Race for fitness for Eagles trio

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are counting the cost of their biggest win of the season with three key players facing a race to be fit for tomorrow night’s game (7.30pm.)

Kyle Wood limped out of the win over Hunslet Hawks with an ankle strain. His half-back partner Simon Brown, whose kicking game is critical to Eagles game plan, also had an ankle problem and was taken off. Loose forward Joe Hirst was also pulled off with a dead leg.

The three join utility player Dane McDonald, who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury on the injury list.

With a small squad coach Mark Aston can’t afford to lose key players for the game against Dewsbury Rams tomorrow.

“We have to check on a few injuries – playing Friday gives the lads a couple less days to recover but I’m hopeful the lads will be fine,” said Aston.

Wood, on loan from Huddersfield Giants, seems the most serious but Quentin Laulu-Togagae came off the bench and scored two of the Eagles 13 tries.

The Samoan has now scored nine tries in the last six games – the best scoring run by any player in the league.

He had been left out of the starting line-up to allow Misi Taulapapa to make his first start of the season at fullback. Aston added: “When you lose a player like Wood early on it can disrupt the team but Laulu-Togagae stepped up to the mark and we looked more fluent.

“Later on we took Brown off with a tweak to his ankle and Mitch Stringer did well at half-back. We have people who can adapt.”

Eagles’ game against Dewsbury is being played at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill. It was switched there because Bramall Lane and Don Valley are being re-seeded.