Eagles regain that spark ready for key game

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It’s a Sheffield Eagles sidewith confidence restored that heads to Halifax for a crucial play-off game

The team came out of a losing three-match losing run with the performance coach Mark Aston was looking for in the 52-16 crushing of Dewsbury Rams.

”We have got a bit of confidence back,” he said. “The last few weeks have been tough and we have been a bit down. One or two were a bit stone eyed and looked like they have had a long hard season but there’s a twinkle back in their eyes. We had three good training sessions before the Dewsbury game and really got our mojo back.”

In their last ever game at a soon-to-be-demolished Don Valley Stadium Eagles scored nine tries as they booked a semi-final trip to Halifax tomorrow night, kick-off 7pm.

Key playmaker Dominic Brambani was back to his best and centre Menzie Yere claimed a hat-trick to set a new club career try-scoring record of 117.

Aston said: “ A lot of people hit the mark and Dom Brambani was outstanding, his kicking game and the tempo he put into the game.

“Menzie on his day is great. He can score tries and when he hits the ball at pace I wouldn’t put my body in front of him.

“We executed the game plan to perfection, our set completitions were good and back to 80 per cent. “We are getting back to where I want the team to be. Defensively we were very good and in big games defence can win you games.”

He added: “It was a great way to end at Don Valley. We wanted it to be in the history books that our last game at Don Valley was a good performance and now we can look to the next chapter.”

With only four days between games the Eagles played the final 10 minutes against Dewsbury with 12 men after centre Tom Armstrong was pulled off as a precaution with a dead leg.

”We’d used the subs but I didn’t want to risk Tom,” said Aston. “Dom Brambani has a bang on his knee but hopefully they will be okay for Halifax.”