Aston out to right Eagles' wrongs
Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is confident Sunday's Co-operative Championship Grand Final will be a much closer contest than last year.
The Eagles are out to atone for their 40-4 defeat by Featherstone, who are once more their opponents at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium.
"I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic final," Aston said. "We're over the moon that we're there and this year we intend to participate.
"The guys have worked really hard this season. We've achieved what we set out to achieve and now we want to put a few wrongs right from last year."
Aston's men reached the final thanks to away wins over Halifax and Leigh and can draw further confidence from their meetings with Rovers this season, having gained a resounding 60-40 away victory and a 28-28 home draw.
Featherstone are appearing in their third consecutive final and captain Stuart Dickens, who will be making his fourth final appearance after playing for Rovers in the inaugural game at Huddersfield in 1998, believes victory tomorrow would top last year's success.
"If we win on Sunday, it will be our most successful season," he said. "When you win something once it makes it harder to win it again because you are up there to be shot at."
Sheffield are without forward Joe Hirst after he suffered a broken jaw during the semi-final victory over Leigh.
Doncaster will be seeking to repeat their 2008 triumph when they take on Barrow in the Championship One Grand Final, which will be played as a curtain-raiser, kicking off at 2pm.
Doncaster, who lost 22-20 at home to Barrow in the opening play-off tie a fortnight ago, will be without Championship One player of the year Paul Cooke, the former Hull and Hull KR stand-off who has a fractured kneecap.