SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is likely to bank on experience for the top six game against Leigh Centurions tonight.
“It’s one for the people who have performed at this level,” he said. “I’m about giving chances to people who are training well. It’s all about finding the best for the game; we’ll put out those that are ready to play at that intensity against one of the best teams in the competition.”
Winger Scott Turner is back in after recovering from an ankle injury, edging out Vinny Finigan who scored two tries in the big win over York. Prop Jack Howieson and back rower Alex Szostak are also recalled.
Prop Liam Higgins who was impressive against York keeps his place at the Sport Village, kick-off 7.30pm.
Eagles have signed Italian international Dario Esposito from Dewsbury Rams. Esposito, 24, was born in Australia and played in the Queensland Cup competition before coming to the UK last year. A back rower or prop he played seven games for York Knights last year before joining Dewsbury at the start of this season playing one game.
Tonight’s game will see a shake up in the top six with Leigh and the Eagles having almost identical records. Both are defending a four-game winning run and only a bonus point separates them in the Championship table.
Leigh will be without back former Hull back row forward Martin Aspinwall, who has broken a toe, and centre Tom Spencer has been recalled from his loan by Wigan Warriors. tand-off Ryan Brierley is scoring tries and Sean Penkywicz is a danger from dummy half.
Last season the Centurions did the double in the league but the Eagles took the play-off semi-final for the second year running before going on to win the Championship title.
Eagles Under-19s will play Wakefield Wildcats at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 2.30pm. The fixture was due to be played at Wakefield but has been reversed.
* Wakefield have announced a two-year sponsorship deal with Barnsley-based C&D Cleaning Services Ltd, plugging the six-figure shortfall caused by the collapse of previous sponsors Eric France a fortnight ago.
The company name will appear on the Wildcats shirts for the first time at Sunday’s home game against Salford.