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Sheffield Eagles are on the final approach for a delayed landing back at Owlerton Stadium.

The scheduled season opener against Rochdale Hornets - a repeat of the club’s first ever game in 1984- fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

That was two weeks ago and all is set fine for the visit of Barrow Raiders on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

Coach and chief executive Mark Aston is looking forward for a bumper crowd to celebrate the ‘return’ after 25 years.

“Having to postpone the first game was a disappointment but we’re looking forward to Sunday,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of interest.

“It’s the first one back at Owlerton and I’m hoping that people will get behind us, come along and say ‘welcome home’.

“There are great facilities for the fans at the stadium, you can come for Sunday lunch, or enjoy a drink and watch some great rugby.””

The Eagles players showed they are adjusting to life after Don Valley Stadium with a 30-16 win away to Swinton Lions in their opening game last weekend.

The Owlerton pitch will be under scrutiny and although the weather has improved it is expected to be heavy and testing.

Aston said: “The pitch should be fine.

“There’s been a lot of work done on it in the last two weeks.

“We’ve had a run out [at Swinton] and blown a few of the cobwebs off and hopefully we’ll blow a few more off on Sunday.”

Winger Scott Turner’s hat-trick of tries in the Swinton game has earned him a place in the Kingstone Press Championship team of the week.

Doncaster have two players in theat team: centre Stewart Sanderson and forward Mike Kelly.