Size doesn’t matter for Eagles at Owlerton

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Playing on Owlerton’s cosy tight pitch won’t curb Sheffield Eagles expansive attacking style.

The Eagles must adapt to one of the smallest playing surfaces in the league but that doesn’t worry captain Mitch Stringer.

“Everybody expects us to play a forward game but we’re not going to change,” he said. “It’s worked for us in the last two years winning Grand Finals.

“We’ve played on tight pitches before. It doesn’t matter where we play – if we played on the car park we’d still play the same.”

The Eagles, who bridge a 25-year gap when they return to Owlerton to take on Barrow Raiders tomorrow (2pm), have some of the game’s most explosive attacking players with centre Menzie Yere the top try scorer across all professional leagues with 46 last season.

Coach Mark Aston will delay final team selection to check on players who picked up knocks in the win at Swinton Lions last weekend. Prop Connor Scott, is set to partner Stringer in the front row with new signing Ben Jones facing a last test on an ankle injury.