SHEFFIELD Eagles are working to sharpen up their field kicking game ahead of the trip to Hunslet Hawks.
Coach Mark Aston has pinpointed the role of half-backs Simon Brown and Dominic Brambani as the Eagles aim to continue their best start to the season in a decade.
“I have to be a little bit critical of how smart we are in the kicking department at this time and we will work on that,” said Aston a former half-back, himself.
“We have two of the best kickers in this competition but I would question mark whether we are using them at the right time or in the right place.
“Last weekend we should have kicked a bit earlier in the second half with the wind behind us and put the ball in the corners.
“That can break teams’ hearts. We waited too long but you have to be ruthless – we need that.”
A 56-22 win over Swinton Lions has put the Eagles top of the league on points difference and Aston is determined to keep up the momentum of a five game unbeaten run going at Hunslet on Sunday.
“We have put a marker down since the start of the season – it’s five on the bounce now but there are still some areas where we are not where I want to be. It’s the one per cent extra that we are trying to improve on,” he said.
Hunslet, who also will face the Eagles in the quarter-finals of the Rail Cup, started the league season with a 44-18 loss at Halifax.
Coach Barry Eaton is facing an injury crisis with half-backs Danny Grimshaw and former Doncaster playmaker Aaron Dobek possibly needing surgery.
Veteran Richard Chapman, who played for the Eagles in the 1994-95 season, has rejoined the Hawks as cover.