Director of Rugby Mark Aston revealed his pride in his Sheffield Eagles players after they recorded their first points of their Super 8 campaign.
After heavy defeats to Bradford Bulls and Widnes Vikings in recent weeks, the Eagles showed character and resilience to come from behind to beat Richard Marshall’s Halifax after a late try from former Fax winger Rob Worrincy.
The Eagles trailed for much of the game but rediscovered their winning knack much to the delight of Aston, who hailed his side’s display ahead of the mini break before the final four Super 8 fixtures.
“It was important that we got a good performance, and that’s what we have been looking for because we have been a little disappointing in the last couple of weeks with Bradford and Widnes,” Aston beamed.
“I was a bit critical at half-time, I thought we presented them with their points in the first half. The tries were from our mistakes and errors, we needed to rectify that and we did.
“I was really proud of them and that’s what we asked for, a bit of pride in our performance, some enthusiasm and commitment and I thought we had an abundance of all of that.”
The Eagles will now have time away from the game as the Super 8s take a break for the Challenge Cup final next weekend. They will return for four more fixtures starting with an away trip to Leigh Centurions, as Aston looks to build on their latest success against a Halifax side who have faired better than most against the top sides in the middle eight.
“There were signs in the Widnes game that we could compete, but there signs that we went away from it and lost our belief,” Aston added.
“It was great to get it back in a tough game against a very good Halifax team that has been playing particularly well.
“It was just what we needed. We have a week off now, the boys are away for a week before they come back and do what we need to do for the last four weeks of the season. It was good to get a win, nobody has given us a chance, a lot of people have written us of. The credit goes to the players, they have worked hard. The boys dug deep, they played tough, in tough conditions.”