SHEFFIELD Eagles survived a massive late rally by Leigh to book a place in a second successive Championship Grand Final.
The Eagles had three first half tries to thank for taking them through to a repeat of last season’s final against Featherstone Rovers.
A cloud hangs over Eagles Quentin Laulu-Togagae who was involved in a possible late tackle incident which was put on report and could miss the final.
Eagles were ahead after 58 seconds before Leigh had touched the ball. They got the ball back straight from the kick-off put the pressure on with Andrew Henderson providing a short chip kick for second rower Michael Knowles to touch down. Simon Brown added the goal.
An explosive break by Laulu-Togagae set up two quick tries for the Eagles. The fullback broke the line and raced 60 metres before passing outside to centre Dane Straugheir to finish.
Laulu-Togagae turned the screw breaking the line six minutes later to give winger Misi Taulapapa an easy run to the line. Brown converted both tries.
Eagles lost back rower Joe Hirst with a suspected broken jaw after a clash of heads.
Leigh stepped up the pressure and only good scramble defence held them out until five minutes from half-time when winger Jon Pownall just stretched out to get the ball down.
A minute from half-time Brown edged out the lead to 20-4 with a penalty for ball stealing.
The video ref ruled out a score from substitute hooker James Davey six minutes after the restart but 30 seconds later awarded a try after winger Scott Turner squeezed in at the corner from Brown’s high cross-field kick.
Leigh hit back with back rower Andy Thornhill jumping high to pull back a try. Ridyard added the goal.
Brown was wide with two penalty attempts and the Eagles faced a torrid final quarter.
Tries in the final ten minutes for Leigh from Ryan Brierly and Dean McGilvray converted by Ridyard made the Eagles sweat.
In the final minute centre Menzie Yere went over after backing up a break by Henderson and Brown kicked his sixth goal.
EAGLES: Laulu-Togagae; Taulapapa, Straugheir, Yere, Turner; Brown, Brambani; Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Scott, Scostak. Subs: Davey, Green, Hirst, Higgins,.
Tries: Knowles, 1, Straugheir, 22, Taulapapa, 28, Turner, 46, Yere,79.
Goals: Brown 6/8.
Referee: Tim Roby.