Motivated Eagles eager to gain Rovers revenge

Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions...Another two points from the boot of Eagles Simon Brown
Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions...Another two points from the boot of Eagles Simon Brown
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SHEFFIELD Eagles know there is no margin for error when they face Featherstone Rovers in the Championship Grand Final tomorrow.

It’s the biggest game of the season for clubs outside the Super League and the Eagles are seeking revenge for a 40-4 pummelling in last year’s final.

“We’re motivated because there are wrongs we want to put right,” said coach Mark Aston.

“We have to play the football we are capable of and go toe to toe with Rovers to put their main players and kickers under pressure.

“It will be close and it could come down to who handles the pressure better.”

The key for the Eagles will be the field kicking of stand-off Simon Brown who plays his last game before joining York Knights next season.

“Simon has a point to prove and he made some of that over the play-offs – we need him to keep doing that,” said Aston.

“The kicking game is going to be very important to both teams, it’s who puts the ball in the right areas of the field.

“Rovers have a strong pack of forwards and two good kickers.

“It’s going to be a real tough arm wrestle.”

Quentin Laulu-Togagae is free to play. The full-back who has scored 34 tries this season escaped with a caution following being put on report in the semi-final win at Leigh.

Blockbuster centre Menzie Yere has a point to prove after he missed last year’s final through suspension.

The only change in the 17 that battled through three play-off rounds has been forced with forward Joe Hirst out with a broken jaw.

Utility man Dane McDonald will come in for Hirst with winger Vinny Finigan, and prop Ryan Hepworth added to the 19-man squad.

Featherstone, coached by former Eagles player Daryl Powell, took the league leader’s shield but failed to beat Sheffield this season – losing 60-40 at home and then drawing 28-28 at Don Valley Stadium.

Aston said: “We’ll need to be as good as we have been in the play-offs and better than we were in the semi-final.

“Everyone at the club has worked to get us to the final - the boys are focused on the job we have to do.”

South Yorkshire rugby league fans are being urged to rally together and cheer both the Eagles and Doncaster in their respective Grand Finals at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, tomorrow.

The Dons Championship One decider against Barrow Raiders kicks-off at 2pm with the Championship Grand Final between Featherstone Rovers and Sheffield Eagles at 4.30pm.

Fans can buy tickets at the ground on the day.

Eagles coach Mark Aston: “South Yorkshire rugby league is back on the map.

“I really hope the supporters will get behind both our clubs and we can celebrate together.”