The Leigh Centurions and Sheffield Eagles are set to clash for the second time in as many weeks in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi Final. The winner of the match will book their place in the final of the competition at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The match will take place at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 8th May, kicking off at 4pm with live coverage being shown by OurLeague.

The visitors travel looking to carry on their strong campaign so far, one in which they have won six of their previous nine games in all competitions. Leigh on the other hand, are looking to preserve their unbeaten record at home and continue the impressive form they showed in April, especially in defence.

LAST TIME OUT:

The two sides played out a rehearsal match last time out in the league last Friday night – with the Centurions got the better of Sheffield, winning the match 34-6. Despite some rotation from both sides, a try from co-captain Adam Sidlow, on the day of his daughter’s birthday, helped Leigh maintain their 100% record at Leigh Sports Village.

Highlights of that game can be watched below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dunMbHzXnc8

COACHES QUOTES:

Adrian Lam told us that although we got the better of this week’s opponents last time out, a different test should be expected, with both teams seeing players return to the squads:

“I’m aware that Sheffield have a few players returning, giving them a sharper attacking edge. But for us, we weren’t who we wanted to be last time out, and I want to see us approach this big game week in the right manner.”

“Our discipline was poor last week and that’s something we want to improve this week. Our focus is on us, and we want to face this next challenge head on with our best foot forward.”

He also admitted that he is happy with the progress his side are making and says that once the squad really click mentally, they’ll be a tougher outfit to face:

“We’re not too far off our best but we’re always looking for perfection. We’ve shown in our attack and defence we’re a good team – but it’s about getting a collective mentality to consistently churn our 9 or 10s every week.”

SQUAD UPDATE:

New signings Blake Ferguson and Ben Nakubuwai have both been included in the 21-man squad for the match – both are in contention to make their Centurions debuts. After missing last week’s match, both Joe Mellor and Nene Macdonald could also return to the Leigh line-up.

As for Sheffield, the returning trio of Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Anthony Thackery and Liam Johnson will prove a massive boost for Mark Aston’s team. The Eagles try scorer last Friday, Tom Holmes, on loan from Featherstone Rovers, is also available for selection

REFEREE:

The man leading the officiating team for this one will be referee, Nick Bennett. Bennett’s last game in charge of a Centurions fixture came earlier in the season, as Leigh beat Halifax Panthers 16-26 at The Shay.

TICKETS:

You can still get your tickets for Sunday’s match by clicking here.