Rugby League: Eagles look to get a Feather in their cap

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Sheffield Eagles late season surge winning run will be tested at second-in-the-league Featherstone Rovers tomorrow.

It’ll be a highly-charged atmosphere at the Big Fellas Stadium with both teams out to put down a marker with the play-offs looming.

Coach Mark Aston is set to go for experience with Dominic Brambani, Matt Garside and Michael Knowles in line for a recall.

“There are calls to be made,” said Aston. “We are going into the Lions’ den and it’s very intimidating at the Big Fellas and sometimes you need your senior players to stand up and be counted.”

Half-back Kyle Briggs and centre Etu Uaisele, who both started the season at Rovers, will be out to make an impact.

A pointer to the coach’s thinking was that Cory Aston, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the big win over Rochdale, and Tom Ashton were both due to play in the Under-20s play-off game last night.

A win at the Big Fellas (kick-off 3pm) will keep the Eagles ahead of Dewsbury in fifth place with one league game to play. Rovers have the incentive of tightening their grip on a £450,000 cheque for finishing Championship runners-up.

Aston said: “It’s just about making sure we win. Making sure we play well and carry on the momentum.

“At this time of the season we always want to be better and there is certainly a different feel about things the last couple of weeks.”

The 48-0 crushing of Rochdale and then a six-day break for the Challenge Cup weekend have combined to boost confidence.

Aston added: “The lads have trained well this week and hopefully now they will kick on and the next challenge is Featherstone and we’ll be really up for it.”