Aston demands strong Eagles performance at Featherstone

Mitch Stringer: back from injury with a huge role to play for Sheffield Eagles - photo Glenn Ashley

Mitch Stringer: back from injury with a huge role to play for Sheffield Eagles - photo Glenn Ashley

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gfgfgf Jamie Langley and Mitchell Stringer are back from injury and have huge roles to play for Sheffield Eagles, says Director of Rugby Mark Aston.

The duo were forced to watch from the sidelines during the opening rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship after injuries disrupted their early season.

After speedy work behind the scenes both have been pressed into action over the past two games as Aston looks to integrate two of his major players into his Eagles’ jigsaw.

Langley played from the start for the first time during the midweek victory over Doncaster, capping his return with his first try since switching to the Keepmoat Stadium during the close season.

Prop Stringer was making his second appearance of the campaign at interchange and also weighed in with a try as Aston looks to bring them both up to full match fitness.

“They are getting closer. The pleasing thing is that they are both on the field and we are getting them to be where we want them to be,” Aston beamed.

“I thought that Jamie Langley was great but he couldn’t quite make 80 minutes which was a shame but he got 70 minutes in which was really pleasing. His body language was very good so when he’s back and firing fully on all cylinders then he will be a real asset.

“Mitch looked okay at times, but was then sloppy at times as well but he is getting there. Mitch is a very good front-rower and he needs to play like that because he needs to remember he isn’t a number six yet.

“When you have been out of the game your timing isn’t there sometimes but he showed some class with some of the touches which we know that he has got.”

Aston admitted that he is closer to knowing his best 17 with the Eagles’ top four credentials set to be severely tested at Featherstone on Easter Monday (6pm). .

“We are getting closer to knowing our best 17 but it needs to be nailed ready for Monday. We need a really strong performance.”