Sheffield Eagles: Aston plans to rotate in London clash

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With nothing riding on Sunday’s game with London Broncos, director of rugby Mark Aston admitted he will rotate his players ahead of the crucial middle eights.

The Eagles secured their passage into the end of season promotion showdown with victory over Featherstone Rovers last weekend, but still face a trip to The Hive to face former Eagles’ favourite Andrew Henderson’s Broncos for the final game of the regular season.

Aston conceded that he will look to make changes to his 17 for the dead rubber encounter, with a number of players currently nursing knocks.

One of those players could be second-rower Michael Knowles who came off during the game with Rovers, whilst Aston also revealed that half-back Kyle Briggs has been playing with the aid of injections over the past few games.

“We have a few injuries,” Aston admitted to The Star.

“People like Michael Knowles came off but it’s nothing too serious. Kyle Briggs for the past month has been having jabs in his shoulder so he can play.

“Knosser (Knowles) had not trained all week as he had a back problem, but it was important we had him out there last Sunday.

“Menzie (Yere) has a little bit of a split but we have just got to patch them up and get them back out there. There are a few players playing busted.”

The game at London may also give the Eagles’ chief the chance to look at some of his younger performers.

Hooker Greg Burns is one of a clutch of young talents that Aston has high hopes for, and he showed his burgeoning talent earlier in the season in the Challenge Cup against Oldham, whilst half-back Cory Aston is available again after serving a two-match suspension.

“The London game may give me a chance to see a couple of the younger lads and see where they are in terms of their development,” Aston reflected.

“We may give some a rest but not too many as we need to go into the Super 8s with a smile on our face.

“The boys have worked hard and we need to give them three to four days off after the London game.”

Aston will also have to consider whether to bring back loanee’s Ben Musolino and Jack Blagbrough, who are out on loan with Doncaster and York City Knights respectively.

There are options in both deals for them to be recalled.

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