Sunday 23rd February 2014  Leigh Sports Village  Kick Off: 15:00:00

Swinton Lions Squad

Sheffield Eagles Squad

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Lions welcome Eagles challenge

Richie Hawkyard could return for Swinton Lions, but Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow are both still battling against shoulder injuries.


Swinton earned a bonus point at Halifax last week, with two late tries from Andy Ackers narrowing the gap to just 10 points by full time.


Lions coach Ian Watson said: "We were pleased with our performance - our attitude and commitment was really good - but we weren't pleased with the result.


"If we put things right, we can compete with the top-end teams. We want to set high standards within our group.


"Facing Sheffield Eagles straight after playing Halifax is a great challenge for us, and we want to be playing in the big games.


"Their game was cancelled last week but they're still a champion team and quite a settled team. They've got continuity and they've got the base. We know we're in for a battle."


Sheffield coach Mark Aston is expected to pick from a fully fit squad, although the club have been dealt a blow after Alex Szostak confirmed he is unavailable for 2014 due to work commitments.