Eagles win ‘a step backwards’

Kyle Briggs made his Eagles debut
Kyle Briggs made his Eagles debut
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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston fears his team took a step back as they ended a three-match losing run.

The 24-16 win over North Wales Crusaders lacked the drive and flair his team had shown in defeat at Leigh in the previous round.

“We got a win. At Leigh we were great and I enjoyed that game even though we got beat,” he said.

“We had a lot of good attitude in that game but this weekend we were back to square one. I’m not getting what I want. I’m not getting the game plan I have asked for and there are other people waiting in the wings that might get an opportunity.

“We came up with a poor performance but a win is important so I try to be positive.”

The win lifted the Eagles back into the top-eight play-off places and put distance between them and the relegation battle.

Aston gave a debut to new signing Kyle Briggs who produced hints of what he can offer. The former Featherstone playmaker came in at loose-forward but could be switched to stand-off at Barrow Raiders next Sunday.

“Kyle’s only had two training sessions with us and it was always going to be hard and now we can get him into the system. But he did 80 minutes,” said Aston.

“I just wanted to look at him in at loose-forward and we’ll ease him in. We’ll have a look at him at six.”

Centre Menzie Yere came off in the first half with a knee injury but is expected to be fit for the trip to Cumbria.

Aston said: “He’s been carrying a dead spot on his knee for a couple of weeks which is pretty sore. It’s not too serious or as bad as we thought it was, but it’s sore. He will be all right.”