Eagles want derby game to be Owlerton special

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Sheffield Eagles are gearing up for their biggest game since the return to Owlerton Stadium.

The club sees the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster as a chance to celebrate meeting the challenge of life after Don Valley.

Sunday’s game should produce the biggest crowd of the season with only two points separating the Dons, third, and Eagles in fifth in the Championship.

“It’s an Easter weekend, a local derby, Doncaster have had a good start so it’s all set fair for a good day on and off the field,” said general manager Andy Giles. “We have quite a lot of corporate sponsors and hospitality groups already signed up.

“It was a very big move in a short space of time but feedback from the fans has been positive. We have built a good relationship with the staff at Owlerton who are very helpful and made us welcome.”

The move back to the greyhound stadium – where the Eagles first played in 1984 - offers fans the chance watch the game while enjoying a meal or a drink. Giles added: “Members of the 1984 Club have a seat in the Panorama Lounge and we’ve had considerable uptake on membership.”

Coach Mark Aston, meanwhile, is investigating the tactics used by Workington Town which led to centre Menzie Yere being forced off with a knee injury.

He said: “I’ll be having a look at that on the DVD because I need to see if they were chopping and targeting Menzie.”

Aston faces a growing injury list with loose forward Michael Knowles also out and his likely replacement, Will Hope, on loan from Salford, awaiting the results of a scan on a shoulder injury.

Prop Ben Jones has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot and will be out for a further six weeks.

Forward Matt Garside, who scored two tries in the win at Workington, is in the Championship team of the week along with Doncaster back rower Lee Waterman.