Aston sweats on injured trio as Eagles gear up for French showdown

Influential figure: Quentin Laulu-Togagae carries the ball forward for the Eagles against the Rams
Influential figure: Quentin Laulu-Togagae carries the ball forward for the Eagles against the Rams
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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is facing late decisions on his squad for the trip to Toulouse Olympique.

Aston is hoping that he will have at least two of his dual registration loan players from Super League clubs available for Saturday’s game in the South-West of France.

With the squad flying out on Thursday he’s also checking a trio of injured players following the 40-12 win over Dewsbury Rams.

“We’ve won two on the bounce and we want to keep that bit of a roll going at Toulouse,” he said. “A couple of the lads have knocks but nothing too serious and it would be good if we had the dual registration lads available to play.”

Aston is monitoring forward Peter Green and winger Danny Mills. Loose-forward or half-back Dane McDonald is nearing fitness after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

He said: “Peter’s got a knock to the sternum and we took him off in the second half. Danny’s damaged a tendon in his thumb. They should be fine for the Toulouse trip.”

Obtaining an early decision on clearance for his four dual registration players to travel is also high on Aston’s wish list. Winger Vinny Finigan, on loan from Bradford, looks set to be released but centre Jason Crookes has played in the last two Super League games for the Bulls.

Half-back Kyle Wood missed the Dewsbury game with an ankle injury but should be fit if with forward Jamie Cording he is released by Huddersfield Giants.

Aston spent the weekend in Ireland - his first trip in his dual role as head coach of Rugby League Ireland. He was at a domestic cup final and took a training session with the Irish A team squad.

Quentin Laulu-Togagae is likely to lead the Eagles’ charge in Toulouse, with the utility back having grabbed 10 tries in his last seven outings. The Samoan ace was one of six try scorers as Aston’s side cruised to a comfortable victory over the Rams.

Meanwhile, two tries from winger Locke Hamish helped Eagles reserves to a 36-16 win at Dewsbury Rams. Adam Brok, Jamie Cottle, Tom Ashton, Pat Smith and Eddie Battye also registered while Nathan Walmsley struck four goals.