Sheffield Eagles: Aston set to name strong side for Challenge Cup clash

Misi Taulapapa
Misi Taulapapa

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston looks set to name a largely similar team as his side enter Challenge Cup fifth round action against Hull FC this weekend.

Aston would have been forgiven for giving some of his star names a rest with two crucial league fixtures against Halifax and Bradford Bulls firmly on the horizon.

Super League heavyweights Hull have rightly been installed as firm favourites for the game at Bramall Lane, but while Aston concedes that the league remains his main priority he looks set to only make minor surgery to his 17 as he looks to carry forward the Eagles early season momentum.

“There will be a couple of changes but they will only be subtle changes,” conceded Aston.

“The league is the most important thing but the players will not want resting, they will all want to play won’t they?

“Big games are about big players and you saw last week that the likes of Misi Taulapapa and QLT (Quentin Laulu-Togagae) amongst others were back to their best, and all these guys will want to play.”

Scrum-half Dominic Brambani and winger Rob Worrincy are likely to be given an opportunity after being left out for the defeat against Leigh Centurions last weekend, whilst second-rower Ben Musolino is another who has been a fringe figure for Aston’s side this season.

All three will be hoping to be included as Aston prepares his side for Hull and then two crucial Championship fixtures with fellow top four contenders Halifax and Bradford.

“There will not be too many changes, but there are players available who are ready to go like Rob Worrincy and Dom Brambani who are raring to play,” Aston added.

“The next league game is a big one against Halifax and then there’s Bradford to come but these are the games we want to play because that builds us up nicely for the rest of the season.”

“We want to play in big games. Monday against Featherstone was a big game, Sunday against Leigh was a big game and this game coming up against Hull is a great game to look forward to. These are the games that these players deserve to play in and want to play in, being on the big stage against really good teams.”

The Eagles host Hull FC at Bramall Lane this Sunday, kick off 3pm.