Late Laulu-Togagae try rescues Eagles

Flashback: Eagles Alex Szostak in action against Yorkshire rivals Halifax.        Picture: Steve Ellis
Flashback: Eagles Alex Szostak in action against Yorkshire rivals Halifax. Picture: Steve Ellis
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SHEFFIELD Eagles produced a great late comeback to claim a crucial win over Barrow Raiders.

The vital three points reinforced the Eagles grip on fourth place in the Championship after the weekend defeat at rivals Widnes.

On a brief return to Don Valley Stadium, the Eagles, coached by Mark Aston, came back from 26-14 down to snatch the victory with a try from Quentin Laulu-Togage five minutes from time in the live Sky Sports game last night.

A steady almost pedestrian start saw both teams trying to find an opening in some well-organised defensive lines.

It came with an off load from Mitch Stringer with Laulu-Togagae getting the ball out to Alex Szostak who touched down. Simon Brown added the goal. The Eagles lead lasted only three minutes as almost from the restart Jack Holmes went over with Jamie Rooney adding the goal.

The tightness of the game was emphasised when the Eagles opted to go for goal when awarded a penalty and Brown added the two.

Barrow mounted a charge in the final minutes of the half and a penalty for offside gave Rooney to chance to level the scores at 8-8.

The second half was a massive contrast to the first 40 minutes as the teams produced a flurry of tries. Brown kicked a 40-20 and straight from the scrum Laulu-Togagae’s pass found Menzie Yere who blasted over. Brown added the goal.

Again the lead lasted only minutes as Rooney intercepted a pass and claimed the try and added the goal.

Barrow took the lead with two tries in 10 minutes from Michael Knowles and Gary Broadbent with Rooney adding the goals.

Eagles hit back with Szosak blasting over for his second try and a break by Tim Bergin sent in Brown whose try narrowed the gap to 24-22.

Laulu-Togagae followed up Brown’s chip kick to win the game with five minutes to go. Brown added his fifth goal of the game.

The Eagles lived dangerously as Barrow mounted a charge and the video referee ruled out a try for the Cumbrians in the final minute.

Eagles: Taulapapa; Finigan, Yere, Hanson, Bergin; Laulu-Togagae, Brown; Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Szostak, Green, Hirst. Subs: Rowe, Hepworth, Mills, Scott.

Tries: Szostak, 17, 62, Yere, 41, Brown, 68, Laulu-Togagae 75.

Goals: Brown 5/6.

Referee: Tim Roby

Penalties: 10-6

Attendance 1,054