Rugby League: Aston issues warning ahead of Hawks test

Duane Straughier, in possession, is fully-fit after a groin niggle.
Duane Straughier, in possession, is fully-fit after a groin niggle.
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Players will be on trial when Sheffield Eagles face relegation-threatened Hunslet Hawks tomorrow.

Coach Mark Aston has options for change with a queue of players waiting their chance after injury.

It’s also his last chance to answer questions about the line-up for the game at Featherstone Rovers which is likely to decide the league leader’s title.

“We have three or four coming back in who are busting a gut for a chance,” said Aston. “It will be interesting because I have to be accountable for any changes just as I ask the players to be accountable for their actions.

“We’re winning games but there’s still room to improve. If people make mistakes then they can be out.”

Hunslet come to Don Valley (kick-off 7.30pm) for what will be the final league game at the stadium which has been home to the Eagles since 1990. The doomed venue will stage the play-offs games next month before the bulldozers move in.

The South Leeds side are just above the relegation places but Eagles must win if they are to stay three points clear of Featherstone who also play tomorrow. Centres or back row forwards Duane Straugheir (groin) and Matt Garside (shin) are both fit after missing the last three games. Winger Scott Turner has also recovered from a hand injury.

That could put the league’s top try scorer Menzie Yere in the firing line after he was substituted late in the win at Dewsbury. Prop forward Colton Roche picked up a knee injury at Dewsbury.

Hooker Andrew Henderson has recovered from a knee strain but Aston was happy with the performance of regular substitute James Davey who got a rare starting spot last weekend.

Aston added: “It was difficult to pick anyone out after Dewsbury but James Davey did great; he was sharp and set up a few things. Alex Szostak was also pretty good but there weren’t any outstanding performances.”