Cory Aston injury not serious, says Eagles chief

Mark Aston
Mark Aston

Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says the injury sustained by his son Cory isn’t serious, after the half-back left the field on a stretcher during Sunday’s defeat of London Broncos.

The Eagles ended the regular Kingstone Press Championship season by making it three consecutive victories, after coming from behind to win with two late tries at The Hive.

Despite recording another impressive victory in the build up to the promotion/relegation Super 8 Qualifiers, the Eagles staff will have been concerned when Aston Jnr suffered a bang to the head in a collision chasing a kick, with the Sheffield-born ace leaving the field on a stretcher.

Aston allayed any fears of a serious injury confirming that he left the field on a stretcher purely as a precaution.

“He was chasing the kick and was caught awkwardly, he just got his head in the wrong place which happens at times,” Aston told The Star.

“He got a bit of a stinger and the doctor wanted to make absolutely sure that everything was fine. At the end of the game he went out and had a cool down with the rest of the team, so it isn’t serious and he will be back.”

The Eagles will take huge confidence from the victory which showed that Aston’s side are more than capable of mixing it with full-time opposition after also previously defeating Bradford Bulls. The victory on Sunday ensured the Eagles finished in third position, holding off a late challenge from Halifax who beat Bradford Bulls for their ninth consecutive league victory.

“We won and that’s the most important thing and we had too because Halifax won as well and we wanted to finish third,” Aston added.

“We weren’t great but after a long journey south to get here it was vital that we won and we did.

“We have now come through three tough games. We have played Bradford, Featherstone and now we have won at London. Don’t forget that London were in Super League 12 months ago, as were Bradford and Featherstone were one of the top teams in the Championship, these were really tough games and we have come through them.”

The Super 8 Qualifiers can now be officially confirmed as Hull KR, Salford, Widnes, Wakefield, Leigh, Bradford, the Eagles and Halifax. Dates and fixtures are due to be confirmed by Wednesday this week.