Sheffield Eagles: Aston calls for city support for Eagles’ homecoming

Dominic Brambani could return for the Eagles
Dominic Brambani could return for the Eagles
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Director of Rugby Mark Aston has called on the city to get behind the Eagles ahead of their Sheffield homecoming.

The Eagles have been exiled at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium following their departure from Owlerton during the close season, but they will take on Hull FC in the Challenge Cup fifth round tomorrow at Bramall Lane (3pm).

With the Keepmoat out of action for James Coppinger’s testimonial, the Eagles have taken the opportunity to return to the Steel City limits, and Aston has called on Sheffield to rally behind his team ahead of their cup showdown against the Super League heavyweights.

“We are going to be back in Sheffield which is great for us,” Aston told The Star.

“Kevin McCabe and everyone at Sheffield United have really helped us by opening the doors to Bramall Lane which is fantastic and we are really looking forward to it.

“We are indebted to the people at the Keepmoat for letting us play and it is a terrific venue for us, but it is not home is it.

“Hopefully the city will get behind us and come down to watch and who knows, we didn’t get the bounce of the ball against Leigh but we might against Hull.

“I am confident that we can get a result and if we play for 80 minutes and take away the elementary mistakes then we will give ourselves a chance.”

The Eagles would have to spring a major surprise if they were to take out their Super League opponents who come into the game following back-to-back victories against St. Helens and Widnes.

“Again nobody gives us a chance but if we can keep turning up and getting a little bit better then we can do anything,” added an optimistic Aston.

“The lads were gutted last week because they knew that they had the game in the bag.

“With 15 minutes to go we should have seen the game out but we need to build on the performance, we have talked to them about making improvements but on Sunday the pressure is off us and we can go out there and enjoy ourselves and maybe put some smiles on faces.”

Aston is expected to field a strong team despite two tough Kingstone Press Championship games coming up against Halifax and Bradford.

There could be recalls for the likes of Dominic Brambani and Rob Worrincy, who were both left out of the 17 last weekend.