Sheffield Eagles v Halifax preview (Friday, 8pm)

Two of the sides representing the Championship in last year’s Qualifiers do battle in round two of the Championship, as Sheffield take on top of the table Halifax.

Mark Aston, the Sheffield coach said: “We played well at Workington last week and scored some points, although were disappointed to have conceded a couple of tries.

“This week we’re back in Sheffield for our first home game, which we’re looking forward to. Halifax had a good win last week; it’s a big game, probably the game of the round.”

Halifax had a comfortable 52-6 home win over Whitehaven to kick off their 2016 campaign, and coach Richard Marshall said: “It was a good win.

“We did a lot of the things we’d practised over the off-season. I think Whitehaven struggled to contain us with the ball and we were disappointed to concede a try right at the end of the game – we have high standards.

“We came though injury-free and can’t see us doing too much differently in terms of the squad. But the game against Sheffield will be different – a lot tougher.

“They had a good performance at Workington, it’s never easy going up there and scored some points so we’ve got two teams who have scored a lot of points.

“The players got tested in certain departments last week but not others, so we know we’ll get tested in all departments against Sheffield.”

Full-back Miles Greenwood could return to the Halifax squad this week.