Demand for point a game

SHEFFIELD Eagles' coach Mark Aston will demand at least a point from every game his team play in the new season.

A win and three points will be the target but if they lose Aston wants his players to make sure they don't miss out on a consolation 'bonus point'.

"Getting nothing isn't an option - we need to get something out of every game, a win is the target, but if not, a performance and a bonus point," said Aston. Losing teams pick up a point if they keep the margin of defeat down to 12 points or less. Aston forecasts a tough league campaign ahead and sees every point as vital if his team is to ensure a third consecutive top-six finish.

Eagles managed only three one-pointers from their nine defeats in 2010 compared with a haul of nine bonus points from the games they lost the previous season. Aston said: "We want to win more games than we won last season and that'll be our objective. We won 10 last season and we want to win 12 or 14 in the new season. We need to be consistent within the 80 minutes and get a result. If you do that but a games goes against you there is still a good chance of a bonus point." He added: "Last season I didn't go on about bonus points because I wanted to win games - I want us to be competitive in every minute of every game and if you do that you come away with something."

Aston expects clubs that made the play-offs with the Eagles last year - Featherstone, Halifax, Barrow, Widnes and Leigh - to again be their major rivals for honours. He added: "The teams who made the top six will be there. "Then there's Batley where Karl Harrison did a great job and won the Rail Cup. Dewsbury were strong until the final games and the two promoted clubs think they have a chance."

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