SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston admits he’s puzzled by his team’s poor performance in the eight-try hammering by Leigh Centurions.
He’s desperate to find out why so many of the players failed to produce the form that had led to five straight wins in the Championship.
He said: “We have to ask what that was all about – the way we played? I have no idea what the lads were doing – we had a plan and they didn’t stick to it.
“We didn’t show discipline in their play, we disrespected what the job in hand was and the lads got a lesson.”
The Eagles played well against Super League team St Helens in the Challenge Cup but against Leigh that control was missing as they lost 44-8.
Aston added: “Credit to Leigh, they are a quality team and that’s why they are top the league. But we have to ask are Leigh any better than St Helens were last week?
“We were better last week and we needed to be strong against Leigh and we weren’t.”
Eagles reserves lost 30-26 at Leigh and the Academy lost 74-10 to Huddersfield Giants.