There is no place like home, or in the case of the Sheffield Eagles, there is no place like your temporary home.
Mark Aston’s exiles will return to The Keepmoat Stadium this Sunday, after a two match stint at Castle Park, looking to rediscover the form which has seen just one team beat them at their adopted home all season.
High-flying Leigh Centurions are the only side to have been successful against the Eagles at The Keepmoat this season, and Aston will be looking to use their ‘home’ advantage when they host league leaders Bradford Bulls on Sunday.
“We are back to The Keepmoat now, surroundings which are really familiar to us, and it’s a place where we have had some great results and performances,” the Eagles Director said. “That’s important because we have got Bradford and then Featherstone to come which will be our two biggest home games of the season. We want to get a good crowd behind us and win these games. We have enjoyed our time at Castle Park, and we thank the staff and everyone who helped us. But we are back to where we have played most of our home games, and looking forward to it.”
After conceding a raft of points on the road over the last two games, Aston will also be hoping that his side can show the type of defensive performance which made the Keepmoat a fortress earlier in the campaign.
“We conceded 38 pts at Halifax and presented them with a number of tries which was really frustrating,” he added.
“We had opportunities last week but didn’t take them, but again that’s down to confidence, but we will be back with a smile on our face looking for a good performance at the weekend.”
Meanwhile, a decision on whether Dave Petersen will be allowed to extend his loan from Bradford Bulls is due today, whilst young prop Jack Blagbrough will stay with Championship One side York City Knights for the rest of the season. The Eagles have a 48 hour recall clause should they need to bring the 21-year-old back early.