Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston is hoping for a full compliment of players fortnight’s clash with Batley Bulldogs.
Eagles are looking to take another step towards cementing their top four status against a Bulldogs side 14 pts behind them. Aston is expected to give Bradford Bulls loanee Dave Petersen his debut after signing a one-month loan deal, whilst he will be hoping that prop Mitchell Stringer and second rower Michael Knowles shake off knocks. Half back Pat Walker has also started training again. Should all three be available then Aston will have a full squad as his side look to do the double over Bulldogs. Eagles come into the game following their 54-10 defeat of Hunslet.
“The lads are all buzzing after that result” Aston said. “There are eight games left of the 23 rounds to get into the top four, so we need to keep knocking them off and we are looking forward to Batley. “We just needed it to click like it did against Hunslet.”
“The 44 points we scored in 40 minutes was just what the doctor ordered coming into this crucial phase of the season.”
Batley will be looking to bounce back from a 44-16 defeat at Featherstone last weekend, and they could include two former Eagles players in Alex Rowe and Tom Lillycrop in their side.