There were no excuses from Director of Rugby Mark Aston as Sheffield Eagles look to pick themselves up from a heavy defeat against London Broncos.
Eagles shipped 46 points in Blackpool at the inaugural Summer Bash as their usually formidable defence crumbledas a resurgent Broncos, put themselves back in the race for the Kingstone Press Championship top four.
Eagles weren’t helped by a gruelling midweek victory over Dewsbury Rams, but Aston said his side just didn’t show up: “We just weren’t good enough on the day,” he said.
“Credit to Hendo (Andrew Henderson), they brought their A game and we didn’t. We looked a really tired outfit and we didn’t compete.
“It is a great competition and if you don’t bring your A game you are going to come unstuck. We had a really tough game on Tuesday against a very strong Dewsbury, and it took more out of us than we thought. London were good, we weren’t, so it is back to the drawing board.”
The only positive note was a scintillating try by the recalled Cory Aston, and Aston called upon his more senior players to further help Eagles’ up-and-coming players.
“That’s five in five I believe for Cory but there aren’t enough people out there putting an arm around him.”
Aston’s side still have a four point buffer as they look to secure a place in the ‘middle eight’ at the end of the regular campaign.
They are back in action again against Hunslet Hawks at the South Leeds Stadium on Friday (8pm).