SHEFFIELD Eagles try-scoring centre Menzie Yere has been ruled out of tonight’s top of the table clash at Batley Bulldogs.
The Papua New Guinea international – the team’s second top scorer with 16 - suffered a calf injury in the Northern Rail Cup semi-final defeat by Halifax. Coach Mark Aston fears that Yere who mixes line-busting power with ferocious tackling could be sidelined for weeks.
Duane Straugheir is likely to move from the back row to the centres with Aston also having the option of drafting in Scott Turner or Vinny Finigan. On loan hooker James Davey is set to play, with forwards Alex Szostak and Ryan Hepworth also hoping for recall.
Going to Batley presents a special challenge with Mount Pleasant pitch sloping sharply. “Batley prefer to go up in the second half but it doesn’t matter to us,” said Aston. “It’s just 40 minutes rugby.”
Tonight’s game is live on TV (7.30pm) and the winner can take over second place in the Championship.
Eagles beat Batley 26-16 earlier in the season and completing the double would ease the disappointment of their exit from the Rail Cup.
“I told the lads ‘get your heads up’ because they were very good for big parts of the Halifax game,” said Aston. “We need to get back on the bike we fell off against Halifax.”