RUGBY LEAGUE: Bad taste left after new row

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ boss Mark Aston has hit out at Dewsbury’s coach Warren Jowett after the Rams’ players were not allowed to stay for the traditional after-match meal.

Jowett ordered his players straight from the changing room to their bus after the Eagles 42-10 victory at Bramall Lane last Thursday.

“I’m disgusted by what happened and it’s an insult to Sheffield Eagles,” said Aston. “To leave straight after the game is unprofessional.

“Your team always stays for a meal which is provided by the home club. After working all day and then playing the players need the food.”

Jowett’s decision follows on from a row between the clubs last year when the Eagles staged their game at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, because Don Valley and Bramall Lane were unavailable.

The Rams’ boss said he would “wear my old school blazer”. After that game, which Eagles won, Jowett ordered his team straight on to their coach without a meal.

Meanwhile club captain Jack Howieson and Samoan international Misi Taulapapa have been charged following a brawl at York City Knights. They will face the RFL disciplinary panel tomorrow accused of punching – with Taulapapa facing the more serious Grade B charge and Howieson on a Grade A. York’s hooker Jack Lee is also facing a Grade A charge.

Aston said: “It’s ridiculous, Jack Lee starts the fighting but is only on Grade A and with an early plea can escape a ban. Jack with a plea shouldn’t get a ban but Misi gets a Grade B and could be banned for two games. It doesn’t make sense.”

Alex Szostak and Dane McDonald only returned against Dewsbury after they were banned for two games for a dangerous tackle. Any suspension would force a change for the Eagles game against Batley Bulldogs at Bramall Lane on Thursday.