Eagles’ Challenge Cup clash pits son against dad

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STUDENT Ben Tyers and his dad will be on opposing sides when Leeds Met University play Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

The 19-year-old son of Eagles director and former player Andy Tyers is hoping to play a part in a shock result in the third round Carnegie Challenge Cup clash.

“Dad’s said to me that he wants the Eagles to win but he won’t mind if I play well – that’s fine,” said Ben.

The utility forward or centre has played for Leeds Met in every round of the Cup.

He has been dropping heavy hints to Leeds coach Paul Fletcher as final team selection for the game at Don Valley Stadium nears.

“I’ve played for the Eagles reserves and train with them, and I’ve mentioned that to Paul Fletcher,” said Ben.

“I will be a little bit nervous. It will be the best team I have ever played against, and the Challenge Cup is the ‘Messiah’ of rugby league. I’ll be excited because I want to show Mark Aston [Eagles coach] what I can do.

Dad Andy, who played in the Eagles’ first ever game, in September, 1984, said: “I’ll be really proud on Sunday. I’ll want him to play well but of course I will be supporting the Eagles.”