Sheffield Eagles will play their final ever game at Don Valley Stadium on Sunday and the stakes will be high.
Hopes of retaining their Championship title will be on the line when they face Dewsbury Rams in a play-off eliminator. Eagles and Dewsbury have already met four times this season with the Eagles doing the league double and winning in the Northern Rail and Challenge Cup.
But coach Mark Aston warns: “This is a one-off, winner take all,” he said. “Dewsbury have had a good end to the season winning their last three and they’ll be confident. We’ve won the games so far but we’ll have to improve, the last couple of games we’ve been playing pretty dumb.”
Dewsbury beat Doncaster in the last round. Halifax, who beat Eagles in a qualifying play-off round await the winners in the semi-final.
Sunday’s game (6.30pm) comes at a critical time for the Eagles.
Don Valley is to be demolished leaving Eagles without a home next season and Aston has warned the club may have to move out of the city.
Eagles have agreed a new two-year deal with hooker James Davey.
See our special coverage on the Eagles in tomorrow’s Star.