PREVIEW: Leigh vs Sheffield

Leigh Centurions took part in a thrilling 32-32 draw at Bradford last week. Coach Neil Jukes said: “For 60 minutes I thought we were outstanding. For 20 minutes it wasn’t so much what we did with the ball because we couldn’t get it.

“The easy one is to look at the positive but yeah we are disappointed. Given that we were 32-6 up, then it’s a point lost and certainly a point gained for them. We will look at what we did well.

“I think we’ve come up with that form for 20/25 minutes in any one game. At Bradford we did it for just over the hour mark, so we are going in the right direction. What will be good is that when we come up with those big and long good performances, we’ll become a difficult team to play against.”

Looking back on Sheffield Eagles 48-26 win over Swinton Lions coach Mark Aston said: “We scored plenty of points, so we’re happy with that, but I thought we went a bit soft.

“That’s what I spoke about with the players after and they aren’t too happy that I’ve been giving them a hard time. We’ve got down to some hard work and been positive this week.

“Swinton are a good team. I was a bit edgy leading up to the game because they were going to ask plenty of questions. John Duffy and Stuart Littler have done a great job and are playing good football, so credit where credit’s due. They’re a real committed team who never gave in.

“We need to rack up a few points and get a bit of confidence with the ball because we know we can play, we just need to be a bit tougher defensively. Leigh are the benchmark. I went to watch them at Bradford and for 60 minutes they were outstanding.”