Quentin equals Eagles record

Quentin Laulu-Togagae scored five tries for Eagles at Rochdale
Quentin Laulu-Togagae scored five tries for Eagles at Rochdale
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A club record-equalling five tries for Quentin Laulu-Togagae helped Sheffield Eagles to a convincing 16-58 win at Rochdale Hornets.

The fullback had registered his hat-trick before the interval, and crossed for two further tries in the closing six minutes to cap a five star individual performance.

Eagles coach Mark Aston said: “If you put Q on a wide, firm pitch, you will always get tries. His anticipation of where to be and when to be there is outstanding.

“He has scored 30 tries in each season he has been with the club; we’re lucky to have him and he’s tied down for the future which is great for us.”

It was a slow start from Sheffield, and tries from Wayne English and Paul Crook got Rochdale off to a flier inside seven minutes. Crook kicked one goal to give them a 10-0 lead.

However, this stung the Eagles into life, and Kyle Briggs sent a booming pass left for Menzie Yere to start the reply.

That opened the floodgates, and Sheffield crossed for six more tries before half time. Mitchell Stringer broke through to send Laulu-Togagae under the posts, before Briggs continued his good form to sprint over for his fourth in two games.

Laulu-Togagae again played provider for Etu Uaisele shortly afterwards, then Yere sent Scott Turner sprinting down the touchline to score in the corner.

The Samoan notched the last two tries of the first 40 minutes, firstly supporting James Davey who had broken through from dummy half, before profiting from a 40/20 by Dominic Brambani. Brambani kicked four goals to make it 10-36 at the break.

Rochdale again opened the scoring in the second period through James Dandy, whose try was converted by Crook, before four tries in the closing 14 minutes put the gloss on an excellent Sheffield display.

Peter Green popped the ball up for Stringer to score, then Laulu-Togagae sent Yere racing away for his second of the afternoon.

Stringer turned provider for Laulu-Togagae to sprint under the posts for his fourth, before Yere broke away down the left touchline and passed inside to Laulu-Togagae to round off the scoring. Brambani kicked three second half conversions.