Forward Peter Green doesn’t get many tries but he saved one to celebrate 350 games of professional rugby league.
Green came off the bench and forced his way over the line two minutes from half-time in Sheffield Eagles 56-18 win over Whitehaven. “It’s been a while since I got a try and when you get a chance you take it but as long and you’re involved in a performance like that you don’t mind if you score or not” he said.
Green has built a reputation as a hard working, tough tackling forward since making his debut for his home-town club Doncaster in 2001. He went on to play 240 games for the Dons before joining the Eagles in the 2010 season. The 31-year-old’s try against Whitehaven was his first this season and only his ninth for the Eagles.
Green has forced his way back into the first team after a spell on the sidelines and hopes to face Dewsbury Rams in the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup on Friday.
There’s also the prospect of playing in the Challenge Cup clash with Super League London Broncos next month. “Being out maybe did me good, I had a dip in form and wasn’t performing and with a squad like we’ve got you don’t get picked” he said.
“I’ve had to address a few things and work hard. People have got one eye on the London game, even though you try not to think about it too much. You have to focus on the next game and perform. London’s a big game and some people believe we have a genuine chance of turning them over. It’s one you want to be part of.”
Green has helped the Eagles to successive Championship Grand Final since signing in 2010 - with the club winning the trophy for the first time last season. A third Grand Final and becoming the first club to retain the title remains the priority.
He said: “It’s nice to sit at the top of the league now. We wanted to be more consistent and we’ve got that now.
“The league is very tight and those teams can turn you over as we found out when we went up to Whitehaven.
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