Eagles boss fired up for grudge match

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Sheffield Eagles are on a mission to put the record straight when they face Whitehaven tomorrow.

It’s a grudge game with Cumbrians the last team to beat the Eagles who have since put together a 10-game winning run that’s taken them to the top of the league.

“They smacked us in April at their place and we’re still smarting about that,” said coach Mark Aston. “It was a game we shouldn’t have lost, we have a point to prove and we want to make amends.”

Whitehaven have settled well back in the Championship following promotion and are in the play-off places. The success has been built on strong home form and Eagles will hope to exploit the advantage of being at Don Valley tomorrow, kick-off 3pm

Aston said: “Whitehaven have big forwards, and have Jamie Rooney at half-back and he’s a danger.

“They have had some good results and we’ll have to be that little bit better than we were over the last two games.”

Aston has a fully fit squad available and that puts the focus on who will take the starting role with Mitch Stringer in Sheffield Eagles’ front row.

Former Castleford, Hull and Wakefield man Liam Higgins is the favourite after making a strong return from a long-term injury in the win at Barrow.

Waiting in the wings are young forwards Eddie Battye, Colton Roche and Ben Gledhill, on loan from Salford Reds.

Winger Misi Taulapapa has a niggling ankle problem but is set to start.

Aston said: “We are coming to the stage now at the back of the season and we’ll be picking our best 17. We need people to be playing consistently well.”

n Eagles are offering cut-price advance sale tickets for the Northern Rail Cup quarter-final at Don Valley Stadium on Friday. Adults at £10, concessions £5 and students and under-16s £3, if tickets are purchased before 5pm on Wednesday, June 12.