Flu sweeps Eagles camp before big contest

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SHEFFIELD Eagles have been hit by a flu bug that put several first teamers in doubt for the trip to Leigh Centurions.

Coach Mark Aston said: “We’ve got no injury problems to speak off but we have got the flu,” he said. “It’s been a bit of an epidemic. Jack Howieson has had the flu. Duane Straugheir, Pat Smith, James Davey couldn’t train and Menzie Yere was sick but we seem to have come through the worst.

“For these big games people will battle through because they want to play.”

The game at Leigh tomorrow (7.30pm) sees both clubs defending four-match unbeaten runs

Eagles hammered York Knights 46-14 in the last round and Leigh won at Keighley by a similar margin.

Aston wants to keep the momentum of recent wins going with league leaders Featherstone Rovers coming to Bramall Lane next Thursday. “I want us to keep improving as we have in the last few weeks.

“We’ve had some sticky situations but we’ve showed the resolve and character to come back.”

“ We have played some strong high quality rugby but at times we have dropped off before coming back into games.

“We were working at 80 per cent possession against York, we need to get into the right areas and turn the ball over on our terms.”

Winger Scott Turner is recovering well from a ligament injury but is unlikely to be risked at Leigh.