Rugby league: Sheffield Eagles ready to up their game for Bradford Bulls test

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston

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Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says his side need to take their performance up another level ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Bradford Bulls tomorrow.

The Eagles have won eight of their 10 league games so far this season after another professional performance against Halifax last Sunday, but they still trail the Bulls by two points as they aim to be the first visitors to win a league game at The Odsal Stadium this season.

Aston takes plenty of confidence going into the clash, but he admits his side will have to up their game further still if they are to be victorious.

“We are going to have to be better against Bradford because they can score points, there is no doubting that,” Aston told The Star.

“They also let points in and that happened against Doncaster last weekend, so defensively we need to be good and offensively we need to make sure that we ask the questions. Can they answer the questions that we are going to ask?”

The Eagles are flying the flag for the part-time clubs in the Kingstone Press Championship, sitting third just behind the full-time Bulls and league leaders Leigh Centurions. The full-time opposition doesn’t faze Aston who firmly believes his side has what it takes to come back from West Yorkshire with maximum points.

“In the 10 or 12 games we have played this season there hasn’t been any team that I didn’t believe that we could beat, and that won’t be any different on Sunday,” he added.

“People might look at it and say it will be hard. It is against Bradford Bulls, and they are full-time, but we are going into that game to win it, and that is always the mentality.

“When this team are on their mark and playing well then they are capable of anything. We have the wow factor that we are looking for, but we need to be consistent and be a little more disciplined in our game plan. The next few weeks are going to be massive for us, it has been a tough six or seven weeks but we have thoroughly enjoyed it and we are involved right where we want to be.”

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