Don’t ease up Aston warns Eagles stars

Angry: Mark Aston
Angry: Mark Aston
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COACH Mark Aston is desperate for his team to kick the habit of easing off in the second half of games.

He believes the players’ mental approach is at fault and plans to tackle it in tough training sessions this week.

In a Jekyll and Hyde performance Eagles led Hunslet 36-4 at half-time but allowed Hawks to outscore them three tries to one in the second 40.

“I’m pretty angry with the lads because it was ‘easy’ to let Hunslet score,” said Aston. “We worked hard in the first half to be proud of our performance but in the second half we let the standards slip.

“That’s down to the players, not to their ability, but to their mental approach and attitude which was poor.”

Eagles hung on to win 40-22 which was enough to keep them leading the Championship from Dewsbury on points difference after two rounds. In 10 days they face third-placed Halifax, who are also unbeaten, in the league live on TV.

Before then Eagles take a break from the league with a third round Carnegie Cup clash against South Leeds amateurs Oulton Raiders at Wakefield Wildcats stadium on Saturday.

A positive for Aston was two more tries from winger Nev Morrison who now has six in as many games.

Aston will demand a tough 80-minute performance against Oulton to ensure a place in the next round and the chance of game against a Super League club.

He added: “In the second half (at Hunslet) we lacked impetus and enthusiasm and we looked lethargic.

“The lads have to stay within the systems we’ve set. We didn’t do that in the second half.”