Beaten Eagles are given time to reflect

Eagles during their heavy home defeat against Leigh
Eagles during their heavy home defeat against Leigh
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Moving to Owlerton Stadium won’t be used as an excuse for Sheffield Eagles’ erratic performances this season.

The team have lost four of their five home league games, the latest an embarrassing 54-12 defeat by Leigh Centurions.

Coach Mark Aston won’t hide behind the switch to the greyhound stadium and says the problems go deeper.

“It’s not about whether you are at home or away, it’s about the application and attitude,” he said.

“There are individuals trying to fix the problem by themselves and we have to work together as a group. I’ve put faith in people and now maybe it’s time to put a bit of faith somewhere else.

“I’m embarrassed by how poor we are – Leigh were very good and exposed our weaknesses. Our weakness was ourselves.”

Away from Owlerton the Eagles have won five of their six games and defeat at Whitehaven next weekend could send them into the relegation places.

Aston says he was “embarrassed” by the Leigh defeat and has given the players time to reflect on their performances by delaying the return to training until tomorrow.

“I’m not looking for excuses, the blame has to be on our shoulders,” he said. “Are the coaching staff picking the right team and the players are they good enough are they up for this challenge?

“A week ago we scraped a win at Batley but Leigh can expose you and they did. We should have showed more and that disappoints me.”

He added: “There is a bit of soul searching, a bit of honesty needed and I’ve told the lads to go away and have a look at the man inside..”

Toulouse Olympique half-back Arthur Gonzalez-Trique is expected to join the squad at training to start a trial with the Eagles. His elder brother forward Theo is due to join the Eagles in two weeks.