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Eagles on weather watch

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The last thing coach Mark Aston wants is a quiet Easter weekend for Sheffield Eagles.

With his team in form he needs the two games over the holiday to go ahead as planned.

Eagles trip to Hunslet was a victim of the icy weather and that’s had Aston watching the weather forecast with Doncaster at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow night.

“Easter is always an important point in the season and we want to be playing,” said Aston.

“We’ve built up a bit of momentum in recent weeks and don’t want to lose that.

It’s a South Yorkshire derby and that’s a game the fans will have been waiting for.”

The game at Don Valley Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm) is the first South Yorkshire derby in the league since 2009.

It brings together the two clubs that won their respective Grand Finals last season with Doncaster adding that prize to winning promotion from Championship One.

The Dons have struggled in recent weeks losing their last four games but the Eagles have put together a six-match winning run.

A partnership deal with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats gives Doncaster access to some of the Super League clubs players - including half-back Bobby Goulding, the son of the former Great Britain star of the same name.

Centres Liam Kay, Danny Cowling and hooker Matty Wilde have also been available on dual registration loans.

The big danger will come from former Hull KR and Wakefield stand-off Paul Cooke, who rediscovered his love of the game with Doncaster.

Aston added: “This is a derby game and league positions don’t count. Doncaster have a strong squad that got used to winning last season.

“Paul Cooke is always a danger and they’ve got a couple of lads – Kyle Kesik and Grant Edwards – who were with us and will be out to make a statement.

“But we’re playing well and hopefully the pitch will be fine and we’ll see some good, exciting rugby.”

The second game over Easter sees the Eagles make the long trek to Whitehaven on Monday.

Both games could see Aston rotate his squad, with Italian international Dario Esposito possibly making a delayed debut after signing from Dewsbury earlier this month.

 

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