Rob Worrincy and Ryan Millar look set to battle it out for a place on the wing ahead of Sheffield Eagles’ final game of the regular season against Whitehaven today.
Director of rugby Mark Aston confirmed Ben Blackmore is out with a broken wrist, with the experienced Worrincy and youngster Millar the most likely to fill the void.
Aston hasn’t ruled out other changes as he looks to end the regular season on a high, with the Eagles knowing a victory could potentially hand themselves an advantage once the Kingstone Press Championship splits in two.
“We have lost Ben Blackmore but we have competition for places now,” Aston told The Star.
“We have to get the selection right. We have got Rob Worrincy who scores tries, we have people like Ryan Millar who are hungry to be involved. Ben has been very good but we have plenty of options, hopefully whichever of those two guys gets the nod, they will take their opportunity.”
Aston hasn’t ruled out a recall for the versatile Geroge Tyson who has returned from a two match ban. The former Oldham ace couldn’t force his way back into the side against Leigh last week, but has made the 19 man squad that will travel to Cumbria.
“Tyson has got plenty to offer,” Aston added. “He’s an all action type of player who can make something happen for us. He’s back, obviously we didn’t want to change the team against Leigh, but we might be looking at one or two subtle changes this week.”
Whitehaven have lost their last five games, including defeat against local rivals Workington last weekend. Aston knows a victory could propel the Eagles into a position where they play the majority of their next seven fixtures at home, but is remaining cautious of a backlash.
“Over this last month we have raised the bar a little. We have been better in our performances, we have to keep building on that,” Aston continued.
“We have to take the belief and confidence from last weekend into the Whitehaven game. It isn’t going to be easy because everyone knows what Whitehaven are like at home. They are a different side on home soil. Teams like Batley have gone up there and struggled as well as many others. Over the years we have certainly struggled too, so we need to be on our game.”