It might not have been the convincing performance he was looking for but Sheffield Eagles’ chief Mark Aston believes his side are showing improvements after victory over Doncaster.
The Eagles made it seven straight victories in all competitions against their South Yorkshire rivals and in doing so moved into second position in the Kingstone Press Championship table.
Despite the winning run director of rugby Aston has been left scratching his head at some of the Eagles’ recent displays, but following Wednesday’s triumph over the struggling Dons he admitted he has seen the first shoots of evolution as he looks nail down a consistent 17 man team.
“We were looking for improvements and we got some,” he told The Star.
“Defensively we were very good again, we only let in one try, so that was a pleasing aspect and of course we got the win and that was important to us.
“It is not easy for any team to play Sunday and then come back and perform on a Wednesday. Credit to Doncaster who are fighting their way out of trouble and I think a win for them is just around the corner. In the second half they were ramped up and really took it to us but again we have found a way to win the game.
“It was a game that I always thought we were in control of and I never thought we would lose but the frustration is that we took our foot off the pedal, and we might be able to do it here but we cannot do that Monday or the Sunday after.”
Aston’s side now have their sights firmly fixed on Bank Holiday Monday when the Eagles travel to Featherstone Rovers which will arguably be their toughest test of the season so far. Having played two games in four days the Eagles rested some key performers in anticipation of what is set to be a tricky assignment at Post Office Road.
“We have five days now to prepare ourselves. We are going to have a look at ourselves and make sure we get the team right for a massive game on Monday against Featherstone,” he added.
“We were fortunate to be able to rest one or two. Scotty Turner and Tonker (Tony Tonks) have had a little break so we have players that are going to be fresh on Monday.”