Frozen fingers crossed for Don Valley derby

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is optimistic tomorrow’s game against Doncaster will beat the weather.

“Fingers crossed the game will be on,” he said. “The game has been looking doubtful but there’s always a chance.”

Eagles may call in RFL officials to examine the pitch later today but a final decision could be made tomorrow.

A nagging fear is that the 7.30pm kick-off comes as temperatures have been dropping below zero in recent days.

Eagles have held outdoor training away from Don Valley to give the pitch as much chance as possible to be made ready.

Both clubs will be keen for the first South Yorks league derby since 2009 to go ahead and avoid a build up of fixtures after their games were postponed last weekend. Aston said: “The last thing we need is a fixture pile-up and by Friday it will be two weeks since we last played.

The game is the first of two over the Easter holiday with the Eagles travelling to Whitehaven on Monday. Aston has almost a full squad with only Doncaster-born prop forward Liam Higgins set to miss out.