Sheffield Eagles’ Director of Rugby Mark Aston admits that he is still no closer to knowing his best 17 despite a sixth straight victory in all competitions against Hunslet Hawks.
The Eagles were again inconsistent on Sunday and their cause wasn’t helped by Misi Taulapapa’s red card just before the interval, but again they found a way to win staying unbeaten at The Keepmoat Stadium in the process.
Aston made changes to his side after resting some key names for the Challenge Cup clash with Oldham, but despite tinkering with his 17 he cut a frustrated figure as his side failed to produce the performance he was looking for.
“We are winning and I suppose that is a positive but we are making it hard for ourselves,” said Aston.
“I keep trying to freshen it up. I keep asking questions and I am looking for the right formula. I haven’t quite got it right yet so I’ll keep looking until I do.
“We haven’t hit our straps yet and we are not playing with the fluency, rhythm or momentum that I am looking for. There are teams out there like Leigh who are racking up 60 points yet we are struggling and not playing well.”
Aston’s post match sentiments echo the previous three games but there is no time to dwell with a quick turnaround in order with a game tomorrow night against Doncaster at The Keepmoat (7.30pm), and then a Bank Holiday showdown with Featherstone Rovers on Monday (6pm).
“I am disappointed as I was last week, and the week before and the week before that but I would rather be disappointed and winning, than be disappointed and losing,” he added.
“People are saying that we will be right for when the big games come but I would like it to be right before we get to the big games.
“It will click one day when they believe in what we are talking about and when we get a settled team. When we get the formula right, we will start to get a bit of consistency which is what we are hoping for.”
Aston’s options at the weekend were boosted by the successful return of prop Mitchell Stringer from an ankle injury and half-back Cory Aston from a shoulder problem. Both are expected to be involved again tomorrow night.