Aston out to build on joint leaders Eagles’ hat-trick of wins

Sheffield Eagles v Halifax at Bramall Lane...TRY...Eagles Menzie Yere scores their first try of the afternoon
Sheffield Eagles v Halifax at Bramall Lane...TRY...Eagles Menzie Yere scores their first try of the afternoon
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SHEFFIELD Eagles take a break from match action but there will be no easing up, says coach Mark Aston.

The Eagles are one of four teams level on nine points at the top of the Championship after their 41-22 win over Halifax.

They don’t have a game next weekend but then face trips to Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs.

“We’ve won three on the bounce, that’s nice but the focus is now on the next game at Dewsbury,” said Aston.

“We have a week’s break but the preparation for the Dewsbury game starts now. We’ll have a training session off this week but we’re not going to ease up or be soft on ourselves because we need to keep the momentum going.

“We have five sessions before the trip to Dewsbury and I want them to be of high intesity.”

Eagles put in their best performance of the season as they took a 22-6 lead over last season Grand Finals winners in the first half.

Aston praised the way his forwards dominated the Fax pack with prop Mitch Stringer putting in big spells and hooker Andrew Henderson playing a full 80 minutes.

“Mitch was in there for a long spell in the first half and did a long spell in the second and Hendo (Henderson) was outstanding but all the forwards were very strong,” he said.

Young prop Eddie Battye – playing only his fifth senior game - gave Halifax’s Papua New Guinea international forward Makali Aizue a lesson in footwork that impressed Aston.

“Eddie’s been thrown in there against a team like Halifax and looks comfortable. He’s got a nice bit of footwork and when Aizue came out to try and flatten him he just did a bit of twinkle toes and went past him,” said Aston.

n The annual Varsity match between Sheffield and Hallam university rugby league teams will be played at Hillsborough Arena, Middlewood Road, Sheffield tomorrow (2pm).