We must win derby clash after league disappointment

Sheffield Eagles Duane Straugheir

Sheffield Eagles Duane Straugheir

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A morale restoring performance in their final league game of the season is a priority for Sheffield Eagles at Doncaster tomorrow.

Defeat at Featherstone Rovers in midweek has taken the edge off the Eagles season but they have to bounce back with the play-offs looming.

“It will be tough but the lads have to do it and be accountable and responsible for their actions,” said coach Mark Aston.

“We won’t be resting people. It’s the last (league) game of the season and we must go to Doncaster and win.”

It’s a deflated Eagles that travel to the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) knowing that even a victory may not be enough with Rovers win at strugglers Hunslet giving them the title on points difference.

Aston has put his son Cory on standby to come in for Patch Walker who went off with a strained ankle 10 minutes into the 40-24 defeat at Rovers.

Cory Aston, 18, has played three first team games scoring four tries and would have a key role partnering Dominic Brambani at half-back.

Prop forward and skipper Mitch Stringer is struggling following a back seizure but centre or back rower Duane Straugheir is set for a recall.