Super stand-in Misi Taulapapa’s versatility has been praised by Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston.
The Samoan winger was a surprise choice to fill the problem loose-forward role in the Challenge Cup game at Castleford Tigers.
Taulapapa also took on the captain’s responsibilities with Mitch Stringer out with injury. “A five playing at 13 – I could play him in any position,” said Aston.
“He gave everything against Castleford, but that’s what I expected. He’s an outstanding leader and our most consistent performer. He’s inspirational to this club. He’s played hooker for me and if I asked Misi to prop he would. We’re lucky to have him.”
Aston hopes some of his injury problems will start to ease but Taulapapa may stay in the back row of the pack for the trip to North Wales Crusaders this weekend.
He’s hopeful that Stringer will be fit to return but options in some areas remain limited. Tom Aston, who scored a try in only his second senior game, was the only new casualty from the Castleford game with a suspected broken nose.
“We certainly don’t want any more injuries – we’re still a bit busted up. A few people are a couple of weeks away.
“So there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel which is important to us.”