Sheffield Eagles looking for a big win

Wing spot: Misi Taulapapa may get the vote ahead of Vinny Finigan.                      Picture: steve ellis
Wing spot: Misi Taulapapa may get the vote ahead of Vinny Finigan. Picture: steve ellis
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SHEFFIELD Eagles are gearing up for a fresh start with a big win over Championship strugglers Hunslet Hawks tonight.

Coach Mark Aston is determined there’ll be no hangover from the defeat by Halifax that ended hopes of finishing in second place.

“There’s no frustrations we just have to move on. We have to go about our business correctly,” he said. “We can’t dwell on what happened at Halifax. Let’s focus on the last (league) three games.”

Tonight’s clash is the first of crucial back-to back home games for the Eagles with Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers the visitors in six days time.

Aston will give starts to utility man Dane McDonald and back rower Joe Hirst who has missed the last three games with a knee injury.

In the backs winger Nev Morrison could miss out in the week he signed a new contract. Vinny Finigan, with four tries in three games and Misi Taulapapa look set to hold on to the wing spots.

Hunslet come to Don Valley (kick-off 7.30pm) seeking to end a dismal run of 13 games without a win.

Two of those defeats came at the hands of the Eagles including a 48-0 hammering in the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup in June.

Aston says that only makes Hunslet more dangerous adding: “They’ve had a tough season but they have a good attitude and will go out to upset and rattle us, frustrate us and hope to come away with something.

“It’s up to us to be professional, disciplined and play a bit of football.”

A win would take the Eagles back into third place with the prospect of staying there as Batley face a tough trip to Dewsbury on Sunday.