Arm-break Alex is back and a real handful

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PROP Alex Rowe came through a surprise return to action with Sheffield Eagles without problems.

Coach Mark Aston decided to throw Rowe in against York Knights only days after scans revealed the forward didn’t need follow up surgery on an arm broken last August.

Rowe came off the bench in the second half and put in a typical bustling spell as the Eagles won 36-4.

Aston said: “Alex came in and for 10 minutes he hit the line and took some holding – he needs to get game time.”

It had been feared that Rowe’s left forearm which had a plate inserted to strengthen the bone had not healed.

Aston added: “He doesn’t need a second operation. We decided last week to throw him in and see where he is and he will take a lot of positives from that performance.”

Eagles players will be told to forget their heroics in the Northern Rail Cup and refocus as the new league season looms.

The Eagles finished unbeaten and top of the Pool B in the early season competition. They will be more than half-way through the league season before the Rail Cup resumes with the quarter-final knockout round in mid-June.

Aston wants to build on a strong first half defensive performance which kept York to a single try when the Co-operative Championship kicks-off at Don Valley on Sunday.

“We won four out of four which is good. That’s done and the Rail Cup is on the backburner,” said Aston.