Sheffield Eagles’ late-season surge is gaining momentum as they moved up to sixth in the Championship table with a 40-10 win over strugglers Barrow Raiders.
The Eagles showed no mercy for the bottom-of-the-table club taking control with two tries leading up to half-time and never let their grip slip.
“I’m happier but we can get better,” said coach Mark Aston.
“We scored a lot of points and stopped them scoring for 60 minutes.”
It gave Eagles a second straight win. It was revenge for a home defeat by Barrow early in the season and Cumbrians’ relegation will be confirmed if they lose next week
Centre Menzie Yere was passed fit, Peter Green came into the back row with Will Hope dropping to the bench for the clash at Craven Park.
Eagles started well with the pressure forcing Barrow into errors and after winning a third penalty new signing Kyle Briggs forced his way over under the posts for his first try for the club. Dominic Brambani added the goal.
Raiders hit back with a passing move following scrum with winger Dalton Grant sweeping in to ground the ball.
An untidy period of play ended with the teams swapping scores. Eagles got in first with former Barrow forward Michael Knowles pulling fullback Ryan Shaw out of position before passing to Quentin Laulu-Togagae to finished. Brambani added the goal.
The restart kick was fumbled and from the scrum Grant scored his second try from a grubber kick by Liam Harrison. This time Shaw added the goal.
Eagles cut out the errors and responded with two tries in five minutes leading up to half-time.
Stand-off Patch Walker went in under the posts and centre Duane Straugheir made the score look more comfortable. Brambani added both goals for 24-10 lead.
There was a let-off as Barrow dropped the ball over the line after the restart and home team were made to pay with Laulu-Togagae going in to the right of the posts for his second try. Brambani added the goal.
Eagles’ defence was strong and when Barrow had Shaw sent to the sin bin they took advantage. From the penalty they built a move ended with substitute Lelauloto Tagaloa going over out wide.
Winger Misi Taulapapa blasted over to add to Barrow’s misery with Brambani kicking his sixth goal.