Be ruthless: Aston tells his Eagles players

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Sheffield Eagles’ coach Mark Aston is demanding a ruthless performance from his players tomorrow as they go for a fourth win over Dewsbury Rams.

He doesn’t want a repeat of the late shows that have carried the Eagles to wins in two cup competitions and the league this season.

Aston was at Featherstone last weekend as the Rams surrendered an early lead before going down 52-18.

“Dewsbury started well and then died. They did that against us,” he said. “There’s danger there but it’s on us to deliver.

“Dewsbury will try to raise the bar but can they do it for 80 minutes? We have to go there and be ruthless. We have to put games to bed and not let the other team hang on. When we get chances we have to take them.”

Eagles start a run of four games in two weeks that round off the league season at the Tetley’s Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

They have a three-point lead over Featherstone in the race to take the league shield but travel to Rovers for the penultimate game of the season.

“We’ve beaten Dewsbury three times this season but there’s danger in the team,” said Aston. “The hooker Kane Bentley, the half-backs are good and they have people who can score from out wide,

“It will be physical and it’s a tight, small pitch, and we have to be disciplined in how we play. Dewbury have pushed us close in some of the games this season so we have to be ruthless.”

If hooker Andrew Henderson passes a fitness test on a knee strain Aston is set to name the same squad that beat Leigh.“We need to see where people are because we’ve got two games before Featherstone and we need the best 17,” he said.

Workington winger Elliott Miller who was sent off for punching Eaglesfullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae in a game last month has been banned for two matches.

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