Rugby League: Sheffield Eagles coach to keep big guns on board for East Leeds test

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Sheffield Eagles’ coach Mark Aston won’t be taking chances and will put out a strong squad against amateurs East Leeds in the Challenge Cup.

He’ll be demanding a big performance to boost the team’s morale after two defeats in the league.

“We were much better at Halifax and it’s important we keep going in the right direction and get a bit of confidence out of the Cup game,” he said. “This time last year we played Leigh East and racked up 112 points because we were clinical and did the little things well.

“We need to be respectful and disciplined and play the game at our tempo and try and blow them away. East Leeds will be physical and tough, they will be trying to unsettle us and make a name for themselves.”

Aston won’t be making wholesale changes from the team that narrowly lost 30-28 at Halifax although he has plenty of options with players back from injury.

He said: “We have a few people ready but we need to get the fluency and momentum into our game.

“I won’t be making massive changes, there might be one or two people rested but we need to get the team gelled and playing well.”

Aston is set to give giant USA international Lelauloto ‘Loto’ Tagaloa his debut against the national conference team at Owlerton, kick-off 2pm.

He also has the option to include the loan players from Salford with back row forward Will Hope possibly coming back after injury.

Aston’s teenage son Cory is likely to come in. The half-back made his debut in the Cup last season scoring two tries as the Eagles set a new club record of 112 points.

Hooker James Davey and prop Ben Jones may also get game time after recovering from injuries.

Eagles will be hoping the repeat last season’s heroics in the Cup when they reached the quarter-finals before going out to London Broncos.