Ireland boss Mark targets Eagles win

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MARK Aston’s new role as Ireland head coach has been put on the back burner as he focuses on preparing Sheffield Eagles to face Hunslet Hawks.

He assures fans that the priority is to end a two-match losing spell in the league when the teams clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday (3pm).

“No problem,” said Aston, who was given the Ireland job this week and will combine it with running the Eagles. “I’m still pretty angry about the performance against Halifax and in training we’ve been working on our discipline and keeping to the game plan.

“This is going to be another tough game and we have to go into it with the right attitude and then we’ll get the result – that’s the most important thing this weekend.”

The Eagles need a win to be sure of staying in the top six as the mid-point in the Championship season nears.

Aston says he cannot fault his team for effort but has been hammering home a message that individuals have to tighten up their game after defeats by Halifax and Leigh.

“We probably beat ourselves at Halifax; we’ve had a lesson a couple of times from Leigh,” he said. “We have to stop giving silly points away or we’ll regret it at the end of the season.

“We were outstanding in defence at Halifax and though we probably only had 50 per cent ball control we still scored three tries to their two.

“The commitment and effort levels were all very high but it was the executions of our plays that let us down.

“That was down to individuals and those people need to be focused and make sure they are responsible and be respectful to the team and the coaching staff.

“It’s about attention to detail. People switching off at the wrong time cost dearly in the last couple of games.