Director of Rugby Mark Aston hailed the victory over Dewsbury Rams as a massive win, but insisted there is still room for improvement from his Eagles side.
The Eagles were taken all the away by a well organised Rams outfit who were level pegging with Aston’s side with just seven minutes remaining. Rob Worrincy’s late try ensured that the Eagles increased their lead over a top four challenger after a narrow 15-8 success, and Aston was left in no doubt just how important the victory was for his high-flyers.
“It was a massive win for us because Dewsbury have been going really well,” he beamed. “It was a tough game and it was always going to be like that. I thought defensively we were outstanding for the full 80 minutes, it was only a slip late on that cost us a try, and it shows how far we have come as a group.
“This game was always going to be a battle. There was never going to be lots of points scored, and sometimes you don’t want that, you want a physical type of game and we certainly got it against Dewsbury.”
The Eagles have continued to back up their early season form and since their opening night defeat to Dewsbury, only pace-setters Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls have come out victorious against Aston’s charges in the league.
The Eagles supremo is still looking for improvements from his side and believes that progress in attack is the main priority, with a Summer Bash showdown with London Broncos in Blackpool this Saturday next on the agenda.
“I didn’t think that we were great with the ball,” he said of the performance against Dewsbury.
“We looked a little frantic at times so we need to work on being more composed, try to build pressure and be more patient. There is still plenty of work to be done but it is a great win and it just puts a little breathing space between them and us now. We have a six point cushion going into the last ten games so that was massive win for us and I am really pleased.”
The Summer Bash fixture with London at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium (4.45pm) is one of four games at the same venue on the Saturday, with another three games to follow on the Sunday on a bumper weekend of rugby league action.