Rugby league: Sheffield Eagles gear up for final

Eagles' Misi Taulapapa in action against London
Eagles' Misi Taulapapa in action against London

Winger Scott Turner is confidant Sheffield Eagles will rediscover their attacking flair in the Northern Rail Cup Final.

Turner says the squad will move on swiftly from their defeat by London Broncos in the Challenge Cup.

The focus is now on bouncing back and showcasing their ability when they face Leigh Centurions at the Shay, Halifax, on Saturday.

The final against Leigh is the main objective now. We haven’t won the Northern Rail Cup before. We want to go out there enjoy it and win,” he said. “We’re disappointed by the London game but we’re looking forward now - we’ll concentrate and work hard in training and go for it.

“We’re disappointed. London were there for the taking but we didn’t complete our sets - you can’t expect to beat good teams with a low completion rate like we had. Leigh are a good, big, strong team and we know we have to play well.”

He added: “The last three games (before London) we did just enough to win. We have to work on our attack and if we do that we’ll blow teams away. We can go out in the final and show people what we can do.”

Turner joined the Eagles from Dewsbury last season and has agreed a deal that will keep him at the club for another two years.

The tall, powerful outside back showed his ability to finish with the Eagles’ first try in their 29-10 defeat by the Broncos. He almost claimed a second against the Super League team but was edged into touch.

“It’s a satisfaction to get a try and it would have been even better if I’d got the second one,” he said. “We defended well but it was our attacking game that let us down.”