Enforced cup break made Quentin unhappy

Settling in: Laula-Togagae
Settling in: Laula-Togagae
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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae wasn’t too happy when he was told he could take a break last weekend.

The Samoan international was just starting to settle into the team after his arrival had been delayed by visa red tape.

“I’ve only played four games and I’d rather have kept going,” he said. “I said when I first got here that it would take time to get used to the way the boys play but I’m finding my feet and combining well with the halves; it’s looking good.”

Laulu-Togagae helped the Eagles to three straight wins before the enforced break with the club not involved in the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup.

It was back to training today as the Eagles work up for the trip to Dewsbury Rams on Sunday. The Rams are on a high after beating near neighbours Batley Bulldogs 38-22 to reach the semi-finals of the Rail Cup.

The team aims to build on the last three games. Laulu-Togagae said: “Having a bit of a rest will help to clear up niggling injuries. You know when your team is going good because the forwards set a good platform. They’ve been making the backs job a lot easier.”

Jonny Woodcock continued his comeback scoring a try and kicking a goal as Eagles Reserves went down 38-10 to Widnes Vikings Reserves last weekend. Loose-forward Leigh Saunders got the other try. The Academy team took a hammering with Leeds Rhinos winning 84-20. Eagles points came from tries from Andrew Farrow (2), George Leng and Jordan Connell with James Proctor and Alex Crisp kicking the goals.

Forward Mark Renshaw-Smith has been banned for two games and fined £25 for a reckless tackle that injured a York player.