SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Back to basics pays for Eagles

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A BACK to basics approach worked in the Cup for Sheffield Eagles and now they want to make it pay off in the league.

The Eagles reached the semi-finals of the Northern Rail Cup with a 48-0 win over Hunslet Hawks but half-back Simon Brown says the team still has a lot to prove.

“We want to kick on, the league is the big thing for us,” he said. “We have played everybody in the league now and we want to have a good run into the play-offs in the second half of the season.

Brown believes the win over Hunslet on a near water-logged pitch showed the determination in the squad coming after a big defeat at Leigh.

“We were told to get back to basics,” he said. “It was a bit tough for the half-backs with the weather and it was more of a forwards game. It was hard to get into the game, it was all stop and start and we needed to get back to what we do best.

“We put a lot on the defence after what happened at Leigh and it was good. To nil a team in an 80-minute game is good but it will be tested in the next couple of weeks.”

Eagles are back in Championship action against York City Knights at Don Valley on Friday night. That’s followed by games at Swinton and Batley with the Rail Cup semi-final at home to Halifax sandwiched between.