Eagles star faces quick dash to match

Tom Armstrong has a university exam before rushing to play for Eagles
Tom Armstrong has a university exam before rushing to play for Eagles
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Sheffield Eagles’ Tom Armstrong will race from the examination room to the rugby league field tomorrow.

The centre will finish a university challenge only hours before he lines up for the Eagles at Hunslet Hawks.

A run of three Eagles matches in a week has come in the middle of vital examinations for the 21-year-old who is studying petroleum engineering at Manchester University.

“There’s a few sleepless nights,” he said. “With the exams and travelling over from Manchester it’s just about killing me.

“I’ve got an exam then it’s get in the car and meet the team for the Hunslet game.”

Armstrong’s 10 tries since his signing from Swinton Lions have helped the Eagles get top marks on the field with a run of eight wins in all competitions.

The 31-18 win over Halifax left them one point behind the Championship leaders Featherstone and a win in South Leeds will see them take over at the top. Then they face the long trip to Barrow on Sunday.

“We just got the momentum, we started the season a bit slow and scrappy but stuck in there and came through,” said Armstrong. “We’ve beaten all the top teams but we can’t underestimate Hunslet.

“If we slip up against them all the hard work we have done to beat Halifax, Featherstone, Leigh will just go out of the window.”

Armstrong could have a different winger outside him for the Hunslet game with Samoan international Misi Taulapapa struggling with a niggling ankle injury.

That could see Vinny Finigan and Nev Morrison rewarded for their patience with a first team call up.

Coach Mark Aston said: “Misi was outstanding against Halifax but he was struggling at the end and needs a bit of a rest.

“Nev and Vinny are busting a gut to get in.”

Second row forward Michael Knowles is also a doubt with a dead leg.