SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Duo set to put friendship on hold as Eagles chase top four finish

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MARK Aston and Paul Broadbent shared the greatest day in Sheffield Eagles history but they’re on opposite sides this weekend.

Broadbent was the captain and Aston man of the match when the Eagles beat Wigan Warriors to win the 1998 Challenge Cup final.

Now they are rival coaches both needing a victory – but for very different reasons.

Aston needs the three points to give the Eagles a chance of a fourth place finish in the Championship.

Broadbent wants the win on his CV as he bids to turn his caretaker role into a permanent job at Dewsbury next season.

“I’ve not had any contact with Paul but he’s professional, disciplined in what he does and he will fetch that to Dewsbury,” said Aston. “He’ll want to impress because he wants the job full-time.

“There will be plenty of people out there to prove a point on Sunday.”

The Rams are out of the play-offs but if the Eagles finish fourth they earn a vital home game in the opening round of the knockout stages as they chase a second Grand Final.

Aston knows what to expect from Broadbent who has a track record of success at York Knights and as assistant coach at Wakefield Wildcats.

“Dewsbury have won one out of two with Paul in charge and they’ll be busting a gut in front of their fans,” he said.

“Knowing Paul he’ll want a positive end to the season with a win. It’ll be tough but we need to make sure that we’re tougher and disciplined. We have to show respect for Dewsbury and go about our business the right way.”

Aston looks set to keep faith with the 17 that earned a commendable draw with league leaders Featherstone two weeks ago.