t get yourself fired up playing against a team like Leigh with some of the best players then there is something wrong.”

Neal, 26, joined the Eagles in the close season and has enjoyed his time since moving to the Yorkshire club.

“It has been great even though results aren’t going our way,” he said.

“I think the fact there have been 12 new players come in hasn’t helped in trying to build some consistency.

“All the lads are sound and have made me feel welcome since the move.

“I think a lot of the coaches here as well as the rest of the staff who have been brilliant.”

The former Oldham man admits the team has not lived up to expectations this season.

“It is certainly not what you would predicted at the start of the season. Sheffield are a club who have always been regarded as a top three or four team so the aim was to try and finish in the top four but it’s not going to happen now.

“It is disappointing because we have not played well and the players know that. I don’t think more coaching would have made a difference.

“We have not strung two wins together for a very long time and consistency is key if you want to be successful.”

Sheffield have two more games of the regular season left before contesting the Championship Shield.

Neal admits he and his teammates haven’t given it much thought and are just looking at the next match.

“A few weeks ago there was a bit of anxiety because we were bottom of the league but since then nobody has spoken about it.

“Everyone in the side knows we are good enough to beat anyone on our day so.

“We are just taking each game as it comes. The guys are playing for each other at the minute and it’s about making sure everyone has a smile on their face.”

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