Match Report: Sheffield Eagles 48 Hunslet Hawkes 0

Getting free: Sheffield Eagles looks to attack at Don Valley against Hunslet. Picture: Steve Parkin.
Getting free: Sheffield Eagles looks to attack at Don Valley against Hunslet. Picture: Steve Parkin.
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SHEFFIELD Eagles booked their ticket for a first ever Northern Rail Cup semi-final as they outclassed Hunslet.

The Hawks were always struggling against an Eagles team that showed attacking flair in difficult conditions with fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae claiming a first-half hat-trick of tries.

Hunslet’s approach work was controlled with former Doncaster half-back Aaron Dobek lively but they were met by strong organised defence from the Eagles.

Four penalties in the first five minutes kept the Eagles camped on the Hunslet line before a passing moved ended with Laulu-Togagae going over. Plumes of surface water were being kicked up by the players and handling errors led to a stop-start spell with the Sheffield kicking game the more effective.

Sheffield edged further ahead when Dane McDonald went through a gap in the Hawks line.

Hunslet were on the back foot and Eagles made the pressure count with winger Nev Morrison going in at the corner. Laulu-Togagae exploited poor Hunslet defence to weave in for two tries in three minutes to put the Eagles in control. Simon Brown kicked two of the goals for a 24-0 lead.

Two minutes after the restart Menzie Yere dived to collect a chip kick from Brown and crash over. Brown added the goal.

Hunslet came back with their best spell but Eagles muscular defence soaked up the pressure and pinned them in the centre of the field.

Eagles emphasised their control with hooker Andrew Henderson going in from dummy half and Laulu-Togagae claimed his fourth try after a break by Michael Knowles and Dominic Brambani.

In the final minutes Alex Szostak dived on a loose ball for the Eagles ninth try. Brambani converted the final three tries.

* Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison; Brown, Brambani; Howieson, Anthony Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Hirst. McDonald. Subs: Szostak. Green, Higgins, Scott.