SHEFFIELD Eagles hopes of a home game in at least the opening round of the Championship play-offs is in the hands of its rivals.
The Eagles are locked in a three-way battle for a top four place with Leigh Centurions and Batley Bulldogs with the final round of league fixtures to play. A draw against league leaders Featherstone Rovers wasn’t enough to lift the Eagles out of fifth place.
That leaves them facing away games in the knockout stages in their bid to reach a second successive Grand Final.
“There’s nothing we can do,” said coach Mark Aston. “We have had the experience of doing it the tough way and got to a Grand Final. “We showed against Featherstone that we can play against the best – we’ve taken five points off Rovers this season and I don’t think anyone else will do that. We are serious contenders but we need to be more consistent for 80 minutes that’s what I’ve been looking for all season.”
After the weekend games Batley are in third, one point ahead of the Eagles on 39. Leigh, with a game in hand, are level on 38 points but edge ahead because like the Bulldogs they have a superior points difference.
With the Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves meeting in the Challenge Cup final the Eagles don’t have a game this weekend. Their final game is at Dewsbury Rams on Sunday 2 September.