Second half blitz leaves Sheffield Eagles coach Aston happy

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Sheffield Eagles once again showed their ruthless streak after another second half blitz helped them maintain their grip on a top four place.

Just like they did at Hunslet the previous week, Mark Aston’s side upped their intensity after the interval to record a healthy 40-12 win over Batley Bulldogs on Fridayto stay third in the Kingstone Press Championship.

John Kear’s Batley showed stubbornness in defence in the opening stages, only to be blown away by a lighting second half showing from Eagles.

“I think we had the first six sets of the second half which gave us the momentum and got us on a bit of a roll and allowed us to push on and win comfortably in the end,” beamed the Director of Rugby.

“We had a good second 40 minutes. The pitch at Batley is a hard pitch for us to come to terms with and they were very strong in the first 30 minutes. They came out with a high intensity and with plenty of punch and they caught us on the hop. I was a little frustrated at half-time but we held our nerve and scored the two late tries at the end of the first half which put us in good stead for the second half.”

Eagles again showed their defensive fortitude, which has proved to be the backbone of their success this term, with just one try conceded.

“The pleasing thing for us in the second half was that they didn’t score a point,” Aston added.

“At any level if you stop a team from scoring for 40 minutes it’s quite an outstanding achievement so I was pleased in the end.”