Aston relief after nail-biter

Menzie Yere takes on the entire visting team
Menzie Yere takes on the entire visting team
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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston was happy “just to get the win” from the last league game at doomed Don Valley Stadium.

It kept Eagles in pole position ahead of the trip to Featherstone Rovers which is likely to decide the Championship shield.

But the nail-biting 36-26 victory over relegation-haunted Hunslet Hawks left him pondering changes for next Wednesday’s game at Rovers.

“It wasn’t a vintage performance but was it ever going to be vintage?

“Hunslet were always going to come and fight, and credit to them that’s what they did,” he said.

“The game was ‘different’ – I don’t think everyone on the field was playing to the same hymn sheet.

“The difference in the game was that some of the things going on out there were bemusing. We’re just relieved to get through with the win.”

Aston was boosted by the performance of young prop Eddie Battye, two tries from substitute hooker James Davey and full back Quentin Laulu-Togagae.

He added: “Not enough people stood up and there will be some people disappointed and left out next week.”

Eagles have gone through the Championship season unbeaten at home and after next month’s play-off games the stadium will be demolished as part of city council cuts.

Aston added: “It’s all about excitement and about keeping people on their toes and we certainly did that.

“It’s an outstanding achievement to go through a full season without losing a home league game, I’m immensely proud of that.”