Sheffield Eagles: ‘Belief’ has been key to upturn in results

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Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says that an improved mental approach from his side has provided the bedrock to their recent success.

The Eagles recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season after a superb display earned victory over high-flying London Broncos at the weekend.

After showing signs of a resurgence in the recent victory at Swinton, the Eagles backed up their win with a strong performance against the Broncos, with Aston stating that the growing belief amongst his squad as the main factor behind their recent upturn in fortunes.

“It is important that we have managed to pick up some momentum,” Aston told The Star.

“We have managed to get a bit of belief and created some togetherness within the group now.

“We have had a bit of turmoil with some players not doing their jobs, roles and responsibilities.

“I think now the last couple of performances have shown that the players are really starting to buy into the things that I talk about.

“We are a team now, we are together and when we are like that we have shown that we can compete against anybody.”

Aston’s current group were thrown together late in the day as the club were forced to delay their pre-season recruitment because of their off the field issues.

The Eagles chief admitted that the delays were likely to have an effect on their early season games, as his new look squad took time to knit together.

But after some encouraging moments in defeats to Hull KR and Featherstone, his side’s confidence soured after victory at Swinton.

Following their most impressive victory over London, Aston believes his side can go on and challenge any side with a trip to Bradford Bulls to follow on Sunday.

“You have to understand and respect what a massive thing that confidence is,” Aston continued.

“You get confidence out of playing well, you get that out of togetherness and a bit of back slapping and a bit of high-fiving.

“That is the togetherness, you can see it and we have certainly got some confidence and belief back.

“I have said to them all along, this isn’t about your ability to play rugby league, it is about your mental approach to rugby league.

“If you can get the mental side right, then we can challenge anybody.

“We have done that now, but we need to keep backing it up.”