SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Mark Aston’s warning ahead of Eagles’ cup quarter-final

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston says he needs the ‘right team to turn up’ against Hunslet Hawks tonight.

Unpredictable swings in form have plagued the Eagles this season but they can’t afford any mistakes if they are to take a step closer to a first ever Northern Rail Cup final.

“Hunslet won’t be easy. But it’s really about us, if we ‘turn up’ we’ll be good, if we don’t, we won’t,” he said. “The issue we have is our standards and the way we sometimes lower them in games. We need to be more consistent.”

The Eagles will go into the quarter-finals clash at Don Valley Stadium (7.30pm) as favourites despite a defeat in the league at Leigh Centurions last week.

Hunslet are bottom of the Championship and haven’t won in seven games. But for Aston in the sudden death of a Cup game that only makes the Hawks more dangerous.

“There’s always danger when you’re playing teams that aren’t winning. Hunslet will be looking for that win.

“It’s the quarter-finals of the Cup and Hunslet will be 100 per cent committed. But we want the win and we’re disappointed by how we played at Leigh.”

Aston looks set to keep faith with most of the 17 that struggled in the 40-12 loss at Leigh.

Back row forward Michael Knowles and utility man Dane McDonald should both be fit. He has back rower or centre Duane Straugheir available and prop Ryan Hepworth is pushing for a recall.

“I could make wholesale changes or I can go with the people who played at Leigh and say: ‘Go on and sort that out’. The players I have are capable of doing that,” said Aston.

“We need to tighten up but this is a Cup game and you don’t need motivation when silverware is on offer.”