Rugby league: Eagles standards must remain high against Barrow

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is on alert against a Barrow Raiders team he feels is learning fast following promotion.

“The Championship is a different tempo and they might have found it hard but now they are starting to get to the level,” said Aston.

“They were outstanding against Leigh last month and were winning the game but just ran out of steam at the end.

“We’ll have to keep our standards high and play for the full 80 minutes.”

The pressure is on the Eagles when the teams clash at Don Valley Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.

Defeat at Whitehaven on Easter Monday ended a seven-game winning run in the league and Aston wants to get the momentum going again. He said: “It doesn’t matter if you are at home or up at Cumbria, Barrow will have a big, strong pack of forwards. They will come and try to out-muscle us and come through the middle.

“Kurt Harrison and Liam Haggerty and two big front rowers. Nathan Mossop is a real good hooker and a threat from dummy half. And they’ve got pace with Adam Clay, the winger who was at Salford, who can score tries.”

Eagles winger Nev Morrison is to join Championship rivals York Knights on a month’s loan.

Aston feels the move will help Morrison who has struggled to get into the team this season.

“We need Nev to be playing and he’s played one game in seven weeks so for his personal development he needs to sharpen up,” he said.

“He’ll get match fitness and it’ll be good for him.”

“If we can help Nev’s development by letting him go to York that’s what we will do.”

The former Hull FC reserve had a loan spell at Doncaster before joining the Eagles last season. He scored 17 tries in 27 games in 2012.