Forward Tom Lillycrop took a few big hits from former team-mates on his debut for Sheffield Eagles.
But the bruises were worth it as he helped the Eagles to victory over his old club days after signing from Dewsbury Rams.
In two short spells the prop didn’t hold back and in the second half was at the centre of a clash in which punches were thrown.
“It was great stuff, a tough game but I enjoyed it” said Lillycrop. “They are all good lads at Dewsbury but they were always going to get stuck into me and you can see that on my face.”
Coach Mark Aston was happy with the 22-year-old’s performance as the Eagles claimed their second league win. “Tom gave us intensity at the start of the game” he said. “You saw it from his first hit up and you could see he wanted to run over the top of them.”
Lillycrop hopes to keep the starting spot in the front row when Eagles travel to Keighley Cougars on Sunday. “I hope that Mark thinks I’ve done a good job and keeps me in the team. At Dewsbury I wasn’t right for them but I hope I’m right for this team. Sheffield systems are all different from Dewsbury. But there’s a really good set of players here. It’s a good team a good atmosphere, I’m glad to be here.”