Aston’s men homing in on top-four finish

SHEFFIELD Eagles and Featherstone Rovers will play for high stakes when they clash at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

A win for the Eagles will keep them on track for a top-four finish and a vital home draw in the Championship play-offs.

Three points for Rovers - coached by Eagles legend Daryl Powell - will just about assure them of the league title for a second season with one game to play.

“It’s a massive game,” said Eagles boss Mark Aston. “Rovers will come here respectful, they know we are a decent team but Daryl will want his lads to do the job and try and get the title race finished.”

Aston has warned his top players to keep their standards high or risk being pulled off as he did when the Eagles conceded three early tries against Batley before coming back to win 28-26.

“Some of the lads were not being accountable and it doesn’t matter who they are I will take them off to make changes,” he said.

Featherstone travel to South Yorkshire (kick-off 3pm) having lost only one game this season.

They hammered the Eagles 34-6 last month.

“At Featherstone we were on self-destruct,” said Aston. “We did ourselves proud in the second half last weekend but defensively we still have issues and we’ve got to get them resolved. You can’t give good teams opportunities.

“My old friend, Daryl Powell, has done a cracking job at Rovers and they are rattling up the points against every team. It will be a tough challenge for us.”

Stand-off Quentin Laulu-Togagae may return after a hamstring strain. Prop Jack Howieson faces a late fitness test with Eddie Battye on standby as a possible replacement.

Stand-off Andy Kain could be back for Rovers who are unbeaten in the league in 17 matches and won their last two games thrashing Widnes 56-16 and Dewsbury 54-24.