York City Knights 18 Sheffield Eagles 25
SHEFFIELD Eagles dug deep into their reserves of strength to battle to their first win in three league games.
A muddy pitch dampened the Eagles usual attacking style but after losing the lead they won with a late try from half-back Dominic Brambani.
Torrential rain before the kick-off left pools of water on the pitch for a game live on satellite TV.
Eagles faced a torrid opening spell with York forcing several back-to-back sets. York have not won in the league this season battered the Eagles line and only good defence kept them out.
Eagles finally got into the game with stand-off Simon Brown providing the pass for Quentin Laulu-Togagae to touch down with the try confirmed by the video ref. Brown added the goal. Laulu-Togagae was at the centre of York’s reply. The Knight’s scrum-half Ben Johnson, on loan from Castleford Tigers, stole the ball off the full back and had a clear run to the line. Player-coach Chris Thorman added the goal.
Laulu-Togagae restored the Eagles lead sweeping in from the left wing. Brown’s goal made it 12-6 at half-time.
Eagles scored with almost their first time in the York half after the restart. Brown’s cross field kick was kick was hacked back across the line for winger Vinny Finigan to collect and go in with Brown adding the goal.
Eagles lead was wiped out by two tries in three minutes. Former Sheffield centre James Ford intercepted a pass and raced 70 metres to the line then winger George Elliott squeezed in at the corner. Thorman kicked both goals from the touchline to level the scores.
The hard work in defence was rewarded as Sam Scoot almost burst through but set up the position for scrum-half Dominic Brambani to punish sloppy defence to go in under the posts.
Brown added the goal and a late drop goal to seal the win.
Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison; Brown, Brambani; Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Green. Hirst. Subs: Scott, Higgins, Straugheir, Hepworth