Misi won’t be missing for Raiders clash

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SHEFFIELD Eagles full back Misi Taulapapa is expected to play against Barrow Raiders despite having stitches in a head wound.

The Samoan international was injured in the first half of the defeat at Widnes. He returned to the game but was forced off early in the second half.

“It’s a fair gash he’s got and a few stitches were needed and he went back out but it kept opening back up so we had to bring him off,” said coach Mark Aston.

“Misi’s a tough lad but we’ll get a scrum cap on him and all being well he’ll play on Thursday.”

The Eagles loss at Widnes has opened up the battle for the play-off places. Defeat by Barrow could see the Eagles slip to sixth place with Barrow replacing them in fourth slot. Aston is also hopeful that dual registration loan players Kyle Wood and Jamie Cording will be available for Barrow’s visit to Don Valley Stadium.

The Huddersfield Giants pair played at Widnes with Wood lively at half-back after the team was reorganised after Taulapapa’s injury.

“Fingers crossed we will have them on Thursday,” said Aston. “The squad is a bit busted up, the heat and the hard pitch at Widnes had to take a toll and we need all hands on deck. There are a few people itching to get back, Danny Mills, Dane McDonald.

“We have to patch people up and get a result on Thursday.”

Meanwhile the Sheffield bid to bring the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to the city faced a major test yesterday.

A Rugby Football League team inspected Bramall Lane Stadium which would be the venue for games, Sheffield United’s Shirecliffe training base and Hallam University sports facilities plus hotel accommodation.

The Eagles, Sheffield United, Hallam University and the City Council have jointly mounted the bid.

Doncaster has also bid and was inspected earlier this month.

The successful bids will be announced in November.