A TRIO of young players who came of age against the Super League stars of St Helens have been praised by Sheffield Eagles’ coach Mark Aston.
Centre Corey Hanson, plus forwards Eddie Battye and Sam Scott were called up to cover for Eagles’ missing loan players for the fourth round Challenge Cup clash.
They faced a Saints team packed with internationals including New Zealand star Francis Meli, and England players Kyle Eastmond, James Graham, Michael Shenton and James Robey.
“The young lads were great,” said Aston. “Corey, 18, has come through our development system and was playing against Francis Meli. He’s only played half a dozen first team games. It was remarkable the way he stood up and looked pretty comfortable.
“Eddie Battye, a 19-year-old prop forward came on against James Graham and Joss Perry and did a fantastic job.”
Aston also gave a first senior appearance to back row Sam Scott: “Two months ago Sam was playing university rugby and makes his debut against St Helens- that’s something to remember.
“We’re really pleased with him and all the lads. They did a remarkable job and will learn from the experience.”
The three will be on standby again for Eagles’ game against unbeaten Championship leaders Leigh Centurions.
Aston will know in the next couple of days if the club’s dual registration signings from Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls are available for Sunday’s game at Bramall Lane.
Aston took 17-year-old Connor Scott to the St Helens game “to have a look how it is on a big match.” Prop forward Scott and winger Harry Lynn scored tries and James Proctor kicked two goals as the Academy team lost 48-12 to Bradford Bulls at the weekend.