SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Cup draw gives Eagles tough trip to France

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SHEFFIELD Eagles will travel to Super League pacesetters Catalan Dragons in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Coach Mark Aston hoped for a home tie but he says the trip to the South West of France would help top up his suntan!

“It’s a tough one, Catalan can play,” he said. “Couldn’t have wished for anything better, I need a bit of sun. It’s a brilliant time of the year for a trip to France, I’m sure the lads will enjoy it.”

Catalan, under coach Trent Robinson, have made their best start to a Super League season winning eight of their 10 games and are third in the table.

Eagle’s 50-18 win at York in the last round had raised hopes of a possible game against St Helens or Wigan who they have faced in the last two seasons.

The trip to Perpignan over the weekend 27-29 April should produce a good pay day for the Eagles with Dragons attracting near five figure crowds.

Aston added: “Hopefully there will be a decent crowd and the club can make a few quid. We’ll give it our best shot. Catalan are a great team, they play the game like it should be played. It will be tough but we’ve done well against Hull KR, Wigan and St Helens in the last few years.

“I don’t think Catalan will put out a weak side they are going well and they will want to keep the momentum going.”

Featherstone Rovers, coached by former Eagles star Daryl Powell, who put out Super League neighbours Castleford have a home tie against Wigan Warriors.

* Draw: Warrington v Bradford ; Catalan v Sheffield Eagles; Leigh v Halifax; Oldham v St Helens; Salford v Leeds; Featherstone Rovers v Wigan; Huddersfield v Swinton ; Batley Bulldogs v London Broncos.