Rugby league: Sheffield Eagles revenge mission after break

Eagles ace Ed Battye
Eagles ace Ed Battye
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After a 10-day break from competitive action, Sheffield Eagles will be more than ready for the challenge of Dewsbury Rams tonight, according to prop Eddie Battye.

The Eagles have enjoyed a longer-than- expected break from league action after the Rams’ Challenge Cup exploits at the weekend, resulting in a showdown this evening at the Keepmoat Stadium (8pm).

Dewsbury are just one of three clubs to have beaten the Eagles in a league game this season, and Battye is looking forward to trying to avenge the opening-night defeat

“Having 10 days off has allowed us to get some bodies back in. We had two or three who just missed out against Doncaster, so we should have them back,” said the 23-year-old.

“With the time off we have had, we will all be fighting fit for what are two really tough games coming up, firstly against Dewsbury and then quickly after against London. It is going to be a big week for us.”

Battye has been an ever-present this season for Mark Aston’s side which has seen several changes due to injuries in recent weeks.

He is expected to be in action again tonight, with the Eagles holding a four-point advantage over one of their main rivals for a place in the Championship’s coveted top four.

Battye admits that the break has done him and the team good, but warned that the Eagles will have to step up their performance if they are to overcome a strong Dewsbury outfit, after some indifferent performances.

“I have been involved in every game so far so it is nice to have had a little break,” he confirmed. “We all know our jobs, We pride ourselves on our defence, although prior to the Doncaster game we let in too many points.”