Sheffield Eagles seek revenge for ‘seventh tackle’ loss

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IT’S payback time for Sheffield Eagles as they go after vital league points against Keighley Cougars.

The Eagles aim to make being at Don Valley Stadium count and extend their lead over the Cougars in the battle for top-six places.

“Keighley beat us at a their place at the beginning of the season and we’re still a bit sore about that and we want revenge,” said coach Mark Aston.

“Three of our last five games are at Don Valley and we need to be strong and make that count. People have to know that when they come to Don Valley they are going to cop for it.

“It’s better than playing at Keighley, Don Valley is a tight pitch and we can get close and physical and make sure we come out on top.”

Newly-promoted Keighley won 23-16 at Cougar Park in April. The game was marred by a Cougars’ try awarded on the ‘seventh tackle’ and a controversial offside decision that denied Eagles what could have been a crucial score.

In the aftermath forward Alex Szostak and utility man Dane McDonald were given two-match bans for a dangerous tackle based on evidence of a Keighley fan’s film of the game.

Matt Thomason, who was the referee for that game, will take charge of tomorrow night’s clash.

Aston said: “No complaints, he’s one of the best referees in the competition. There were some bizarre decisions (at Keighley) but Friday is about how we play.”

Former Eagles centre Tangi Ropati is due to start his comeback in Featherstone’s reserves at Oldham tonight.

The 27-year-old suffered a broken jaw which needed three plates and 13 pins inserted in his face following a tackle against Castleford.