Quention blow for Eagles as they head for Dragons’ den

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SHEFFIELD Eagles top try scorer Quentin Laulu-Togagae is out of tonight’s Challenge Cup fifth round game at Catalan Dragons.

The Samoan international full back, who has 12 tries this season, didn’t make the trip to the South West of France because of a groin strain.

Scott Turner is set to take the number one shirt with Vinny Finigan coming in on the wing and Simon Brown starting at stand-off in place of Dane McDonald who was ruled out earlier with a rib injury.

The Eagles go in to the game against the fourth placed team in the Super League as 500-1 outsiders to win the Cup. Coach Mark Aston said: “We’re going into the ‘Dragons Den’ in France. We’ll try and make a massive play on them but realistically it is going to be very tough. Catalan have strength in depth but this is the Challenge Cup; anything can happen.

“We’ll give it the best shot and if it’s good enough we can spring a surprise ”

Eagles will be playing in front of a likely five-figure crowd in the Stade Gilbert Brutus, in Perpignan tonight (5.30pm UK time) – a venue that holds special memories for Aston.

“The atmosphere will be pretty hostile but I’ve got fond memories of the ground because I made my Test debut there in 1991,” he added. “The Catalans are big and they’re strong but if you stand up to them they back down. Sometimes we’ve got to look to frustrate them. We know what it can be like there, it can be hostile and the fans make a lot of noise. What we need to do is turn the fans from being hostile towards us to getting on their own players’ backs.

“We’re expecting a tough challenge but we’re going there with our eyes open and we’re going to enjoy it.”

Alex Szostak and Dane McDonald have been charged with a making a dangerous throw tackle in the defeat at Keighley by the RFL.