RUGBY LEAGUE: Eagles chief to change winning formula

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is ready to continue changing a winning team in his search for a ‘proactive’ approach.

He is reviewing the performance in the 44-10 victory over York City Knights and warns more players could face a spell on the sidelines.

“At times against York we were good but there are a few people have done themselves no favours,” he said.

“We didn’t get out of second gear again - that’s two weeks on the bounce that we’re keeping teams in the game too long.

“We need to go for the jugular. At 12-4 we were well in control but we didn’t go for it and went away from things we needed to do.

“A couple of individuals knocked off and that’s why York got a couple of tries. In the second half we were strong and when we lifted the ante they couldn’t live with us but we needed to be more consistent.

“We need to play for longer periods and dominate; we don’t need to wait and see what the opposition are going to do. We need to do what we need to do - we have to be proactive instead of reactive.”

Pat Smith replaced Simon Brown at stand-off, Scott Turner came in on the wing for Vinny Finigan and there was a debut for on-loan hooker James Davey off the bench. All did well, with Smith and Turner playing a part in setting up tries in the second half.

Aston said Brown, who had played every game this season was “looking tired” and Finigan’s “standards had dropped off” in recent weeks.