Sheffield Eagles boss stumped by form dip

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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston won’t hold back from more changes as a winning blend continues to elude him.

Aston is increasingly frustrated by stuttering form that has the Championship title-holders stranded in mid-table. “We are into the second half of the season and I don’t know what my best team is and that’s new to me,” he said. “In the past we have got the consistency by the continuity.

“We have to dig ourselves out of this by competition for places, I’ll rotate the squad until I get what I want.”

Aston left out several senior players for the game at Whitehaven but it wasn’t the performance he wanted as the team dipped 24-22.

“We were poor again, too many mistakes and penalties. Individuals making mistakes and costing us tries,” he said. “We had three or even four forward passes, then we get frustrated and animated, some (poor) refereeing decisions and we lost our composure.

“When the discipline goes out the window we panic. We’re still not starting to fill the hole in; we should have won quite easily. We made it hard work.

“I need to get people sorted out and I will do. There will be changes again until I get what I want.”

Aston needs to find answers with Workington Town at Owlerton on Sunday where the club has lost four home league games this season. Prop forward Jack Blagbrough and his half-back son Cory who came into the team at Whitehaven did enough to keep their places.

Aston said: “Menzie Yere was back to a bit of form and got plenty of ball, Scott Turner was outstanding and QLT (Quentin Laulu-Togagae) started to show a bit of what he’s got.”

“Cory and Jack did well but there wasn’t too many others, that’s the issue.”

He added: “There aren’t many that can say they are hitting the straps – in a 17 man squad you need a large percentage playing well, we’ve not got that.

“I have to take people out who are making mistakes or who are not playing to the structure.”