Eagles are mean and moody, says Aston

Scorer: Eagles' Alex Rowe.
Scorer: Eagles' Alex Rowe.
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A RUTHLESS streak is starting to come into Sheffield Eagles play, believes coach Mark Aston.

The team ignored an easy penalty and went for a try in the final two minutes of the 36-12 win at Dewsbury Rams. “We were ruthless and clinical – at the end of the game we could have taken a couple of points but the lads challenged themselves and ran the ball and Alex Rowe went under the sticks. That’s really pleasing. That’s what happens when a team is enjoying playing.”

The win keeps the Eagles in a group of four teams separated only by points difference at the top of the league and they face Batley Bulldogs, the club above them, on Easter Monday. Aston says the way his players soaked up massive pressure for long spells at Dewsbury shows a determination that will get the team through another tough away game.

He added: “It wasn’t outstanding but there was a great deal of determination and character. We didn’t keep to the game plan but it was summer rugby and it was hot and we were blowing a bit. I’m pleased with the defence, we were very strong and only let a try in each half against a good team at their ground. There’s work to do with ball in hand but we’re keeping the momentum going. If there was a mistake, we covered up well. Dewsbury asked questions of us but we showed a good attitude by the way we worked together.”

Prop Eddie Battye and scrum-half Adam Brook eached scored two tries as Eagles reserves lost 44-30 to Dewsbury reserves. The Eagles other tries came from Ben Tyers and Lee Sanders who also kicked three goals.