Sheffield Eagles sweat over Jack Howieson

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SHEFFIELD Eagles forwards will be told to go out and blast the team to a hat-trick of wins over York City Knights

But coach Mark Aston may be without his Scottish international prop, Jack Howieson, for the trip to the Huntington Stadium tonight.

The Eagles already have victories over York in the Rail Cup and a 10-try blitz in the Challenge Cup fourth round.

“You can’t go round York on that pitch with it being so narrow so you have to open them up, run good lines and ask questions of defenders,” said Aston. “We played there and we know what we have to do.”

Howieson has been suffering bouts of illness and could be sidelined for the game which is live on satellite TV channel Premier Sports, kick-off 7.30pm.

Aston was ready to call up local prop Eddie Battye for his first senior game for over a year but he’s been ruled out with ankle ligament trouble.

“I’m gutted for Eddie because he’s been outstanding for the reserves and would have been in contention,” he said. “There won’t be many changes. We haven’t got many options.”

Winger Scott Turner has recovered from a rib injury and Aston could also turn to forward Alex Rowe or York-born reserve hooker Pat Smith.

After two narrow defeats in the league a win would put the Eagles back into the top six.

Aston is keen to wipe out the 34-32 loss to Leigh last weekend.

“The lads would have played on Monday as they were so frustrated by the Leigh game,” said Aston.

“We’ve reviewed the Leigh game there were plenty of positives, with the ball we looked really good and a lot of the lads played well but it was individuals knocking off at key times that cost us dear.”