Sheffield Eagles will begin their Super 8 campaign with a trip to Odsal Stadium to face Bradford Bulls, whilst their final two home games will be played at Bramall Lane.
After finishing third in the Kingstone Press Championship, the Eagles booked themselves into the promotion/relegation mini-league to determine who will play in Super League next season.
Following the announcement of the Super 8 fixtures the Eagles also confirmed that their final two games will be played back in the Steel City, with the first ‘home’ fixture against Halifax to be played at The Keepmoat Stadium.
It is Odsal though where they will kick off their quest for a return to rugby league’s top table against James Lowes’ Bulls on Sunday 9th August, kick off 3pm. The Eagles will then face Super League opposition against Widnes Vikings on Sunday 16th August, before the clash with Halifax in Doncaster on August 23rd.
After a break Aston’s side are back on the road again to face Championship winners Leigh Centurions on September 6th, before finishing their travels at Super League outfit Salford Red Devils on September 13th.
The Super 8s conclude with two games at Bramall Lane against Super League opponents. On Friday 18th September Mark Aston’s side take on Hull KR and then on Sunday 27th September they conclude the Super 8s against Wakefield Wildcats.
With a trip to Bradford first up Aston will be looking to fair better than their last visit to Odsal where they were blown away 46-12, but the Eagles will be buoyed by their victory over the Bulls at the start of this month at The Keepmoat Stadium. They will also take extra motivation from Bradford’s stuttering end to the campaign where they have won just one of their last five games.
Their slump in form has been recognised by boss Lowes who moved for Aussie centre Dane Nielsen on a contract until the end of the season. The controversial 30-year-old has been without a club since he was sacked by St George Illwarra in May after allegedly assaulting a woman in a bar. He could make his return to rugby league by making his debut against the Eagles.
Tickets prices for the Super 8 fixtures have been confirmed by the Eagles with adults priced at £20, concessions £16 and juniors £5, whilst there is also the option of buying a three match home package for £45 (adult price). Full details are available via the Eagles official website.