Eagles stroll it to earn plum tie with Cas

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Sheffield Eagles travel to Castleford Tigers in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup in a tie that sees coach Mark Aston go head-to-head against his friend and former team-mate Daryl Powell.

The Eagles will be the underdogs against a Cas team that under Powell’s leadership are second in the Super League.

A place in the fifth round was booked by beating London Skolars 70-24 in a game where wayward defences kept the scores ticking over.

Prop forward Jack Blagbrough got a hat-trick as Eagles scored 12 tries. London couldn’t handle Eagles pace with full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae coming into the line and back rower Matt Garside less flamboyant but equally effective.

Eagles took control early with Laulu-Togagae’s setting up the first try for Michael Knowles followed by winger Misi Taulapapa scooping up a pass by his ankles before weaving over.

Laulu-Togagae’s run and pass put in hooker James Davey before a flurry of scoring in the final 12 minutes of the half.

London got a try back with Courtney Davies following up after his kick bounced off an upright. Matt Bradley kicked the first of his four goals.

Blagbrough got his first try but Skolars hit back with Louis Robinson blasting in for Skolars. Laulu-Togagae went in just before the break and with Dominic Brambani kicking his fifth goal Eagles led 30-12.

USA international Lelauloto Tagaloa took Brambani’s offload for his first try for the club soon after the restart and the lead was pushed out by Blagbrough’s second try.

Eagles caught the slack defending bug as Martyn Smith claimed two tries either side of Laulu-Togagae weaving in for his second.

Eagles passed the 50-point mark with Tom Lillycrop’s break setting up Jordan Burke for his first try since joining on loan from Warrington. Patch Walker took Brambani’s pass to race over but at the other end Lloyd O’Connor squeezed in from dummy half.

Eagles finished with Blagbrough completing his hat-trick from on loan forward Peter Aspinall’s offload and Garside claimed a deserved score. Brambani kicked 11 goals.

Doncaster also face Super League opposition with a trip to Warrington Wolves.